The snake plant or the Dracaena trifasciata is known for its many names. It is also commonly referred to as mother-in-law’s tongue, Saint George’s sword, or viper’s bowstring hemp because of the serpentine, long, and sharp shape of its leaves. This succulent plant is popular in Asian households because of its association with good luck in Feng shui in addition to its beauty, health benefits, and easy maintenance.

Lucky Charm

The snake plant is well-known in the field of Feng shui. Depending on its orientation at home, it can either bring good or bad luck according to the practitioners of this art. Based on their beliefs, it is generally considered to bring in negative energy because of its connection with the serpent, which is a representation of evil in many mythologies and legends, and snakes are seen to possess aggressive energy.

The snake plant can be used to harness positive vibes by channeling its aggressive energy in places that are not highly-trafficked. The skyward direction of its leaves reflects a rising chi. As a side note for those unfamiliar with the term, “chi” is defined as vital energy that gives life to the body. Furthermore, the sharp form of the succulent’s leaves is viewed as a sword that slices through negative or nonflowing energy.

The Chinese relate the snake plant to the eight virtues of their gods too. These virtues are beauty, long life, prosperity, intelligence, health, strength, art, and poetry. As a result, some people place it close to the entrance of their homes to attract the mentioned factors inside. Due to the association of the houseplant to the wood element, Feng shui believers recommend placing it in the eastern, southeastern, or southern corners of the house.

Adds Appeal to Every Corner

The rich green color of the snake plant’s foliage provides a refreshing ambiance to every home or office. This delivers a contrasting accent to a rather bare corner of any place.

Studies found that looking at nature help uplift a person’s mood. In turn, it results in happiness, which helps in relaxation and healing. As mentioned in our earlier article, plants help increase focus and productivity by 15 percent.

Improves Health

Plants help eliminate toxins in the air. A NASA research discovered that they purify the air to up to 87 percent in a day. The water that they emit in the atmosphere, which can go up to 10 percent, help in improving humidity in any room as well. Thus, the added moisture help remove impurities in the air, which are causes of allergies, and they help combat the prevalence of certain illnesses like dry cough, tonsillitis, and dryness of the skin.

Normally, plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen during the day. The process is reversed in the evening though due to the absence of photosynthesis. However, succulent plants are an exemption. Snake plants release oxygen all-throughout, regardless of the time of the day. Therefore, they are also ideal as bedroom plants.

Easy Maintenance

A snake plant can survive neglect. It can be maintained with little effort. All you have to do is leave it in a well-lit place within the day, although it can still live even in low-light conditions. Then, make sure to water it at least once every two to three weeks. Be careful not to overwater it so its leaves will not become soggy. Lastly, see to it that water will not accumulate and stagnate in its base. Choose only the right pot for succulents.

About the author
Giancarlo Perlas
A freelance writer who loves cars, sports, carpentry, and gardening. Check him out on Twitter at @giancarloperlas and Pinterest at Succulent Shaman.

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