We have known that despite its amazing benefits, the snake plant is mildly toxic to pets and kids. This plant is also easily get overwatered. However, the disadvantages of snake plants don’t stop there. However, don’t fret! There are several ways to minimize or even avoid the disadvantages.
Snake Plant Bad Luck
Feng Shui followers sometimes avoid snake plants, or sansevieria, which is believed to generate negative energy in the house, due to the snake plant’s bad luck or negative energy. Commonly known as mother-in-law’s tongue, bowstring hemp, or mother-in-law’s tongue, the snake plant is scientifically classified as the Sansevieria trifasciata.
Plants often classified as bad luck plants are designed in a way that generates unwanted energy. A cactus plant, for instance, has spines pointing in every direction. Many cultures have developed traditions relating to bad and good luck associated with plants, and when selecting plants to grow or buy, believers consider the benefits or curses associated with the plants.
The first disadvantages of snake plants is the bad luck it will bring to one’s house. Snake plants are believed to bring bad fortune, including poverty and negative energies in life. People are afraid of bad luck so they don’t place plants in their homes. Some people believe the snake plant brings bad luck because of its placement rather than the plant itself, but that positioning plays a role in the bad luck.
However, the argument seems to hold water because, just like with many other plants used in Feng Shui, the positioning inside a home or an office is crucial. How to avoid the bad luck? Place the plants in locations that are enriched with the wood element of the plant, mainly the eastern, southern, and southeastern corners.
Slow Growing Plant
Snake plants are able to grow up to 6-7 feet tall (depending on the variety), but they do so slowly. The plant’s growth rate is slow to medium for Sansevieria. Growing an oak sapling to a substantial height will take years after purchasing it from a nursery. The snake plant is a long-lived species. These plants do not sprout roots until months after propagation. You should not grow snake plants in a dense garden if you plan to do so in one or two years.
Bright light conditions do appear to stimulate the growth of plants, but only a small increase has been observed. Often used as an indoor plant, mother-in-law’s tongue looks great in small living spaces.
Not Cold Hardy
Because it is a tropical species, mother-in-law’s tongue is well suited to hot, dry climates. The plant isn’t very hardy in winter. You shouldn’t leave snake plants outside if the temperature goes below zero in winter. If the plant leaves are exposed to cold temperatures (below 50° F or 10° C) they can become permanently scarred. Frost also damages the leaves since they are unable to recover. Wet soil and freezing temperatures pose a deadly combination for snake plants.
To prevent snake plant damage from cold, prevention is the key. The advantage of indoor plants is that they can be placed near a heater. A thick cloth can trap some heat inside outdoor plants so they remain alive. Such conditions should not be watered. Despite damaged leaves, new leaves can grow from healthy roots later in summer. When the roots are kept moist in extreme.
Doesn’t Flower Regularly
Last but not least, one of the disadvantages of snake plants is their unpredictable flowering habits. It blooms every year for some snake plants, but it doesn’t bloom for others for decades. As well as the cultivar, snake plants can also vary in their appearance. There are a few varieties that are more prone to flowering than others. When compared to other species, Sansevieria Cylindrica flowers at a younger age. Golden Hahnii, on the other hand, blooms only rarely. It is quite rare to see snake plants bloom.