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Natural Air Purifier: Benefits of Planting Sansevieria (Snake Plant)

Numerous houseplants are planted in well-considered locations for aesthetics and feng shui. You might not be aware that some of these plants have tremendous health benefits.

Sonali Behera
Sansevieria/ snake plants as indoor plants will help you to purify the air around you.
Sansevieria/ snake plants as indoor plants will help you to purify the air around you.

Sansevieria (Dracaena trifasciata), also known as the snake plant and Mother-in- Law's Tongue in some regions of the world, is a native of Asia and Africa and is very simple to take care of. They can work in both high and low light conditions and don't require a lot of water. Therefore, it is ideal for beginners in gardening.

Benefits of Planting Snake Plants

Apart from being attractive, it is an ideal plant to keep at home as it has many benefits not just to health but also to the environment.

Having sansevieria/snake plants as indoor plants will help you to purify the air around you. Snake plants, like other domestic succulents, assist in air filtration. This specific plant is special because it is one of the few living things that can change carbon dioxide (CO2) into oxygen at night. Due to its ability to maintain a healthy airflow, this characteristic makes it the perfect plant for bedroom decor.

Elimination of harmful contaminants is another trait. The removal of harmful air pollutants is another property of snake plants. Snake plants can absorb cancer-causing chemicals in minute amounts, such as CO2, benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, trichloroethylene, and toluene.

Snake plants may provide a powerful barrier against allergies brought on by airborne pollutants thanks to their capacity to absorb and eliminate these poisons. They also have a low level of maintenance, boost mental health, and many more.

With the ongoing increase of air pollutants and toxic discharge into the air, it is very necessary to breathe some good quality air. Not just sansevieria but there are many other plants like a spider plant, boston fern, etc. which cleanse the nearby areas and bring cleaner air, better mental health and improve the productivity of the people in that place.

Living, "breathing" plants in your living or working area may improve the mood and health of everyone who uses it.

How to Take Care of Your Snake Plant?

  • Any light intensity will be tolerated by your snake plant.

  • The rate of growth increases with light intensity. To prevent burning the leaves when switching from indirect to direct light, always acclimatize the plant over a few weeks.

  • Only water until all of the soil is completely dry.

  • Water the plant well to promote a strong root system, and then drain any extra water from the saucer. No need to spray in a dry atmosphere.

  • Temperature increases promote more rapid development. Snake plants reproduce by developing young plants, or "pups," close to the mother plant's root. Your snake plant will thrive in a temperature range of 55 to 85 °F.

Common Issues Faced during Snake Plant Management

  • Curling of Leaves

Overwatering is especially frequent with Sansevieria since it may spend weeks without being watered. Inadequate drainage and overwatering will cause leaves to fold, but they won't often curl. When the plant is submerged and allowed to dry out for too long, it may curl.

  • Yellowing of Plant

Snake plant blades may be turning yellow for a variety of causes. Some of the reasons could be moisture, water consistency and pests.

  • Leaning of Snake plant Blades

This issue is pretty evident in snake plants, and it might be due to over or under-watering or lack of fertilizer could also be a reason for the same. Unavailability or improper sunlight could also add to it.

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