Can a Snake Plant Live Outside? (A Short Guide)

The snake plant, a flower with pointed leaves that resemble a sword’s edge, is a plant that most of us are familiar with.

Given that it is a native flower of Africa, we can assume that it was designed to tolerate the scorching climate.

Although this plant has a great appearance and can resist some heat, those are not the only things that have an impact on a plant’s lifespan.
There’s a lot more to it, which is why we’ll go into more detail on whether a snake plant can live outside in this article.

Let’s go right to the subject and avoid wasting any more time.

Can a Snake Plant Live Outside?

Yeah, obviously we didn’t spot those plants in Africa but instead mostly indoors. Snake plants are common indoor plants due to their being famous for being easy to take care of and giving our home or office some charm.

Not only that, but they have proven to clear the air and remove toxins.

So with that being said, we come to understand that they sure can live indoors, but the real question here is, can they live outside too?

Yes, snake plants can grow outside, and they can even thrive in shaded regions because they can withstand most lighting situations. However, they are sensitive to the cold and prefer a warmer temperature.

Although they won’t give you the benefits they provide indoors while being outside, they will still make your garden look good and unique.

Taking Care of a Snake Plant Outside

Now that we made sure that is quite possible for it to grow outside, It’s time for me to introduce you guys to some tips on how to take care of the outside if that’s what you have been planning to do.


So we pretty much indicated how adaptable they are to pretty much any light condition, to the point where they didn’t have a problem surviving in shades either.

However, I wouldn’t recommend leaving them in the shade since they are capable of withstanding direct light from the sun without getting any sunburn thanks to them being African native plants.

As for it growing in shade, it will, but it sure will be weaker and it will take longer for it to grow.


For obvious reasons, the next important part would be the watering process. If you know anything about gardening, you know that water is essential for keeping a flower in peak condition.

However, this doesn’t indicate that you should over-water the plant. Then again, you should not under-water it either.

You should find a balance between them.

For example, you water it and the next thing you do is wait for it to dry completely before watering again.

Allow the soil to dry before watering it to maintain a perfect balance without harming your snake plant.


As for temperature, we mentioned that cold weather has an impact on it, so yeah, anything below °F50 will most likely damage and even worse, kill the plant.

A good rule of thumb is to keep it between 55 and 85°F degrees.

Insect Invasion

Although this plant appears quite healthy and has fewer pests than your average plant, it is still prone to them.

Insects can suck the sap from the snake plant, which later causes the leaves to get damaged and get weak.

The usual invaders will be mealybugs, snails, spiders, and so on.

To get rid of insects, try making some insect traps and disinfecting the flowers, as being outside makes them vulnerable to pests.

Snake Plant Main Weakness: Cold Temperatures

Since the snake plant is a member of the tropical plant family, we pretty well stated that the largest threat it faces is the cold. As a result, there are a few things you should take into account when planting this plant.

When winter arrives, especially a harsh one with really low temperatures, it is important to replace your snake plants indoors.

Snake plants can endure temperatures as low as 41F when their soil becomes dry.  But as I just said, those blooms prefer temperatures between 55 and 85 F.

Another thing would be to refrain from fertilizing it in the winter and occasionally water it without over- or underwatering.

If you are lucky, there are also sunny winters. Leaving it in direct sun will greatly affect the flower for the good.

The more sunlight it gets, the more energy it can produce, allowing it to grow really fast, healthy, and big.

Snake plants can grow from 8 to 15 inches without a problem. What’s important is that they can go even longer when they are outside, but you just have to make sure they are not exposed to direct sunlight.

Don’t worry about sunburn and such. They are used to the sun and will be perfectly fine.

Oh yeah, another thing worth mentioning is that you should always try to re-pot it when the moment arrives. It will even make the plant healthier.

Final Words

So, as a parting note, I would recommend that you plant your snake plant indoors; however, if you want to give it a try planting it outside, there is nothing stopping you.

It’s just that you will face more hardships that way.

Nonetheless, nothing undermines the fact that it is both a simple and beautiful flower.

Before You Go

You can read some other blogs on flowers, such as one about how to save a dying corn plant.

Alternatively, if you have a croton plant, I also provided a guide on how to resuscitate a croton plant.

A fascinating blog also discusses how quickly pothos develops.

This pretty much covers everything, so happy gardening and reading!

Aurora Hansen

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