Have you ever wondered the Disadvantages of snake plant? If you are here, that means you want to know about it, in this article, i will explain it all based on my research and personal knowledge handling them.
Snake plant( Sansevieria trifasciata)
often referred to as mother in law’s tongue, the devil’s tongue or good luck plant is a succulent flower that is native to Africa, which is grown all over the world, in many households, offices etc.
This Succulent flower plant grows erect (upward) with sword-shaped leaves and it is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 10 – 12. It is dark green in color with some white marks which some how looks like Aloe vera, but far bigger than it.
DISADVANTAGES OF SNAKE PLANT
Some of the disadvantages of this succulent plant are:
Bad Luck: One of the disadvantages of snake plant is, it is believed to bring bad luck.
Plants that are generally categorized as bad luck plants have designs that can generate undesired energy, according to some people’s believe.
Many people believe that the bad luck this flower bring is poverty, and negative energies, so for this reason, many people tend to shy away from having any thing to do with this plant.
Again there is an argument by alot of people who argue that the plant itself is not the bringer of bad luck itself, but the position it is kept.
It is also believed that the plant does not require a place that is crowded, because once the place is crowded, the plant is said to release negative energy which bring about misfortunes in the lives of people around, and so in order to avert this, it should be kept in a place with low traffic, so that it could be releasing positive energy instead of negative effects.
Water/Irrigation: One of the disadvantages of snake plant is water.
You might be surprised!, well literally, what affect this plant negatively is too much water or waterlogged soil.
This is one of the major killers of this plant. Many gardeners do not know this, hence they apply far more water required by this plant, thereby killing or making them. unhealthy.
When grown on a waterlogged soil, the roots are affected most, by mainly root rot, which do bring about the unavoidable death of the plant.
To control the effect of waterlogging, choose a high draining soil to grow them and also control the amount of water you apply on them. By the way, they do not require much water, so water at least once in a week or 2, depending on the environment.
Cold: Cold is one of the disadvantages involved in growing this succulent plant because it does detest cold.
Snake plant does require a temperature of 55 to 80°F during the daytime and a temperature of 55 to 70°F during the night time, any thing else below 55°F is unhealthy for snake plants.
This is a very big disadvantage because it limits the cultivation of this plant to specific regions, unless with advanced gardening equipments.
Inorder to control it, don’t grow snake plant at some certain season if you live at a region where the weather is very cold at some seasons of the year.
Pests: Snake plant is very prone to pests, which is one of it’s demerits.
It is very prone to pests such as spider mite and mealybugs Infestations. They pose a great threat to this plant by sucking sap from the plant, thereby weakening it and causing small wounds and shedding of the leaves.
Apart from waterlogging, this is another hug reason why many gardeners loss their snake plants.
To be safe from these pests and save your snake plants, you need to be on the look out every time for any sign of them, and when you see any, control them with hands if they are few and Control them with chemical or blowing them away with water.
Again you can do away with any of them that is infested, in order to save the rest.
Fungus: This is another problem snake plants normally encounter, fungal disease attack this plant in many places such as the stem, but the most common place if attack for this disease is the leaves.
Fungal attack leads to diseases such as the southern blight and red leaf spot.
These diseases could be identify by the over all appearance of the plants.
Southern blight does attack the stem, and in order to control it, methyl bromide could be very effective.
Fungus as a whole is caused by poor maintenance such as waterlogging, to prevent this disease, grow this plant in a high draining soil and also Control the amount of water you apply.
In the case of attack from fungus, you can uproot the infected plant and throw them away in order not to let it infect others.
Toxic for Human and Animals: This plant is said to contain some toxins which do affect human beings and animals negatively.
Thrips: Thrips is another great disturbance encountered by snake plants.
Although you can’t see them with your naked eyes, but you can see signs of them such as the curling of leaves, wilting.
This pest is very deadly to snake plants as they cause tomato spotted wilt virus on the plants which has not cure.
To control Thrips, wipe the plants with cloths or remove any plant that shows signs of infestation.
Sunlight: Snake plant is Surprisingly being disturbed by sunlight, which is very strange.
Sunlight is one of the disadvantages of growing this plant because when exposed to full sun, it brings about wilt and drying of the leaves.
Don’t be confused, every living thing need the sun to survive, which the snake plant is not an exception, but it requires a little amount of sunlight, not much heat.
Control the exposure of your snake plant to the sun.
Don’t bring out your snake plants to full sun, unless you cover them with a transparent Nylon that could reduce the hotness of the sun or keep them at a place where the sunlight is not very server.
Although the first disadvantage of snake plant above is a myth which I myself don’t believe in.
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