Sansevieria Fernwood Care Guide

Also known as the snake plant and mother-in-law tongue. The Snake plant is native to West Africa.


David isn’t one to fuss. Place him in a low lit or bright room where there is at least one window. Keep David out of any spot with direct sunlight or no natural light at all. Lighting-wise, David pairs perfectly with Zoe and Jane.


David is happy to go a few weeks without water. He prefers his soil on the dry side and won’t object to being forgotten about. He’s perfect for office environments and people who have busy lifestyles that might not be able to water their plants regularly.


David isn’t a humidity loving plant and will thrive in normal household humidity.


David likes a warm climate but will thrive in a cooler or draughty room. Keep the temperature between 18ºC-25ºC.


Use our fortifying fertiliser once a month between the months of March-September.  Avoid fertilising in the winter months when David will be in dormancy.


David is a slow grower and can spend a few years in his original nursery pot. When it’s time to repot, read our repot like a pro blog for tips on repotting successfully.



Soft or droopy leaves - The droopy leaves could suggest David is ready for a drink. Make sure his soil has completely dried out before you water him again.

 Yellow leaves/brown spots -  These are both signs of overwatering.

Make sure David’s soil completely dries out before watering again.

Pale leaves - The pale leaves could be a sign of not enough natural light. Place David closer to a window for more access to natural light.


Top tip 1: To remove dust from David’s leaves use our beautifying leaf shine every 3 weeks. Clean leaves will help to absorb more light. 

Top tip 2: David was announced by Nasa as one of the best air purifying plants to have in your home. Place him in your bedroom for cleaner air while you sleep. 

Top tip 3: Rotate David’s pot regularly so each part of his foliage has equal access to the light.