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. Also known as the Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, these hardy indoor plants come in different colour variations and patterns but all have that signature tall, thick foliage that if cut and popped in a jar of water will sprout roots and give you a whole new plant, for free!
Also considered one of the top air-purifying plants but toxic to fur babies and mini me’s.
Difficulty level – easy
This plant prefers medium light but will tolerate low light (it will just grow a bit slower). They will be happy in south-facing rooms and hallways that do not get much light or if you are looking for a plant that can thrive in harsh internal conditions like an office with constant air conditioners running and very dry air. These plants grow prolifically in gardens so if your neighbour has a stash, ask if you can cut some and pop them in a vase. They will sprout roots which in a clear glass looks very cool and has the added benefit of no dirt!
Similar to a succulent, the snake plant likes to dry out between waters. I’m talking five inches down bone dry, then give it a big drink (or even stick in the sink or shower) before allowing it to drain and dry out again. The key is to check the soil BEFORE you add any water and once you’ve given it a drink be sure to empty out any excess from the bottom of the pot or drip tray cos like all plants they hate wet feet.
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). We love Troforte slow-release for the miracle-working growth magic it seems to cast on all our indoor plants. During the warmer months, the ZZ plant likes a drink of the stinky liquid fish stuff (like Seasol) bi-monthly, again be sure to follow the dilution instructions on the packet before you add this otherwise the foliage can burn.
Use a soil moisture metre (AKA the handiest indoor plant tool ever invented) to check the soil of any plant before you water. That way you don’t get your hands dirty and you get an accurate reading of just how moist the soil is. PLUS our metres can be used for all your plants and you will never need a refill.