I adore plants, and I like to think I got into them before they were millennial cool… granted I am a millennial. I have a extensive plant collection which includes an entire room dedicated to my plants, common and rare plants of all kinds. I have learned so much through not just research but a lot of trial and error, cause let’s face it I barely listen to myself let alone anyone else. The number one thing I have learned is why Snake Plants are the perfect indoor plants.
So why are Snake Plants the perfect indoor plants?
Out of all the plants I have ever owned my snake plants are always happy to be in my house. Whether I overwater or underwater they never seem bothered and they’re always making babies and getting bigger. They’re the golden lab of the plant world, always happy to please and never wants to be trouble. They’re happy in just about any place I put them in my home making them another BIG favorite in my books. Normally a shade to moderate light plants they’re equipped for any area of your home: bathroom with low light, living room that’s always bright – these plants find a way to love it.
With snake plants you have an endless variety of not only colours but shapes and sizes. This is why I really love snake plants. You can get simple green varieties, variegated varieties along with flat and cylindrical options as well. You can honestly fill a whole room with nothing but snake plants and people will think you have billions of different plants and you’ll feel like you’re living in an easy care jungle.
Exactly how many varieties of snake plants are there? 35!
Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Mother-in-law’s Tongue’
Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Twist’
Sansevieria ‘Golden hahnii’
Sansevieria ‘Futura robusta’
Sansevieria ‘Black gold’
Sansevieria ‘Bantel’s sensation’
Sansevieria masoniana ‘Mason congo’
Sansevieria kirkii ‘Star sansevieria’
Sansevieria fischeri – just to name a few of them.
No matter the room vibe you have there is a variety or two that will compliment your space perfectly. The moonshine variety is a bold tone that is quite unique and is usually a great conversation piece and would compliment a space with dark walls very well. Snake plants are also a great way to add texture or dimension to an area.
Not only are snake plants gorgeous in all their forms, they’re one of the greatest plants for improving your homes air quality. After doing a study NASA discovered that they one of the best plants for air quality and even has the ability to absorb toxins in the air, including nitrogen oxide, xylene, formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. So if you have asthma or a high dust home these little beauties could help keep your rooms feeling extra fresh. They also convert large amounts of CO2 to oxygen at night, a quality that only a few indoor plants hold which makes them perfect for your bedroom jungle space.
What else should you know about Snake Plants?
For one plant variety snake plants are definite winners, but there are some things to consider before including their many varieties in your collection.
Snake plants leaves contain saponins which are toxic in large amounts so if you have sensitive skin it is best to avoid touching the sap from the leaves of these plants. They are also toxic to pets so if you have a pet that likes to munch house plants you may want to consider where you place them in relation to how your pet can access them. If ingested by a human they can cause severe nausea and vomiting, and has been known to cause numbing and throat swelling.
Easy to Propagate
Snake plants are one of the easiest plants to propagate, this means once you get one plant you can easily make a few more with a few cuttings and patience. You can literally cut one long leaf, cut it into segments, plant into dirt or place in water and in no time you will see new roots and life spring forth. This means you can buy a couple and create a million making them a great plant to have on hand for gifting, and to help bulk up any growing collection. Be careful though, on some plants propagation is prohibited so keep and eye on the fine print on those tags!
After all these years of taking care of my plant collection, I do believe that Snake plants are the perfect indoor plants for your home.