It’s not an everyday occurrence to have a plant that does more than add beauty to your home.
The dwarf snake plant also has the ability to improve air quality by absorbing bad things bad things, such as nitrogen oxides, formaldehyde, and other toxins.
No, we aren’t making this up, NASA said so in a recent study.
The snake plant also called the Sansevieria has become increasingly popular and rightly so! Even those with the “cursed gardening thumb” can show off with their thriving plant.
So how do you thank the plant that helps purify your indoor air quality? To keep your snake plant happy, see tips below:
Basic Things You Should Know:
Light: Don’t hold back on the light. The lighter the better! Snake plants love the light and can’t seem to get enough of it
Soil: contrary to the regular practice of letting plants grow in pots with enough space, snake plant prefers cramped quarters. So when planting, go for tight pots
Watering: You guessed right. It does not want to get drenched in water every so often. (we know you guessed wrong!). A good soaking every 2 to 3 weeks is just fine.
Fertilizer: Only apply fertilizer in the warmer months.
Ready for the other tips?
Forget about the plants
We know how this sounds but Snake plants only do well when you almost forget about them.
Remember you have to allow the soil to dry between waterings. Root rot from overwatering is most likely to kill them than under-watering.
Try to avoid wetting the leaves when you water your plants and fertilize during the growing season.
Snake plants do not mind the dry or stale air in your home or office, actually, they’ll clean it for you. However, if you want a change in an environment without hurting the plants, they also do well in bathrooms where the humidity is much higher.
Who wants plants in the bathroom though?
Snake plants are super strong and are highly-pest resistant, however, in poor conditions, they can get mealybugs and/or spider mites. Remember over-watering is an effective way to cause root rot for your plant.
If your plant gets mealybugs, spray affected areas using a garden hose, kitchen or bath spray. Once you have drained the soil, place in sunlight.
We have established that root rot is one of the main issues that kill the plants, so you need to get a fast and well-draining soil to help prevent this.
Not to worry, snake plants are easy going so you don’t have to worry much about the plant nutrients too.
Don’t rush to transplant your snake plants. They don’t need as much space because they do better when they are pot-bound
A good way to know if you are okay to transplant is when your snake plant break they pots. (The rhizomes and roots are quite tough)
A rule of thumb: repot your plant every 2-5 years at most. If yours is growing in low light you can transplant every 5-10 years.
Dark spots on leaves
If you notice dark spots on your leaves, it’s a signal of overwatering, you are drowning the plant.
You need to stop watering immediately and rub a small amount of vegetable oil on the leaves. The oil will force water out of the mushy spot and turn it green again.
Cutting the flowers
If you get lucky and your plant flowers, try not to cut them off. (If you have allergies to pollen it’s absolutely okay to cut the flowers off)
When your snake plant is flowering, it is giving off more oxygen which is beneficial to you.
Keep your plants away from cats and dogs
Actually, this is for the benefit of your pets.
According to the ASPCA, this plant is toxic to cats and dogs. Chewing or ingestion can result in vomiting and diarrhoea. So keep them away
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