Snake plant is so popular. Everyone must have seen this plant once in their life. Aside from being planted outdoors, they are also able to be planted indoors. You can even place them in the bedroom if you want. Which variety of the snake plant is best to grow in the bedroom?
The one that is usually placed in the bedroom is called Sansevieria trifasciata “Black Gold” (Viper’s Bowstring Hemp). A lot of people prefer to plant the variety of the snake plant in their bedroom or living room as it is effective to clean out the air both day and night. Here is everything that you need to know about the Sansevieria trifasciata “Black Gold” (Viper’s Bowstring Hemp).
Sansevieria trifasciata “Black Gold” (Viper’s Bowstring Hemp) is the best one for the beginnners and travelers due to the fact that it does not need much attention. The leaves of it is green and about 1 meter high.
- Botanical Name: Sansevieria trifasciata
- Nicknames: “Black Gold”, Viper’s Bowstring Hemp
- Family: Asparagaceae
- Genus: Sansevieria (currently included in genus Dracaena)
- Species: S. trifasciata
- Variety: Black Gold
Just like nay other snake plants, the Sansevieria trifasciata “Black Gold” (Viper’s Bowstring Hemp) is also toxic for both humans and animals. When they are ingested, the affected one can get allergy around the mouth and throat, nausea, and diroha. Before deciding to have them in your place, you need to make sure that you are ready to not let the children and pets close to them. In case something bad happens, please seek emergency medical aid immediately.
Each variation of the snake plants, including the Sansevieria trifasciata “Black Gold” (Viper’s Bowstring Hemp) has the ability to remove the toxins and provide the fresh air to breath in. They are known for their air purifying abilities.
All Sansevierias are known to be low maintenance. You are not required to water them often and they can grow when even when they are neglected. Talking about watering, you can water the soil thoroughly and allow it to dry out completely before you have to water it again. The temperature and the sunlight availability play the big roles in watering. During the spring and summer, watering them about once a week is enough.
The soil needs more time to dry out in the lower temperatures. It explains why the nutritional requirements of the plant are also minimal. Once again, watering it about once every two or three weeks is enough.
Keep in mind that overwatering can be fatal for the plant like the Sansevieria trifasciata “Black Gold” (Viper’s Bowstring Hemp). The chance for the plant to be killed is high if you give them too much water. Please only water when the soil gets dry.
As they are fine with any kinds of light, the Sansevieria trifasciata “Black Gold” (Viper’s Bowstring Hemp) is best to plant indoor. You can put them anywhere you want as long as it is in the indirect bright to low light and from partial to complete shade. However, the recommended light is still the medium to bright indirect.
The best light is effective to help the foliage to grow healthy. The ones placed in the shade for months will have slower growth compared to the ones with enough light, especially in earlier years of age when they are at their “baby” phase and they just start to grow up. Aside from that, you are also allowed to place them in the fluorescent light. If you are planning to do this, please make sure to put the light at a right distance. The only thing that is not allowed is to put them under the direct sun as they can be damaged or even killed.
The perfect temperature for most of the Sansevieria trifasciata “Black Gold” (Viper’s Bowstring Hemp) is between 45 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. They are able to tolerate some extreme temperatures. In the dry soil, they can even grow in the temperature below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the ones who live in the frosting places have to be aware that these plants cannot tolerate the frost. The freezing temperature is not good for the plants. These plants can be damaged and even killed by it. If you still want to grow the plants even if you live in the frosting areas, please transfer them to some warm place before the frost comes.
The Sansevieria trifasciata “Black Gold” (Viper’s Bowstring Hemp) is good with any humidity levels. They are able to survive in the average levels as long as the moisture in the air is around 60%.
The best soil for the Sansevieria trifasciata “Black Gold” (Viper’s Bowstring Hemp) is the well draining one. It is best to be mixed with the loose. In order to allow draining and aeration, please use the sandier soils and low peat potting mixtures. As the alternative, you can also choose the all purpose cactus potting soil.
You can use a balanced houseplant fertilizer once every month or every three weeks in the spring and summer. The liquid ones are always the best ones because they are good at making sure better absorption. Do not overdose of the product as it can burn or in the worst cases, kill the plant. It is the reason why the experts always recommend to use half or the stated dosage in order to avoid over fertilization. Due to the fact that the growth rate and nutrition requirements of the plant decrease in the winter, you need to strop feeding the plant the fertilizer at the end of the summer.
The Sansevieria trifasciata “Black Gold” (Viper’s Bowstring Hemp) is able to grow well in the medium size pots and containers. It is important to check for the drainage holes at the base.
According to the Gardening Brain, the USDA growth zone 2 to 11 is fine to grow the Sansevieria trifasciata “Black Gold” (Viper’s Bowstring Hemp) inn patios. If you live in the zone 9 to 11, you are recommended to keep them outdoor throughout the year.