Sansevieria Trifasciata | Snake Plant

The Sansevieria Trifasciata, otherwise known as the snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue plant is characterized by thick tall tongue-like leaves with varying patterns. This plant is incredibly easy to care for and incredibly difficult to kill. These plants originated in South Africa.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Sansevieria Trifasciata

Nicknames: Snake Plant, Mother-In-Law’s Tongue

Origin: South Africa

Size: The Sansevieria Trifasciata can grow to be as tall as 4 feet tall.

Plant Care

Lighting: The snake plant can thrive in nearly any lighting. They grow fast and taller in brighter light.

Watering: The snake plant does well when neglected and is nearly impossible to kill. Allow the soil to dry completely before watering the Sansevieria Trifasciata as over-watering is the main way these plants die.

Fertilizing: Feed Sansevieria monthly while it is actively growing. Feed with a Cactus Plant food that is half diluted. Do not use a fertilizer that contains nitrates.

Temperature: Between 60°-85.° F.

Humidity: The snake plant does well in low humidity.

Soil: Use a well-draining potting soil, add sand for better drainage.

Propagation: Use plant division or leaf cuttings.

Potential Problems: The snake plant is not affected by house pests or disease.

Poison Information: Plant not very poisonous, level 1 toxicity.

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Ficus Lyrata | Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

The Ficus Lyrata, otherwise known as the fiddle leaf fig tree is characterized by its presence in many modern homes and current trending nature. The fiddle leaf fig tree has large, glossy, violin-shaped leaves and a then trunk which makes it very visually pleasing. These plants originated in Australia, Melanesia, and Southern Asia.

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Plant Information

Botanical Name: Ficus Lyrata

Nicknames: Fiddle Leaf Fig

Origin: Australia, Melanesia, and Southern Asia

Size: The tree can get as tall as 40 ft, but stays much shorter indoors. The plant likes to be root bound, plant in a smaller pot.

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Plant Care

Lighting: The Fiddle Leaf Fig thrives in bright indirect light. Be sure to turn the plant frequently for even plan growth.

Watering: Allow the top half of the soil to dry before watering the fiddle leaf fig tree.

Fertilizing: Feed fiddle leaf fig every 2 weeks spring and summer with a half diluted fertilizer.

Temperature: Between 60°-80.° F. Keep plant away from cold drafts.

Humidity: The fiddle leaf fig does well in normal humidity but prefers high humidity.

Soil: Use a well-aerated potting soil for fiddle leaf fig.

Pruning: Trim tree roots if the plant becomes too tall. Root trimming can be done every few years during winter and fall. Trimming branches encourages the fig tree to become bushy.

Propagation: Use air layering and cuttings.

Potential Problems:

Pests: Mealybugs, thrip, whitefly, spider mites, and Aphids

Disease: powdery mildew

Poison Information: Plant not very poisonous, level 1 toxicity.

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Houseplant Poison Levels

Each houseplant falls on a toxicity spectrum. Below are 4 levels of toxicity or poisonous levels. These levels are general guidelines. If you are concerned for any reason call poison control.

Non-Toxic Plants

These are plants that are not poisonous or toxic. Despite not being toxic, there is always a risk for allergic reactions to any plant.

Examples: Grape Ivy, China Doll, Baby’s Tears, Bird’s Nest Ferns, Cast Iron Plant, Money Tree, Lucky Bamboo, Phoenix Roebelenii, Lady Palms, Fittonia, Hypoestes, Prayer plant, Rabbit’s Foot Fern, Calatheas, Yucca

Level 1

Poison level 1 plants are considered to have low toxicity. These plants are generally not poisonous, though there is always a risk for allergic reaction to any plant.

Examples: Ficus LyrataAloe Vera Plant, Peperomia, Ctenanthe, Dracaena Warneki, Homalomena, Ficus Benjamina, Tradescantia Albiflora, Schefflera Actinophylla, Rubber Tree , Philodendron Xanadu , Snake Plant

Level 2

Poison level 2 plants have mild to severe toxicity.  These plants should avoid being eaten as side effects may be experienced.

Examples: Monstera DeliciosaEpipremnum Aureum (Pothos), Ficus Alii, Arrowhead plants, Dracaena Marginatas, Agave plants, Fishtail Palm, Cordyline Terminalis, Peace Lily plants, Chinese Evergreen, Aralias

Level 3

Poison level 3 plants are very toxic. These plants should avoid being eaten as side effects may be experienced.

Examples: Philodendron Selloum, Moses in the Cradle, Caladiums, Croton, English Ivy 

Level 4

Poison level 4 plants are extremely toxic. These plants should not be eaten as side effects may be experienced and this may be life-threatening.

Examples: Alocasia AmazonicaAlocasia Macrorrhiza, Zamioculcas zamiifolia, Sago Palm, Dieffenbachias, Pencil Cactus, 

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Aloe Vera Plant

Plant Information

The Aloe Vera Plant, or Aloe Barbadensis, is characterized by thick leaves that feature a spiky texture. This plant’s leaves are often used for medicinal purposes as the sap can be used to treat burns. These plants originated in North Africa

Botanical Name: Aloe Vera, Aloe Barbadensis

Origin: North Africa

Size: 1 – 2 ft

Plant Care

Lighting: Aloe vera plant prefers bright indirect light

Watering: Allow soil to dry between watering. Be sure to water well and evenly.

Fertilizing: Use 10/40/10 plant food monthly, dilute fertilizer to half strength.

Temperature: Aloe Vera prefers temperatures between 65°-85° F. Aloe does not do well in temperatures less than 40°F.

Humidity: This play prefers low humidity

Soil: Aloe plants prefer well-aerated loose soil with sand.

Pruning: Aloe Vera rarely requires pruning

Propagation: Use offsets or suckers.

Potential Problems: Has few pest and disease problems. Overwatering can cause root rot.

Poison Information: Plant sap often used for medicinal purposes, other parts can be poisonous, Level 1.