Snake Plant Care


Snake plants can go for as long as three months without watering in NZ, but they do need to be watered every month during the winter. To water your snake plant, place it in a container with no drainage holes. Add enough water so that it is about 2.5 cm above the soil surface and let sit for 10 minutes before removing excess liquid from the plant base with a spoon or knife. Place the pot back on its tray and allow excess water to drain out into the tray. This will ensure that you’re not overwatering or underwatering your snake plant!


Snake plants are native to the deserts of Southern Africa, so you'll want to choose a soil with well-draining properties. Well-draining soil helps prevent root rot and allows for better aeration, which is important for snake plants because they do not like wet roots.

Sand, pumice and perlite are all good choices for your snake plant's potting soil. Sand is typically sold in bags at garden stores and can be used alone or mixed in with other ingredients. Pumice is volcanic rock that will lighten up the weight of your potting mix without affecting drainage or aeration much—it also looks really cool! Perlite has many of the same benefits as sand: it's lightweight but not too fine so it doesn't clog up drainage holes; it retains moisture well; plus it adds an interesting texture to your potting mix that makes things more interesting than just plain old sand!

You could also try coarse sand (not beach sand) mixed with some topsoil if you have access locally—coarse natural materials like this tend to break down over time due to their larger particle size which means they'll eventually become part of a loamy mixture that won't compact under pressure from watering, etc.


Snake plants are a low-maintenance plant that you can place almost anywhere in your home. While snake plants will thrive in indirect light, they do appreciate some direct sunlight as well. Not only that, but they are very tolerant of many different lighting conditions.

If your snake plant has been receiving too little light, the leaves may appear dull and limp. This is one sign that it's time to move the plant into an area with more natural or artificial light. While these plants will survive in lower-light conditions for short periods of time (as long as there is enough moisture), it's best not to keep them there for long periods of time if at all possible because this can cause them to become susceptible to disease and pests.

Why are my snake plant leaves falling over?

If your snake plant is in a pot or planter, be sure that the pot has drainage holes in the bottom. If you don't have these holes, water can collect in the bottom of the pot and cause root rot.

Another common cause of falling leaves is over-watering. As a general rule, provide enough water so that it drains out of the bottom of your pot after watering (but not so much that it pools). If you're unsure how much to water—or if you want more detailed instructions about caring for this plant—contact us for more information!

Room Temperature

Snake plants prefer a warm room temperature, usually between 12 and 30 degrees celcius The snake plant will tolerate a range of 4 to 38 degrees. However, it does not like cold drafts or high humidity. You can place your snake plant near the window for some extra light, but not in direct sunlight where it may get too hot and overheat from the glass pane.

Why is my snake plant not growing taller?

  • The plant is not getting enough light.
  • It's too young for the size of its container.
  • It's too old for the size of its container.
  • It's growing too fast and needs more time to rest in between growth spurts (this is especially common with younger plants).
  • If it has been moved recently or during a change in temperature, it may be experiencing stress or shock as a result; give it time to adjust before worrying about growth rate again!

How do you save a snake plant that is dying?

If your snake plant has been neglected for some time, it can still be saved!

If your snake plant is showing signs of dying, isolate it immediately. Isolate the plant by putting it in another location where its soil will not be able to spread fungus or other diseases to any other plants. Keep this area moist and allow the dying snake plant to finish out its life cycle before removing it from the pot.

Snake plants are fairly hardy and can bounce back from neglect if they have proper care afterwards. A good rule of thumb is that if you notice any wilting leaves, trim the leaves immediately with pruning shears so that you don't lose too many leaves or kill off the entire plant. If you wait too long then there may not be much left for recovery.

Why is my snake plant turning brown?

The leaves of a snake plant can turn brown from the tips, and this is often a sign that you’re overwatering. If this happens, your plant will be able to recover if you reduce the frequency with which you water it.

If your snake plant has brown tips throughout its entire leaf, then chances are good that you have root rot. This condition is caused by too much moisture in the soil around your snake plant’s roots—it could also be caused by having used a pot that was too small for its size or by using an excessively wet growing medium like gravel instead of soil (which would have allowed more air circulation). A healthy snake plant will eventually recover from root rot if given proper care; however, some types may take longer than others since it can take several months for their root system to grow back completely.

Where should I place my Snake Plant to get the best growth?

The Snake Plant (Sansevieria) is a succulent plant that comes in a variety of different sizes and colours. It’s very easy to care for, but you do need to know where to place it so that it will grow best.

The first thing you should know is that snake plants enjoy bright light, but no direct sunlight. If you don’t have a bright spot in your house, try putting them near windows with sheer curtains or blinds on them – this will keep them from getting too much direct sun and drying out too quickly.

If you don’t have any areas like this at all – fear not! Your Sansevieria will still do well as long as there isn't direct sunlight coming into the room where they're sitting (or moving). They'll just grow slightly more slowly than if they were placed closer to natural light sources such as windows or skylights

What size pot does a snake plant need?

Snake plants don't need a large pot to thrive, so choose one that is only slightly larger than the root ball. If you can, choose a pot that is wide and shallow rather than narrow and deep. If you choose a pot that is too big for your snake plant, it won't grow well because it will not be able to produce enough roots in order to support its growth.

When is the best time of year to repot my Snake Plant?

The best time of year to repot your snake plant is in the spring. This is when it will be most vital for you to take care of its growth and maintenance, as well as keep an eye on any problems that may start developing.

To properly prepare the plant for repotting, follow these steps:

  • Water your snake plant thoroughly before you begin repotting it so that the soil is moist but not soggy.
  • Take any rocks or other decorations out of its pot and place them in a safe area away from children's reach while you work on repotting your snake plant (make sure they're well-protected against breakage). If there are any plastic containers inside the planter itself, remove those too; they'll only add extra weight to what will be an awkward task later on down the line if left behind even temporarily during this process!

What if my Snake Plant is flopping over?

If you have a snake plant that is flopping over, there are two possible reasons why. The first is that your pot is too small for your snake plant, causing it to topple over. The second reason could be that the roots of the snake plant have become tangled, which can be remedied by removing them and untangling them before repotting.

There are several ways to prevent this problem in future:

  • Use larger pots when repotting your plants in order to give them room for growth
  • Don’t overcrowd multiple plants in one pot; use separate pots instead if necessary
  • Water thoroughly but sparingly so as not to drown the roots

Final Snake Plant Tips

Success with snake plants is easy to achieve, but there are a few things you need to know. Follow these tips and you’ll be enjoying the beauty of these plants for years to come.

The following tips can help avoid common mistakes:

  • Keep the soil moist but not wet. If it's too dry, water more often; if it's too wet, use less water or place the plant in a room with better air circulation.
  • Avoid placing them in direct sunlight because they prefer shady areas.
  • Check out the leaves regularly for signs of pests such as scale insects or mealybugs; remove any pests you find by hand or with an insecticidal soap spray (follow package directions).