Overview

Why This Site?

The snake plant is a boon to home owners and office workers around the world. TheĀ  plant supplies an exceptionally rich source of oxygen will having uncommon hardiness and ease of maintenance. These properties have vital implications in the fields of health and energy.

NASA conducted a study that shows it can provide a significant amount of oxygen to indoor environments. The snake plant was one of three types used in the Paharpur Business Center of New Delhi, which the government declared the healthiest building in the city. Not only did it reduce respiratory symptoms, eye irritation, and headaches, but it increased productivity and reduced ventilation needs — significantly cutting energy consumption.


Description

The snake plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata), also called mother in law’s tongue, has thick, leathery leaves that stand two to four feet tall. It is native to Brazil and Africa, but is also a popular outdoor plant in many southern U.S. states. A full-grown plant usually costs $10 to $15.


Appearance

It’s most popular use is as an indoor, decorative plant. Its leaves are variegated with light-colored blotches, and are often bordered with a yellow trim.

Care

Can be neglected for extended periods without any adverse effects. It thrives in sun or shade, but should not be kept in an environment below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Characteristics

Removes contaminants from air and produces large amounts of oxygen.

9 comments

  1. art gettys says:

    mine is blooming. I did not know they bloomed.
    Is this unusual. Has 4 flower sikes.

  2. Raquel says:

    what would happen to it if I planted it outside. Shade all day except for in the AM.

  3. angelique says:

    what is the other uses of snake plant?

  4. admin says:

    Raquel – See the “Cultivation and Care” page in the right sidebar for outdoor growing information. The shade will not be a problem, but temperature may be.

    Angelique – According to Wikipedia, the fiber used to be used to make Bow Strings, and the plant is used in rituals in Africa and Brazil for its symbolic meaning. Personally, I am more interested in the atmosphere-enhancing and air-freshening qualities.

  5. joshua marcelino says:

    are fermented leaves of snake plant can be effective as insecticide sir? i will wait for the reply asap sir thank you

  6. Rara Rara says:

    I’d like to make an experiment regarding this plant sir,if the leaves are effective as insecticidal agent?Would that be realistic?

  7. admin says:

    Hi Rara Rara,

    Honestly I have no idea about using it for this purpose. I created this site more for promoting the benefits of using snake plants as houseplants. Sorry I can’t answer you and hope you find the answer.

  8. Paul says:

    Hullo!

    I started caring for a snake plant in november. This is my first house plant.

    As the growing season is coming in, I want to provide optimal conditions. This is how I did it:

    -grow box made of black cardboard for heat insulation.

    -Lined the inside of the growbox with mylar

    -Cut a large hole in the growbox for light access

    -covered the hole with plastic to keep in heat radiation

    So that takes care (inefficiently) of heat insulation and light. Now my problems turn to the soil. I have a suspicion that it stays too damp and the soil clumps, stopping aeration to the roots. From what I read online it seems that the more aeration and drainage, the better.

    I’ve decided to add wine corks i have to the soil, hoping they will work similarly to the clay balls you see in hydroponic systems.
    My reasoning is that the corks are impermeable to water, and insulate heat, killing 2 birds with 1 stone.

    Please feel free to contribute any ideas and criticism that may help the plant grow. Thank you!

  9. James Reeder says:

    Ive always loved the snake plant. its and old time house house plant, My other and my Grandmother grew them. yo have to love them. they are easy to care for and such pretty plants. ive had them to bloom, the have a bloom that looks like lilly of the valley. it smells reaaly sweet. I set mine out on the porch in the spring when frost is over and bring it in in the fall befor it gets chilly. Its a wonderful plant to grow and well worth it

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