Guys, I’ve never been able to keep plants indoors for a long time. It’s not that I can’t keep them alive, it’s more like my allergies end up begging for mercy. (Yes, it may seem like I’m allergic to everything … but dust, cats, and plants pretty much sum it up for me.)
But, I finally found a plant that I can tolerate and it turns out that this plant is SUPER HEALTHY for indoor air because it cleans the air and releases oxygen. Yes!!!!
Warning, if you go to a plant nursery, there is a 50/50 chance that they will know what you’re talking about if you ask for a snake plant. I found a huge selection at Home Depot (and no, this isn’t sponsored by them) and none at Lowe’s or Walmart or Kroger or Sam’s Club (and yes, I’ve looked at all those places). I also saw some small ones last time I was at IKEA, so I plan to snag those for my kids’ rooms when I go back.
Why Snake Plants are AWESOME:
- They are super sturdy and hard-to-kill plants. They prefer their soil to be on the dry side, so you only need to water them every couple of weeks. Yep!!!
- They don’t need a ton of light so you don’t have to have a place right in front of a window for them. You can put them in a room where they get some indirect sunlight and they’re fine.
- They look good. I love their long shiny leaves!
- Snake plants clean the air! They absorb excessive amounts of carbon monoxide and releases oxygen. It also filters other things out of the air like benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde. Not bad, right?!
What about my dog?
Before I put my largest snake plant on the floor, I had to check into its toxicity. While our dogs should NOT eat our snake plants, the level of toxins is relatively low. If my dog eats it, she would most likely end up with an upset stomach, but it would not be lethal. My dog was curious about my Snake plant by my front door at first, but she leaves it alone now.
I put them all over … and I still want more!
You already saw the snake plant on my dining room table, and by my front door, but I also have one on my mantel and in my bedroom.
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My next ones will be in my kids’ rooms because the plants release oxygen at night – so good for us! I am so obsessed with Snake Plants. In my opinion, they are definitely the best house plant EVER.
What is your favorite house plant? Do you have a snake plant?
From my home to yours,
Mary Johanson… please be aware… this plant is toxic to dogs & cats
Additional Common Names: Golden Bird’s Nest, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, Good Luck Plant
Scientific Name: Sansevieria trifasciata
Toxicity: Toxic to Dogs, Toxic to Cats
Toxic Principles: Saponins
Clinical Signs: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
If you suspect your pet may have ingested a potentially toxic substance, call the APCC at (888) 426-4435 or contact your local veterinarian as soon as possible.*
I love your heart for animals! As far as I understand it, it may upset an animals stomach, but it wouldn’t kill them. I’ll keep an eye out for Cookie. 🙂
I don’t know if I can name just ONE favorite houseplant. We have a ficus tree that we bought with money given to us as wedding presents, it’s 26 years old. We have a philodendron that dates back to my husband’s college years. I have several Christmas Cacti that date back to my Grandma (my Mom’s mom) and my Great Grandma (my Dad’s grandmother).
That is amazing! I would love to have plants with so much history!!! A ficus tree sounds really cool.
Cheryl Cottle says
Snake Plants (or, as my mother and grandmother used to call them – Mother-in-law Tongues) absolutely LOVE to be root bound! Yet, another reason to love them – they don’t require a lot of water (in fact, take care NOT to waterlog them), don’t require a lot of light, AND you don’t have to keep repotting them into larger pots!
If they’re happy and have been allowed to become root bound, they may reward you with tiny white flowers. Not to worry, there’s no scent.
I’m learning just how much I can ignore watering them. These are the easiest plants ever and so pretty! I’m still loving them. Thanks for your helpful hints. 🙂
I have little snake plants growing from my original plant. Should I take them out and repot them?
Snake plants like being root-bound, so feel free to let the babies grow up right next to the other ones. At some point you can separate them and make more, but only when you want to.