Sansevieria Plant : A Complete Guide To Owning And Caring A NASA Recommendation!

Sansevieria Plant : A Complete Guide To Owning And Caring A NASA Recommendation!
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Sansevieria Plant has 70 or more species. It is commonly known as snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue.

Its different varieties are called devil’s tongue, jinn’s tongue, bowstring hemp, and snake tongue, etc.

Origin and genus of Sansevieria Plant

Genus is a bit technical!

You can call it a gang in which plants are kept! By definition, it is a group into which animals, plants, etc. having similar traits are divided.

It is smaller than a family and larger than a species. Sansevieria is believed to be a native to  Madagascar, Africa and South Asia.

No wonder why you find it everywhere in India too!

We know where it originated, let’s talk about the gang! It’s Dracaena.

What does Dracaena mean?

Actually, people call certain plants with this name too. Dracaena reflexa or Song of India is one such plant. Do not get confused! Remember there are more than 120 species of trees and succulent shrubs in this genus.

It was in 2017 that the plant was removed from the Sansevieria genus and moved into the Dracaena genus!

Dracaena takes its inspiration from Ancient Greek δράκαινα – drakaina meaning “female dragon”.

Sansevieria is now included in this genus and is placed in the family Asparagaceae. Enough with the botanical knowledge right?

Why you should own a Sansevieria Plant?

Sansevierias are die-hard, easy to care and thus very popular houseplants! 

It is also recommended by NASA. Yes! you heard that right!

Actually, NASA did a study about how to remove toxins in the air in space stations. This fascinating study was aimed at identifying natural air-purifying capacities given to us by nature!

It was discovered that there are a number of plants that can naturally remove toxins in the air.

Sansevieria was among the top performers! It was seen that one plant could clean the 100 square foot area of the space station!

So it means that if you keep this plant in your home or outside, it will remove toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene, etc.

It will not only reduce your air purifier’s budget but will also help you in getting better sleep!

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Sansevieria Plant Care and Planting Tips

Since we have already mentioned it is a low-maintenance plant, you don’t need to worry much! But you should be careful of some things though, especially watering!

The botanical knowledge given by us comes in handy now!

Since they originated in Africa or other parts of the world where there is water shortage, they do not need frequent watering!

Make sure that the soil is completely dry before watering.  In winter make sure that there is a substantial amount of gap, sometimes up to a month (depending on where you are located)!

Now, lighting conditions are obviously on the brighter side. They prefer bright light. If kept at a semi-shade area at least some direct sun for several hours a day should be given.

However, their growth will be a little bit slower as long as it’s not deep shade. Please note that the growth rate of these plants is slow to moderate in itself, but keeping in shade will further slow it.

Generally, snake plants grow to a maximum height of 3-4 ft.

They can tolerate even deep shade for but we do not recommend that!

To sum it up Sansevieria varieties are a must-have in your home.

It comes in so many colors like dark green, pale green, green edged with yellow, and variegated light green and yellow that you will never be bored!

Sansevieria is the perfect addition to any indoor or outdoor setting!

Send us your pictures with this plant! Happy Nature to you!









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