Plant Care Guide Sansevieria Trifasciata

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What is the Snake Plant?

The Sansevieria Trifasciata, also known as “St. George’s Sword” and “Viper’s Bowstring Hemp,” is a sturdy, popular houseplant. It produces upright, sword-like foliage with a golden ring and dark green center.

Native to Asia and Africa, the Snake Plant is adored for its beauty, as well as its relaxed care requirements and its tolerance of various drought conditions. Its uniformity leaves it almost looking artificial, but its natural benefits will be immediately noticeable!

Light CareLight Care

The Snake Plant prefers bright, indirect light, which can be achieved by being paced behind a transparent window curtain. Avoid spaces that expose your plant to bright, direct light, as this will cause the leaves of your plant to “burn,” losing their healthy color.

Do not place your plant in a low-light environment, as this could lead to delayed, or diminished, growth.

Water CareWater Care

Water your Snake Plant on a biweekly basis, and make sure to evenly distribute the water to promote the healthiest growth. This plant is drought-resistant, meaning that it can tolerate being watered sparingly. Wait until the soil is slightly dry before watering, and in the winter months, further reduce the amount that the plant receives.

To check the water levels of your plant’s soil, place a water meter several inches into the soil, where it will give you an accurate indication. If you do not own a water meter, stick one finger knuckle-deep into the soil. At this depth, you will be able to accurately account for the soil’s level of moistness.

Food GuideFood Guide

A well-drained potting mix is ideal for the Snake Plant, as it allows for the greatest absorption of water possible without the risk of water pooling and causing root rot. This plant requires little to no fertilization, but if you feel that your plant could use a boost, provide it with a diluted houseplant fertilizer up to twice during the growing season.

Staff Holy Grail Pro-Tip:

The Snake Plant is an extremely durable houseplant, able to grow properly in an array of different environments. While it prefers areas of your home that offer bright, indirect light, it can grow even when placed in a room that provides lower levels of light. If you are looking for a plant that accepts lowlight conditions, the Snake Plant is perfect for you!