Sansevieria, better known as snake plants, is one of the easiest house plants to start with. Not only are they beautiful, they are also very easy to care for. Unlike some of my other fussier indoor plants, these plants require the least amount of attention. Putting a few of these plants in your bedroom will not only be decorative, but will also benefit your health.
Benefits of Snake Plants
Like most house plants, snake plants are great to place around your house, in particular, in your bedroom. Personally, I have 4 of them in my bedroom. These plants are known to improve the oxygen levels in your room. They filter the air, like most succulents, and will convert carbon dioxide into oxygen at night, which makes them ideal for a better sleep environment. In addition, they filter the air by removing cancer causing toxins like formaldehyde, toluene, and benzene.
Snake Plant Varieties
There are many varieties of snake plants. However, I will highlight two of my favorites.
- Sansevieria Trifasciata Laurentii: One of the more popular snake plants, also known as bowstring hemp. It is originally from the tropics of West Africa. This plant has a distinct yellow outline on the leaves. The leaves on this plant can range from 2 to 4 inches in width, and up to four feet in height.
- Sansevieria Zeylanica: Commonly known as bowstring hemp, this snake plant is also very popular. This plant is native to southeast Asia and India. The leaves of this plant can grow up to one inch in width and up to almost 3 feet in height. It has green wavy stripes across the width of the leaves.
How to Care for Snake Plants
Overall, these plants are very easy to care for. First, ensure they have the proper soil. These plants will rot if watered too frequently. Any fast draining soil should be fine. For my snake plants, I do a mix of cactus soil and regular potting soil. I also have my plants in a pot that has adequate drainage with a saucer. I water my plants on average, once a month. I never soak the soil completely, rather just watering enough for the soil to dampen.
They do not require a ton of light and therefore do well in poorly lit rooms. I have all of my snake plants away from the window. However, they all receive 4-5 hours of indirect sunlight. Basically, this is how I care for my snake plants. They all seem to love the environment that I have created for them. If you have any tips for raising these beauties, I would love to hear them. Please share any tips in the comments.