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Thursday, July 4, 2013

The plant of the day (5) : The Snake plant

Another plant i'm adding to the 'plant of the day' list : The snake plant.
the elegant house plant, suitable for living and bed rooms.

This plant is known as mother in law's tongue or snake plant and orginiates from Nigeria. It seems to survive where no others can, and is tolerant of sunshine and shade, dry air, drafts, and even some neglect ( Yes. : ) )
in terms of watering. Each rhizomatous plant can last for many years, as the rate of growth is slow, and seldom needs repotting. The stiffly erect leaves are narrow, flat, long, pointed, and banded light and dark green. S.t. ' Laurentii' has bright yellow leaf margins.

Size : Height 2ft (60cm)
Light : Direct sunlight, indirect sunlight, or partial shade.
Temperature : Normal room, minimum 55°F ( 12°C )
Moisture : keep moist from spring to fall. In winter, apply enough water to prevent soil drying out
Feeding : Give half-strength liquid ferilitzer once a month in spring and summer.
Propagation : Divide clumps so each new piece has both leaves and roots. Or, take leaf cuttings by cutting one leaf into short pieces and inerting them, base downward, into a pot or tray of soil mix. Plants propagated by leaf cuttings will be all-green.
Special needs :  The snake plant grow best when slightly pot-bound, so DO NOT REPOT EACH YEAR. ;)

so add one to your bedroom for a clean-air boost. 



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