There are a few types of plants you can keep alive, but do not think that plastic plants are the only ones you can keep alive.
An extremely hardy plant, Sansevieria (commonly known as the snake plant) is very tolerant of harsh conditions.
As long as it has low light levels, it can survive droughts and being ignored.
You will even be rewarded for your neglect by having clean air in your home.
Sansevierias are cherished in Chinese, African, Japanese, and Brazilian cultures.
Here’s the interesting part…
Their purpose was to be kept near the entrance of the home in order to let the eight virtues pass through.
The plant was used in Africa to manufacture fiber, was valued for its medicinal qualities, and served as a protective charm against bewitchment.
As a testament to his horticultural piety in 18th century Italy, Raimondo di Sangro was named after a genus of tulips in honor of him.
Named after its wavy stripes on the leaves, it is commonly called the wavy leaf.
Snake plants are not only historically significant, but they are also a popular decor item.
Snake Plant Anatomy
Long blade-shaped leaves are characteristic of Sansevieria.
Its green is usually variegated, and when it’s healthy, it stands straight in the air.
I always imagine them to look like giant blades of grass from Honey I Shrunk the Kids!
Rhizomes are the roots of snake plants.
The roots can grow simultaneously in multiple places at the same time, which means multiple places can grow at the same time.
They are easy to divide, and when planted outside, they spread widely.
When considering that this plant can grow so tall, the roots are very shallow.
You can plant them in a shallower container if you wish..
..however, the extra soil in a regular-sized container can counterbalance the long leaves and keep them from falling over.
Soil For Your Snake Plant
Snake plants do not require fertilizers or plant food to grow, unlike other high maintenance house plants.
However, feeding them a little more would probably make them grow faster.
Additionally, they don’t care what kind of soil you use.
You don’t have to plant them in an indoor potting mix or specialty soil.
If you dig up anything in the backyard, you should be fine, honestly!
Nevertheless, I recommend using half garden soil and half cactus soil.
Snake plants have strong roots that can easily penetrate rocky soil.
Adding rocks to your cactus soil creates a natural drainage system for your plant.
Sunlight For Your Snake Plant
Despite its adaptability to many lighting conditions, the snake plant needs high levels of indirect light.
Since it’s grown indoors, you won’t need to worry about direct sunlight damaging the plant.
A lot of indirect sunlight is ideal for our friend. However (and I cannot emphasize this enough)..
..you could keep a snake plant alive in a basement bathroom.
Watering Your Snake Plant
Snake plants are extremely low maintenance house plants.
Its drought tolerance is almost equal to that of a cactus.
Only water the top two inches of soil when it is bone dry, and you don’t need to water it often!
About twice a week, I check mine.
Water the leaves with room temperature water to avoid scarring them.
Potting Your Snake Plant
If you have a snake plant, a smaller pot is better.
In a smaller pot, they grow faster because they like a crowded root system.
You will usually find Sans in a rather thin plastic pot.
Eventually, as the roots develop, the plastic pot can bulge and even break.
Take a pair of scissors and cut the pot away from the roots if you need to remove the plastic pot from your plant.
The roots of these guys are seriously strong!
What Is Futura Robusta it self?
A common houseplant, the Sansevieria trifasciata is native to Asia and Africa.
It can be recognized by its evergreen sword-shaped leaves that grow upright, and almost resemble artificial foliage.
Snake plants are often used as home decor, as they’re pleasing to the eye, easy to care for, and require little water to survive.
These plants are considered to be relatively safe, but they’re mildly toxic if consumed.
Their leaves contain a poison that can cause swelling and numbness on the tongue if eaten in large doses.
It’s wise to keep this plant away from children and animals that are prone to nibble.
The most common snake plant foliage presents as slender, green leaves with grey or silver horizontal streaks.
This plant can grow several feet tall, and does well in low-light areas.
There are a wide variety of these plants. A few of the more common include:
- Bird’s nest snake plant. Also referred to as the Hahnii, this plant is relatively small, growing to only 6 inches tall. The leaves form clusters that closely resemble a cup, similar to a bird’s nest.
- Cylinder snake plant. The Sansevieria cylindrica has round leaves that can grow several feet in length. The leaves from this plant reach outward to resemble a crown.
- Laurentii Sansevieria. The Laurentii is also a popular snake plant, known for its green-colored center and yellow margins. Perhaps one of the most popular reasons people include snake plants in their decor is that they’re low maintenance, requiring little attention to grow.
They’re resilient, hardy plants and can survive in relatively dry environments, both indoors and out.
If you plan to have a snake plant in your home, here are a couple of things to keep in mind:
Don’t overwater. Too much water is this plant’s weakness.
Place a snake plant in a well-drained pot to avoid overwatering, as it can cause rotting.
Only water the soil when it’s completely dry.
Indirect sunlight is best. Partial sun works best for snake plants.
Though, it can still grow in darker corners or in brighter window areas.
If completely shaded, the plant can dull and the leaves may become a bit floppy.
Snake plants are proven to be as useful as they are visually appealing.
They can grow indoors and outdoors, with little to no maintenance.
What’s more, snake plants can also help to filter indoor air, an attribute that can keep you safe and healthy.
Consider adding a snake plant to your home for both aesthetic and health reasons.
Here’s the story of Jamey, about his experience having Futura Robusta for the very first time.
Let us hear Jamey’s story
I’ve never been a fan of Futura robusta.
The way it grows in the jungle, hiding among the leaves; like an animal waiting to pounce.
I know it’s just a plant, but there is something about its peculiar looks that creeps me out you know what they say: “don’t judge a book by its cover”.
This is why I’m always afraid to touch them, lest one of those long spiky vines swings out…
…and catches me off guard with its scurry.
It was different for my daughter though – she loved these plants!
They weren’t scary or anything for her, she laughed how viciously their hands extended towards us…
..as we walked through the thicket.
And when we were done viewing them.
Well it takes time to accept that this Futura robusta, well it’s not a bad looking after all.
In a short time, I fall in loves with this Futura robusta!
“The snake plant is one of the most versatile houseplants aroundMilana Naumenko, co-founder of New York City
Here’s the interesting part..
Is It Worth It?
Well, this plant is one of the famous houseplants that you will ever have.
Recognizable and easy to care! Isn’t that great?
The snake plant is native to Africa’s tropical western region, from Nigeria to Congo…
…where she goes by the scientific name Sansevieria trifasciata; however, she goes by a variety of other names.
She is most recognized as “snake plant,” or “mother-in-law’s tongue” because of the shape…
…and the sharpness of her leaves.
In Brazil, they call her “Espada de São Jorge,” because she is associated with the sword of Saint George…
…and in Japan, they call her “Tiger’s tail”.
Like all famous people, the snake plant suffered criticism.
She was associated with bad luck.
This is just a rumor. In fact, the plant was cherished in ancient times…
…and was believed to bring good luck in several countries.
In China, people who possessed this plant were subject to receiving eight virtue gifts from the Eight Gods:
which includes Prosperity, Beauty, Long Life, Intelligence, Health, Art, Strength, and Poetry.
This plant will attract positive energy and good luck to your home…
…giving you a feeling of well-being and a feeling of security.
And we got this variety of Snake plant, Futura Robusta.
Futura Robusta Snake Plant
Despite its easy care, this popular houseplant will form dense stands of leaves, arranged in a rosette, and spreading by rhizomes to cover an area;
This compact variety produces silver-green leaves, mottled and striped with dark green;
a beautiful addition to any indoor garden. A Futura Robusta Snake Plant’s long twisted leaves…
…remain grayish green in color with some dark green speckles and tinges of silver throughout the year.
The flowers are not ornamentally significant.
This is an evergreen herbaceous houseplant that has an upright spreading habit of growth.
This plant will benefit from occasional pruning to look its best.
The roots of Sansevieria “Futura Superba” rot in humid soil, and they require well-draining soil.
Because this is one of the few problems this plant can have..
..make sure it is planted in a soil mix that has plenty of coarse material, such as pine bark, coarse sand, and/or perlite.
If you mix organic compost with coarse material, you will end up with healthy plants that rarely need fertilizing, little watering, and little general care.
This potting mix works really well for cacti and succulents.
In drought conditions, Sansevierias can survive for about a month without water.
Water the soil thoroughly until excess water drains out of the drainage hole in the pot after the soil has dried completely between waterings.
Water should not sit on the roots.
You should water your Sansevieria “Futura Superba” once every few weeks during the summer..
..but only if the soil is dry. Overwatering is not as good as underwatering.
Because they can survive weeks without water, Sansevierias are very popular with people who travel a lot.
Sansevierias should be planted in very well-draining soil to avoid overwatering.
In this way, all excess water will drain from the pot and allow roots to breathe properly.
Most indoor plants thrive in indirect light which is bright to moderately bright on Sansevieria “Futura Superba”.
Nevertheless, it can easily be grown without natural light, under a fluorescent lamp, with much less light.
In spite of its ability to thrive in plenty of light, Sansevieria leaves will be burned by direct sunlight..
..so avoid placing it in a south or west window.
The Sansevieria can be placed on the balcony or porch during the summer.
By keeping it in the dappled shade at first..
..it can adjust to the bright conditions and then slowly be moved to a brighter location.
Sansevieria “Futura Superba” can often be found in offices, hospital rooms, hotel lobbies, and other places with little natural light.
Sansevieria “Futura Superba” can grow in a wide range of temperatures..
..but it is primarily grown at a temperature comfortable for humans, between 18 to 24°C (65-75°F).
This Sansevieria can tolerate higher temperatures, but will need more water because it’s a tropical plant.
Your Sansevieria will survive very low temperatures if you put it outside on your porch or balcony..
..but be sure to bring it indoors before the first frost.
The Sansevieria should not be placed near drafty windows or direct heating or cooling elements.
You have probably figured out by now that our beautiful Sansevieria “Futura Superba” can tolerate just about any living condition in our homes.
Humidity is included.
As long as your bathroom is humid, it won’t complain about how dry it is.
Plant one Sansevieria in every room of your house so that there is some natural light..
..at the very least a fluorescent lamp, and take advantage of this wonderful tolerant nature of the plant.
Moreover, it will contribute to air purification and provide a nice bit of greenery.
There is not much fertilizer needed to grow Sansevieria “Futura Superba.”.
If you don’t fertilize it, you won’t notice any difference, except maybe slower growth.
You can provide your Sansevieria with all the nutrients it needs if your soil mix contains organic compost.
In spring, before active growth begins, add an organic compost layer to the top layer of the soil of Sansevierias since they like being pot-bound and are not re-potted often.
Fertilize your Sansevieria with diluted general-purpose or cactus liquid fertilizer if your potting mix is peat-based or contains regular garden soil.
Feed your plant once a month during the spring and summer and do not feed at all in the fall and winter.
Sansevieria “Futura Superba” does not need to be repotted very often.
They grow slowly and like to stay in pots. It might even encourage them to bloom!
Your Sansevieria will show you when it has filled the pot with roots and needs to be repotted.
It has even happened that roots have broken pots!
Nature is a powerful force.
The plant needs to be replanted every three to five years into a one-size larger pot.
Sansevierias growing in low light will grow even slower than normal, and they won’t require repotting for five to ten years.
When you repot your Sansevieria, you will need to remove it from its old pot, and shake off all of the old soil.
They are known as ‘pups.’
Pot them individually in small, individual pots to propagate your Sansevieria.
You can fill the same coarse soil mixture in the new pot as you did before.
Make sure it is well watered and that the excess water drains completely.
There is no need to prune Sansevieria. The leaf may be damaged occasionally.
This means that you left it out in the sun until it burnt and crisped.
Leaves that have been damaged should just be cut at the base.
By doing so, new growth will be possible.
The leaves might also appear to be rotting from the base.
This usually occurs when your Sansevieria has been overwatered and has been allowed to sit in too wet soil.
At the same time as removing the damaged leaf, check the roots.
You will need to cut all the damaged roots and repot your Sansevieria in a fresh free-draining soil if the roots are also rotting.
A brief growing tips and care
Basically this plant care is the same like any other snake plant.
When grown in a temperate climate indoors, Futura Robusta Snake Plant…
…can be expected to grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches.
It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
Plants growing in this species are tolerant of direct sunlight and other hard…
….glaring light sources, making them suitable for almost any well-lit room or location.
Under average conditions, this plant can handle dry soils or moists soils, and should grow just fine either way.
Soil should not be allowed to dry completely, and this plant should be watered at least once a week, if not twice.
Keep in mind that the watering schedule for your houseplant may differ according to its location, the pot size…
…the plant size, and any other factors; if in doubt, consult a plant expert in our store.
Plants grow best on sandy soil, don’t be particular for the pH.
Contact the store for specific advice regarding pre-mixed potting soil for this plant.
There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread, and overall performance of an indoor plant:
Many factors play into its success, including its pot size, how much light it receives, how often it gets watered…
…what pruning regimen it follows, and when it is replanted.
Providing the information presented here is a guideline only:
Performance may and will vary for individuals.
Feel free to contact the store’s knowledgeable staff for more details regarding pot size…
….and watering recommendations, pruning, repotting, etc.
See having Snake plant is good choice for you to have! It’s cool, its famous, it’s easy to have and care!
What else do you need? In this pandemic time like this, is a good choice for you to have an new activity…
…and having snake plant is a good choice for you to have!
Last thing for sure. This plant need to be care carefully, remember plant need the “love” too.
Alright that’s all for today! Do you have any questions about all of this?
Or do you want to add some method to take care Futura Robusta by yourself!
It’s not hard right to have Futura Robusta?
Let me know your recommendation from the comment below.
I hope you can now take care your snake carefully and grow it big!
Thanks for reading this article! Bye!
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