Snake Plant

How to Grow Snake Plant


What you Need:

Planting Medium: Potting Soil
Snake Plant is pretty hardy, and can do well in just about any soil type.  That being said, Snake Plant is a Succulent, and does not like or require much water.  So if you can afford to be picky, go with soil that is at least designed for planting in pots.  If you want to up your game, go with soil that is designed for Succulents.

Miracle-Gro Cactus, Palm, and Citrus Potting Mix. Great for Succulents.
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Miracle-Gro Indoor Potting Mix. Great for any indoor plant.
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Planting Site: Pot

When happy, Snake Plant can grow pretty aggressively, so I recommend going with a plastic pot with drain holes and a tray/saucer.  Why?  As you can see from my previous post “How to Divide Snake Plant“, it can easily crack a clay/terracotta pot if you let it go.  If possible, avoid self-watering pots, or pots without drain holes.

Black Plastic Indoor Pots with Drainage Hole and Tray.
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White Plastic Indoor Pots with Drainage Hole and Tray.
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How to Plant:

Fill the pot about 1/3 full with soil (avoid packing the soil too much).  If you want to prevent soil from leaking out whenever you water or move the plant, cut a small piece of screen to cover the drain holes on the bottom of the pot.  I use leftover fabric window screen.

Place the Snake Plant Rhizome in the middle of the pot.  Then hold/suspend the plant, so the Rhizome and roots are covered with soil, and the leaves are above the surface.

Fill the remainder of the pot with soil, leave about an inch or so (maybe 10% to 20%) of free space on top depending on the pot size, and pack just enough to keep the plant upright.

Water thoroughly and let drain for about 10 to 30 minutes.  Then place plant on tray/saucer and move indoors.  Basically you want to give it enough time to drain so it doesn’t fill/overflow the tray with water.  Of course a little is okay, that’s what the tray is there for.  😉

Where to Place:

Inside: Snake Plant does well in low light, so you can just about place it anywhere indoors.  Typically, Snake Plant with dark leaves does not like direct sunlight, and can get sunburned.  While Snake Plant with light color leaves, or solid/thick yellow or white stripes can handle a little sun.  Though I recommend checking the instructions that came with your plant to make sure.

Outside: If planting in the ground, first make sure you live in Zones 10 to 12 on the USDA Website.  Otherwise, plant it in a pot and bring it inside for the winter.  Again, because it is a low-light plant, make sure you keep it in the shade.

Watering: Snake Plants don’t like continuously wet soil.  You only need to water them once a week at most.  So wait for the top few inches of soil to dry out before watering.  Then, take the plant outside for a good watering, let drain, and bring it back inside.

Disclaimer:  I am an amateur gardener with no professional experience (yet).  The above information is a combination of mostly my personal experience, augmented with information I have gleaned from various other sources.  I will not be held accountable for any tomfoolery, shenanigans, bad life choices, or heaven forbid, something bad happens to your plant.

That being said, I welcome constructive feedback.  If you have any questions, comments, corrections, or requests, please reply below.

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