Sansevieria 101: How to Grow a Healthy Snake Plant

New to owning house plants? Look no further, the Sansevieria is one of the best plants for people just starting out. They are known for being relatively low maintenance and they are able to adapt to a wide range of growing conditions. There are numerous variations of Sansevieria
Nativity Tropical Africa and Southern Aisa in rocky, dry areas. 
Commitment Requirements Great For Beginners
Scientific Name Dracaena Trifasciata (Asparagaceae Family).
Sunlight Requirements: Sansevieria Plants
This snake plant thrives in temperatures of 55-85 degrees and requires moderate amounts of bright light. Exposure to too much or too little light may cause discoloration of the leaves. It is best to keep the Sansevieria in a location with filtered indirect bright light in front of a north facing window. 
Humidity Requirements: Sansevieria Plants
Sansevieria plants require minimal humidity. The plant prefers their humidity levels to be in between 44-45%, anywhere outside of this range could cause your leaves to droop.
Watering Requirements: Sansevieria Plants
Succulents, like this snake plant do not require a significant amount of water. When soil dries out, water the plant thoroughly until water comes out of the drainage holes. Wait until the soil dries out again or water every  2-3 weeks. Overwatering your snake plant may cause root rot and other diseases that can be detrimental to the health of your plant
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Best Soil Type for Your Sansevieria Plant 
The best type of soil to use for the snake plant is sandy loam succulent potting mix. The plant needs to be replanted when it shows signs of overcrowding or congestion (This can present itself as yellowing leaves or leaf loss). Ideally the soil should be at a pH of 6-7.
Indoors Vs. Outdoors

Place your snake plant near a window with bright indirect light. 

Be sure to keep your plant in an area


Snake plants can thrive in all light types and can withstand full sun and low light. Its best to place your plant on a porch in the shade or in a area where it will get full direct sun. 

If you live in an area where the temperatures drop below 55 degrees, your snake plant may not be able to survive outdoors. 

Susceptible Diseases & Pests: Sansevieria Plants
Snake plants are normally do not get diseases. But if there has been cases of mealybugs and spider mites. To prevent diseases and pests, use an all-purpose liquid fertilizer, at half strength, once every 3 weeks in the summer time. Sansevieria plants are also susceptible to root rot from over watering.
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Are Sansevieria plants safe for children and pets? 
This dwarf snake plant is mildly toxic to humans and animals. Be sure to keep Sansevieria out of reach of children and pets. Ingestion may cause stomach irritation and possible vomiting.
What air purifying qualities does my Sansevieria plant have?
Yes, this plant helps remove formaldehyde, xylene, trichloroethylene, benzene, and toluene from the air. Sansevieria varieties are one of the few plants which also removes carbon dioxide and produces oxygen during the night
Why are the leaves on my Sansevieria plant Droopy
Why are my Sansevieria leaves droopy and mushy?
Chances are your plant is suffering from root rot. If you have droopy and mushy leaves on your Sansevieria plant chances are you are over watering it. Sansevieria plants are very difficult to kill but easy to over water considering it is a part of the succulent family. Snake plants are native to warm climates, be sure to wait for the soil to completely dry before watering again. Once the water dries out thoroughly, water the snake plant until water comes out of the drainage holes.
How can I propagate my Sansevieria plant?
Turn your favorite plant into more plants by taking divided regions or leaf cuttings and planting them. Growing snake plants from seed from seed is pretty unconventional and rarely successful. Take 2” and 3” long pieces from thick and healthy leaves. Let the cutting dry, Dip the cut ends of the cut pieces into water with a rooting hormone. Plant in a damp potting mix made up of sand and peat. Place newly planted leaf cuttings as a location where they receive bright indirect sunlight. Follow watering instructions above. 
For more instruction on propagating your Sansevieria: Propagation: Snake Plant Edition

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