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Snake Plant Questions Answered

Whether you call them "Snake Plants" or "Mother-in-Law's Tongue" does not matter. All that matters is that you love your snake plant and strive to give it its best life!

However, even though these plants are some of the most sturdy and long-living houseplants, we may still have lots of questions concerning caring for these lovely houseplants. Today, we are going to answer all of them!

Snake plants living in the wilds

1. How often should I water my Snake Plant?

Snake plants have rhizomes as roots. This means that their roots store vast amounts of water throughout the life of the plant. So, when it comes to watering your Snake Plant you should allow the soil to nearly dry out before watering again!

2. How much water should I give it?

This is an easy one. All you need to do is simply water it until there is water draining out the drainage holes on the bottom of the pot!

3. What kind of soil do Mother-in-law's Tongue prefer?

They prefer a fast-draining soil. Remember that they store quite a bit of water in their rhizomes, so any succulent soil will be sufficient for long term growth.

4. Do Snake Plants need fertilizer?

Yes and no. Snake plants typically live in arid environments with poor soil conditions. However, by occasionally offering the plant a nice, organic fertilizer, your plant will thank you.

5. What kind of pot should I get?

Any pot will do. The only important factor for choosing the best pot for your plant is that it has drainage holes in the bottom!

6. Do they need a lot of humidity?

Snake plants don't appear to care whether they live in humid or dry environments! They will live practically anywhere!

7. How much light does my Snake Plant need?

While they are often known as "low-light" plants, this is not ideal. I mean, you see these pups everywhere from homes and gardens to offices, hotels, and airports. The latter often don't often great light for plants yet the plants still seem to grow. 

While it is true that your snake plant will survive in a low-light environment, it won't be particularly psyched by the notion. Growth will practically grind to a halt, and the leaves will become droopy over time. Instead, offer your houseplant bright or moderate indirect light for best results. 


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1 comment

Thanks! A great resource.

Joan Latta

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