Q. How can I care for my Sansevieria, snake plant?
Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) is an easy-to-grow houseplant native to tropical west Africa. This plant has a range of other common colorful names including mother-in-law's tongue and viper's bowstring hemp.
Sansevierias like bright light, and will stop growing if forced to live in low light for any length of time. They prefer warm temperatures - optimally 65° F to 80° F and will decline if subjected to temperatures below 55 F. Plant in soil that drains easily (an ideal mix contains 2/3 potting soil and 1/3 coarse sand or perlite). Allow the soil to dry out between waterings - add water when the top inch or so of soil is completely dry. (In damp soil, the roots will rot.)
During the summer months snake plant undergoes a growth period, and will appreciate a light application of fertilizer during this time. Feed with a standard liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength once a month. These plants like cramped conditions in the pot, and do not need to be repotted very often. You can improve their growing conditions, though, by removing the top inch of soil from the pot and replacing it with new soil, covering the exposed roots when you do.
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