The Sword of St. George is a plant of African origin and one of the species easy to cultivate and found in Brazil, whether inside or outside the house.
It has a religious significance in Candomblé, associated with the orishá Ogum, and also in Catholicism, associated with St. George of Cappadocia.
In this post, we will bring everything about this plant, from how to cultivate it, its meanings and how to use it in interior decoration.
Sword of St. George: how to care for and cultivate in the vase
The Sword of St. George is a plant that is easy to grow. With little care, even for those who have little experience, it is possible to cultivate it and keep its sword always beautiful and majestic. Here are some tips:
1. Soil fertilized and well drained:
The perfect soil for planting most plant species is composed of soil and organic compost (usually with earthworm humus or the compost product).
For the Sword of St. George, make a drainage layer with expanded clay and fill the pot with ⅓ of sand before placing the soil and seedling of the plant.
2. The Perfect Vase
The Sword of St. George is a plant that can reach up to 90cm in height and, therefore, it is necessary a vessel that behaves well its roots and its weight. If your molting is small, go changing pot as it grows.
The most indicated pots are those of ceramic, as they retain moisture, ensuring that the earth will be kept fresh longer. In addition, they are most used in interior decoration, for its more rustic slope. Just make sure it has drainage holes in the bottom.
3. Ideal temperature and lighting:
Although it can be grown easily, the ideal temperature for the plant is 13 ° C to 24 ° C, so it supports both the internal and external environments. Just be sure that it gets light for a few hours, in direct sun or half shade.
4. Proper watering
In this plant it is important to remember that excessive watering can cause the roots to rot and kill the plant. The ideal is to feel the earth, and if it is dry, water in moderation.
In winter, decrease the frequency, and you can get 20 days of space between waterings.
Soil fertilizer to keep the plant always healthy:
Even with little care required, every plant needs a well fertilized soil to grow more beautiful and healthy. Use organic fertilizers once a month and water well.
Once well developed, remove new seedlings from the plant by separating the clumps and replanting in other pots. So you will have several Swords to decorate your home!
Types of Sword of St. George
Although with many other popular names such as Mother-in-Law, Cape Lizard, Sansevéria, the Sword-of-St George is part of a family (Sansevieria trifasciata) with several species that have different foliage and meanings.
The most popular in landscape and religious use are the three that we will differentiate below:
1. Sword-of-St-George or Sword of Ogum
The most popular of the family is usually associated with all varieties, but the Sword-of-St-George or Sword-of-Ogum is characterized by its totally green coloration with some lighter patches.
2. Santa-Barbara's Sword or Sword of Iansã
This variety has a yellowish outline at the edges of the foliage. In the center, it has the same characteristics as Espada-de-São-Jorge.
Lança de São Jorge or Lança de Ogum
More unlike the three varieties, the Lança-de-São-Jorge has a cylindrical shape and its clump grows fan-shaped.
The plant is mainly associated with its power to protect the evil eye.
This is mainly due to its spear and sword format. They are responsible for the achievements and for warding off the evils that afflict homes with the edge of the sword. Both related to St. George and Ogum, known for their courage and their struggle against evil.
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It is usually placed at the entrance of homes not only to protect, but to bring prosperity, abundance and courage to the residents. But today we also see the use in several rooms of the house, being widely used in decoration and landscaping. Discover inspirations to decorate your home with this plant:
Picture 1 - Sword of Santa Bárbara at the foot of the bed to bring protection and to decorate the environment
To the interior of the house, plants bring not only the meaning of that species but the green strong and natural, changing the whole environment.
Picture 2 - Also use larger pots and allow the plant to grow and reproduce in one space.
Also, think of the decoration of the vase, which can be smooth or with patterns and patterns, to be combined with the other decorative elements.
Picture 3 - Jardineira semi-divisoria of environments.
Swords of St. George are widely used in bibs to divide environments
Picture 4 - Create your seedlings from the beginning in smaller vases to place on corner or center tables.
For those who want to start planting their seedlings, it's worth thinking about acquiring younger seedlings to keep up with their growth.
Picture 5 - Separate a space near the entrance of your house to draw protection and courage.
The entrances are the most used places to put the swords of São Jorge and, if you plan to use this plant in your house, it is a good idea already to put it in your decoration project.
Picture 6 - The green of the plant brings another climate to the room
Plants in landscaping and interior decoration are responsible for bringing more life and freshness to the environment.
Picture 7 - Play with the different types of pot: from the ones that have the most rustic tone to the most modern ones.
The vessels nowadays gain diverse types of materials, formats and colors. From the basic black plastic or the more rustic ceramic, to the concrete and enameled ceramics, today's trends.
Picture 8 - Form a protection for your balcony by placing bins near the bars.
Besides the possibility of forming a type of partition with the shapes of sword or lance of São Jorge, they also can form a type of protection for balconies, mainly in buildings.
Picture 9 - For those who have a larger room, it is worth investing in more robust pots and ensure space for the roots of the plant to develop.
It is worth using pots made of ceramic or concrete, especially if they have a different finish and color.
Picture 10 - But every corner you have to put a blue whale is worth!
Image 11 - Another example of flow: this time decorating a room predominantly cold and straight.
For those who have a cooler decoration and with predominance of straight lines, the plants break this pattern and bring more life to the environment. The sword of St. George, in particular, makes this break still accompanying the straightest lines of the environment.
Image 12 - For those who have low windows and want to hide in the environment.
It is another way of creating a division of the environments, as we showed previously.
Picture 13 - The sword of São Jorge combines very well with a more modern environment and with a more handmade footprint as well.
Combining industrial and craft elements leaves any kind of environment more stripped down and the leaves of the plants contribute a lot to give a more lively and fun to the house.
Picture 14 - Explore all types of vases in your decoration!
The concrete vases in geometric shapes are super high and can be made at home!
Picture 15 - A perfect plant to decorate wall corners and use in a relaxation area.
Close to loveseats or sofas, the plants create a perfect frame for a reading or relaxation corner.
Picture 16 - Include the green of the plant in your color palette when you start to decorate your room.
In that corner, the green tones of the sword blade of St. George and the other small plant match the blue on the wall.
Picture 17 - Was there space near a window? Enjoy the lighting and the rays of the sun to cultivate your sword.
Although the Sword of St. George works very well in the inner environment, it is always good to enjoy the nooks near the window. In this bathroom with sloping windows, the bibs are placed in a concrete structure, which can be used as a bench.
Picture 18 - A floor plan to have even at the head of the bed.
Image 19 - Protection multiplied.
Image 20 - As it is a little demanding plant with water, use cachepots or supports of wood without risk of spoiling
Ideally, just remove the pot when it is time to water and let it drain well before putting it back. The wooden cachepots are a beauty!
Picture 21 - Enjoy also in outdoor areas that receive little direct lighting.
This plant is also amazing in the outdoor area, in a corner of relaxation or even near swimming pools.
Image 22 - Have several species in different pots.
The different species of the sword family of St. George can be combined in the same environment, even in the same vase! More protection for your home!
Picture 23 - Exploring various types of pots to find the perfect one for your decoration.
Picture 24 - Plants in the kitchen work very well.
In this case, for the benches, the smaller swords are still indicated, still in growth.
Picture 25 - Roots your swords in pots with water and enjoy to use in your decoration.
Image 26 - The leaves of the sword join the straight lines and the curves in the same plant.
They combine a lot in more geometric environments, as in the image above.
Picture 27 - A blue whiting in the bathroom too.
The bathroom can be designed with different styles of decoration, but the plants have a greater power to liven up the environment and make it look more comfortable. Take advantage of any space, test and add a blue whiting.
Image 28 - Between the window and the street.
For low windows that go down to the floor, the Saint George swordsmen help to divide the internal and external environment
Image 29 - Get inspired by Urban Jungle.
For a more fun and relaxed environment, combine with other types of plants, such as cactus .
Picture 30 - Even for those who do not have space to plant the sword of St. George on earth, it is worth to use vases even on the outside.
Image 31 - Plants as decoration of empty corridors.
In corridors, where there is usually little space for ornaments, the decorations focus on the pictures. But if you have a spare space, it is worth investing in a pot to value the hallway. Another idea is to use a hanging vase on the wall!
Image 32 - Plant corner at the desk.
Putting some plants in a corner leaves the environment lighter and can even change the tone of the workplace, as is the case with desks.
Picture 33 - Combine your plants with other items made with natural materials.
Image 34 - Commercial room partitions too!
Picture 35 - A different tone in the kitchen.
In any type of kitchen, adding the green of a plant brings freshness and a new touch of color, especially the darker of Saint George's sword or the combination with yellow, of the Santa Barbara Sword.
Picture 36 - Sinks behind sofa.
The most fun in decorating is to go testing the places where your items can be positioned and create a clean and harmonious décor.
Picture 37 - With more robust furniture, use taller leaves like the sword of Saint George and the Fern.
Image 38 - A protected path.
For entrances or winter gardens, the Sword of St. George creates a special green layer.
Image 39 - Green space with freshness for one Reading corner .
The sword of St. George is a symbol of protection, but adding any kind of plant in a special corner helps to soothe and relax.
Picture 40 - If you are crazy about plants, it is worth using several pots and combining with other species and families.
Picture 41 - Place pots in strategic corners that are usually empty.
If it's more open and lighted under your stairs, it's a good place for a plant.
Picture 42 - In balconies, enjoy the light of the sun.
Picture 43 - Nothing in a dull and lifeless bathroom!
Do not leave your bathroom unsightly and invest in more fun and daring decor with colors, pictures and even large-leaved plants!
Picture 44 - For a lower decoration, use the sword of St. George as a vertical element.
Picture 45 - Gardeners in all the corners.
Image 46 - Combine the vibrant colors of the leaf with other colorful elements of your decor.
Image 47 - Cachepots with tall plants even on countertops.
In addition to decorating empty places, these plants are great for decorating places in the house that you do not use, such as stone countertops and half walls of partitions.
Image 48 - A kind of decoration for all places.
We have already shown that a Saint George sword looks good on any type of decoration, does not it?
Image 49 - Break the pattern of light colors.
A good idea for the decor is to put a vibrant color at the end of a series of light items and more pastel colors. Here, the vase with the sword of St. George makes a break between the wall and the curtain and the elements of the rack, all in light tones.
Picture 50 - Green leafs in green vase yes!
Picture 51 - Join different types of textures and lines in your decoration.
In this image, the lines of the pictures relate very well to the natural lines of the sheet of the sword of Saint George, positioned next to them.
Image 52 - A vibrant color for a neutral environment.
Picture 53 - Gardener also in the corridor to enjoy the horizontal lines.
Picture 54 - In the corners, the plants combine a lot with pictures.
As we have already shown in the case of the corridor and the bathroom, these two items make an incredible pair for any decoration, as well as occupy a very restricted space!
Image 55 - The corner of the swords.
Protection is never too much, is it? How about a special corner just with your sword collection? All polished, of course!
Picture 56 - Think about using different heights when positioning your pots.
To use multiple pots together, you can use different heights as a strategy, so they are all visible and the decoration becomes more organic.
Image 57 - In the decoration of the balcony.
Picture 58 - On tables and dressers, the little plants make the composition more interesting.
Image 59 - Composition with sculptures and books.
Along with books and decorative objects, the plants leave the environment with more personality and more the face of home.
Image 60 - Big plants look small on such a right foot!
Make your composition thinking of everything, even at the height of the environment!