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How Big Do Snake Plants Get? (All You Need to Know)

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There are lots of plants that can be put indoors. The snake plant is quite a popular one. There are about 70 species of snake plants around the world.

These plants are also known as Sansevieria. These slow-growing stripped plants can purify the air too. Let’s find out how big they can get.

How big do snake plants get?

Indoor plants generally grow more slowly than outdoor plants. Snake plants are not different. If a snake plant gets enough nutrition, it can get up to 8ft long when planted indoors to 12ft long when planted outdoors. These plants can spread up to 3 feet in width and grow up to 2 feet a year.

As of the plant grows differently according to the environment, the height , width will be different also. Let’s get to know about the plants growth.


Sansevieria literally means “Mother in laws tongue.” The snake plant is green in color with yellow stripes throughout the plant. Sometimes the color varies as the species varies. Some species are taller than others.

From 70 species, Sansevieria trifasciata, Sansevieria twist, Sansevieria Masoniana and Laurentii are the most popular tall snake plants. They can grow up to 48 inches indoors.


There are different types of snake plants. These plants are planted both indoors and outdoors to increase their beauty. The largest of the snake plant can go up to 12fts.

Some of the largest species are Sansevieria Bacularis, Sansevieria ehrenbergii, the trifasciata prain and Sansevieria stuckyi.

If these species get enough light and nutrition, they can rise from 10 to 12 ft. These species are good to keep on the corner of the room or in the yard.


Most of the time, wide snake plants are kept indoors and can be put anywhere. As the leaves are wider, the height of the plants is not long enough. So, the height of the wide varieties of snake plants is always less than 4fts.

Sansevieria Masoniana or Mason’s congo is one of the widest snake plants available here.

The leaves can spread up to 10 inches. Common wide snake species are Sansevieria Moonshine, Sansevieria jade pagoda, Sansevieria Hahnii, Sansevieria Grandis and Sansevieria Black Dragon etc.

How big do snake plants get indoors?

Snake plants are one of the most popular and easy to get indoor and outdoor plants. These plants need a little care, which is a relatively slow grower. This sword-like tongue or snakehead-like shape has given perfection to these plants’ names.

In wild areas of Asia and Africa, these plants can grow naturally. But these plants can amplify the beauty of the interior. If you can provide enough space and enough nutrition to these houseplants, they can easily get up to 8ft.

But the growth will be a little less than the plants grow outdoors. The small species can be kept over the table, and the large species are good on the corner of any specious room.

These plants are bothered by too much water, and the owner should water the plant every month to a small portion.

How big do these snake plants get?

Snake plants amplify the beauty of your home, office, and yard. The size and shape of the plant are so unique that they attract people. You can place these plants on the corner of your house or on the table. Now, let’s see how big these snake plants get.

Dwarf snake plant:

As the name suggests, the dwarf snake plant is smaller, and the leaves are wider than regular tall snake plants. Dwarf snake plants’ leaves are cylindrical in shape, and the leaves can grow up to 4 inches with a thickness of ¼ inch.

There are yellowish and green stripes on the leaves with a yellow border. It can grow up to 10 inches and sometimes 1 foot tall.

Moonshine snake plant:

Moonshine snake plants can grow taller. Moonshine snake plants are popular among all the snake plants family. Moonshine snake plant is pretty rare too.

If these plants get enough water and a suitable environment, these plants can grow about 6 feet to 12 feet. And leaves are about 35 inches long and about 2.4 inches wide. The color of this plant is light green.

Rattlesnake plant:

The name of the plant came from its attractive pattern and color. Rattlesnake plants are not like other snake plants. The leaves stripe is quite unique for rattlesnake plants.

These plants can get up to 30 inches or 2.5 feet long. These plants have a distinctive color pattern with a light and dark green. The border of rattlesnake plants’ leaves is wavy.

Starfish snake plant:

Like the starfish, these plants have hard foliage, which is fan-shaped. These plants are rare, and these plants come with a dark green circular pattern from the very top to the bottom of the foliage.

These plants can grow about 7 feet or 2 meters. And these plants’ leaves can grow 2.5 cm to 6 inches wider.

Are snake plants fast-growing? Can snake plants stay small?

For any sort of plant, some variables are needed to grow faster. These variables are temperature, water, soil, humidity, enough space, light, and ample fertilizer. With care and all these elements, a plant can grow faster.

Snake plants can get up to 12 feet with great care when planted outdoors. Also, these plants can grow 2ft every year. And these plants are thought to be slow-growing houseplants.

Some species, such as sansevieria black dragon and sansevieria moonshine, etc., will not grow faster but will grow horizontally.

Moreover, they need enough room to spread horizontally and vertically when growing a plant. If the owner decides to keep the plant small, they can put it inside a small pot and keep it indoors.

Inside a room, it will not have sunlight, which will stop the plant from growing. So that the plant will stay small.

How to make snake plant grow bigger?

With proper nourishment, the snake can get up to 8ft indoors. So, to ensure growth, you must follow these steps.

Enough Sunlight:

Plants with green leaves need sunlight to grow faster. Sunlight provides energy to start the photosynthesis procedure.

So, the photosynthesis procedure helps the plant with ATP. Which finally helps the snake plant grow and keep the plant healthy.

Limited Amount of Water:

Snake plants need a small amount of water. Even in winter, the plant needs water every month. If the plant is in a watery or muddy pot, it will soon get some disease, and then it will perish away. So, limit the watering schedule.

Good Soil:

A good soil mixture is mandatory for snake plants. As snake plants cannot stand a huge load of water, they need to be put on a less watery surface.

Or the plant will decay. It is mandatory to put these plants inside a terracotta pot and free-draining or organic soil mixture.

Ample Volume of Fertilizer:

The best season for snake plants to grow is spring. With a good amount of fertilizer, the growth rate increases. Fertilizer is not needed daily. But these plants need nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in the 10:10:10 ratio.

Right Weather:

If there is more humidity and the temperature is higher than room temperature, these plants will grow faster. Remember, putting more water will damage the plant’s root, but the plant absorbs water from the humid environment. So, make sure your place is warm and humid.

Do snake plants need big pots?

The size of the snake plant’s pot varies as the snake plant’s root balls size varies. Along with the root ball’s size, the owners want to grow the plant adds up with it.

Because if the owner wants to grow the plant, it needs to have bigger pots; otherwise smaller pot is okay for the plant.

The standard snake plant pot size is ¼ to  times of the root size. That is, the owner should plant an eight inches plant to ten inches pot and ten inches plant to twelve inches pot.

If the pot is overcrowded with snake plants, then the plant will not grow enough. It is not necessary to have a huge pot for planting snake plants.

Maintain the pot to root ball ratio with a good mixture of fertilizer and soil. It will provide the owner with a good outcome.

Final Thoughts

Snake plants generally get up to 12 feet outdoors and 8 feet indoors. On average, these plants can grow horizontally, about 6 inches to 3 feet. Make sure to use the perfect pot. These plants have unique stripes throughout their body. Spring is the most suitable season to grow snake plants.

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