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Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata) – Care & Growing Guide

Snake plants (Dracaena trifasciata) would be up there competing for first place if you were looking for houseplants with the highest level of tolerance. Snake plants are a popular choice of houseplants due to their air-purifying property as well as being a symbol of cleanliness and tenacity. Snake plants are also associated with good luck in the world of Feng Shui!

Snake plants have always been a popular choice of houseplant but it was in 2020 when interest in these awesome plants grew massively. Unsurprisingly, the effects of the pandemic and work from home policies grew people’s interest in gardening. According to online data, the number of searches around snake plants grew 91% YoY in 2020. Interest around snake plants have maintained since then. You won’t go wrong with growing these elegant plants at home.

Caring for Snake Plants

Here are some basic but important tips when caring for snake plants. As low-maintenance houseplants, it’s hard to get things wrong and to end up with a dead snake plant but you must still meet its basic requirements for the snake plant to thrive at home or other indoor spaces.

Watering Snake Plants

Find out how often snake plants need to be watered as well as learning how you can tell whether a snake plant needs watering or not.

Propagating Snake Plants

Want to grow a new snake plant? Learn the proper way of propagating these houseplants. Which point of the adult snake plant do you cut? Can you propagate snake plant in water?

Positioning Snake Plants

Growing a snake plant indoors? Find out where you should be placing a snake plant in the house or office space if you want the plant to thrive with minimal intervention.

Soil and Fertilizer for Snake Plants

Here is our recommendation of the soil and fertilizer you should use for growing snake plants.

Snake Plants in Windowless Rooms

Yes, it’s possible for snake plants to grow in rooms with no windows as long as you have the right setup.

Snake Plant Problems

Here are the most common problems people have when growing snake plants. It’s important you find the right balance if you don’t want the snake plant to suffer from any of the problems listed below.

Drooping and Falling Leaves

Drooping leaves can be caused by a number of reasons, some of which aren’t so obvious as others. Find out the steps that will revive a snake plant to its former glory.

Leaves Turning Brown or Yellow

The appearance of brown spots on the snake plant foliage is never a good thing especially when the plant foliage is known for its playful, green color.

Snake Plant Leaves Curling Inwards

Read simple tips for fixing a snake plant that’s starting to display curling leaves.

Recovering Broken Snake Plants Leaves

Damaged snake plant leaves you may have accidentally snapped or broke could be saved if you take the appropriate steps.

Snake Plants that Attract Bugs

Like other household plants, snake plants also have the potential to attract unwanted pests and bugs to your home.

Gnat infestations on Snake Plants

Pests like fungus gnats can start to appear around the snake plant if you don’t take proper care of the soil.