You may not be surprised to learn that 66% of U.S. consumers have at least one houseplant. After all, bringing a plant into the home provides numerous health benefits, a splash of color, and even increased focus and happiness to the carer.
While every plant adds value to a home, some plants have more benefits than others. The snake plant is particularly renowned for its strong visual appeal, low-maintenance care routine, and air-purifying qualities.
Keep reading to learn more about snake plants and why you need one in your home.
What are Snake Plants?
Snake plants are a common houseplant formally known as the Sansevieria trifasciat. The plant is native to Asia and Africa and therefore can survive under dry climates. You’ll recognize it by its sword-shaped leaves that are bright green in color.
Snake plants offer a host of benefits to keep your home clean and pure but can be mildly toxic if consumed. They’re best to keep away from small children and pets but are otherwise more than safe to include within your home.
Types of Snake Plants
There are dozens of snake plant variations, including:
- ‘Black Gold’
- ‘Futura Superba’
- ‘Futura Robusta’
- ‘Twisted Sister’
- ‘Golden Hahnii’
- ‘Star Sansvieria’
Some of the more common snake plants include the Hahnii – which only grows to be 6 inches tall – and the cylinder snake plant, which can grow up to several feet in length.
8 Benefits of Snake Plants
Regardless of the type of plant you choose, you’ll experience numerous snake plant benefits. Here are just a few of them.
1. Converts CO2 at Night
Like other common succulents, snake plants filter the hair. However, most succulents only can do this under a light source. Snake plants are one of the few plants that can convert CO2 into oxygen at night.
2. Removes Cancerous Pollutants
Snake plants have also been shown to reduce toxic air pollutants. Their leaves absorb cancer-causing pollutants including benzene, CO2, formaldehyde, and xylene. The more snake plants, the better!
Dust mites, mold, and fungus spores are common in households and are leading sources of allergies. Since snake plants work to remove pollutants from the air, they will reduce the amount of these allergens present while keeping the air full of moisture. The pure, humid air will reduce allergy symptoms without drying out your skin.
4. Protective Energy
Legend has it that the first snake plant was cultivated in China and treasured for its symbolic powers. The snake plant is said to bestow longevity, intelligence, beauty, art, health, and strength upon its carer.
Spiky plants are also considered a great way to ward off negative Chi. Feng shui laws say that snake plants should be placed in southeastern, southern, and eastern corners of rooms.
5. Attractive Decor Choice
Due to their bold coloring and strong leaf shapes, snake plants add sleekness to any room. The tall leaves fill up the corners of rooms or add a statement as a centerpiece. The various kinds of snake plants give you options to choose the exact size and coloring that you want for each room.
6. Produce Ample Oxygen
Like most houseplants, snake plants absorb CO2 and produce oxygen. However, snake plants are special because they produce one of the highest levels of oxygen of any houseplant.
7. Grows in Most Conditions
If you live in a climate whose humidity fluctuates or you move frequently, a snake plant is a great companion. Snake plants can live for years in various conditions.
They do well in humid climates like bathrooms but also survive in drier ones like on the desk in your office. When you do put your snake plant in a more humid environment, make sure your pot allows for drainage and only water your plant when the soil is dry.
8. Easy to Reproduce
Once you have one snake plant, you’ll likely desire more. Whether you have a green thumb or not, you’ll find it fairly easy to propagate your existing snake plant.
You can either propagate the plant with a leaf cut or a rhizome cut.
Cut the rhizomes as close to the stem as possible, then leave them in a glass jar to develop stronger roots. Once they have bigger roots, place them into a pot with ample drainage.
You can follow the same process with a leaf by placing a leaf-cutting into a glass jar, letting it develop roots, then planting it into its own pot.
Caring For a Snake Plant
Perhaps one of the reasons that snake plants are so popular is because they are easy to take care of. Snake plants are known as one of the most low-maintenance plants that will add a splash of color to your home.
They can survive in relatively dry environments, both inside and outside of your home. Fertilize your snake plant once a month in spring and summer.
The key to snake plant care is maintaining the right water and sunlight levels.
Don’t overwater your snake plant – too much water can harm them. Place your snake plant in a well-drained pot to prevent overwatering and rotting. Only water your plant when the soil is completely dry.
Direct sunlight is also not a great idea for snake plants. Although they can grow in dark corners or bright window areas, indirect sunlight will make your snake plant thrive. If a corner is too dark, the leaves may get dull and floppy.
Decorating Your Home With a Snake Plant
With their numerous health and design benefits, snake plants are a great addition to any home. Choose from the dozens of breeds available to find the right coloring and size for your space.
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