The Sansevieria or Snake Plant is one of my favorite plants for many reasons. I currently have 7 in my collection and I don’t think I’m done yet, I still have a few on my want list. Today I’m sharing with you my Snake Plant collection and some plant care too.
Let’s go over some details first…
Origin: Africa, Madagascar and southern Asia
Common Names: snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue, bowstring hemp, devil’s tongue, jinn’s tongue, snake tongue
Height: 6 inches to 42 inches
USDA Hardiness Zones: Grows outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zone 9 – 11
Flowers: greenish-white clustered flowers on slender stalks
Foliage: stiff, very thick leaves, often mottled with white and yellow striping
So why exactly to I love these plants? Here’s my list.
- As a houseplant, it does best in bright light but can handle low light levels indoors as well. Outdoors it can take bright light to full sun. I have plants in both situations and they are thriving.
- Handles dry and poor soil conditions but appreciates good well-drained soil inside or outside. So I use Cactus soil with some perlite amended in.
- Lightly fertilize with a liquid 20-20-20 fertilizer 1/2 strength about once a month and it will keep them happy.
- DO NOT over pot. They like to be a little bit root bound or snug in the pot, so don’t be in a hurry to repot.
- DO NOT over water. Treat them like a succulent and water only when the soil has become completely dry, then give it a good watering.
- Temperatures below 40 may cause damage to leaves. So, if you live in zones 8 or below, bring them in for the winter.
- Relatively pest free, but they can be susceptible to mealy bugs and spider mites.
This plant was also one of my top 5 Easiest Plant for Beginners.
They had two options available, 4″ and 6″ pot. I went ahead with the 6″ pot and I was amazed at how large the plant was. I could tell it needed to be repotted soon because the plastic pot was shaped like an oval.
The second plant I just happened to discover on their website and knew immediately I had to have it. The Fernwood Mikado Snake Plant looks almost like it has cylindrical leaves but they are actually concave and a wide spreading growth. I ordered a 6″ pot and it was very healthy.
To show you all of my plants, I created this video for you…
I hope you enjoyed this video and was informative for you. Let me know in the comments below if you have any Sansevierias in your home. Do you love them as much as I do?
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