How to take care of snake plants indoors? (Care must be taken in three ways)

I thought I would share with you my experience with the snake plant that I take care of in my house.

To care for indoor snake plants, they should be placed in a well-lit area away from direct sunlight.

To prevent root rot, water them once a week or once every two weeks only when the soil is dry to the touch.

Fertilize every two months with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer. Keep them at a warm temperature between 60-85°F (15-29°C), away from drafts, and maintain a range of humidity levels.

In addition to these simple care tips, read on for more information your plant needs

My snake plant at home
My snake plant

Snake Plant care guide

Follow the instruction carefully to learn how to care for the snake plant indoors.


The snake plant is naturally found in the hot region. Bright sunlight, head, and less moisture in the air make the soil around the plant dry. The plant is immune to surviving in hot temperatures very well. 

Watering too much the snake plant could affect them in various ways. The plant will encounter a problem because the soil could have become moist.

Therefore, when you decide to place the snake plant indoors, you should not be aware of the soil condition that the plant would prefer. 

It would start rotting the root structure making it difficult for the plant to grow. Soggy soil type should be avoided. Water logging could also affect the plant’s root structure. 

watering snake plant
Apply water to the snake plant according to a schedule

Thus, get the pot with a proper drainage system at the bottom. The excess water should get drained away from the soil to allow it to dry quickly. 

  • Dry soil is mandatory for the plant. Do not add too much water.
  • Limit the frequency of the water because it may cause the root to rot quickly.
  • Give adequate time for the soil to dry out. If you feel moist in the soil, you should wait until the entire soil dries out. Stick your figures in the soil to check if the internal area of the soil is also dry.
  • Water should reach the bottom of the pot. So use the pot that will allow the water to drain quickly. The soil you choose will also decide how the water will react. Moist soil allows the roots to penetrate the bottom area and reach the bottom of the pot. Roots will have adequate space to grow. Larger root structures translate into healthy snake plant growth.
  • Support the tall leaves from the external structure. Use the sticks to provide support for the leaves. 
  • Change the water supply depending on the weather condition. In the winter, the moisture in the air affects plant growth. 

Caring for Plant leaves

  • Large size snake plant leaves could start bending due to external weight. You may have to arrange the supporting structure to keep them in the verticle. 
  • Clean the leaves with water occasionally to remove the dust and dirt particles stuck on the leaves. Wipe them to allow the plant to run the photosynthesis.
  • Snake plant leaves are faster-growing pieces. Trimming is necessary to manage the growth rate. You may also have to divide the plant into separate pots because the leaves will not be able to adjust in the small area. Snake plants divide in half within a year.
  • Well-draining potting mix supports the root structure to absorb the nutrition from the soil. Cut out the section from the excess growth leaves during the propagation method. Plant the new leaves in the potting system, and you will have the newly grown plant within a few days.
  • Snake plant also flowers occasionally. A greenish-white flower will have clusters of flowers with tall spikes on one hand. You will have a great experience around the fragrant spread of beautiful flowers.

Soil Mixture

  • Snake plant growth is utterly dependent on the soil type. Choose the soil correctly to give maximum support to the plant.
  • The snake plant doesn’t need more water. Well-drained plant soil allows the water to move quickly to the bottom hole. Access amount of the water could affect the root structure causing it damage over time.
  • Mushy soil holds the water for too long, making it challenging for the snake plant roots to sustain. Roots are not immune to protecting the plant.
  • Soil mixture brings the vital ingredient close to the roots. If the soil cannot move the water quickly from the top to down, the roots will not receive vital components.

Snake plant care is relatively simple compared to other indoor plants. One of the problems with the snake plant growth could be less amount of sun exposure.

Need proper management to keep the plant in stable growth. 

Sun rays are a necessity. If the plants have trouble growing in nature, they will have less protection due to a lack of food.

Ensure you offer sufficient light to the plant during the day. Balance food production supports roots structure, and development occurs naturally. 

How often should you water a snake plant?

A moderate amount of water will support plant growth. The snake plant doesn’t need an excess amount of it. It would be best if you controlled the water supply to a level that does not affect the soil. 

Allowing soil to dry before you supply additional soil is essential for sustainable growth. Prevent overwatering the plant to give it necessary benefits. 

Avoid overwatering to give the plant the benefits it needs
A moderate amount of water will make the snake plant last longer

Stay aware of the soil condition when you have a stable environment. Roots would have trouble growing around the moist climate.

Water that does not drain from the soil would become the reason for the death of the plant. 

In the hot summer, the soil drys quickly; thus, you may have to supply relatively additional water. In contrast, the winter will have more moisture in the air. 

Water droplets will build up on the leaves and the top of the soil. It will always keep the soil moist, supplying a necessary amount of water to the plant.

Where should I place a snake plant in my house?

Snake plants should be placed in a room where indirect sunlight could reach the plant leaves. Sunlight is vital for plant growth. Without sufficient sunlight, the plant cannot produce enough food.

Avoid placing the plant in direct sunlight. 

A snake plant placed near a window in such a way as to receive sunlight
A snake plant placed near a window in such a way as to receive sunlight

The heat produced from the sun exposure would make the plant lose water. Too much evaporation could make the plant dry out.

Also, the leaves will turn yellow due to over-exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Partial sun works best for healthy growth in snake plants. 

Snake plants can grow in the darker room as well. You can place it in the dark corners where no one can touch it. But the condition is the snake plant should receive the necessary nutrition.

Can I water my snake plant with tap water?

Yes. Snake plants are ideal for indoor gardening. The snake plant is susceptible to the elements you offer. Filters water is perfect because it doesn’t contain harmful substances.

A high amount of chlorine in the tap water could make the plant unhappy. 

In most cases, tap water would not harm plant growth. The plant will get the added nutrition in the water to grow naturally.

How do I know if my snake plant is healthy?

Consistent production of dark green leaves and stable growth rate is a clear sign of a healthy plant. Changes in vital nutrition can be seen in the plant growth rate.

Besides that, the leaf’s structure becomes fragile. 

The difference between sick and healthy snake plants
The difference between sick and healthy snake plants

A yellowish tinge on the outer edge of the snake plant could affect the leaves on a large scale. 

Leaves turning yellowish clearly shows the plant is having trouble in growth. It indicates the plant will soon die if no action is taken. So keep the indoor plant under observation. 

During regular maintenance, check the current status of the plant. Any suspicious change in the structure could indicate something is wrong with the plant.

Additional Questions

What is the optimal way to maintain the health of a snake plant, especially when it is grown indoors?

The snake plant, unlike numerous other houseplants which require ample amounts of sunlight, thrives in conditions of low light. Nonetheless, ensure it’s not positioned in an area that sees the intense rays of the western sun, as it could lead to the drying out and eventual burning of the plant’s leaves.

My experience as a gardener has shown me that while snake plants are quite adaptable to varying lighting conditions, there can indeed be “too much of a good thing”. Direct, intense sunlight could potentially harm your snake plant, causing its leaves to dry out or worse, burn. The trick is to find the perfect little cozy corner, where it will still receive a good balance of sunlight and shade; a setting more reminiscent of its tropical origins.

Which spot in the house would be most ideal for positioning a snake plant?

With its roots in tropical climates, the snake plant, or Sansevieria, fares well in low-light conditions. In terms of indoor placement, find a nice, sunny window where this plant can benefit from plenty of indirect, bright light. However, remember, it’s best suited to temperate climates and is winter hardy only in USDA zones 9 to 11.

From my years of expertise, a snake plant is going to feel right at home near a well-lit window where the sun’s rays gently bathe it while never becoming overbearing. This mimics conditions found in their native tropics and lets the plant thrive. But, it’s worth noting that not all regions are suitable for growing snake plants outdoors year-round – in USDA zones 9 to 11, the plant will comfortably withstand winter conditions, elsewhere, you’ll want to remember to bring it in as the mercury starts dropping.

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