Laurentii Snake Plant Complete Care Guide [2021]
Guide for laurentii snake plant care

Laurentii Snake Plant Complete Care Guide [2021]


Laurentii Snake Plants are a staple for your collection – period. Once you start paying attention you will notice them everywhere. Native to West Africa, they are scientifically classified as dracaena though were formerly and more commonly considered sansevieria or sansevieria laurentii. Often referred to as mother in law’s tongue, they add a striking vertical element to any room with their thick spiking leaves. The best thing about snake plants is that they are virtually impossible to kill.

Watering Your Laurentii Snake Plant

Snake plants thrive on neglect.  They only need to be watered every two to six weeks, depending on a variety of factors. If they are in a bright spot, they will likely need to be watered more often than in a dark corner. Also, they should be watered less in the winter when they are resting.

The only thing you need to be careful of is overwatering. If you are not sure if you should water your snake plant yet, stay on the safe side and wait a week to steer clear of root rot.

Sunlight and Humidity

Snake plants do best in medium light but will do well from low light to bright indirect light. Avoid direct light because the leaves can burn. Note that the bright yellow variegation on the outside edges of the snake plant laurentii may slightly fade in low light.  

As for humidity, these plants can handle very versatile conditions without issue. 

Propogating a Laurentii Snake Plant

Propagating a Snake Plant Laurentii

You can propagate your Laurentii Snake Plant in multiple ways. The simplest way is by division. To divide and propogate the Snake Plant, you will gently un-pot the plant and divide up the leaves (with their respective roots) into two or three groups. Then you’ll finalize the process by quickly repotting them all. This method gives you attractive and mature looking plants right away.

Another common method is through cuttings. You simply need to snip off the top two to five inches of a leaf and either place it directly into soil or let it sit with the bottom in water until it develops roots. It does take a matter of weeks for the cuttings to develop roots, so be patient. 

Benefits and Toxicity

Snake plants were named by NASA as excellent air-purifying house plants. They remove formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, chloroethylene, and toluene from the air as well as produce oxygen throughout the nighttime which few house plants do. 

Some other great air-purifying plants other than the Laurentii Snake Plant include:

However, it’s important to not that snake plants are poisonous to people and animals, so make sure to keep these out of reach of any little ones or furry friends. If you’re having a hard time keeping your furry friends away from the plants, be sure to check out our tips on how to keep pets away from your plants.

Cleaning and Pruning

If there is any dead or badly damaged growth you should remove it so that the plant allocates its energy elsewhere. Beyond that, pruning is optional for aesthetic adjustments. If you are wondering how to prune your Laurentii Snake Plant, check out this great video from Joy Us Garden on how to prune your plant.

Fertilizer and Type of Soil

Snake plants are not picky about soil. Any well-draining potting soil should do the job. Fertilizing should only be done about two or three times in the entire growing season with a succulent or general house plant fertilizer.

Caring for a laurentii snake plant

Pests and Problems

Snake plants are quite pest resistant. Although it is uncommon, they can get mealybugs and spider mites. If you suspect that your plant has either pest, you can rinse off all of the leaves and then spray or wipe them down with either neem oil or a mild dish soap and water mixture. You should continue to do this until you no longer see signs of pests.

If a leaf on your snake plant begins to become brown or mushy, it likely has a disease. This is not a big deal. Use a clean pair of shears to cut off this leaf and your plant should suffer no further consequences.

Repotting a Snake Plant Laurentii

Snake plants are rather fond of growing root bound so repotting is rarely a necessity. If you plant them in a much bigger pot, they will eventually grow to fill it. If you want them to stay petite, keep them in a smaller pot and cut back leaves or remove rhizomes as needed.

For these plants, I highly recommend terra cotta pots as they breathe, preventing root rot. If you use a plastic or ceramic pot, pay extra attention to how much you water (in other words, forget to water it so it has lots of time to dry out).


For a plant like this, sometimes the best thing you can do is set it and forget it for long periods on end. These plants are spectacular, unique, and easy. Every plant parent needs to have at least one.

If this guide has inspired you to beautify your home with one of these plants, be sure to check out the Snake Plant Laurentii in our plant shop!


Cellar Door Plants aims to help bring nature into your home. We feel like people nowadays are more distant from nature than ever before. How can we protect the earth with so much distance from everything living around us? While we are based in Seattle, Washington, our greenhouse is located in San Marcos, California.

We are avid plant lovers so every plant sold is packaged and protected with care to guide it to your home safely. We have a wide selection of houseplants with care requirements ranging from easy-to-care-for home additions for beginners to more complicated varieties that require a more experienced grower.

If you’re interested in adding a Laurentii Snake Plant to your houseplant collection, head over to our plant shop to purchase!

However, if you’re still not sure which plant is for you, check out our Mystery Plant Subscription Box and you can have a different 4″ indoor plant delivered to your front door every month. This subscription box is perfect for plant lovers who have a hard time deciding on just one!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you take care of Snake Plant Laurentii?

Laurentii Snake Plants are fairly low maintenance so as long as you remember to water them and provide indirect sunlight, your plant will thrive!

How tall does a Snake Plant Laurentii grow?

A Snake Plant Laurentii can grow anywhere from 8 inches to 12 feet tall if you let it. If you want your plant to grow that tall there are various tactics to encourage it to grow upwards.

Is Sansevieria Laurentii a snake plant?

Yes, the Sansevieria Laurentii received the informal name of the Snake Plant due to its long, tapered leaves that seem to shoot up like snakes out of the ground.

Do all snake plants clean the air?

Yes! Snake Plants are excellent air purifying plants for your home. Studies from NASA have shown that the plant is effective in getting rid of toxic substances such as formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and also nitrogen oxides.

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Tricia Wieloszysnki
Tricia Wieloszysnki
1 year ago

What temperatures can the snake plant grow in?

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