Do you have a snake plant in your home? If so, you may be wondering what the ideal temperature range is for this popular houseplant. In this article, we will explore snake plant temperature tolerance and provide tips on how to keep your snake plant thriving no matter what the weather is like outside!
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We’ll also briefly go over if you can grow a snake plant outside!
Snake Plant Temperature Tolerance
So, let’s get into it. A snake plants temp tolerance is pretty wide, and it can depend on the variety of snake plant you have, as they can all withstand slightly different temperatures. In general though, snake plants can withstand temperatures just above to freezing, and up to 100F/38C (for short periods of time).
With that being said, snake plants prefer temperatures on the moderate side. So if you can, aim for somewhere in the range of 60-75℉/15-24℃, or around room temperature.
With those temperatures in mind, let’s look a little bit closer at those temperature tolerance levels.
Snake Plant Heat Tolerance
While a snake plant can withstand a bit of heat, it doesn’t prefer it, and keep in mind the magnifying effect of windows (or think of how a greenhouse works). If you live in an apartment with a lot of sun coming in through the windows, that space can get quite a bit hotter than the general temperature of your home. So if you have your snake plant in a sunny spot right next to a window, just be sure to keep an eye on it to make sure it’s not getting too hot. Or during the summer, move your plant to a shadier spot. If it is getting too hot, you may see the leaves turning yellow.
If you live in an extremely hot climate, think about turning on the air conditioning, for you and your plants comfort.
Snake Plant Cold Tolerance
On the opposite end of the spectrum, snake plants don’t really like it too cold either. They can handle a few nights in a row of temperatures down to 50℉/10℃, but any longer than that and they start to suffer. So if you live in an area that gets cold in the winter, it’s best to keep your snake plant indoors during those months.
Unlike an aloe vera plant, snake plants have a lot less moisture in their leaves, so the leaves are less likely to freeze, but it’s the roots you especially need to look out for. If you’re expecting it to get cold and can’t move your snake plant somewhere warmer, try to ensure that the soil is dry. If the soil is dry, it will act as a barrier to the cold a bit. If it’s wet, it will likely freeze your plants roots.
If you absolutely must keep your snake plant outside during the winter, there are a few things you can do to help it stay healthy. One is to make sure the soil is dry before the cold hits. Another is to put some insulation around the plant, like straw. And you can cover your snake plant with a blanket to help ward off some of the frost.
Should I Be Growing My Snake Plant Indoors Or Outdoors?
For most people, it’s probably better to have your snake plant growing indoors or in a pot that can be moved inside on those hot summer days, or cold winter nights.
This does depend on the climate you live in though, as when I was visiting Hawaii, they were growing outside everywhere.
What’s The Preferred Snake Plant Temp?
To sum it all up, what’s the preferred snake plant temp? It’s pretty close to room temperature. If you’re comfortable with the temperature, then it’s likely an okay temperature for your snake plant as well.