Snake Plant

Snake Plant aka Sansevieria trifasciata or Dracaena trifasciata

flora friday - snake plant

When it comes to houseplants, snake plants are so easy to take care of and might actually beat out the Photos plant as the best first plant to get if you’re a new plant parent. This week’s Flora Friday features Snake plants. They are perfect for the home, particularly the bedroom, because they purify the air by absorbing toxins and producing pure oxygen. With 70 different species and a lifespan ranging from 5-25 years, you can build a huge collection just from this one type of plant. Care may vary between different varieties, but they can withstand pretty much any environment so this is a perfect plant for a basement apartment with low light, the office, bathroom or in a room that gets plenty of light; so versatile!

Types of Snake Plants

With 70 different species, I’m not going to go ahead and name them all, but here are some of the most common types that you should be able to find in your local nursery.

  1. Black Gold 
  2. Futura Robusta 
  3. Futura Superba
  4. Cylindrica
  5. Golden Hahnii
flora friday - snake plant

Personally, I currently own a Futura Robusta and a Cylindrica but I’m sure they won’t be the only 2 snake plants I own for too long. I seriously love how much they vary from species to species and how unique they can be, particularly my Cylindrica whose stems have a round shape similar to bamboo stalks (not going to lie, when I first got it I had no idea it was part of the snake plant family because of how different it looks compared to the other species of snake plants!).

Cylindrica Futura Robusta

Care

Snake plants are very easy to take care of because they can thrive in just about any environment and need minimal care, however, care can vary depending on the species. 

Light: indirect sunlight is the ideal environment for your snake plant to thrive, but they can also survive in full sun and/or very low light. For example, I keep my Future Robusta in my windowless bathroom and take it out for some indirect sunlight every few weeks.

Water: snake plants rot easily, so when I say it requires minimal care I mean it. Over watering your snake plant will quickly kill it, so make sure you don’t water it too much and that you have good drainage in your pot. Water your snake plant once the soil dries completely and avoid getting the leaves wet. In the winter, your snake plant will require even less water. For example, I generally water my Cylindrica once a week, while I only water my Futura Robusta every 2-3 weeks.

flora friday - snake plant

Are Snake Plants safe?

If you have pets at home, it’s always good to know whether or not your new houseplant would be a danger to them. Snake plants are only mildly toxic so the consequences of your pet ingesting the plant are generally going to lead to an upset stomach and that’s about it, so yes, this is a great plant to have at home even if you have pets. 

Tips:

If your snake plant leaf tips are turning brown, it is most likely due to: inconsistent or improper watering, over-chlorinated water, excessive direct sunlight and/or heat. If you struggle to remember your plants watering schedule, mark it on your calendar, set reminders in your phone or download an app (there are so many out there!). When watering, I personally use distilled water or rain water to avoid giving my plants over-chlorinated water. It’s a cheap thing to add to your grocery list and will have a significant positive impact on all of your houseplants. 


Flora Friday – Pothos

Welcome to Flora Friday featuring Pothos! My weekly post about my houseplants, balcony garden, or anything plant related. I started building my plant collection a few years ago and I can happily say that I finally feel like my thumb turned green this past year. There’s been a lot of trial and error, so I wanted to share my experiences, tips and tricks and general information about my plants that are super easy to take care of and will bring some greenery into your living space. 

The conception of Flora Friday…

Initially, when I was planning the structure of my blog, I wanted to have the Flora section solely encompass my houseplants. However, when I decided that this was going to be a weekly thing, my partner quickly pointed out that I’d run out of content before the year was up, so I came up with 2 solutions: a) the #1 excuse to buy more plants and build my collection (yay!) and b) expand this page to be anything plant related, whether that’s my garden, houseplants or general tips and tricks. To start this page off, I wanted to share what’s probably my favourite houseplant (it’s hard to call favourites):

Pothos aka Epipremnum aureum

Flora Friday featuring my Golden Pothos

This is by far one of the easiest plants and a great starter plant if you’re new to taking care of a living thing. It’s undemanding and super adaptable so it’ll survive even at the most forgetful owner’s hands. Frequently confused for ivy, this fast growing plant brings a lot of life to any space.

Types of Pothos Plants

There are 9 types of Pothos plants but some of the most common ones I see at garden centres are the Golden Pothos, Marble Queen Pothos, and Neon Pothos. 

Flora Friday featuring my Golden Pothos

Care

Pothos care is very easy and will survive even if you’re not able to maintain a consistent watering schedule. I generally water my Pothos plants once a week, but the key is to let the top two inches of the soil dry out before watering. Excess watering will likely lead to root rot so ensuring your pot has good drainage can help avoid this problem. 

They enjoy many different environments, so don’t fret if your space doesn’t get a lot of sunlight because Pothos plants thrive in bright indirect light as well as low light. These plants are perfect for low light spaces like the office or the bathroom because frankly they don’t do well in direct sunlight.

While they do grow quickly, I would still recommend fertilizing your plant at least once every three months with either a liquid solution or a fertilizer stick to help promote quick growth of your plant. 

Flora Friday featuing one of my Pothos plants with a new leaf

Are Pothos plants safe?

With any houseplants, if you have small children or animals at home it’s always important to note whether or not they can be poisonous. Pothos plants are toxic and if ingested can cause irritation and vomiting, although are rarely fatal. I personally have a dog but I keep my Pothos plants out of reach so I’m not concerned about my little buddy getting sick. 

Tips

  1. If your Pothos leaves are pale, it means there’s too much sun so remember to avoid direct sunlight when positioning your Photos plant. 
  2. If the leaves are turning yellow, it’s a good sign that you are over watering your plant and you may need to check for root rot. This would be a good time to repot your plant and ensure that your new pot has good drainage. 
  3. If the leaves are turning brown, it’s a sign that you’re under watering your plant. Since Pothos plants accept erratic watering care, this likely won’t happen unless you completely forget about your plant. 
  4. Leaves are turning yellow/brown – note which leaves this is happening to. Are they the first leaves on the stem? If so, this is just the plant’s life cycle. Old leaves die as new leaves grow, so if you see new growth as well then you’re a.ok. (see picture below)
Flora Friday featuring the Pothos plant