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The snake plant (Sansevieria) would be a contender if there was a prize for the most tolerant plant. The care of snake plants is quite simple.
Because of their architectural shape and slender twigs, these plants can be left alone for weeks at a time and still seem fresh.
They are also resistant to insects and can tolerate low light conditions.
Even a NASA study has revealed that snake plants are capable of eliminating poisons like formaldehyde and benzene from the air in your house. As a result, they are the ideal houseplants.
How to Grow a Snake Plant
Cuttings of snake plants can be easily grown into mature plants. You must select soil that drains well because they are often destroyed by rot.
Snake plants can be propagated through leaf cuttings, but the simplest approach is to divide them. With a sharp knife, the rhizomes can be cut from the roots and replanted.
These, too, must be planted in soil that is easily permeable by water.
About Snake Plants
Snake plants are native to southern Africa and are well adapted to conditions similar to those found in the southern United States.
As a result, they can be grown outside for part of the year in USDA zones 8 and higher.
However, because snake plants spread by sending out underground runners and can become invasive, treat them as you would bamboo and plant them only in contained areas or pots.
Too much water and freezing temperatures are two of the few things that can seriously harm this plant.
Soggy soil promotes root rot, and prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can harm the foliage.
Snake Plant Care
The upkeep of snake plants is fairly simple when they have been propagated. During the winter, keep them out of direct sunshine and water them sparingly.
When it comes to these plants, it’s really best to let them dry out between waterings.
If the plants are in a pot, a small amount of general-purpose fertilizer can be applied.
Types of Snake Plant
Snake plants are found in tropical and subtropical parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia, where they can be found in over 70 different species.
All of them are evergreen and can grow up to 12 feet (3.5 meters) tall. Sansevieria trifasciata, popularly referred to as mother-in-tongue, law’s is the most commonly used plant species in gardening.
As an alternative, the following species and cultivars are worth keeping an eye out for:
- Sansevieria ‘Golden Hahnii‘ – This species has short, yellow-bordered leaves.
- Sansevieria cylindrical – This snake plant has round, dark green, striped leaves and can grow to be 2 to 3 feet tall (61 to 91 cm.).
- Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Twist’ – This cultivar has twisted leaves, as the name suggests. It is also horizontally striped, has yellow variegated edges, and grows to be about 14 inches (35.5 cm) tall.
- Rhino Grass, Sansevieria desertii – This plant can reach a height of 12 inches (30 cm.) and has succulent red-tinged leaves.
- Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Bantel’s Sensation’ White Snake Plant – This cultivar has narrow leaves with white vertical stripes and grows to about 3 feet (91 cm) tall.
WIT AND WISDOM
Snake plants, like spider plants and peace lilies, are said to be extremely effective at cleaning the air and removing toxins like formaldehyde.
However, more research is required to determine the true extent of these plants’ air-purifying abilities!
Sansevieria trifasciata, a tropical African snake plant, produces a strong plant fiber that was once used to make bow strings for hunting. As a result, it is also known as “Bowstring Hemp.”
- Root rot due to overwatering is the most common issue.
- If this occurs, remove any dying leaves and allow the plant to dry out more than usual. Snake plants are resilient and typically recover. However, if the plant continues to die, remove it from its pot, discard any rotted roots and leaves, and repot in fresh soil.
This article should have helped to explain how to grow a snake plant.
They truly are the easiest plants to care for, and will gladly reward your lack of attention by providing clean air and a little cheer in the corner of any room.