Snake plants or Sansevieria, are a variety of succulent characterized by long or large flat leaves. They are also known as "Mother in laws tongue" and I'm not sure why because they are extremely forgiving. This variety of house plant are perfect for beginners and are a very effective way to maintain good air quality in your space.
Here are a few tips and tricks for maintaining your new baby:
- They love indirect bright light, but can tolerate direct sunlight. If your space lacks good lighting don't worry they've also been known to thrive in shady areas so long as they are not over watered.
- DO NOT OVER WATER. They love dry soil before you go to water them. If you can, try sticking a slender object into the soil and see if its wet when you pull it up. If you find moisture, its not time to water just yet. Soggy soil can lead to root rot, disease and a dying plant.
- Try watering from the bottom. This will require a draining planter. Add water to the bottom tray and let the soil drink at its own pace. This encourages the roots to plant deeper resulting in a larger plant.
- Dust is not your plant's friends. Wipe the blades down with a damp cloth whenever necessary.
The wonderful thing about snakes plants is that they yield additional plants very quickly when well cared for. At least once a year when you go to re-pot, you'll find that it also needs to be divided. It's a green gift that keeps on giving.