Sanseveria: Whale Fin
Snake plants prefer warm, bright light and grow well with eight to ten hours of indirect or five to six hours of direct sunlight. Too much bright sunlight causes leaves to become limp and can burn the plant. They tolerate shade but inadequate light slows photosynthesis, stunts growth, and dilutes color in the leaves. To keep your snake plant robust and healthy make sure it receives an adequate amount of sunlight daily.
Snake plants prefer a loose, well-drained potting mix. They do well in sandier soil which makes all-purpose cactus potting soil a good choice. Avoid mixes with peat content which can compact and retain water.
Water your snake plant when soil becomes almost completely dry, then water thoroughly. Check soil mix every two weeks for moisture during winter. Your plant may need hydration only once a month. If leaves become brittle and dry, water immediately. Once every two weeks during the growing season in spring and summer is usually sufficient, but keep in mind overwatering is the quickest way to lose a snake plant. Too much water or allowing the plant to sit in water rots the shallow root system. Yellowing leaves are an early sign your plant may be waterlogged
Temperature and Humidity
Snake plants grow best in warm temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees F. Keep plants out of drafts. They won't tolerate frost and prolonged exposure to less than 50 degrees F., will eventually lead to plant loss. Average household humidity between 30 and 50 percent is adequate.
Feed once in spring and mid-summer with a balanced, slow-release NPK 10-10-10 fertilizer diluted to half strength. Do not fertilize in the winter.
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