Snake plants are some of the easiest plants to care for. They can grow in low light and keep their leaves looking healthy with minimal effort from you. Follow these tips to keep your snake plant thriving:
Snake plants need a minimum of medium to bright indirect light. If the plant is placed in low, diffused or cool lighting, it will be leggy and weak. The most common problems with snake plants are lack of light and dry air, but these can be easily remedied by moving them closer to an east or west-facing window, being sure that no direct sunlight hits the leaves at any time during the day.
If your snake plant still seems unhappy after you've done all this (and provided there's no other reason for its decline), then consider repotting it into a slightly larger pot with fresh soil that drains well.
It's best to grow snake plants in room temperature, which is between 65 and 75 degrees. This will ensure that the snake plant does not get too hot or too cold. Don't expose your snake plant to temperatures below 55 degrees or above 85 degrees, as this can cause the leaves to fall off and may even kill the plant. Avoid direct sunlight as this can cause your snake plant's leaves to turn brown quickly.
Water your plant when the soil dries out to the touch, in summer, that means watering every two weeks or so. In winter, reduce watering to once a month.
The best way to tell if your snake plant needs water is by sticking your finger into the soil up to your knuckle and feeling for moistness. This is also an easy way to determine whether you should be adding more water than usual – if there’s no moisture in the pot at all, then it’s time for some extra H2O!
Fertilize snake plants in spring and summer. ONLY use a balanced fertilizer that does not have a high nitrogen content, since this can result in leggy growth and browning foliage. A general rule of thumb is to use about 1/4 the recommended strength for container plants.
Snakes are adept at finding food and water and do not need additional feeding beyond what they find growing naturally around them. If your snake plant has been sitting in a pot or potting soil for months, you may want to repot it before adding fertilizer so that it will be able to take up nutrients more easily.*
Snake plants are a great choice for beginners and easy to care for. They are also low maintenance. Snake plants require very little light, and can even tolerate bright, indirect sunlight. When watering your snake plant, make sure that the soil is not soggy or dry. You can water them about once per week or when the leaves start to droop.
Snake plants are very easy to care for and make great houseplants. They are tolerant of low light and drought, making them perfect for those who don’t have a lot of time or space to devote to their plants. If you follow these tips and keep an eye on your snake plant, it should thrive for years.