COMMON NAME: Mother in law's tongue and Snake Plant.
BOTANICAL/SCIENTIFIC NAME: Sansevieria Trifasciata
LIGHT: The mother in laws tongue is well known for coping with direct sun and low light conditions, although bright light conditions with some sun light and shade is preferred.
WATERING: Because this plant is a succulent it stores water within its foliage, so it is not necessary to keep the soil damp. Water from spring to fall when the soil becomes dry to the touch and during the winter only once a month. Be careful not to over water as this can cause the root and base of the plant to rot.
SOIL: Use a common well draining cactus and succulent potting mix available from all garden stores.
HUMIDITY: Average house humidity is advised - but this plant can tolerate dry air conditions and drafts.
FERTILIZER: Once a month, balance NPK: 20-20-20 or lower equivalent balance NPK ratio.
SIZE: Height 120cm.
Sansevieria is known for its air-purifying properties and is extremely popular because of its easy care and clean look. Sansevieria has the ability to produce oxygen and even has one of the highest conversion rates with regard to the conversion of carbon dioxide into oxygen. They tolerate low light conditions as well as artificial light, therefore they are very suitable for most homes, apartments, and offices. Sansevierias (snake plants) are some of the toughest plants you can find. Whether indoors, in your garden or on your balcony, these spiky beauties can put up with almost anything. They’re easy as can be, but there are a few things you should know.
Easy does it with the watering. You want to be careful not to overdo it because your plant will rot out. Always make sure the soil is almost completely dry before thoroughly watering again. Water your Snake Plants every 2-6 weeks, depending on your home’s temperature, light levels, and humidity. So, if you travel or tend to ignore plants, this is the one for you.
Even though Sansevierias prefer medium light , they’ll also tolerate low light and high light. How versatile they are! Just be sure to keep them out of the direct sun because they’ll burn in a heartbeat.
These plants don’t mind the dry or stale air in our homes and offices. They’ll also do well in bathrooms where the humidity tends to be much higher. This is another versatility factor which gives this houseplant the label: “diehard”.
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