Meet The Family: Snake Plant – Memories Of Home

Back in November the only two plants on my list were a Peace Lily and a Snake Plant. As a new plant parent the words “impossible to kill” and “easy to care for” were very encouraging. I was afraid that killing a plant early into my journey would be devastating (I was right, but more about that later). 

With my “Meet The Family” series of posts I will be introducing you to my plants and tell you a little bit more about the story behind each plant. I will also attempt to share more about my plant care, and how the plant responds to the conditions in our apartment.

After searching for a few weeks I finally managed to find a Sansevieria in December 2019 that was in pretty good shape. I was thrilled to have one in our home because not only are they amazing for purifying the air, they also bring back memories of home. 

Growing up in South Africa my mother filled the entire garden on the side of our house with Snake Plants or Mother-In-Law’s Tongue as we refer to it back home. They grew very tall but unfortunately due to the threat of actual snakes they recently decided to remove them all from the garden. I never thought of having a Snake Plant indoors. 

I have planted her in a mix of cactus soil, houseplant soil and perlite. I water her about every 2-3 weeks depending on how dry the soil is. In winter I water less frequently so that she can dry out. I used to have her on the nightstand in our guest bedroom, but as that has since become a quarantine corner for a spider mite infested Calathea (more on that later) I have moved her to the window sill. Since she has been in the South/South West facing window with bright direct light she has started to show more growth and I had to move one of the three to a separate pot. 

My Sansevieria is from Woodies and the pot she is currently in is from Next. I can 100% recommend them to anyone that wants to start a plant family or wants to add some plants to their homes as they don’t need a lot to survive. They are especially great for lower light areas as they can survive without a lot of natural light. 

As far as I can tell this one is a Sansevieria Trifasciata Futura Superba but if anyone can confirm the exact variety of my plant please let me know. 

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