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How To Care For a Snake Plant and Why They're Perfect For New Plant Owners

close-up: woman holding 3 snake plants in black pots

Taking care of a plant might seem simple enough, but there is a little more involved than just making sure it gets sunlight and watering it. Each plant requires different types of care, from where to place it in your home, to when you need to repot it.

I made the mistake of adopting a cactus as my first houseplant. I figured it would be a breeze to take care of. Boy, was I wrong. That prickly beauty didn't last three weeks under my care. I guess I should have done some research on how to care for houseplants and pick one that suited my lifestyle. Lesson learned: Turns out cactus don't need to be watered every day, and when they die the smell will rival the rottenest egg!

If you are brand new to caring for plants, then you want to choose a plant that is low-maintenance and won’t require too much care. The snake plant is one of the most recommended varieties for new plant owners, because snake plants are easy and fairly inexpensive.

Snake Plants Are Very Low Maintenance

When you are new to owning and taking care of plants, it can be really overwhelming. There is a lot to consider, like where to place the plant in your home, how much direct sunlight it needs, how often to water it, and what kind of soil to use.

The best thing you can do is start with a low-maintenance plant, which is why snake plants are often recommended for people brand new to plant care.

First of all, snake plants don’t require a lot of bright light, so you can put them in a room in your home that gets a lot of shade. They can also handle different temperatures, including cold and hot weather, dry air, and humidity. If you tend to forget to water your plants, it isn’t as big of a problem with the snake plant.

It Can Clean and Filter the Air Inside Your Home

A really good benefit to having snake plants in your home is that they do an amazing job at cleaning and filtering the air inside your home.

snake plant

All plants will produce oxygen, though some kinds of houseplants are known for producing it a little better. Snake plants are one of these plants where they produce more than your average amount of oxygen. Not only will your air be cleaner, but with improved oxygen, you might notice you even sleep better.

They can also remove certain pollutants and even chemicals from the air in your home. Studies have shown that snake plants help to remove toxins from the air, including formaldehyde and benzene. What could be better than that?

It Survives With Little to No Light

In addition to being a low-maintenance plant, snake plants are also great because they can survive with only a minimal amount of light and sunshine. If you want to keep it in a room of your house that doesn’t get the best natural light, you definitely still can.

This is why you will see a lot of people keeping their snake plants in dimmer rooms of their homes, like a bedroom or office, that might not get as much light as the living room or kitchen.

This is also helpful if you live in an apartment building where outside your window are just other tall buildings, where you get mostly shade and not a lot of natural light.

Beginner Tips for Caring For Your Snake Plant

If you are new to taking care of a snake plant, here are some quick tips to consider:

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Make sure your pot has a drainage hole – When it comes to caring for your house plants, one crucial aspect often overlooked is ensuring that your pot has a drainage hole. This simple feature can make a world of difference in the health and longevity of your green companions. While the snake plant can thrive on neglect and require minimal watering, they are susceptible to root rot if left sitting in waterlogged soil.

Without proper drainage, excess water gets trapped at the bottom of the pot, leading to suffocating roots, and ultimately causing irreversible damage to your plants. By investing in pots with drainage holes or adding them yourself, you provide an essential escape route for excess water, preventing potential disaster and allowing your plants to flourish. Remember, a little foresight goes a long way when it comes to plant care – so let those roots breathe easy! .

Don’t repot your plant right away – Plants become accustomed to the environment they are in, so if you get your plant from a nursery, you should keep it in its nursery pot for about a week after bringing it home. This gives the snake plant enough time to become familiar with your home environment before moving it to a new pot. Also, when choosing a pot for your snake plant, choose a pot that’s no more than ¼ – ⅓ larger than your plant’s root ball. Snake plants like to be kind of packed, but if the pot is too small, you run the risk of root rot.

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Use a potting mix designed for houseplants –When it comes to caring for your beloved snake plant, using a potting mix specifically designed for houseplants is essential. The unique requirements of indoor plants like the snake plant call for a specialized blend that provides adequate drainage and nutrition. These mixes are carefully formulated to support healthy root growth and overall plant health, giving your snake plant the best possible conditions to thrive.


By opting for a houseplant-specific potting mix, you're ensuring that your snake plant receives the right balance of nutrients without the risk of over- or under-fertilization. This tailored approach can make a world of difference in the long-term health and vitality of your green companion. So next time you repot your snake plant or bring home a new leafy friend, consider investing in a quality houseplant potting mix to set them up for success in their indoor environment. 

Here are a few a recommend, but don’t forget to check for plant specific soil should you want to pot something else:

Don’t overwater your plant – As I mentioned earlier, I started out as an overzealous plant caretaker, thinking more water equaled more love for my plant. But my poor cactus taught me a valuable lesson - less is often more when it comes to watering. The snake plant, known for its resilience and ability to thrive in low-light conditions, introduced me to the concept of tough love in botanical care…lol.

Watering your plants excessively can lead to root rot and other issues that weaken their overall health. Observing my own plant's response to different watering frequencies helped me develop a better understanding of its needs. Now, I let my snake plant breathe between waterings and watch it flourish with just the right amount of hydration it craves. Remember, sometimes showing love means knowing when to step back and give your plants some space! 

Why Snake Plants Are Perfect for New Plant Owners-Conclusion

In conclusion, snake plants are the perfect addition to your home if you're a beginner looking for an easy-to-care-for plant. Not only do they require minimal watering and can thrive in low light conditions, but they also have air-purifying properties and come in a variety of visually appealing shapes and sizes. With snake plants, you don't need a green thumb to enjoy the benefits of having indoor plants. So why not add one (or more!) to your collection today? Trust me, you won't regret it!

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