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Snake Plant- Dracaena trifasciata

The Snake Plant is the low-maintenance house plant every novice plant parent needs. Not only does it claim a top spot in NASA’s Clean Air Study, but the Snake Plant is also a succulent plant that tolerates minimum fuss.

General Care

Sunlight

The Snake Plant prefers bright, indirect light and can even tolerate some direct sunlight. However, they also grow well (albeit more slowly) in shady corners and other low-light areas of the home. 

Water

Do not water too frequently. Let the soil mostly dry out between waterings do not tolerate soggy soil well; they tend to develop root rot. Water from the bottom of the pot, if possible. This encourages the roots to grow downward and deep, helping to stabilize the thick, tall leaves

Humidity

Adaptable to any humidity level.

Soil

Use a well-draining potting mix.

Long speared leaves with dark green stripes and vibrant yellow edges.

Common Problems

If root rot occurs due to overwatering, remove any dying leaves and allow the plant to dry out more than usual. Snake plants are resilient and typically recover. However, if the plant continues to die, remove it from its pot, discard of any rotted roots and leaves, and repot in fresh soil.

Symptom

Brown spots, crispy tips

Cause

Thirsty plant, low humidity

Symptom

Yellow and brown leaves

Cause

Overwatered 

Precautions

Snake Plant are very effective at cleaning the air, decreasing the impact of airborne allergens and removing toxins. Only very mildly toxic to pets.