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Snake plants (also known as Sansevierias) are one of the most popular houseplants found in plant nurseries today. Though they may be native to tropical West Africa, snake plants have taken the world by storm with their uniquely architectural structures and easy-going natures. Plant-parenting beginners may be ecstatic to learn that these succulents are one of the easiest plants to care for! However, Sansevierias still have their own special needs that you will need to accommodate to. With a little help from this guide, we’re confident that you’ll become a snake plant expert in no time!
Snake plants come in a variety of sizes. This miniature Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ is photographed by Gabriella Claire Marino.
This guide will cover:
- How to choose your snake plant
- Ideal soil mixes and fertilization
- Lighting conditions
- Temperature and humidity
- How to propagate your snake plant
- Repotting your snake plant
- Troubleshooting snake plant problems
How to choose your snake plantThere are many varieties of snake plants to choose from, including variegated species and darker varieties. In most cases, you should feel confident in choosing whichever species looks best in your home. However, darker varieties (such as the Sansevieria trifasciata) tend to fare better in low lighting conditions. Though variegated species can survive in low light, they will often lose their patterns. Depending on the variety, snake plants can grow up to 8 feet tall, though most grow up to 4 feet. If you’re looking for a specific height for your space, make sure to do some research and keep this fact in mind!
Image of a Sansevieria trifasciata by Jake Goossen.