Dracaena (mother in law’s tongue) is very popular among plant lovers. It is not demanding to maintain and is considered as an air cleaner plant, which is another advantage. It is a decorative plant completely adaptable to indoor life, which makes it one of the most popular when choosing to decorate the interior.
With just a little bit of attention and basic knowledge of its needs, you can provide the perfect conditions for proper growth and development. Moreover, the room space in which this plant is kept will be more beautiful and healthier.
Why You Should Keep Dracaena Plant In Your Bedroom
Dracaena originates from the African continent. Its name comes from the Greek word drakaina and means female dragon. In some parts of the world, it is also known as the Dragon Tree.
The genus Dracaena includes over 40 species of plants, mostly woody and shrubby. The most popular is Dracaena trifasciata also known as snake plant or mother in law’s tongue.
The name mother in law’s tongue is actually because of its leaves. The leaves remind of the sharp tongue just like your mother in law( it’s not always the case J).Dracaena can blossom in very rare occasions. If this happens, you will notice small buds on the stem that hold white flowers with a lovely smell.
This plant is almost indestructible. It requires a lot of light, but it can survive even without it. However, a lack of light can result in unhealthy leaf color, meaning the leaves will be paler than usual.
The best temperature for mother-in-law’s tongue is between 15 and 30 degrees C. You can keep it indoor in the winter months and outside in summer.
The causes for dracaena death (even though it is very hard to kill it) are excessive watering and cold. This plant tolerates dry soil and irregular watering very well, while the constant moisture in the soil is one of its biggest enemies and leads to root rot. So, water it every once in a while when you notice that the soil is too dry.
Mother in law’s tongue is included in the list of plants of the most efficient indoor air purifiers. Namely, Bill Wolverton, an American scientist from NASA, with the conducted research removed the misconception that indoor flowers take away oxygen and that is why it should not be kept in the rooms where we stay. He proved that plants not only produce oxygen but also release droplets that collect harmful substances from the air and reduce the amount of dust by up to 20%. Because you spend more than 8 hours in the bedroom, it is an ideal place to keep this plant. This plant is great for people who suffer from allergies, asthma, and insomnia.
However, you shouldn’t consume the leaves because it can cause digestive problems such as vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.