Sansevieria trifasciata goes by a variety of names: “Snake plant”, “Mother-in-law’s tongue”, “Viper’s bowstring hemp”,”Golden Bird’s Nest”, “Good Luck Plant” and in Brazil they call it- “St George’s sword” .Sansevieria Trifasciata, Houseplant
Sansevieria use the crassulacean acid metabolism process,which absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen at night. The microscopic pores on the plant’s leaves are opened at night and releasing oxygen. Keep growing as many of these plants, because they clean the air you breath.
Sansevieria likes light, but does just fine in low light, and requires very little water as well. Sansevieria is an excellent natural air filter.
Snake plant grows naturally in dry soil watering every couple of weeks should be fine, even less in the winter. Sansevieria trifasciata- It’s a desert plant from dry Africa. It is a succulent that stores water in its very thick leaves. The best care is to allow the soil to become almost dry between thorough watering.
Feeding & Repotting
Sansevieria grows well in any general purpose potting soil. Free draining soil is absolutely essential to growing snake plants. It likes to be potbound ( having roots that fill the flowerpot, leaving no room for them to expand. ) and can remain 3 to 5 years in the same pot. In winter, it only needs one watering every couple of months, which makes it one of the easiest houseplants to maintain with some of the most amazing benefits.
You can propagating Snake Plants with cuttings. Let the cut leaf callus over for a day or two, then insert the cut end into moist sand in a container. Wait a couple of weeks and the plant will root on its own.Mother-in-law’s tongue needs no pruning. It is striped horizontally, has yellow variegated edges and grows to about a 14 inches tall. Sansevieria desertii – This one grows to 12 inches.
House Plant That Resist Pests
Bugs, fungus and bacteria don’t bother sansevieria, either as a houseplant or outdoors. Over-watering could cause a problem-root rot, a fungus can cause the leaves to discolor or wilt.
Are Sansevieria Poisonous?
Humans: The toxicity level is low, producing short-lasting symptoms such as mouth pain, and some nausea. The leaves are potentially poisonous if ingested, Sansevieria is not usually recommended for children’s bedrooms. Sansevieria is another toxic beauty for pets, if ingested it causes gastrointestinal signs (vomiting, drooling diarrhea)
Interesting facts; Sansevieria species act as good air purifiers by removing toxins (such as formaldehyde, xylene and toluene) from the air. Found by NASA to absorb toxins, such as nitrogen oxides and formaldahyde. Sansevieria is able to absorb 107 types of toxins, including air pollution, cigarette smoke (nicotine).
Source: NASA Clean Air Study