Common Name: Snake plant, Mother in Laws Tongue, Saint George's sword, Viper's Bowstring Hemp
Botanical Name: Sansevieria trifasciata, Sansevieria cylindrica (see below for available varieties)
Sansevieria care is easy, and that’s why they are at the top of the easy-care indoor plant list. As a succulent, the water requirement is low. They can live in the shade or bright light, they do not require much food, and humidity is never an issue. They also like to be root bound, so you do not need to repot them often. In fact, if you want to limit your Sanseviera’s growth, simply refrain from repotting altogether.
From the squat, plumb Hahnii varieties to the tall and lean laurentii and zylanicas, Sansevieria bring form and function together, making them ideal for interior design. These houseplants are considered the best air purifying plants out there because they clean formaldehyde from the air and release oxygen at night. These guys are perfect bedroom companions!
Important! Snake Plants are poisonous if ingested, so be very careful if you have pets and/or small children.
These plants will tolerate low to bright indirect light, but if you want flowering and faster growth, place them in bright indirect light.
Water this plant only when the soil is completely dry. Remember, it is a succulent, so its leaves hold moisture.
This plant is incredibly adaptable to most temperatures. The ideal range is between 60-85℉. They can tolerate cooler and warmer temperature fluctuations.
The Sansevieria can handle a wide range of humidity levels, but average household humidity is ideal for this indoor plant.
Fertilize once a month during the growing season with ½-strength complete liquid fertilizer, or simply use a slow release fertilizer in the spring.
- You can root your cuttings in water. Not only do they look fabulous in a water-filled vase, but you will generate another full plant!
- Heavy, wet soil is the Sensevieria’s biggest enemy, so use a well-draining soil when you repot.
- If the soil becomes compacted from infrequent watering, soak the soil in water for ten minutes to open up the capillaries. This will loosen up the soil.