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How to Take Care of Snake Plants



How to Take Care of Snake Plants

A snake plant is easy to take care of and is very low maintenance. However, you need to prune it occasionally and carefully. To control the height, you can cut off the damaged or overgrown leaves and wait for a new leaf to grow. If you notice that the leaves of your snake plant are dropping off, simply pull them from the root and wait for a new leaf to grow. If you don’t want to deal with pruning, snake plants don’t like sunlight.

You can keep snake plants outside during the summer, but make sure to bring them inside before the temperature drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit or wintery frost. When bringing your snake plant inside, keep it out of drafts and give it drier soil. In winter, it enters a dormant state and will need water only once or twice a year. However, if you don’t fertilize your snake plant, it will likely die.

Because snake plants grow aggressively, you should choose a pot with fast-draining soil. Don’t use potting soil that is too wet, because this will cause the roots to rot. Plant your snake plant the same depth as its mother. Plant the roots a bit deeper than the rim of the pot. Snake plants need indirect sunlight because they will burn or wither if exposed to direct sunlight. You should also keep them out of drafts, as snake plants don’t like temperatures below 50 degrees.

Watering your snake plant is simple – just remember to avoid spraying the leaves with water. Watering too often can lead to root rot and other problems. Snake plants like soil that is slightly moist to avoid being too dry. During winter months, watering should be limited to once a month or whenever the soil feels dry to touch. Don’t overwater it; you will end up with crispy and limp leaves.

If you notice that the leaves of your snake plant are drooping, you’re giving them too much light. If this happens, move the snake plant to a window with good ventilation. If you move it to a window, it will compensate for the lost light. And don’t forget to place it in a well-draining terracotta pot. The drainage holes in terracotta pots are ideal for snake plants.

You need to keep in mind that snake plants need indirect light. They tolerate a low light, but struggle in bright light. In addition to that, the amount of water required for your snake plant depends on its location. A plant that receives bright light requires more water than a plant that is shaded. In dimmer areas, you can sparsely water it. Snake plants can go as long as two months without watering during winter.

Keeping snake plants healthy is easy. As long as you don’t overwater it, they will remain healthy even without frequent watering. Snake plants have good luck and can act as natural partitions. They also add a splash of color to corners. As a bonus, snake plants purify the air and have been regarded as a lucky plant in Chinese Feng Shui. Moreover, they may bring good energy.