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Snake Plant ‘Green’

Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Zeylanica’

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Quick Description

Snake plants have long been known for their easy, carefree, and resilient properties.

Size - 4", 6", 10"

Key Information & Plant Overview

Other Common Names: Mother in Law’s Tongue
Binomial Name: Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Zeylanica’
Care Level: Easy
Light: Bright indirect light to low artificial light.
Water: Allow soil to completely dry
Pet Friendly: No

Native to South Africa, snake plants have long been known for their easy, carefree, and resilient properties. They require little watering due to their specialized roots called “rhizomes.” And are one of the few plants that do well in low or artificial light, they are great for adding some life into the darkest of spaces. 

PlantX Top Tip: Snake plants like it snug! They prefer to be tightly pressed into their pot. This helps them grow nice and tall. Switch to a ceramic or concrete pot to be sure the plant won't accidentally warp your pot.

How to Care for Snake Plant ‘Green’

Light: Prefers bright indirect light to low artificial light.
Water: Water once a month or when the leaves have become slightly wrinkled. Allow the soil to become completely dry in between watering.
Humidity: Average relative humidity of 25% to 49%
Temperature: Average from 18°C to 24°C (65°F - 75°F)
Fertilizer: Follow a monthly fertilizing schedule when the plant is actively growing. In most cases, this is in the spring and summer. Use a balanced fertilizer - this means a ratio of NPK that is all the same. Ex: 10-10-10.
Soil: Use a well-draining, high organic matter soil mix.
Propagation: Removal of pups
Repotting: Can be done every 12-18 months. Choose a pot that is 2” larger in diameter than the original pot.
Cleaning Tip: Wipe down with a damp or dry cloth once a month to remove dust.
Toxicity: Toxic. Keep away from pets and children.

Snake Plant ‘Green’ - Common Problems

My plant is turning brown and very soft: This could be a sign of overwatering. Reduce watering immediately and allow the soil to fully dry out before watering again.

My plant is starting to shrivel: If your plant is starting to shrivel that usually means it’s time to water. Allow the top 1-2” of soil dry in between watering but once it starts to shrivel up, it’s definitely time to water.

There are brown leaf tips forming on my plant: Try to implement a more consistent watering routine. Water once a month or when the leaves have become slightly wrinkled. Allow the soil to become completely dry in between watering.

Signs of Overwatering: New growth becomes soft and brown and the leaves begin to drop.

Common Pests: Spider mites, mealybugs, thrips, fungus gnats.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of snake plants? Air Purifying? check! Resilient? Check! Low-maintenance? Check!

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