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03Feb2022
SNAKE PLANT

SNAKE PLANT

THIS PLANT IS TOXIC TO CATS AND DOGS

 

Common NameSnake plant, viper's bowstring hemp, St. George's sword
Botanical NameDracaena trifasciata (formerly Sansevieria trifasciata)
FamilyAsparagaceae
Plant TypeEvergreen, perennial
Mature SizeSix inches to 12 feet tall
Sun ExposureShade to partial sun
Soil TypeSandy, well-drained
Soil pHSlightly acidic to slightly alkaline
Bloom TimeSpring (blooms are rare)
Flower ColorWhite
Hardiness Zones9–11 (USDA) 
Native AreaWest Africa (tropical)
ToxicityToxic 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.

Light

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.

Water

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.

Fertilizer

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.

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