How to Care for a Sansevieria or Snake Plant

Sansevieria plant has many other names because of its shapes. It is called mother-in-laws tongue, which is a rather social stigmatization. The plant is also called bird’s nest and has some other local names. The upright shape of its leaves makes it difficult to care about. Although general technique to care Sansevieria plant is the same as is about caring other plants, the requirement of temperature and potting is a difficult part of protecting Sansevieria plant to the best ability. It should not discourage you having plant at your home or indoor garden facilities. Having Sansevieria snake and bromeliad plants adds to beauty of your house, and it also is good for your health. Looking at green plants early in the morning after you wake up gives good and fresh feelings. So do not be scared of spending time to take care of these plants, they repay you back greater than you can even imagine.


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    Monitor Sansevieria Plant Regularly

    Since a number of factors affect Sansevieria plants, be careful and monitor them on a regular basis. Even a slightest exposure to light or temperature can destroy them and if you do not look at their changing shapes regularly, you might be too late to protect it. So first step is to regularly monitor the plant and seeing any slightest change should make you act to take protective measures.

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    Provide Right Light

    It is essential that you keep Sansevieria plant in right light. A generally recommended rule is that you keep the plant in your window sill towards east, west or north direction during the entire year except for winter when you can change its direction towards south. This will help your plant flourish. If you ignore the light factor, your plant either will be destroyed or will grow very slowly and its leaves colours might fade out, giving a subdued look and disappoint you.

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    Potting Plant Correctly

    Before even deciding where to keep your plant, you should pot the plant correctly. It should be rightly balanced. You should also use fine houseplant soil. Do not use garden soil, as it is not suitable for houseplants. It is also possible that fast growing roots of the plant break the pot. If you see any cracks, immediately replace the pot. Do not wait until very end.

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    Keep Plant in Right Temperature

    As it is essential to keep Sansevieria plant in right light, it is also important to have right temperature for it. A generally recommended temperature is from 4.5 Celsius to 29.4 Celsius. Be careful about the temperature if you are keeping the plant in an air-conditioned room.

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    Watering Sansevieria Plant

    The plant also requires a special care about its water need. Do not add warm or too cold water to the plant. Water should be at home temperature. The plant needs less water in winter but its water requirement increases in summer and spring. So water it when you feel the soil in the pot is dry or plant itself feels dry.

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    Adding Fertilizers

    Generally, you can add fertilizers to Sansevieria plant in spring, only once a year. Also, use houseplant fertilizers as per instructions given along with it. Do not add fertilizers you use for garden plants and without following instructions.

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    Removing Dust

    If you feel dust on leaves of the plant, use a soft and damp cloth to remove it off. Do not use any brush or press too much that the leaves are destroyed.

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    Do Not Leave Plant Unattended

    Since Sansevieria plants need regular attention and care, it is better to leave them to your neighbours' if you are going away from your home for long. Otherwise, by the time you return from your trip it might be destroyed.

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