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How Fast do Snake Plants Grow?

Snake Plants

There are many types of plants that grow in the wild, and, as you can imagine, they are very diverse.

What are snake plants?

Some of these plants are able to produce food for themselves; others need sunlight, water, and nutrients to supplement their growth. If you want to grow a snake plant indoors, there are a few factors that need to be considered.

The first thing we need is light — how much light you get will affect your plant’s growth rate. The amount of light your snake plant can tolerate depends on its environment. In the wild, this will be very different from your home or office. Some plants like shade, while some prefer bright sun. Since it’s hard to predict what your snake plant will like best, it’s best to have at least two options available: one with plenty of sun and one in the shade — possibly a combination of both!

Second is water — if your snake plant needs more moisture than you can provide it with regular tap or rain water (or even distilled water) then make sure that you have plenty of clean fresh water available at all times.

Make sure that the soil is moist when planting because once a snake plant gets established it tends to stay put and doesn’t move around as easily as other types of plants (it may even move itself). You don’t need much soil for a baby snake plant but since it grows quickly we recommend starting with about an inch or so more than needed for your current size of snake plant (or more for larger ones).

Once planted make sure that it has about three inches around its base before adding more coconut coir or peat moss (this will help prevent root rot caused by too little moisture). Add more soil as needed until everything is well watered and has grown sufficiently enough that it can support itself on its own roots. Note: It’s common for there to be less root growth after you add soil than before so never remove all root growth before adding any soil! To avoid this problem start by removing any excess roots and replace them with new ones! Hydrate the roots before repotting them each time!

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Once planted add dirt around the base of the snake plant if not already done. Be careful not to pack down too much dirt around the base because this can lead to root rot if not removed soon after watering begins again after repotting each time!

How fast do snake plants grow?

Snake plants grow slowly, but that doesn’t mean they will remain unchanged throughout the year. It just means that they are not the fastest growing plants. There are many different kinds of snake plants, and each grows differently. Small ones can grow as little as 2-6 inches (5-15 cm) in a year, while large snakes can grow up to 12 inches (30 cm).

It is important to know how fast you want your snake plant to grow before you buy it. Some snake plants need more sunlight than others. If your plant doesn’t get enough light and doesn’t have many leaves, it will eventually die and it will probably take longer for it to grow back from the root.

So you may be wondering why some snake plants grow faster than others. There are several reasons for this:

The first reason is genetics; if you have a parent with a slow-growing snake plant, your chances of having a fast-growing plant are much lower than if you have a parent plant with a higher growth rate.

The second reason is temperature; low temperatures kill serpentine plants quickly, and heat kills them more slowly.

The third reason is fertilization; some types of serpentine plants require a nutrient wash every few weeks or so at certain times of the day so that they produce new leaves every month rather than every few years like other species.

For these reasons, it’s important that your plant gets plenty of light and water when it needs it-though not too much, as too much water will cause salinity problems that can kill the plant by forcing it to hold back water, leading to root rot.

The most common species of snake plants

Mother-In-Law’s Tongue

Futura Robusta




Bowstring Hemp

Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Twist’

Sansevieria ‘Golden hahnii’

Factors Affecting Growth Rate

  1. Light: Snake plants prefer bright, indirect light, but can tolerate low light conditions. If they are not getting enough light, they may grow slower or become leggy.
  2. Water: Snake plants are drought-tolerant and can go long periods without water. However, overwatering can lead to root rot, which can slow down or even stop their growth.
  3. Temperature: Snake plants prefer warm temperatures between 60 and 90°F. If the temperature drops too low, it can slow down or even stop their growth.
  4. Soil: Snake plants prefer well-draining soil that is not overly moist. If the soil is too wet, it can lead to root rot, which can slow down or even stop their growth.
  5. Fertilizer: Snake plants do not require a lot of fertilizer, but a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer can be applied once a month during the growing season to promote growth.


Propagation is one way to increase the number of snake plants in your collection, and it’s also a way to control their size. Snake plants can be propagated by leaf cuttings or offsets. Leaf cuttings can be taken during the spring or summer and placed in water or moist soil. Offsets, also called pups, can be removed from the base of the mother plant and potted up.


How do I know if my snake plant is not getting enough light?

If your snake plant is not getting enough light, it may become leggy, with elongated spaces between leaves. The leaves may also appear pale, indicating a lack of chlorophyll.

How often should I water my snake plant?

Snake plants are drought-tolerant, and can go long periods without water. It’s best to wait until the soil is dry to the touch before watering, and to be sure to not overwater.

Can I propagate my snake plant by seed?

Snake plants can be propagated by seed, but it is not the most common method. It is generally easier to propagate them by leaf cuttings or offsets.

Can snake plants grow outdoors?

Snake plants can be grown outdoors in warm, tropical climates, but they are typically grown as indoor plants. They prefer bright, indirect light, warm temperatures and well-draining soil.

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