This Low Maintenance Plant Still Has Needs: Here’s How To Keep It Happy


Snake plants are actually succulents, which means they store extra water in their leaves, stems, and roots and can thrive in drier environments. “If you pull snake plants out, you’ll notice these giant root structures that are really thick,” Sabharwal notes. “Water is stored in those root structures, and the meaty, fleshy leaves also contain a lot of water.”

So this is one type of plant that can handle some breaks between waterings. One of the tricks with snake plants is to make sure their soil is completely dry to the touch before watering.

Sabharwal says one of the first things you’ll notice about an overwatered snake plant is that the stem connected to the root structure starts to get soggy. “That means there’s something wrong. They’re very abuse-tolerant,” he explains.