Here’s the Ultimate Guide to Grow Snake Plant in India you have been waiting for! Follow all the tips and tricks here!
The snake plant or Mother-in-law’s tongue is well admired for its long, upright, dark green leaves with a yellow border. It is also popular for its resilience and forgiving nature. It can thrive even in low light! Follow this Ultimate Guide to Grow Snake Plant in India!
Interesting Fact: According to a NASA report, the plant cleanses the air by removing toxic compounds like formaldehyde and benzene.
Botanical Name: Dracaena trifasciata
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Popular Snake Plant Varieties
Sansevieria trifasciata, Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Twist’, Sansevieria ‘Golden hahnii’, Sansevieria ‘Futura robusta’, Sansevieria ‘Laurentii’, and Sansevieria fischeri are some of the best vareities you can grow.
How to Propagate Snake Plant
To propagate from division, take the plant from the pot and remove the excess soil around the roots. Cut the rhizomatous base into 2-3 sections using a sharp scissor. Ensure that each cut section must have 3 rhizomes along with one leaf. Now, plant each one into a separate pot with fresh potting media.
Cut a healthy leaf from the plant and snip it in a V-shape. Let it dry in a cool and shady place so that it can form a callus. Put the leaf in a glass of water so that the bottom 25% of the leaf-cutting remains submerged. Keep it in bright, indirect sunlight and change the water every few days.
The leaf will develop root in around 1-2 months. Once the roots emerge, you can transplant the cutting in the soil.
Requirements for Growing Snake Plant
Snake plant is prized for thriving even in the low light areas and does well in bright, indirect sunlight. Though it can tolerate some direct sunlight, excess of it can harm the leaves.
Water the soil only when the topsoil feels dry to touch. Pour deeply till the excess comes out of the drainage holes. Refrain from overwatering the plant.
Any well-draining soil is best for the plant. You can also go for any cactus potting mix or create your own mix by blending one part each of garden soil and peat moss, with two parts perlite.
The plant does well in the tropical and warm climates of India. Though it does well in the temperature range of 21-33°C, make sure that it does not fall below 10°C.
The snake plant does not require much feeding. To promote growth, you can use any general-purpose liquid fertilizer, diluted to half of its strength once in 2-3 months.
Pests and Diseases
The snake plant is susceptible to root rot, so avoid overwatering the plant. In case of root rot, take the plant out of the pot, air dry the roots for 2-4 days and re-pot it again using a fresh soil or potting mix.