Sansevieria cylindrica #5
The Sansevieria is a beloved plant for so many reasons, the top being that it's easy to care for. Known by a host of many common names, including "Mother-in-law Tongue," "Snake Plant," and "Devil's Tongue" just to name few. Recently moved to the genus Dracaena due to further genetic research. Sansevieria cylindrica (syn. Dracaena angolensis) or "African Spear" has grey-green striped cylindrical leaves that normally create a fan in shape. It can tolerate pretty much anything except for too much love (a.k.a. water).
- Light - part sun to shade
- Soil - succulent mix
- Watering - let dry between watering
Images are used for general reference only. The size and shape of each plant will vary as will bloom state. Five gallon pots are approximately 12" wide.
Sansevieria - “Snake Plant” or “Mother in law’s tongue”
Light: Sansevieria prefers bright, filtered light, but they do tolerate lower light conditions as long as the watering is adjusted and soil is kept on the dryer side.
Water: Snake plants prefer to be left alone for the most part. Water well, but allow soil to dry between waterings. Take extra special care not to overwater in winter. In winter, these plants will use less water, so waterings can be spaced further apart. Frequency can be as little as once per month in low light/winter, but water more when in brighter light/during the growing season.
Environment: Keep plants in temperatures between 40º and 85ºF (4.4 to 29.4 C). Tolerant of low humidity so no misting required.
Toxicity: Reported to be potentially dangerous to cats and dogs. Chewing or ingestion can result in vomiting and diarrhea.
- Caring for a snake plant is very simple. It is succulent so it does not require much water or humidity.
- Transplant when growth reaches all sides of the pot.
Many species and hybrids will prefer some portion of direct sun. Watering remains similar.
Examples would be masoniana (“whale fin”), ‘Sayuri,’ ‘Coppertone,’ ‘Bantel’s Sensation’ among others.
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