We love the snake plant because of how damn easy to care for it is and how simple it is to propagate over and over. This guy is tough. We’re talking Bruce Willis diehard tough.
Difficulty level – easy
This plant prefers medium light but will tolerate low light (it will just grow a bit slower). We like to keep them in darker hallways and south facing rooms.
Similar to a succulent, the snake plant likes to really dry out between waters. I’m talking five inches down bone dry, then give it a big water (about one litre) before allowing it to dry out again. It will take several weeks to dry out in summer and much longer in winter.
Feed with a slow-release fertiliser once every six months following the instructions on the packet (remember, when you receive a plant from Green Assembly, it has enough slow-release fertiliser to last the first six months). During the warmer months, he likes a drink of the stinky liquid fish stuff (like Seasol) monthly, again be sure to follow the dilution instructions on the packet. Then sit back and watch him sprout fresh new leaves.
One of the great things about Sansevieria is how easy it is to propagate. Simply snip the leaf at the base of the plant and pop it in water that has been sitting out overnight (this ensures the chlorine in tap water has evaporated), wait a month or so and roots will begin growing in the water. Once they are a few centimetres long you can put them in soil and voila, another plant for your collection!
Toxic to cats and dogs.
Main image credit: The Plant Hunter