Snake Plants Origins and History
Snake plants, which originated in West Africa’s tropical jungles, appear to flourish in hot, sunny environments. Snake plants thrived in a region of Africa that extended from Nigeria to the Congo before becoming a popular indoor plant. The species has grown in popularity as an indoor houseplant all around the world since then.
Throughout its history, this plant has been known as Sansevieria. The Dracaena genus was first added to the plant family in 2017. The scientific name of the snake plant has recently been changed to Dracaena trifasciata. It is a member of the Asparagaceae plant family, which includes a garden, as you might anticipate.
The plant is native to West Africa and comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Only a few of the variations are Hahnii, Laurentii, Compacta, Goldiana, and Silbersee. The sizes and shapes of the plants range from small snake plants to a twisted-sister type with wavy leaves.
Across civilizations, the plant is known by a variety of names. It’s also known as mother-in-language law in English. Snake plants are known in Portuguese as Espada de Sâo Jorge, or Saint George’s sword. In Japan, the plant is known as a tiger’s tail.
According to NASA’s Clean Air Study, the variegated variety of snake plants, or Dracaena trifasciata ‘Laurentii,’ has been added to the list of air-purifying plants.
Rare Varieties You Might Have Not Known
These Sansevieria Bacularis leaves can grow up to 170 cm long. They are dark green in color with light transverse bands. The leaf tips are soft. The white flowers appear in spring and have a purple stripe through them.
The plant loves a warm and bright location. Sunny places will be great for S.Bacularis! You can move it outside in summer. It will grow faster than usual. Don’t water too much, they just need to be watered sparingly. You might be busy with your work one day, it can tolerate short dry periods. If you live in a four-season country, make sure that you bring the sansevieria in before the first frosts
India is the origin of the plants. A rosette can contain up to 13 leaves that are upright and linear-lanceolate. They are grass green in color with vivid stripes and grow to be 45 to 75 cm long. There are up to three vertical stripes on the smooth surface of the leaf. The leaf’s margin is green. With time, it may turn white. Inflorescences with a length of 60 to 75 cm develop, which are greenish-white and panicle-like.
The burmanica prefers a sunny to moderately shaded environment. The optimum temperature for the plant will be approximately 20°C. Surprisingly, the Sansevieria Burmanica can withstand more moisture than the typical snake plant!
However. pay attention! During the winter you should reduce watering. Since the humidity, the environment will rose up. It has more chance to make the rhizome become wet and rotten. During the summer you can put on fertilizer every 14 days! This type of succulent prefers potting soil with a high proportion of sand. Let’s move on to…
Benefits Of Snake Plants
It Absorbs Carbon Dioxide The Whole Entire Day!
It’s a source of consternation and skepticism because snake plants, like any other plant, consistently emit oxygen at night. We can’t uncover any solid proof to back this up. Snake plants, on the other hand, do reduce CO2 levels even at night.
The ability to accomplish a certain sort of photosynthesis is due to Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM). Drought-tolerant, dry-climate plants, such as succulents, are examples of CAM plants. In hot weather, they open their stomata in the evening to reduce water loss.
It Is Effective Against Allergies
A plant that generates oxygen, reduces CO2 and absorbs hazardous volatile organic compounds can dramatically reduce airborne allergies. The snake plant is one of these plants. Having indoor plants around you can help even if you use air filters and purifiers. Feng Shui and Protective Energy The snake plant is seen to be a bad feng shui plant by some. It’s the polar opposite of the truth. It gives protecting and cleansing energy to the house or business when placed in the proper position.
Improve Your Mood
“Having plants in the house just helps people feel better,” Mast adds. After all, studies have shown that engaging with indoor greenery (such as watering or potting) decreases stress, and having them in your office might help you improve your creativity and problem-solving abilities. While most snake plant advantages apply to most species, these facts, together with its air-improving properties, make this one more more desirable.
Improves the Quality of Sleep
The Snake plant helps to enhance sleep quality by detoxifying the indoor air and providing abundant oxygen at night. It alleviates a variety of ailments caused by poor indoor air quality, such as headaches, eye irritation, and respiratory difficulties. When put in the bedroom, it promotes restful sleep and leaves one feeling calm and refreshed in the morning, which boosts productivity.
Making Cordage from Snake Plant Fibers
In Africa, the leaves of former Sansevieria species are used for fiber in some species, e.g. Dracaena hanningtonii, the plant’s sap has antiseptic qualities, and the leaves are used for bandages in traditional first aid When your snake plant was getting overcrowded. You had to repot it on spring and pluck off a few leaves to practice making cordage. I’ve never done this before, but remember seeing Bushmen hunters do this on a travel show.
To extract the fiber, used a plastic card as a scrapper. The stem end contains much denser and stronger fibers. It helps to roll the stem flat with a rolling pin, then scraps for the fibers. After the fibers dried, it can be made some two-ply and three-ply cordage with this “leg rolling” technique These fibers are incredibly strong. They actually feel like horse hair!
It’s not difficult to make cordages from sansevieria fibers right? You can crease your creativity with the cordage!