Snake Plant is renowned for its adaptable nature, a variety of species as well as an array of usages. Due to their amazing hardiness and striking lines, this plant is hard to kill and hot favorite to people who can’t keep anything green alive. This diehard plant can put up with almost anything in anywhere whether you grow them in your garden, balcony or other indoor spaces.
Snake Plant is generally known as Sansevieria though some people call it ‘mother-in-law’s tongue’ because of the shape and sharp margins of its leaves. This spiky beauty is adored for its bold and tough looks, pointed leaves and the amazing quality of purifying its surrounding air.
Snake plants have approximately 70 species to choose from. You can see them in all shapes and colors – dwarf or tall, with flat, round or concave leaves, colored with dark green, light green, gold, silver, yellow, chartreuse, black or white. The most popular snake plant species are Black Robusta, Futura Robusta, Futura Superba, Cylindrica, Golden Flame, Gold Hahnii, Moonshine, etc.
Snake Plant Care
Though snake plant is easy to grow and can be neglected for weeks, you must not be oblivious to its care. After all, proper care is what will make your plant thrive and shine. So familiarize yourself with the plant’s basic needs and preferences.
If you’re someone who tends to forget about his/her plant due to traveling or any other reason, this is the number 1 tip for you. Water your snake plant at an interval of 2 to 6 weeks, considering your home temperature and humidity. Make sure the soil gets completely dry before each watering session. Remember, overwatering can rot out your plant.
Though snake plants like medium light ( a 10′ placement from south or west window), they can endure high and low light as well. How tolerant plants they are! Just don’t expose them to direct sunlight because that could burn out the plants.
Snake plants don’t bother the stale or dry in a home or office environment. They can even survive in the bathroom where the moisture level is quite high. Another cool quality that makes the plant ‘diehard.’
These plants can tolerate a long range of high and low temperatures. However, snow and frost are the key culprits to kill a snake. So, make sure you get your plant indoors if the temperature seems to decrease too low
Although Sansevierias are highly insect-resistant, they can be caught up by spider mites or mealybugs if you leave them in poor condition. If you get any bug, you should spray the plant with a water hose – this will blast off the insects and their eggs. Don’t use chemicals to get rid of the bugs. Try natural control like neem oil, horticultural oil or insecticidal soap.
Snake plants are rapid growers and very easy to propagate. Once you get a plant, you will never need to purchase another one. You can propagate a sansevieria plant by division, by the rhizomes which spread and by leaf cutting. In a garden, these plants typically proliferate on their own through underground rhizomes. In a pot, you should try division method followed by leaf cuttings.
The soil nutrition requirement is quite easy for snake plants. As root rot is the key threat to these plants, you should use the soil with a good drainage system.
Well… snake plants don’t need fertilizer. You can feed them during the spring season with a coating of worm compost and compost. If you really need to fertilize them, use an all-purpose houseplant fertilizer; that is also not more than 2 times in one season.
Never hurry to transplant your sansevierias. These plants actually grow better when you put them in a pot. You can repot your plant in every 2 to 5 years time period. Light intensity and duration affect the growth of snake plant. So, If you put your plants in the low light, you can transplant them conveniently every 5 to 10 years.
Snake plants are mildly toxic to pets and can cause nausea, salivation, vomiting, and diarrhea in them. Though the leaves of snake plant aren’t crunchy and appealing to pets, you should keep them away from chewing the plant.
Some varieties of snake plants do flower. However, this is a rare phenomenon, and there’s is no certainty that you’d see flowers in your snake plants. If you happen to see so, don’t forget to savor the sweet smell and whitish beauty of the petals.
If you’re looking to freshen up your space with some delightful foliage, be sure to check out snake plants. Their strong, architectural, sassy appearance adds quite a charm in any indoor place.