The snake plant is made of tough stuff. It grows primarily across Africa, in very dry conditions. It’s used to places so hot that during the day it keeps all its pores completely closed, so it doesn’t lose any water to evaporation. When the temperature cools at night, its pores open, releasing all the oxygen its been holding in. Its toughness makes it a dream of a houseplant. If you’re a beginner, this is the one for you. It thrives on neglect. It can live in any light conditions and doesn’t care if you forget to water it. The only thing it hates is too much water. It will also benefit from a monthly feed with liquid fertiliser in spring and summer. Low-key as it is, the snake plant is treasured all over the world.
Light watering: If you’re forgetful about watering, you’ll love it. It’s very drought tolerant and likes to dry out between drinks.
Most light conditions: It’s very chilled about light levels. It’ll be happy in any light conditions, but loves bright, indirect light.
Feeding: If you want to be very nice, give it a liquid feed (diluted to half strength) once in spring and again in summer.
Leaves can get dusty, which isn’t good for its health. Give it a gentle clean when needed.
Did you know?
Another nickname for this plant is ‘viper’s bowstring hemp’, because its strong fibres were once used to make strings for bows.
Plant height 100cm Recommended pot 27cm