Buy or gift your friends a beautiful Sansevieria plant that has loads of benefits in store. Popularly known as Snake Plant or the Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, it’s a robust indoor plant. It demands the least amount of caring and is hard to kill. One of the top 5 air-purifying plants with elegant sword-like green leaves, this makes a perfect piece for your home decor and gift items.
So, there’s no need for you to think anymore. And if you’re still confused, then here’s all that you want to know.
What are the benefits of the Snake Plant?
There are a lot. Read on to find why Snake Plant is so popular among houseplants.
- Removes air pollutants
The famous NASA study of 1989 shows that Snake Plant is a great indoor air-purifying plant. Its larger leaf surface removes air pollutants like CO2, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene and lets you live a healthier life.
- Produces oxygen
According to a study published in Harvard University Extension, the Snake Plant is one of the most efficient oxygen-producing houseplants.
- Great for interior decoration
The light and dark shades of green and yellow with the horizontal stripes, the spikey leaves look almost artificial and unique. Though it can perfectly survive in your office or home, you can also keep it in hanging or railing planters on your balcony or mini-garden.
- Absorbs CO2 at night
It is a kind of CAM plant that is a dry climate, drought-tolerant plant that prepares its food in low light to reduce water loss. That causes it to absorb the CO2 of the room at night and purify the air.
- Low maintenance
We can say that it’s the toughest houseplant in the world. It’s a drought-resistant plant that can tolerate the heat and lack of water and also can fairly grow indoors with low light.
How to grow and care for your Snake Plant?
It won’t be a lie if we say that growing a Snake Plant is the easiest task. It grows well with little or no care. However, below is a complete care guide that you may want to learn about.
- Lighting: It prefers bright to medium light. It can endure high and low light but make sure that you don’t keep it under direct sunlight as it can burn its leaves.
- Watering: Watering once a week is enough.
- Placement/Location: Snake plants love to be in bright spots but with indirect sunlight. Living rooms, bedrooms, balconies, and office desks are all suitable places to keep them.
- Fertilizers: Feed your plant a normal balanced fertilizer from spring to the beginning of fall. Feeding in winter is not suggested.
What are the common problems with growing a Snake Plant?
- Why is my snake plant drooping?
The main cause of drooping can be root rot or overwatering.
2. How do you fix root rot in snake plants?
Root rot in snake plants can cause many other problems in the plant. A healthy plant usually has white roots. If you notice it turning brown or black, cut away that part of the plant and repot the healthier roots in the fresh soil.
3. Why is my snake plant not growing/dying?
Overwatering or root rot is the major cause that prevents it from growing to die. In this case, remove the already damaged root and repot your plant.