Many of us love having house plants. Be it in our kitchen, living room, bedroom, or veranda, we like the natural touch they add to our humble abode.
But forgetful as most of us are, we often neglect these plants and forget to tend to them and water them regularly. If you also face a similar problem, it's time you got a snake plant for yourself!
As a one-stop solution, the snake plant is great for owners who fancy some greenery in their living space but are sluggish, forgetful, busy or all of the above. A snake plant can grow under minimal sunlight, under a canopy of large trees, and even pest-free without any maintenance required. But while the plant does not require loads of attention on its owner’s part, it can still die if you’re a little too ignorant.
So how can you save it from meeting the same fate as all of your previos plants?
Keep snake plants in low or bright indirect light
Unlike most plants, snake plants don't need direct sunlight and rather, they are more comfortable in indirect light or low light.
Even if you keep them in a dark room or near a north-facing window, which typically gets the least amount of sunlight, it won't stunt their growth. A word for the wise, don't keep them in front of a south-facing window unless you prefer brown leaves to green.
Water them only occasionally
The best thing about the snake plant is that they require a minimum amount of water. Experts say you should water snake plants every ten days or so. However, even if you don't do it for a month, they'll still be healthy and vibrant.
A simple trick to check whether the plant needs to be watered is to push your finger into the top inch of soil. If the soil feels damp, avoid watering the plant, and if it's dry, you better grab your sprinkler and get to work.
Feed snake plants as per wish
Many plants need to be fed once every couple of months, but snake plants are different in this aspect too. Even if you don't feed them for a long time, they'll remain alive and well. In either case, it's a win-win deal!
Keep snake plants away from pets
Though snake plants offer ease to humans, they aren't terribly safe for dogs and cats. As per experts, saponins are to blame for this particular quirk. The ASPCA claims that snake plants contain saponins, which cause diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea in our furry animals.
Now that you know a lot more about them, and are aware of how hassle-free they are, the question is, when are you getting a snake plant for your home?