All about the Snake Plant
Sansevieria was previously known as Dracaena trifasciata and recently got reclassified due to molecular discoveries. Most people know it as the Snake plant or Mother-in-law’s tongue, this is because the pointed leaves resemble those of the sharp tongue of a mother in law. This plant is very distinctive with its deep green and sharp leaves normally with a border edge of yellow. There are various types of Snake Plants with an estimate of 70 species.
At a glance
Snake Plant or Mother-in-law’s tongue
Sansevieria (previously known as Dracaena trifasciata)
All-purpose cactus potting soil
High humidity – mist frequently
Bright conditions but not direct sunlight
Pet and child safe
How to water your Snake Plant
The Snake plant likes to be watered thoroughly but infrequently. During the Spring and Summer months water roughly to twice or three times a month but make sure the top few centimetres are dry before doing so. In the colder months just water once but again check to see the dryness of the soil before watering.
Tip: If leaves droop, go soft, or develop brown spots then you may be overwatering.
Signs of overwatering your Snake Plant
If the leaves start to droop, go soft, or develop brown spots then you may be overwatering. You’ll need to inspect the roots, prune away any damage and repot. Click here to read our full article on repotting your plant after overwatering.
Signs of underwatering your Snake Plant
Curling or deformed leaves are an indicator or underwatering your snake plant. Also look out for brown tips and brown leaf edges.
The best soil for the Snake Plant
The Snake Plant likes like fast-draining soil. So, try mixing in some cactus or succulent mix into regular soil. Give the leaves an occasional wipe down with a wet cloth to keep be clean and free from dust and dirt
Propagating Snake Plants
You can propagate the Snake plant in water, just simply place the rooting of the plant in water and watch it grow (over time).
An alternative way to propagate is through division. Simply take the new shoots that come from the older soil and repot them on their own.
Repotting and growing your Snake Plant
The Snake plant is usually quite a slow grower which fits well as it is a very low maintenance plant. But when there is a need to repot (maybe annually) be sure to use a strong put as the roots are very strong and could crack the pot. For optimum growth use all-purpose cactus potting soil mixed in with normal soil.
Styling a Snake Plant for your home
The leaves of a snake plant are striking and the blend of yellow and green are a real stand-out feature. If you have a large snake plant try styling it in an oversized pot and placing this directly on the floor next to something like a TV stand or in next to a sideboard.
You could also try a coloured pot with bright yellows or greens to complement the leaves of the snake plant.