5 Expert Tips for Snake Plant Care

5 Expert Tips for Snake Plant Care

Snake plants are very popular right now, and there’s a good reason for that. Ideal for new and busy plant parents, they are easy to care for and maintain as long as you know what to do. Even if you fail to keep other types of plants alive, the snake plant is very difficult to kill. Read on to learn our experts’ best snake plant care tips so your spiky green plants can thrive.

Place snake plants somewhere with indirect light

When you take your snake plant home from the nursery, you may wonder where to put it. Should you put it in a sunny living room? Or your home office facing a shaded tree line? According to Kaylyn Hewitt, lead floral designer at Bouqs, you have a lot of options.

“A cozy spot with indirect sunlight would be suitable, although snake plants can tolerate low light too,” she recommends. “There’s always that spot that could use a plant but you’re not sure if there’s enough light – this is it.” Plant: It adapts well and tolerates moderate growing conditions.

Make sure the room is not too hot or dry

In this case, avoid placing your plant in a room that tends to be hot or faces south. “Hot, direct sun is not their favorite — they turn yellow and look sick with too much direct sunlight,” says Sarah Bendrick, a landscape contractor and Stihl spokesperson.

“The best environment is a stable environment that doesn’t have a lot of drafts, with temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit,” says Paris Lallicata, plant expert at Sill. Snake plants can tolerate normal room humidity, but being a tropical plant, they won’t Mind if the humidity is higher which may speed up their growth.

Don’t overwater your snake plant

Are you very busy? Do you travel frequently? You don’t have to worry about your snake plant. “Snake plants are usually at risk from overwatering rather than underwatering,” Hewitt explains. “A good cadence is once a week during the warmer months, and up to once every two weeks in the colder months.”

It’s important to take a less-is-more approach when it comes to watering. “Snake plants are susceptible to a disease known as downy rot that causes oozing, water-soaked lesions on the foliage that can spread quickly,” Lalicata explains. “Keep the leaves dry and provide adequate light until the plant is strong enough to fight off potential diseases.”

But if you Do Beat it, don’t worry! We all make mistakes and this mistake is easy to fix. “If you overwater your snake plant, lift the container so the bottom of the container can drain freely and let it aerate for a while before resuming a reduced watering schedule,” says Pendrick.

Choose a pot with adequate drainage

The last point brings us to the next point: It’s important to set your plant up for success by planting it in a pot with a large drainage hole. “This plant doesn’t want to sit in a pot of oversaturated water for long periods,” says Lalicata. “Water it enough so that the water drips off the bottom of the pot and the soil looks like a wrung out sponge.”

Replant the snake plant in its pot after a few years

Has your snake plant gotten so big that it is overgrowing its pot? This means your plant likely needs a new home, and it’s time to repot it. Keep in mind that this may take several years because their roots are shallow. “Just use any standard, well-draining potting mix and upgrade the container size by an inch or two in diameter,” says Lalicata.

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