Snake Plant , Sansevieria

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  • Plant Height: 20cm
  • Pot Included: Yes
  • Pot Width: 4'

Snake Plant , Sansevieria

Snake plants, also know as mother-in-law’s tongue or sansevieria, have become increasingly popular, and rightly so. With their striking lines and hardiness, they’re the houseplants that can brighten any indoor space . It forms dense stands, spreading by way of its creeping roots. Its stiff sword-shaped leaves grow vertically from a basal rosette . Leaves are banded yellow on either side with a deep green, lightly banded center. Mature leaves are dark green with light gray-green cross-banding . These plants can  tolerate low light conditions and are very drought tolerant.

Benefits of snake plant

  • Easy plant for beginner gardener's
  • Very hardy plant
  • Filter indoor Air
  • Remove toxic pollutants

Snake Plant Planting and care

Light: Tolerant of a wide range of light – from low to high light levels , but do best in medium light (partial shade).

Water: Sansevieria are drought tolerant which makes this plant perfect for the indoors. Also the Sansevieria plants are known to tolerate low humidity, water, feeding and tolerates being root bound. Let the soil dry out between watering .  During winters reduce the amount of watering further . Don't let the plant sit in water otherwise it will lead to root rot .

Soil: A loose, well-drained potting mix. They will do well in sandier soils.

Temperature: Sansevieria are cold sensitive so place in a warm position. They are not tolerant of cold winds and frosts, but will tolerate fluctuating temperatures. Temperatures below 10oC harm the Sansevieria . Ideal temperature for Sansevieria is 21 to 32oC .

Fertilizer:  Liquid fertilizer during the growing season every month . Don't fertilize this plant in winters .

Potting and Repotting: Repot in the spring only when plants get crowded and need dividing.

Propagation: Sansevierias are easily propagated by division or they may be raised from leaf-cuttings about 5cm (2 inch) long. These cuttings form roots in sandy soil after about one month . Sansevieria is easy to divide because it has shallow roots. Simply pull out the entire plant. Use a sharp knife to cut through the thick roots and pot each clump separately.

 

Common Problems

Leaves Turning yellow : The biggest danger is overwatering, especially in the winter. If the leaves turn yellow or get soft and mushy at their base, means that Sansevieria is overwatered. Often, any problems with growing Sansevieria are usually related to watering.

 

 

 


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