Star Sansevieria Plant
The majority of people spend the bulk of their time indoors, whether it’s at home or working in an office environment. as such, it’s important to ensure that air quality is of a high standard, something that regular houseplant help can achieve.
A study by NASA found that Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) is one of the best plants for improving indoor air quality by passively absorbing toxins such as nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde.
Light: Bright, filtered light, but highly tolerant.
Water: Can survive long periods of drought. Water monthly or less in winter, weekly, or every other week in summer.
Temperature: Above 50ºF, but can survive cold spells.
Soil: Use a fast-draining cactus mix.
Fertilizer: Feed during the growing season. Do not feed during winter.
African spears can be divided when several spears are present, but it’s usually best to buy a new plant.
Repot annually or every other year in the spring. They will survive being rootbound.
The basic species is Sansevieria cylindrica, although there are a few varieties available, and some growers have experimented with braiding or shaping the basic plant. Spear-like Sansevieria may be lightly banded or solid colored, ranging in size from 12 inches to 24 inches. All species, however, are equally hardy.
These are almost foolproof plants. They can survive long periods of drought, haphazard feeding, and being root-bound. Similarly, they can be acclimated to deep shade or bright light. Truly, they thrive on neglect. One exception to this rule: their pots must be well-drained. Like succulents, the roots cannot be allowed to sit in water or they will begin to rot. These make great desktop plants for people who want something besides lucky bamboo. They bear small flower spikes arising from the base of the spears.