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With its striking and bold architectural appearance, easy to care nature, air-purifying qualities and myriad of common to exotic species to choose from, Snake Plants have become a popular choice among many houseplant lovers. 

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Below is a general care guide for Snake Plants which can slightly differ depending on variety.

Light & Temperature

Although they are very forgiving to almost any amount of light given to them, Snake plants prefer indirect but steady light with some direct sun.

When introduced properly, they are easily adaptable to full sun conditions and will also survive quite dim locations. They like warm temperature and will suffer if exposed to cold drafts. 

Watering, Humidity & Misting

Water your Snake Plant about once every two weeks, allowing the soil to completely dry out before watering again. Err on the side of underwatering as too much soil moisture can kill the plant. 

Snake Plants don’t mind the dry or stale air in homes and offices and will not require any boost of humidity. 

Soil and Repotting

Use a fast, well-draining soil or a combination of regular potting mix with a cactus mix. 

You don’t need to rush to repot your Snake Plant as they like to be root-bound. You can schedule repotting once every 2-5 years. Some plants under low light and not growing fast can even be repotted only after 5-10 years. 

Propagation

Snake plants produce rhizomes and can easily be divided and potted directly to new planter with fresh soil. 

It can also be propagated by leaf cuttings. Simply cut 2-3 inch pieces of a leaf and insert them in soil. It should be able to root in a few weeks time. 

Fertiliser

Use a balanced fertiliser formulated for houseplants. Follow the directions on the label of our Down to Earth. organic plant food.

Toxicity

Snake Plants are toxic if ingested and should be kept out of the reach of children and pets. 

Possible Issues

Under the right care and conditions, your plant will grow happy and healthy. But here are some issues you may encounter while caring for a Snake Plant: 

Spider mites and scales - When spotted, treat immediately with a neem oil.

Black and mushy stems  - This is roots rotting. Take out your plant from its container and remove any affected stems. Repot the remaining healthy parts in a clean container with fresh soil.

Brown tips - This can be caused by too little humidity. Adjust your care and conditions given to the plant.