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Habit: Upright ti low growing evergreen succulents growing from rhizomes and producing cylindrical, flat or thick, U-shaped leaves variously decorated with various shades of green, yellow, white and cream markings. 

 

Temperature: Plants grow best between 20 to 30ᐤ C and temperatures below 4ᐤ C may result in the death of the plant.

 

Light Exposure: Plants will grow well in medium to bright, indirect light but are capable of surviving in low light locations in which the plants will grow very slowly. The trifsciata species is the most capable of surviving in lowest light locations.

 

Watering: Snake plants need to dry out between waterings regardless of light exposure and it’s always best to err on the side of caution if in doubt. As a rule of thumb, watering once every two weeks during the rainy season, once a month in the cold dry season and once a week in the hot dry season.

 

Fertilising: Snake Plants can be fertilised with a well balanced fertiliser at half strength only once per month. Plants can be damaged by over fertilizing so one must be careful.

 

Pruning/Repotting: Pruning is not usually required but occasionally needed when leaves die or are damaged. Repotting is necessary when roots start coming out the bottom of the pot or when the rhizomes start to deform the pot and is best carried out just before starting into active growth at the end of the cold dry season.

 

Pests/Diseases: Mealybugs, whitefly, thrips, spider mite, scale and root mealy bugs are all pests that attack the leaves and roots. While a few fungal pathogens can cause leaf spot and blight issues as well as root rot.

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