Water sparingly whenever you notice that the compost is dry. Avoid leaving Sanseviera standing in pooled water. Feed occasionally with diluted cactus feed or general-purpose plant fertiliser.
Pet / Child
The leaves of the Snake Plant contain saponin; a chemical which is known to be toxic. Due to the plant’s compact growing habit, there’s rarely a need to prune this species. Keep out of the reach of dogs that habitually chew houseplants.
Copy of Temperature / Humidity
This is a highly tolerant houseplant that prefers moderate room temperatures. Winter temperatures persistently below 10°C (50°F) should be avoided.
Copy of Soil Type
Occasional repotting will be required when the Snake Plant’s roots outgrow the pot. Use a quality houseplant compost with added drainage material in the base.
Copy of Light / Position
For steady, healthy growth place the Snake Plant in bright, indirect sunlight. This hardy survivor will also battle-on in a shady spot.
Copy of Health Benefits
US research has shown that this species is able to remove Benzene from contaminated air. Sanseviera species also have the unusual ability to release fresh Oxygen into a room at night, rather than during daytime exposure to sunlight.
Copy of Growth / Spread
Sanseviera is a slow grower. Expect a maximum height of around 1m (39in).
Copy of Geographic Origins
Sanseviera grows wild in tropical regions of West Africa.