How To Care for a Snake Plant

Snake plants come in many shapes, sizes, colors and patterns too! In addition to being beautiful, unique looking plants, they are also very easy to care for, doing best when they are all but forgotten about. These plants are a kind of succulent, and make the perfect companions for busy people and dark corners. However, even though they are quite durable and can tolerate a variety of conditions, there are still ways you can go wrong.


These plants prefer medium, indirect sunlight.

Despite their preferences, they are often very happy in a variety of light conditions. They can handle anything from partial direct sunlight, to shady corners that only receive sparse indirect light. Be cautious of putting them in places that receive too much direct sunlight though, as the direct heat can burn the leaves of the plant. If you place your plant in a more secluded corner, you can expect growth to slow quite a bit. Also, be sure not to water it too much if you have placed it in a more shady area. With less sun and less growth, it will need much less water. If you do accidentally over-water your plant, or start to notice any symptoms of over-watering (mentioned in greater detail below), your snake plant might enjoy being placed in an area where it receives a little more light, as this will encourage plant growth and water usage, and will also help evaporate some of the water closer to the surface.


It is best to use a well draining soil.

Like with most other plants, snake plants need a well draining potting mix. You can use a potting mix specific to cactus and succulents, or you can also mix a little extra perlite or sand in with your standard potting mix. In general, it is not good to let your plant sit in wet soil, so as long as your soil drains well, you should be fine! If you do not have access to good, well draining soil, simply be wary to not over-water. If the soil really holds onto moisture, your plant will need a considerably smaller amount of water.


Generally, watering once every two weeks is just fine.

Remember, your plant is a variety of succulent, so it tends to soak up all the water it needs, storing it in its leaves. So, if there is more water in the soil than your snake plant can suck up, its roots will just sit in the soggy soil. When this happens, root rot becomes an all too likely outcome. This is why we plant them in well-draining soil, to help avoid the chance of developing root rot.