I hope that all of you are having a fantastic weekend! Today we are going to be starting a new series. This series will be a Houseplant Tour, but I am going to give you tips and tricks for all of the plants that I have!
I hope that this series encourages all of you to make your homes a little greener. As a college student in an apartment I don’t have a ton of time to be outside, or near nature at all! I didn’t even realize that I missed having my mom’s flowers and garden around me until I moved to a place with more concrete than grass.
This week we’re going to be discussing Sansevieria, or the Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law’s Tongue.
If you all have been reading for awhile, you know that Herman the Snake Plant was my very first houseplant!
Herman is a Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii. I found him at the Kroger Marketplace in Somerset for $12.99 back in August. He is still doing great, and he definitely changed me into the crazy plant lady that I am today!
These next few photos are some of my favorites of Snake Plants that I’ve seen on Pinterest. You can find these and other photos in my Plant Lady board!
There are many different varieties of Sansevieria. Here is a photo that highlights the differences in some of these varieties:
Snake plants are considered to be nearly impossible to kill. They can handle a variety of light conditions, but as most plants, they do best with medium to bright, indirect light. These plants can also handle erratic watering schedules! I usually water my snake plants once a week, until the soil is moist.
I have three of these plants, and they are all different varieties. As I said earlier, Herman is a Sansevieria laurentii. I also have a Sansevieria ‘Moonshine’ and a Sansevieria ‘robusta’.
These last two are new additions to the family, so I haven’t had the chance to name them yet! If you have any name ideas, make sure to leave those in the comments below!
With light and water needs out of the way, we can focus on fertilizing, humidity, and re-potting.
I have not started fertilizing these plants yet as spring has just sprung. When it gets a little warmer I will start fertilizing these once a month with a diluted cactus/succulent fertilizer. My favorite is the Miracle-Gro Liquid Succulent Food.
Sansevieria is a succulent type plant, so it does very well in normal household humidity. However, they can tolerate dry conditions caused by drafts or air conditioning vents!
While these plants are super easy-going, they do not love to be re-potted. I usually re-pot my plants as soon as I bring them home, but then I will wait until they are completely root bound before I move them to a larger pot. This could take one to two years, so be patient!
Sansevieria are one of the top ten air purifying plants based on a study done by NASA! They remove Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, Xylene and Toluene.
These plants are poisonous to dogs and cats, so make sure to keep your furry friends from eating your green friend!
I hope that you all have enjoyed learning about Sansevierias! These plants are gorgeous, and are perfect for anyone who is new to plant care, busy, or someone who wants more of a decoration than a living thing to care for!
These plants also go with any decor! They can be found at your local Lowe’s, Walmart, or Home Depot. If you’re brave enough to order a plant online, Hirt’s Gardens has a ton of varieties of these lovely plants!
Please let me know if you have any other questions about these plants. I would love to talk everything green with you all!
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