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Sansevieria Trifasciata Mother In Laws Tongue Snake Plant Cuttings
Great big packet of 5x fresh unrooted leaf cuttings!
It will be posted out as is in a large bubble mailer world wide except for the Australian states of WA and TAS where I am unable to send any cuttings.
Each cutting will be as big as I can possibly make it, but still able to fit in a <500gram sachet to keep the price nice and low.
This is around ~22cm x 34cm or ~8.5 x 12.5inches when sealed.
This species is a great choice as an indoor plant and is famed world wide for its negative-ion, and bio-remediation properties.
It pumps out huge amounts of these negative ions which is kind of like how a flocculant works with cloudy water.
Remember from school, cup of muddy water, add a drop of Alum, wait a couple minutes.
Like magic the water goes crystal clear, and all the mud binds together, sinking to the bottom.
Actually, this is a better way to describe it.
Imagine getting a large white tablecloth, then lightly sprinkle it evenly with iron fillings.
That represents the air, and as per normal there is a pretty even distribution of tiny little particles.
Zoomed out it looks white and clear, but up close it is full of stuff floating around.
These particles are filtered out of the air by hairs in your nose and the sticky lining of your throat.
Black boogers is caused by all that crap.
Unfortunately like everything, it doesn’t work 100% of the time, and some particles will always end up stuck to the cillia in your lungs.
If those particles are irritant they cause hayfever, sneazing etc.
If they are sharp and crystaline, pointy, shaped like glass, they can cause tiny little cuts and scaring.
If they are the really bad guys, hydrocarbons like toluene, ethylbenzene, or heavy metals like cadmium, mercury and lead, they can cause serious damage and are proven to greatly increase cancer risk along with doing other bad stuff like lowering intelligence and increasing the risk of birth defects.
Now if you get that same white table cloth, evenly cover it with iron filling, then chuck a few magnets on it, all the nearby particles stick together.
Large and heavy clumps no longer float, which means they settle as dust onto surfaces, instead of being breathed into your lungs.
Now it isn’t 100% either, but it is considerably cleaner as multiple studies over many decades conclusively show.
Even NASA has done extensive research into this species concluding plants are capable of absorbing huge amounts of carbon monoxide and lead from the atmosphere.
Various Japanese studies show it is capable of absorbing hazardous gases from the atmosphere, including but not limited to, chloroform, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene, xylene, and in significant amounts too.
In Korea it is said to provide protective qualities against various forms of radiation, and in China it has duel uses, not only being a pollution protective plant, but also considered lucky.
This has massively increased demand, particularly in the industrialized and heavily polluted northern provinces.
Bit of a gold rush on at the moment and that is what I am hoping to take advantage of.
Being native to Africa, this is not a plant that should ever be planted directly outside into Australian gardens, particularly in warm climates.
In cold climates you shouldn’t as it will just die in winter.
In warm climates you shouldn’t as it is a major weed, and nearly impossible to kill once established.
Now it isn’t a prohibited or considered noxious weed in any state of Australia, but it is super hardy and aggressive and very very hard to get rid of because it spreads by leaf cuttings and under the ground by suckers, and it also makes a quite tuberous root too.
I moved into a rental years ago and it took me more than 6months to dig up and remove just a few solid metres of it.
The root mass was half a meter deep and it had completely overgrown a concrete footpath making access to the clothes line impossible.
That is an extreme example and I reckon it had been left to its own devices for decades before I moved in, but yeah, be sensible with this fella, and it you reckon you can’t, just choose something else.
I am selling these cuttings to be grown as potted plants ONLY.
Like every species this plant certainly has it’s uses, and in the right situation it is a fantastic choice.
That situation is in a pot of any size, either indoors or outdoors, as an ornamental and air purification species.
These cuttings grow super easy, just remove from the plastic bag and bury the bottom half in a pot of well draining sandy soil and water regularly.
Out of the big the big bag of cuttings you are buying at least five of them should take and root with in a couple months, normally all of them do for me.
It is popular all over the world and as such its common names include abala, culebrilla, devil’s tongue, ebube agu, ede yoruba, espada de santa barbara, espada de sao jorge, guru, ho vi, huweilan, hyena, hyenas girdle, hyena’s girdle, isoanopinkiel, jinn’s tongue, langue a la belle-methe, lengua de vaca, lidah biawak, luoi cop, língua de sogra, majesty of the leopard, mep la vang, moodaa, mother-in-laws tongue, oja ikooka, oja oriko, okonooekpe, pacankoriko, pasa kilici, pasha’s sword, rabo de lagarto, Saint George’s sword, sansevieria, schweiermammszongen, skoonma-se-tong, snake plant, snake tongue, spider plant, svarmorstunga, svarmors tunga, svigermorstunge, sword of saint george, the fibre, tieng viet, tiger’s tail, tiger’s tail orchid, tora no o, vrouwentong, women’s tongue, and viper’s bowstring or bowstring hemp due to it’s traditional uses as a fibre crop, and for making, you guessed it, strings for bows..
It is also known by the synonums Sansevieria craigii, Sansevieria jacquinii,Sansevieria laurentii, Sansevieria laurentii, Sansevieria trifasciata, Sansevieria trifasciata var. laurentii, Sansevieria zeylanica, Sansevieria zeylanica var. laurentii and Sansewieria gwinejska and I have noticed several large Aussie chain stores selling it under these names now, I can only assume to avoid the dramas and emails selling “weeds” often causes.
Not that I can imagine you would, but please don’t be tempted to eat it as it contains saponins which are mildly toxic.
If your dog, cat, kids or doofus mates decide to try chewing on them it will make them quite sick and symptoms include drooling, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and ruptured red blood cells.
Ornamental plant folks, not a bloody salad…
Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chemicals, no nasties, no problems!!!