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Cylindrical snake plants care more about size than the shape, but their leaves are often highly variable in size, shape and colour. The species can be used as ground cover.
The species requires fertile, well drained, sandy soil with full sun and average rainfall. It will grow in dry sand and does not like wet soils, nor does it prefer a clay based soil. The species prefers to grow with other succulents, such as sempervivums or kalanchoes.
The species prefers to be kept in groups to show off the individual colours and shapes. It is an excellent ground cover species and can be used to make a natural looking ground cover for pots and other containers.
Snake Plants in their native habitat
A number of different species of Snake Plants can be found growing naturally in deserts, sand dunes and other sandy areas, although most will only be found in small pockets or patches. When the species does not grow in large numbers it can be difficult to spot, as the plants in small patches blend into their surroundings.
In some cases the species can be found growing in such large quantities that it is hard to imagine they are the same species that grows in the same location in patches.
The species grows to a maximum height of 30-45 cm tall. When fully grown, it will have a broad flat greenish-grey, leathery-textured and stiff leaf on a stout rigid green stem. The green, leathery-textured leaves will vary greatly in size and shape, but usually are smaller than 20 cm in diameter.
The small black seed capsules will also vary greatly in shape and size, often resembling a miniature version of the species stalk.
The leaves of Snake Plants are extremely variable in size, shape and colour and are usually heavily speckled with small black dots. The most distinguishing feature of this species is that the flowers open in the afternoon, are very delicate and have three distinct lobes that are often seen to bend away from the main stalk when the plant is in flower. The flowers are also very fragrant, being highly aromatic.
The black seed capsule of S. gracilis has the same basic structure as the rest of the species, but instead of the thin leathery leaves, the capsule is covered in small soft hairs, which can give the impression the fruits are made of cotton. The seeds of this species are very similar to those of S. gracilis, but are shorter and tend to be less finely textured.
The plant is a native of North America, however it is very rare and has been seen growing only in a few regions. The plant is known to live at altitudes of 1200 meters. The plant will grow easily in sun or partial shade and prefers to grow in well-drained soils that are rich in humus. It is native to the United States and Canada.
Snake plant does not appear to be affected by the weather and seems to survive well with little to no water. It thrives best in dry soil that is well-drained and slightly acidic.
Snake plant will spread by seed. The seedlings are not strong but can be established in sunny areas where they are shaded, and will grow anywhere from 1-4 m tall. The plant does not grow in wet areas. The plant has large dark-colored leaves that are soft and flexible. They are light green at the base and gradually turn to dark green at the tips. The stem of the plant is about the thickness of a pencil and may reach a height of 3 m. It is known to grow in soil up to about 20% sand, but it is rare to see them growing in such places.
Snake plant has no close relatives, and so has a distinct look from the plants that do grow in areas where it lives.
Some people have called the snake plant a ghost plant. It seems to grow better in haunted places. It has a reputation of being able to bring bad luck to the area that it grows in.
Snake plant has no known predators. The plant is mostly self-pollinating.
Snake plant is not endangered and is a good plant to have in a garden. It does not have many pest issues.
How to Grow Snake Plant
The snake plant is a cactus. As such, it is best to provide it with a water and nutrient rich environment. However, snake plants grow in many different places and are found in habitats that are harsh.
Snakes plant requires full sun and average soil. However, it grows best in a dry environment. Snake plant requires average to well-drained soil and is best to establish in a large pot.
Snake plant needs a light amount of water.
In the wild, snake plant is a nocturnal plant and as such, it is best to expose the plant to full-day sunlight to allow for the plant to grow and thrive. The snake plant has to be in good conditions to grow well.
Snake Plant Care
Slangplante groei die beste in droë toestande en as u aan hulle regte water voorsien, sal hulle goed groei. Die plante het 'n goeie hoeveelheid sonlig nodig, verkieslik vol son. Slangplant is 'n groot plant en as sodanig het dit 'n groot pot nodig.
Slangplant het geen bekende plae nie en geen siektes nie.
Slangplant kan 'n bietjie kieskeurig wees oor die water en die grond waarin dit moet oorleef. As u slangplant nie die regte water en voedingstowwe ontvang nie, sal dit sleg groei.
Slangplant reageer nie goed op water wat te nat of te droog is nie.
In die natuur groei slangplante in droë gebiede wat vol son ontvang.
In die natuur benodig slangplante 'n groot pot. Die slangplant is 'n kaktus en soos alle kaktusse, het dit droë toestande en gemiddelde grond nodig. In die natuur groei slangplante op plekke soos grotte en lava -buise.
Slangplant doen die beste as dit in 'n groot pot verbou word. As die slangplant egter in 'n groot pot groei en die pot begin uitgroei, moet u dit weer opstel.
Slangplant ontgroei 'n groot pot as dit in een wat te klein is, gehou word. Dit is omdat die plant 'n bietjie sonlig benodig om die slangaanleg suksesvol te wees in die pot. In die pot ontvang die slangplant slegs die direkte sonlig van die venster.
As die plant die pot begin ontgroei, sal die plant slegs gedeeltelike son hê. 'N Groot pot kan te klein wees vir die slangplant en as die slangplant slegs gedeeltelike son ontvang, sal die plant nie goed groei nie.
Die maklikste manier om die slangplant weer te gee, is om die pot oop te sny en die plant uit die pot te haal. As u in 'n kweekhuis werk, moet u in 'n nuwe groter pot wees. Doen dit op die natuurlike manier en laat die plant in sy pot in die tuin wees.
As u die slangplant weer oplê, wil u die wortels en die bokant daarvan hou