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Indoor Plants

How to Take Care of Snake Plants (Sansevieria)

January 9, 2018 2 min read

One of our favourite tropical plants to have inside your home are snake plants (Sansevieria). Even if you have a brown thumb, we promise you can take care of this beautiful, air-purifying plant by following this guide.

Snake Plant Care Tips

Stiff, upright sword-like leaves are found in various shapes, and shades of gold, grey, and silver tones. These houseplants create a modern, sculptural statement wherever they are in your home.

Sansevieria are adaptable to a variety of conditions, making them a suitable houseplant for busy owners. It is critical that these plants are not over-watered, as it can cause damage to the roots. They can survive periods of drought, so it is best to let them dry out thoroughly before watering again.

Snake Plants can tolerate all types of lighting, from bright lit rooms and dim areas in an office or apartment. No matter where you are looking to add some greenery, this plant will be sure to beautify your living space.

A Natural Air Purifier

These tropical plants are included in the NASA Clean Air Study. They have one of the highest conversion rates for carbon dioxide to oxygen.

They also have a low toxicity level making them less harmful to your furry friends.

If you are worried about pests, snake plants are resistant to almost all common houseplant infestations, such as aphids.

Common name: Snake Plant, Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, Devil’s Tongue

Origin: Western Africa

Water: Be careful not to overwater. Allow soil to dry out completely between watering; this can vary from every 2-3 weeks, or even once a month. In the winter, cut watering in half

Light: Bright to low light

Dislikes: Over-watering, cold temperatures, and drafts

Benefits: Purifies indoor air (absorbs toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene), converts carbon dioxide into oxygen

Snake Plant (Sansevieria) in a Sheridan Nurseires garden centre greenhouse