Top 7 Snake Plant Facts

Top 7 Snake Plant Facts

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The snake plant is widely known to be a great plant for people who want to start a gorgeous indoor garden. You can identify a snake plant by its tall, green leaves, lined with greyish colored horizontal stripes. But how do you care for a snake plant and where should you place it in your home? 

We answer these questions and more, with our top 7 snake plant facts. 

Water

Snake plants have a special ability. They store water in their leaves! This means they don’t require as much water compared to other indoor plants. They originate from dryer parts of the world including, southern Asia, Madagascar, and Africa.

They’re used to long periods without water. Too much water can result in root rot. So wait until the soil is completely dry before watering your snake plant. When watering your  plant, give it enough water so that it drains out through the bottom of the pot. 

Sun

To help your snake plant grow fast, bright, indirect sunlight is best. That being said, this hardy plant can also survive in low-light conditions. However, you should know that the plant will not grow, or will grow extremely slowly. This can be a significant benefit if you don’t want your plant to get any bigger. 

To keep your plant happy and thriving, don’t move it from a shady location into bright sunlight. This will cause the leaves to burn and turn brown.  

Soil

Snake plants love soil that drains well. This helps to prevent root rot. You can make your own special mix of soil for your snake plant. Simply mix potting soil with cactus soil. Avoid using pure cactus soil as it’s too porous and won’t give the snake plant roots enough time to absorb water. 

Air Purifier

This plant works wonders for your health. It’s one of the top air-purifying plants in the world. The plant has a unique ability to releases oxygen at night, it also helps to prevent Sick building syndrome. Sick building syndrome is a strange illness. People who spend too much time indoors can start to feel sick without cause.

In addition to releasing oxygen at night, it cleans the air from harmful toxins like formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene. These toxins are found in regular, everyday household items like hairspray, nail polish, and some cleaning products. Including snake plants in your decor will reduce these toxins from the air you breathe. This is a huge benefit!

Air Type

Some plants require a lot of humidity to survive. Snake plants, however, do well in both high and low humidity.  This plant doesn’t like the cold. The best temperature is between 60 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Disease & Pests

They can suffer from a few fungal diseases like Southern blight, Fusarium moniliforme, Anthracnose, and Erwinia. To avoid these diseases, don’t overwater. Fungus grows in moisture. The good news is most diseases that impact a snake plant have a simple remedy. All you need to do is remove and dispose of the infected parts of the plant. If the disease takes over most of your plant, it’s best to dispose of the entire plant.

They can also suffer from the occasional pest like a spider mite or mealy bug, however, this problem is easily solved. All you need is a bit of neem oil. Use a cloth to wipe down the leaves. An added bonus: this will also help to reduce dust build-up!

Toxic

Never ingest any part of the plant. This is an important reminder for those of you who own pets or small children. If you have pets or children, it’s best to keep this plant somewhere in your home or office that’s well out of reach. 

Start Your Indoor Garden Today!

If you’re looking to start an indoor garden, the snake plant is a great first choice. Extremely hardy and easy to care for, the snake plant will repay you tenfold by purifying the air. If you’ve got more questions about the snake plants, or any questions about setting up an indoor garden, leave a comment and we will be happy to help you. 

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