Snake Plants 101 with Chris Satch
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Snake plants are completely underrated. These “low light-tolerant” plants are often thrown into dark corners, dusty offices, and bathrooms with no windows due to their notoriously hardy personalities, but there is so much more to this beautiful collection of plants than just their ability to survive. Their leaves come in the most mesmerizing shapes and I think they are one of the most giftable plants around because no matter who you are gifting, and what their lighting situation is, a snake plant will likely be able to handle it. That is why I'm excited to finally have a deep dive into this set of plants with no other than repeat-guest and plant friend, NYC Plant Doctor himself, Chris Satch! 

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In this episode we learn:

  • [00:39] Why Maria LOVES snake plants
  • [04:55] Why snake plants are the most giftable plants
  • [06:06] Are snake plants Dracaena or Sansevieria?
  • [09:32] Where do you find snake plants in nature?
  • [10:06] Are snake plants low-light plants?
  • [11:08] The structure of a snake plant
  • [13:43] How snake plants photosynthesize
  • [18:02] How much light do snake plants need? Can you burn them?
  • [19:16] How often should you water snake plants?
  • [21:22] What your snake plant looks like when it needs watering
  • [23:24] How do you get a snake plant to flower?
  • [24:13] Do snake plants need fertilizer?
  • [26:23] Where to get sustainable hanging planters
  • [29:12] The best giftable planty products this season
  • [32:14] Chris’ confession about the best potting media for snake plants
  • [34:49] Maria’s confession about her first snake plants
  • [35:57] How to divide and repot snake plant pups
  • [38:00] How tall should a pup be before you separate them?
  • [41:23] Why do snake plants droop? How do you strengthen their leaves?
  • [43:33] Troubleshooting floppy snake plant leaves
  • [46:06] How do you get snake plants to be fuller?
  • [47:33] Chris’ favorite snake plant species
  • [52:28] Why you should wipe the dust off your snake plant leaves
  • [54:05] What life lessons can we learn from snake plants?

Mentioned snake plant species:

  • Sansevieria gracilis
  • Sansevieria fischeri
  • Sansevieria ‘Cleopatra’
  • Sansevieria kirkii var. pulchra. “Coppertone”
  • Sansevieria trifasciata “Bantel’s Sensation”
  • Sansevieria cylindrica
  • Sansevieria trifasciata “Moonshine”
  • Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii'

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