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Evyline’s Blog Snaketails prefer the shade, and they will suffer if they receive direct sunlight, however it will not survive if there is no natural light in the room or its planting spot. Perfect location is vital to the plant’s well-being. The best soil for snaketails growing in pots is a loose, porous soil mix, such as a combo of peat moss, leaf mold, and shredded bark. Do not plant it in a sandy soil!! Good drainage is essential. Just because snaketails live in warm, sometimes tropical regions does not mean they are water plants. Never let a snaketail’s root ball sit in water. Only repot a snaketail when it is completely pot bound. Snaketails often have shallow root systems, and they do not appreciate being disturbed. Avoid moving the plant around if you can help it.  Do not cut your snaketail plant! Snaketail is not a particularly friendly plant, when you touch it without gloves on it can end up in rash and minor burns. Some days it is better to not touch it at all, gloves or no gloves. Once a month it can bloom, and the flower petals can be used in a healing cream.