Snake Plant – Sansevieria – Mother-in-Law’s Tongue.

Snake Plant – Sansevieria – Mother-in-Law’s Tongue – plant care guide

Snake Plant – Sansevieria – Mother-in-Law’s Tongue.

Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae – a relative of garden asparagus, native to tropical Africa. Known by many names such as Saint George’s sword, viper’s bowstring hemp, etc. These are hardy house-plant that grows 6in to 5 feet tall with multiple vertical dark green leaves that have lighter grey-green zig-zag horizontal waves, and sometimes longitudinal yellow stripes along the margins. These are robust plants to keep indoors, in the garden, or in the balcony. Relatively easy to grow and require low maintenance. 

Sansevierias can live in almost any lighting conditions, be it in a room with low lighting or in outdoor garden with direct sunlight, but the growth will get affected in both the cases as medium-light indoors or filtered sunlight is considered to be the best. Its been found that darker leaved varieties such as S. trifasciata & S Hanhnii do better in low light, while the ones with brighter variegations tend to become less intense and patterned. Keeping them in direct sun for longer duration may lead to leaves turning yellow from the edges and burning.

Sansevierias are prone to root rot if left overwatered for a longer duration, thus make sure the soil is almost completely dried before watering again thoroughly and evenly. Also, it’s important not to let any water build up in the center of the leaves. If not cleared on time, that may lead to a mushy plant and rot. Sansevieria prefers a loose, well-drained potting mix, thus cactus and succulent mix works great.

Chinese people considered them a treasured houseplant, it was believed that eight gods bestowed their virtues upon those who grew the snake plant. (long life, prosperity, intelligence, beauty, art, poetry, health, and strength). Sansevieria works great as indoor air purifying plants due to their ability to remove formaldehyde and benzene from the air but they’re found to be toxic to cats and dogs.

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