How do Snake Plants help us as houseplants?

snake plants & FAQ

Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) as a house plant has tremendous utilities. It acts as low maintenance, hard-working air purifier.

It is said to be one of the toughest houseplants you can buy.

It also has an interesting form. It is unique for its upright swordlike leaves and charming multicolored leaf markings.

Also, read how houseplants work as air purifiers, and how houseplants like aloe vera and areca palms provide us with many benefits, apart from their air purifying capabilities.

How do snake plants help us?

  • Snake plants can help reduce the damaging health effects of trichloroethylene, a chemical compound that is found in some household degreasing cleaning products, which can cause nausea with high levels of exposure.
  • These plants also remove carbon dioxide and produce oxygen throughout the night. Hence it is said to be a hard-working air purifier.

Position:

This plant will grow well in a sunny position but will also tolerate some shade.

It can handle the dry air in our homes as well as more humid spots.

Care required for snake plants

  • Snake plants are extremely low-maintenance house plants.
  • And these will tolerate a bit of neglect as well. In fact, the only thing these plants don’t like is being overwatered, so always let the soil dry out between waterings.
  • You may be able to spot if these have been overwatered since the leaves will start to go soggy or mushy.

sunlight & water requirements for snake plants

Sunlight for snake plantThese plants will grow well in a sunny position but will also tolerate some shade.
Water for snake plant These plants don’t like being overwatered, so always let the soil dry out between waterings.
sunlight & water requirements for snake plants

Growth rate of snake plant:

This is slow growing but will grow faster if its compost is replaced regularly. It can reach up to 4ft (1.2m) and spread to 1½ft (50cm).

Feng Shui & snake plant:

  • In feng shui, the snake plant is believed to have strong protective energy.
  • The spiky nature of its leaves is said to shield a person from negative chi.
  • This kind of leaves is sometimes interpreted as aggressive energy, with some people suggesting that this plant shouldn’t be placed in busy social areas.

mother-in-law’s tongue

It also has the common name mother-in-law’s tongue because of the sharp edges of its leaves, which doesn’t present mothers-in-law with a good image.

Caution:

BE AWARE: This plant can cause nausea and vomiting if eaten, so keep it away from children and pets.