Sansevieria trifasciata: How to Grow and Care for Snake Plant, Mother-in-Law Plant

Sansevieria trifasciata Snake Plant, Mother-in-Law Plant

Scientific name: Sansevieria trifasciata

Common name: Snake Plant, Mother-in-Law Plant

One that is perfect for beginners is the snake plant, it thrives in low-light and is perfect for growing indoors. It’s a favorite among beginners and enthusiasts. The leaves of the snake plant grow straight up to a point at the top.

Quick Look at Sansevieria trifasciata

  • Partial shade
  • Typical water needs for a succulent
  • Plant grows up to 48″ (120 cm) tall
  • Zone 10a (Minimum 30° F | -1.1° C)
  • Not cold hardy
  • Propagation by offsets
  • Can be toxic to dogs and cats
  • Summer Dormant

General Care for Sansevieria trifasciata “Snake Plant”

It’s hard to find a plant that’s easy to care for.


Sansevieria trifasciata needs a bit less water than other plants. The “soak and dry” method will allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant

Adding this plant to your bedroom is a great idea. CO2 is converted into oxygen at night while you sleep. Studies show that this simple plant is able to remove chemicals from the air.

You can plant in well-draining soil.


How to Propagate Sansevieria trifasciata “Snake Plant”

It is easy to grow the snake plant with water propagation.


Allow a healthy leaf to be removed from the main plant before placing it in well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out.

Water Propagation

Remove a healthy leaf from the main plant and place it in a tall container. The container should be filled with just enough water to cover the leaf. Place in indirect light and change the water every few days.


Sansevieria grow from a large organ called a rhizome. There is a large mass under the soil where the leaves grow. The rhizome can be divided using sharp scissors or a garden saw.

The section should have at least one healthy leaf growing from the rhizome. Allow it to dry for a day, then replant. Wait to water for a few days after planting.


  1. Sansevieria trifasciata (Snake Plant, Mother-in-Law Plant) – Wikipedia

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