Sansevieria, commonly known as the snake plant because of its unique leaf markings, is a powerful natural air purifier. It removes toxins such as formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from the air. It absorbs toxins through its waxy leaves and produces pure oxygen.
Don’t worry if you have a brown thumb – the snake plant thrives both indoors and outdoors. Practically the only way to kill it off is by overwatering.
You can even keep it in your bedroom because the Sansevieria keeps releasing oxygen at night, instead of carbon dioxide like most other plants. Although it might be wise to keep them out of small kids’ rooms, as they can be poisonous if eaten.
So how can you get new snake plants at no cost? Easy, all you have to do is get leaf cuttings of this beautiful succulent.
Snip off a leaf or two from a snake plant. Use a sharp knife, or better still, scissors. You can get a leaf from a neighbour’s plant or from the park.
Cut the leaf into 4-5 inch pieces. Just make sure that you keep track of which part is the top and which is the bottom. Putting the wrong end into the soil will not work out for you!
Let the cut ends dry out for a day or two, then just stick the cuttings into a pot with pre-moistened soil. Push down the leaf cutting at least an inch under the soil.
And that’s all there is to it.
So why not put in a few – or a few dozen – cuttings today, maybe in paper cups, and give away the love to your friends and family?