There are a number of reasons to use Sansevierias, are great indoor plants for beginners. These ‘snake’ plants are extremely low-maintenance, requiring little to no direct sunlight and minimal water as well. They are also more effective than many other plants at converting carbon dioxide to oxygen and filter the air of harmful chemicals. They take up very little space and have a uniquely architectural aesthetic unlike many other plants.
Snake plants can essentially be neglected for several weeks at a time. If you are heading out of town for a week or two, you will not have to worry about sending someone over to water, especially in the cooler winter months.
Like other succulents, sansevierias store water in their foliage and do not rely on constantly damp soil to stay alive. Depending on the size and placement, minimal watering once every 2-4 weeks is often plenty. Be sure the pot is able to drain excess water to avoid rotting roots.
As far as light requirements, sansevierias can withstand light levels as low as 50 foot-candles. Although they tend to do better with higher light levels, they do not need to be placed in a sunny window like some other succulent varieties.
Their tolerance of low light levels make them the perfect plant for apartments or for people who lack a ‘green-thumb’
Because these plants are fairly slow growing, Sansevieria do better when their foliage is cleaned regularly. Dust tends to build up over time and a damp cloth run up the vertical foliage goes a long way to keeping them looking fresh and allowing for maximum photosynthesis.
Sansevieria Plant Benefits
Sansevierias have been proven by NASA to scrub the air of harmful chemicals as well as convert carbon dioxide into oxygen.
Removing the air of these toxins help to alleviate Sick Building Syndrome which is caused by a number of factors, including poor ventilation and the production of chemicals by indoor sources like paint, cleaning products, upholstery and other manufactured materials.
With less chemicals and more oxygen rich air, humans are generally healthier and happier.
In addition to the bio-chemical benefits of sansevieria, there are other physiological benefits of plants in general.
Biophilia is refers to the human innate emotional connection to nature. Any time natural elements, lighting, plants, and even sounds are present, people generally become subconsciously happier and less stressed due to our evolution surrounded by these exact elements. This science is becoming more and more clear to architects and designers who are incorporating nature and plants into their designs more and more every day.
Sansevierias are just one species of many versatile plants that can be brought into interior spaces to benefit people.
Sansevieria Plant Aesthetic
Sansevieria have been used inside buildings for years and years because they are easy to maintain. Old, dark, dusty building lobbies could not even kill these hardy tropical plants. But with buildings getting brighter, more open and more modern, these same plants are finding an even more viable home and continuing to match the aesthetic.
Once stuck in a ceramic pot and stuck in a corner as a decorative afterthought, these versatile plants now look at home in the most modern and elegant of office buildings. They can be found flanking large elevator banks, planted in rows in lobby entries, and even still in lower light areas far away from the windows of large buildings.
So while, indoor plants are generally beneficial to people and offer a pleasant aesthetic, sansevierias are an especially great variety and are the perfect indoor plants for beginners and green-thumbs alike.