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Snake Plant- Sansevieria Snakeskin

The snake plant gained popularity due to how adaptable it is to a wide range of growing conditions. The Sansaviieria Snakeskin variety has beautiful light and dark green pattern that brings a great look to any room. They are an easy care plant that is especially fun when you see babies start to sprout.

In general, snake plants are super rewarding plants because of their resilient and fast-growing nature.

Plant oVerview

origin

Native to tropical West Africa from Nigeria east to the Congo

plant family

Asparagaceae

Other common names

Sansaveria, snake plant, Dracaena, mother-in-law's tongue, devil's tongue, jinn's tongue, bow string hemp, snake plant and snake tongue.


other varieties

There are plenty of different types, a few common ones: Bacularis, Burmanica, Snake Plant, Concinna, Cylindrica, Hyacinthoides, Parva, Raffillii, Trifasciata, Zeylanica.


Toxicity

Toxic to pets and humans if consumed.

growing your snake plant in water


replacing water

For healthy plants, we recommend that you add water to the glass every 1-2 weeks (or if you see that water levels have lowered) to replenish the water that evaporated or absorbed from the plants. Then, replace the water every 2-4 weeks.


Most tap water works great but distilled or filtered waters are recommended if available. 

Nutrients

We recommend adding 1-2 of liquid nutrients to your snake plants water every month. To further encourage and support leaf growth, we recommend adding an additional drop of nutrients if you see a new leaf forming. 

Lighting

Snake Plants can thrive in many light situations. They thrive in areas in the home like a brightly lit corner or across a window that receives a lot of sunlight as well as more shaded zones.

Temperature

For snake plants, the ideal temperature range is 65-78 degrees Fahrenheit. A general rule of thumb for many tropical houseplants is that if you are comfortable, then they will be comfortable too!

HUmidity

Snake plants prefer moderate humidity, but can do well in most home settings regardless of humidity level.  

Leaf care & pruning

  • Cleaning the leaves will promote better light absorption for photosynthesis, simply use a damp towel or cloth and wipe them down
  • Yellowing or brown leaves can be removed at the base of the plant if needed.

Propagation Tips


Snake Plants easily propagate in water through most of the year. To do so, cut to the desired length. Submerge in a cup with filtered water and find a bright, warm space with indirect light for the plant. Roots generally form in 2 to 3 weeks. 

Common issues & care info


Leaf burn

Identification: Brown holes in the leaves, browning tips that are crispy to the touch

Cause: Overexposure to sunlight

How to treat:  Simply move your plant away from any direct sunlight or places with too much sunlight. Try placing your snake plant in a nearby area with less light exposure or somewhere where it won't have any contact with the sun. You can remove any brown tips if you like, but it's not necessary to your plant's recovery.


Loss of Color variegation

Identification: Color patterns in the leaves are fading, leaves becoming a solid green color

Cause: When your philodendron is creating solid green leaves, this means that your plant is not receiving enough bright indirect light.

How to treat: Move your plant to an area where it would be exposed to more bright indirect light and wait for the leaves to recover their color. For newer leaves, they will gain their markings as they age.




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