Desk Plant of the Week – The Snake Plant
Sansevieria Rifasciata – The most common house plant, also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue.
Snake plants are great for any sized indoor living location, I live in a tiny apartment and the plant does not take up an obnoxious amount of space. Despite what I had been warned, my cats have steered clear of the greenery and the snake plant usually sits on the floor next to the only window in my home. However, this week it earned a spot on my desk, where it will stay until next week when I decide to change up my desk plant. Change is refreshing.
This particular snake plant was discarded by an owner because all the roots had rotted off and they did not want to spend the time rejuvenating it. Most of my plants have been propagated from cuttings or were unwanted by others. The tips of the leaves were quite brown and some of the leaves even had large splits in them. The snake plant was in three pieces when I got it and there were no visible roots. I planted each section into its own small container to promote root growth and within a month I had roots that were about 2 inches long. That was when I knew it was time to place the three sections back into one larger container and let it grow. The holes in the leaves have almost healed and the plant is starting to show some new shoots!
It is possible to save your plants from root rot!
Some basic tips to remember when caring for a Snake Plant:
- Let the soil dry out before watering.
- Minimum 4 hours of sunlight per day.
- Do not place your plant too close to cold windows.
- When repotting, aim to have no more than 1 inch of space between the plant and the edge of the container.
- Become familiar with how the plant feels when it has not been watered in a while and just after watering.
- Always water directly onto the soil, never onto the leaves of the plant.
The Snake Plant is one of the many air purifying plants that are especially great at improving the surrounding air quality. These plants can survive in dappled light environments, making the snake plant one of the most popular plants for the home and interior landscaping. Having a piece of nature inside your home or on your desk is a great way to elevate your mood and enjoy the satisfactions that comes along with caring for a plant and watching is sprout and grow.
I will be switching up my desk plant next week and posting another article to share my plant stories, care tips and benefits of having plants in the home or office. Subscribe to stay updated!