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The Houseplant You Need If You Can’t Keep Anything Alive

Rest easy without worrying about watering your green wonders

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Many instantly fell in love with the idea of caring for succulents and indoor plants because these are fairly easy to care for. Some houseplants can go for days without watering and there are a few green wonders that can survive even with minimal sunlight. While low-maintenance plants give us hope that we can finally achieve the garden of our dreams, there are homeowners who find it difficult to keep a pot alive. From stressing over the spot where the plant can get enough sunlight to following a strict watering schedule, we’ve done it all but why do some plants still wither and die? Factors may differ, but don’t let this stop you from adding a touch of green to your space. There’s a houseplant that’s quite impossible to kill and you can easily buy a pot from online stores. Any guesses?

The Snake Plant is one tough indoor plant you can care for without worrying about how you'll keep it alive. Also known as Mother-in-law’s tongue, it has distinct leaves that may grow up to four inches tall. If you look it up online, many articles say the same thing: it doesn’t die easily and it can survive for weeks without water and sunlight. Convinced to add a pot of Snake Plant in your living area? Here are just some of the pros of having one in your space:

It can purify the air at home

NASA’s study lists the Snake Plant as an effective air purifier as it can rid the air we breathe of harmful toxins like formaldehyde and xylene, to name a few.

READ: This Study Discovered Plants Can Purify Air

It’s known to release night time oxygen

According to Rolling Nature, Snake Plants can convert carbon dioxide into oxygen at night, which means you can place a pot or two in your bedroom to make it more ideal for restful slumbers.

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It can help lessen allergens at home

No one enjoys allergy attacks and waking up with puffy eyes. Since the Snake Plant can purify the air at home, count on it to help you avoid allergies, too. Rolling Nature says that it “may release moisture in the air and lessen airborne allergens.”

READ: 10 Tips to Keep in Mind If You're Prone to Allergies

If you’re ready to care for a Snake Plant, here are tips to keep in mind:

  • To ensure proper growth, make sure you choose the right soil for your plant. Apartment Therapy suggests using “a free-draining soil mix, because they are easily prone to rot.”
  • When repotting the Snake Plant, opt for a terracotta pot to allow water to drain after watering. If you’re placing the pot on a saucer, don’t forget to remove the water in the saucer as well.
  • Allow the soil to dry completely in between watering.
  • According to urban gardener and Real Living Style Spotter Marvz Conti, the Snake Plant thrives in different lighting conditions. To stay on the safe side, you may want to keep them in a spot with indirect light.

 

RL Tip: Those who have pets at home may want to look for another plant to care for as Snake Plants can be toxic to our furry friends.

READ: Avoid Buying These Houseplants If You Have Pets at Home

Sources: Apartment Therapy | Gardening Know How | Rolling Nature

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