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. Snake Plants: Scientific Information 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.
Dry Season Is Coming
The amount of time a snake plant can survive without water depends on the type. On the other side, most cultivars can go up to 6 weeks without being watered. Relative humidity, direct sunlight exposure, and ambient temperature are other important elements to consider.
When is actually the dry season? Depends on the location you’re in, sometimes Autumn is the dry season. Humidity in each area and each phase is different. You know when you feel the air, and your lips start to chapped if you don’t apply any lip balm. The same goes for your snake plants. It’s so sensitive towards the humidity, you can tell when they need more water.
The fun fact is that during the summer and spring your snake plant will grow rapidly than in the other seasons. However, the key point of fertilizing, watering the plant is to pay attention to the humidity around the plant. Your plant can’t live in a low temperature. When it starts to snow, take in the plant inside your house or else, it will dry in frost.
During the drought in the summer, your snake plant will need a misting or more watering. When is the right time to mist the plant? let’s check it out!
Mist Your Snake Plant
If you like indoor houseplants, you’re probably aware of the technique of spraying the leaves to keep them from drying out. Snake plants are one of the simplest plants to grow and care for. But, given snake plants’ minimal water requirements, do their leaves require the extra water? We checked with horticultural professionals to see what they had to say.
Snake plants are desert plants that thrive in hot, humid environments. Having said that, misting the leaves of a snake plant is generally not suggested. Misting the leaves of the snake plant can cause them to get overwatered, which can lead to a variety of health problems. Because they acquire their moisture from the humidity in their environment, their leaves are used to keeping dry.
Overwatering is the most typical reason for a plant’s failure to thrive, especially in the hands of inexperienced growers. Continue reading to learn more about how to water snake plants properly.
There is no need to wet the leaves of your plant as long as the relative humidity in your house or outside garden is around 40%. If the relative humidity in your home and garden has dropped to 28-30%, instead of misting the leaves directly, you can simply install a humidifier.
It’s critical to pay close attention to the watering schedule you use for your plant. Only water the soil, never the foliage, while watering the plant. Water can be very damaging to the leaves. If the leaves have been sprayed with water and have become overwatered as a result, they may begin to become yellow or mushy at the base. If this occurs, the damaged leaves must be removed or cut at the root.
The last thing you want is for your plant to succumb to root rot as a result of misting and/or overwatering. You might be wondering what root rot is. Root rot is a frequent plant disease that occurs when a plant receives an excessive amount of moisture or water. Strong roots deliver nutrients efficiently to the plant’s leaves and branches in a healthy root system.
Root rot causes a plant’s roots to become wet and shriveled, decreasing the plant’s capacity to transfer nutrients around. Other fungal and bacterial problems might arise fast as a result of root rot. If the plant is unable to absorb nutrients, it will eventually die. Less is more when it comes to watering snake plants.
It’s important for us to know the needs of our plants. It’s always a frustrating situation when you see your plants going to die or even infected by a bacteria that is ‘uncurable’. However, let us know what you think about drought towards the snake plant by dropping a comment below!