How to Care for a Snake Plant. Snake plants, so called for their long, thin leaves, are also more comically referred to as mother-in-law's tongue. They are a good choice for a decorative houseplant because their upright shooting leaves make them strikingly different than other houseplants. With some basic care, they'll survive in your home.

Step 1

Place around the house depending on your decorative needs and how much you want the plant to grow. Snake plants tolerate almost any amount of direct sun, but will also survive in low light conditions. The plant grows fast in high light, but not at all in low light.

Step 2

Warm a snake plant to encourage growth. Up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal. The plant will survive at temperatures as low as 60 degrees Fahrenheit, but the cooler temperature curtails growth.

Step 3

Don't pour water directly into the ring of leaves. Rot will form if the water is allowed to sit. Water around the base of the plant instead.

Step 4

Water moderately. Once per week is sufficient, but adjust water to the amount of light the plant receives. Water more often in high light, and as little as once every two weeks in low light.

Step 5

Allow a snake plant to become root bound before repotting. Snake plants grow best if their roots are wrapped around the bottom of a pot. They will also bloom if they are root bound.