A Sansevieria Plant, originally from South Africa, is another hardy almost impossible to kill houseplant that thrives on neglect. Sansevieria Plants, also called Snake Plants and Mother in Law’s Tongue Plants, can be used as table plants or, when taller, stately floor plants. Certain varieties of Sansevieria Plants, such as the “Trifasciata” have long, thick, stiff, upright leaves that can reach 4ft. in length while other varieties, such as the Hahni Sansevieria, have very short compact leaves that are only 4”. NASA lists the Sansiviera Plant as an excellent clean air plant.
LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS: A Snake Plant can be placed anywhere in a room from the darkest corner to next to the brightest window. The better the light, the faster a Sansevieria Plant grows.
CARE INSTRUCTIONS WATER: Over-watering is the only way to kill a Sansevieria Plant. Always allow the soil to completely dry out before watering Snake Plants. During the winter, in a low light area, a Sansevieria Plant needs water only once a month. When in doubt, do not water Sansevierias!
FERTILIZER: Feed a Snake Plant monthly when the plant is actively growing with a Cactus Plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Never use a fertilizer that contains nitrates on a Sansevieria Plant.
TEMPERATURE: Snake Plants grow well in temperatures between 60 and 85 degrees.
HUMIDITY: Sansevieria Plants prefer low humidity.
FLOWERING: Snake Plants may produce flowers ever few years during the summer months. Flower production on a Sansevieria Plant occurs when the plant is sitting in bright light and when the plant is experiencing some stress. Stress provoking conditions for a Sansevieria Plant would be severely dry soil or very root-bound. The flowers of a Sansevieria Plant, which appear as clusters on long spikes, are fragrant but not particularly pretty.
PESTS: Snake Plants are quite immune to houseplant pests.
DISEASES: Snake Plants are also quite immune to Houseplant diseases.
SOIL: Sansevieria Plants like good rich organic soil that drains quickly. If the soil in the pot of Snake Plant isn't draining well, add some sand to it.