Q. What can I do to keep my sansevieria (snake plant) leaves from flopping over?

I use stakes to prop them up but shouldn’t they be sturdier and stand on their own?


Sansevieria need to have a winter rest period from late October through February. Water should be reduced significantly during this non-growing phase and no plant food given. If the plant is given the signal to grow with food and/ or water during this time, they get lanky because the winter months have too little sun for healthy growth.

They also become lanky over time when grown in inadequate light conditions during the growing season. Snake plants actually prefer plentiful, indirect sunlight. They can survive and look great for some time in poor light conditions, but even during the growing period they will not grow well without reasonable sunlight; they will eventually become tall and unable to support themselves if kept in too dim a location.

If you move your plant now to a spot with strong, indirect light, it may gain some additional strength and stability, but it is likely to continue to need support.

Learn more about your Sansevieria from our Guide to Snake Plant Care.

Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service


  • Last Updated Jan 19, 2021
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  • Answered By Leslie Coleman

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