The Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) is a tropical plant that is an excellent choice for a house plant. A great streak of green to put in the corner of an interior to brighten it up. Known for its ease of care, hardy nature, and air cleaning abilities, the Snake Plant is an excellent choice for any room.
Snake Plants are available in many different varieties sporting colors from alternating dark and bright green with yellow edges as shown to gray with purple stripes and an assortment of interesting variegated patterns in between. Snake plants grow long, sturdy, almost sharp leaves in upright clusters sprouting from rhizomes. Mature, the leaves of Snake Plants can reach up to 36 inches tall and 3 inches wide.
Known for being easy to care for house plants, Snake Plants grow well in indoor conditions with lower light levels and an irregular watering schedule. In short the Snake Plant will grow in just about any indoor environment and makes an interesting accent to any space.
Common Names: Snake Plant, Mother-in-laws Tongue
Snake Plant Growing Requirements
- Light – Being a tropical plant, the Snake Plant is in optimal conditions in full sun, but the Snake Plant also does very well in low light environments. The ability to thrive with minimal light lends the Snake Plant to being a very good choice for a house plant.
- Soil – Any commonly available potting mix that drains well is a good choice for soil. Cactus potting mix is also a good choice. The ability to hold water and drain off the excess is especially important with Snake Plant. Adding a bit of peat moss and sand to bagged potting soil will give the medium better ability to drain off extra moisture.
- Watering – Snake Plants liked to be regularly watered, but do a good job at going longer lengths of time without water adding to the durability of the plant. Every 3 to 4 weeks give the Snake Plant a good watering but be careful not to over water. Over watering will cause the leaves to bend and fall and eventually cause the rhizomes to rot, killing the plant. A good watering will keep the plant healthy but take care to not over water.
- Climate – Snake Plants are tough plants do that well indoors in colder climates, outdoors in warmer areas. Indoors the Snake Plant is fine with low light, average indoor temperatures, and medium to low humidity.
- Flowering – In the proper tropical conditions the Snake Plant will shoot forth a flowering stalk that produces fragrant buds. As a house plant though, the Snake Plant rarely flowers. If you are blessed with an indoor flowering Snake Plant, consider yourself truly lucky.
- Pruning – Snake Plants require little in the way of pruning. Since the ornamental leaves are the attraction of this plant, there is no need to normally prune a Snake Plant. If the leaves become unsightly or suffer from over watering, the leaves should be removed at the base.
- Pests – There is no specific pest that afflict the Snake Plant. Occasional gnats and spiders might live in the pot.
- Disease – The Snake Plant is not susceptible to any particular disease.
A bonus that comes with having a Snake Plant indoors as a house plant is that the Snake Plant is one of the best plants for air cleaning. There have been a number of extensive scientific studies on the ability of the Snake Plant to clean the air. Research has shown that the Snake Plant can very efficiently remove carcinogens and pollutants for the air significantly improving indoor air quality. Not only is the Snake Plant a nice looking plant that adds to a space aesthetically, it does a really good job at improving the air quality of a space.
Anyone looking to have an interesting looking house plant that is easy to take care off can do no better than the Snake Plant. The added bonus of the plants ability to improve indoor air quality just adds to the positive appeal of the Snake Plant. A versatile and beneficial house plant, the Snake Plant is a top pick as an indoor plant.