We have read many times that snake plant help humans to survive by providing essential oxygen. Many of us are also interested in growing trees and having a garden at home, but if we live in cities we might not have a chance to maintain a garden. At times it is also difficult to take care of them in our busy lives. These circumstances disappointed many nature lovers. But what if I say that there is a snake plant that is aesthetically beautiful and also gives us a healthy lifestyle?
The snake plant is an evergreen succulent that can be grown anywhere. It looks beautiful with its sword-shaped leaves with coloured borders. This plant, scientifically known as Sansevieria Trifasciata, is also known as mother-in-law’s tongue. It is a native plant generally found in Africa and Asia and can be grown from a height of 6 inches to several feet. There are 70 different species of snake plants, the most important being Bird’s nest, cylinder snake plant and Laurentii Sansevieria. Though many succulents have medicinal value, snake plants aren’t to be consumed; they are mildly toxic.
A plant that purifies the air….
Snake plant is not only aesthetically beautiful, but it also aids in having a healthy lifestyle by purifying the air. According to a study conducted by NASA, snake plants remove harmful toxins from the air and improve air quality. It also helps in defending from air borne allergies. We know that plants and trees take carbon dioxide from the air and release oxygen, this process generally happens only during the mornings but, snake plants can do this even during the nights. So, this is a perfect plant to have in your bedroom.
How to grow one?
It is super easy to grow a snake plant. We don’t need to overwater it, wait till the top layers dry to water it the next time. Giving it more than required water will rot the plant. It is mostly grown in shady sunlight and not in direct sunlight. It is a slow growing plant, so it doesn’t need to be pruned often. It is propagated through leaf-cutting.
-by Krishna Amrutha