Snake plant care guide

Snake Plant: Houseplant Care Guide

Our Guide to Growing Thriving Snake Plants

Snake plants, also known as mother-in-law's tongue, are popular for their architectural appeal and easy-care needs. With their upright, sword-like leaves, they add a touch of modern elegance to any space. But how do you ensure your snake plant thrives? Here's everything you need to know!

Light Requirements for Snake Plants

Snake plants are more tolerant of lower light conditions. They'll do well in bright, indirect light, but can even survive in medium or filtered light. Avoid harsh, direct sun which can scorch the leaves.

Watering Your Snake Plant

Snake plants are succulent wonders, meaning they store water in their thick leaves. Overwatering is their enemy! Let the soil dry out completely between waterings. During winter, you might only need to water every 1-2 months. Signs of thirst include wrinkled or shrivelled leaves.

Choosing the Perfect Potting Mix

Snake plants need excellent drainage to prevent root rot. Opt for a well-draining cactus or succulent mix. You can also create your own by mixing regular potting mix with perlite or sand.

Humidity and Snake Plants

Snake plants are unfazed by average household humidity levels. They don't require misting and can tolerate dry air.

Fertilising Your Snake Plant

Give your snake plant a growth boost with our organic plant food, Grow Concentrate. Adding in some slow release Support Pellets for root health as well will have your plant enjoying all the microbial goodness - mimicking the diversity in their natural soil environments.

Propagation Made Easy

Snake plants can be easily propagated by dividing the pups (baby snake plants) that sprout around the base of the mother plant. You can also propagate by leaf cuttings, though this method takes longer and are prone to rot. If taking a leaf cutting, let it callous over for a week or two before placing it in water with Support Pellets to boost root growth. 

Snake Plant Care Tips

  • Snake plants prefer to be slightly rootbound, so repot only when the roots outgrow the current pot.
  • While snake plants can tolerate lower light, brighter indirect light will encourage better growth and potentially even produce those beautiful snake plant flowers!
  • Snake plants are incredibly resilient and honestly love a sparse watering. Treat it more like a succulent to avoid overwatering and root rot.
  • Snake plants prefer warm temperatures, avoid placing them near cold draughts or draughty windows.

By following these simple tips, you can ensure your snake plant thrives for years to come!

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