THIS PLANT IS TOXIC TO CATS AND DOGS
|Common Name||Snake plant, viper's bowstring hemp, St. George's sword|
|Botanical Name||Dracaena trifasciata (formerly Sansevieria trifasciata)|
|Plant Type||Evergreen, perennial|
|Mature Size||Six inches to 12 feet tall|
|Sun Exposure||Shade to partial sun|
|Soil Type||Sandy, well-drained|
|Soil pH||Slightly acidic to slightly alkaline|
|Bloom Time||Spring (blooms are rare)|
|Hardiness Zones||9–11 (USDA)|
|Native Area||West Africa (tropical)|
|Toxicity||Toxic to cats and dogs|
Snake Plant Care
Snake plant is an ideal choice for beginner gardeners because it is difficult to kill. It's great in a container and grows well on the floor or on tabletop displays. Snake plant thrives in warm weather and struggles in cold conditions. This plant is drought-resistant but is susceptible to overwatering which lead to root rot. Only water the plant if the soil feels dry. These plants can go two months between waterings in the winter months. In warmer months, water them every three to four weeks.
Snake plants prefer indirect but steady light with some direct sun. They can adapt to full sun conditions and will also survive dimly lit situations.
Let the soil dry between waterings. During the winter, reduce watering to monthly, or whenever the soil is dry to the touch. Err on the side of under-watering; too much water can harm the plant.
Temperature and Humidity
Snake plants prefer warm conditions and will suffer if exposed to temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Set the plant in a place where it will be protected from drafts. A temperature range between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit is best. Frost will kill this plant.
Feed with a mild cactus fertilizer during the growing season or a balanced liquid slow-release (10-10-10 fertilizer) diluted to half-strength. Do not fertilize in the winter.