Have you ever thought of growing a snake plant in a hanging basket? Well, it’s possible if you know the right sanseveiria variety for it.
Growing snake plants in hanging baskets is a lovely way to add greenery to your space vertically. As it is one of the easiest plants to grow in the world, rest assured; there are not many things you need to do to keep it well.
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Choosing the Right Snake Plant Variety
You can pick any dwarf cultivar or the likes of Sansevieria Trifasciata, Sansevieria Cylindrica, and Sansevieria Hahnii.
However, the best one to grow is Sansevieria ballyi for this purpose. It stays compact and has a slow to moderate growth rate – the best part, it trails!
Picking the Right Basket
To start, go for a 6-10 inches wide hanging basket. It will be good for small plants for at least 2-3 years. Post that, you can divide and remove the extra plants and, repot the mother plant in the same basket again, and fill it with fresh soil. Or, opt for a bigger basket than before, 10-12 inches in size maybe – remember, it’s always a good idea to go for a basket that’s more wider than deeper.
- Ensure the basket has good drainage to prevent waterlogging.
- Consider the weight when watered. Ensure the hanging mechanism can support it.
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How to Grow Snake Plant in Hanging Basket
For the growing medium, fill the basket with loose, free-draining, sandy, or loamy soil for drainage and preventing rot. Cactus or succulent potting mixes work well.
Gently place the plant in the center of the basket. Fill soil around the roots and up until an inch of space is left at the top, or else the soil may spill at the time of watering.
2. Location and Light
Hang the basket near a bright window. For outdoors, pick a spot that gets filtered sunlight or complete shade for most part of the day.
You should water the hanging basket of your snake plants sparingly, especially in winter. They are tolerant of low light and irregular watering and will survive droughts.
In hot climates, you should consider watering a little more frequently as hanging baskets dry out sooner than regular pots.
Additional Tips for Growing Snake Plants in Hanging Baskets
- If your basket is small, only plant one snake plant for healthy growth.
- Avoid placing the basket in full sun or too dark.
- Do not hang the basket in a too windy location. It should not sway too much like a pendulum.
- You can also add some mini succulents in the same basket for interesting combinations.
- And last but not least, pay attention to the watering. Stick in your finger about an inch deep. If it feels dry, it needs watering.