Snake Plant Care Guide

Officially known as sansevieria, but more commonly as Snake Plants, these easy-going plants are much-loved members of the succulent family with a reputation for their ‘die hard’ nature. Characterized by their strong striking leaves and stark silhouettes, there are as many as 60 different types of snake plants to choose from, some as short as just 6 inches and others as tall as 12 feet. In this snake plant care guide, we discuss how you can care for your snake plant to keep it happy and healthy for years to come.

6 Tips on Snake Plant Care (especially #3)

Though famed for their hardy spirit and ability to withstand most climates  and levels of light, ensuring the healthiest possible snake plant to enhance your indoor space  relies on proper care.  These six simple steps  will get you started.

The right light

Though snake plants can survive in bright or low lighting, locations with medium lighting are ideal.


Snake plants are relatively hardy regardless of temperature, but should ideally be kept in tepid areas that don’t get lower than 50°F.

Water rarely

As a succulent, snake plants should be watered only once the soil has dried out, around every two weeks. Signs of overwatering include root rot and yellowing leaves.

Keep Clean

You should wipe the large leaves of your snake plant with a damp cloth at least once a week to keep them healthy and avoid dirt buildup.


Snake plants should be fertilized at least every two months during the growing season (summer to spring) to ensure proper health and good growth.

Divide & Propogate

Due to their strong growth capabilities, snake plants are fantastic propagators that should be divided annually.

14 of the best snake plants to grow indoors

  1. Sansevieria Trifasciata, ‘Mother-in-Law’s Tongue’
  2. Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Black Gold’
  3. Sansevieria Ehrenbergii ‘Banana’
  4. Sansevieria Patens
  5. Sansevieria Cleopatra
  6. Sansevieria Cylindrica 
  7. Sansevieria Masoniana
  8. Sansevieria Futura Robusta
  9. Sansevieria Laurentii
  10. Sansevieria Parva (Kenya Hyacinth)
  11. Sansevieria Ballyi (Dwarf Sansevieria)
  12. Sansevieria Eilensis
  13. Sansevieria Moonshine
  14. Sansevieria Desert

More snake plant care tips

Always keep snake plants out of reach 

Snake plants are great for the air quality in your home but they’re also highly toxic to both humans and animals, so they should always be kept out of reach of children and pets.

Look out for flowers

Healthy established snake plants can occasionally flower small clusters of fragrant, greenish-white flowers on tall stems.  However, this is typically rare and difficult to achieve,  especially with indoor snake plants.

Did you know? 

Much like spider plants, snake plants are famed for their clean air benefits and studies have shown their ability to remove various types of pollution from indoor environments.

Where to purchase snake plants?

Snake plants are now widely available for purchase, but ensuring a quality plant that stands the best chance at becoming a striking centerpiece in your home and hearts relies on purchase from a trusted, knowledgeable retailer. At Plumeria, we carry a wide range of high quality snake plants and our knowledgeable staff are always available to answer any questions you might have or make a recommendation.