Houseplant expert on how to make your snake plant ‘thrive’ for years with ‘minimal effort’

How to care for a snake plant

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Snake plants are a common houseplant found in many UK homes. They are also known as Saint George’s sword, mother-in-law’s tongue, and viper’s bowstring hemp, among other names. They are native to tropical West Africa so are perfect for our homes.

Unlike other houseplants, snake plants require minimal watering, especially in the winter where they may only need watering once a month.

A houseplant expert from The Home Depot shared how to care for a snake plant in a 2020 YouTube video.

Snake plants are low maintenance and can tolerate long periods without water, making them a great option for beginners.

The houseplant expert shared how to ensure your snake plant “thrives for years to come” by choosing the right plant, watering it properly and potting it correctly.

Snake plants can live for five to 10 years but they have been known to live for 25 years or more if they’re well-maintained.

The expert said: “With its unique shape and colouring, the easy to grow and hard to kill snake plant is the perfect starter houseplant.

“Choose one with slightly moist soil with unbroken leaves that’s rich green in colour.

“You’ll also need to select a planter that’s slightly larger than your plant so there’s room to grow.

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“Fill the planter two-thirds full with well-draining soil.

“Then make a spot for the new plant.”

The houseplant expert made a hole in the fertiliser with both her hands.

The hole was deep enough for the plant’s roots to comfortably sit.

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“After removing the plant from the container, and loosening the roots gently, press the plant down into the hole.

“Then add soil around the sides and top it off within an inch of the planter’s rim.

“Your snake plant should do well as long as it gets plenty of indirect bright light.

“It’s also very low-maintenance and only requires water when the soil is dry to the touch.

“After watering, let it soak in for about an hour then remove any excess water from the saucer.

“Then once or twice a year feed it with a high quality houseplant fertiliser.

“It’s unlikely, but if you do find pests on the leaves, spray them with insecticidal soap.

“With minimal effort, your snake plant will thrive for years to come.”

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