sansevieria plant profile
Sansevieria is a genus of perennial flowering plants that are low-maintenance and easy to care for. It’s known for its tall, stiff, sword-like leaves, which are typically green and banded or mottled with colors of yellow, white, or gray. This hardy plant has air-purifying qualities, removing toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene from the air. Because they can tolerate a wide range of temperatures and lighting conditions, snake plants are a popular choice for indoor gardening.
how do you care for a sansevieria plant?
Sansevieria tolerates low light, but prefers bright, indirect light. Avoid placing plants in direct sunlight, as this can cause the leaves to yellow. Sansevieria is drought tolerant and can survive long periods without water. Over-watering may cause root rot, so only water when the soil is completely dry to the touch. Snake plants tolerate a wide range of temperatures; however, they thrive in temperatures between 70-90°F. Fertilization isn’t necessary, but a balanced liquid fertilizer can be used once a month during the spring and summer growing seasons.
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frequently asked questions
Sansevieria tolerates low light conditions but prefers bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can cause the leaves to yellow.
Sansevieria is drought tolerant and can go long periods without water. The key is to not over water, as over watering can cause root rot. A good way to check if your plant needs water is to stick your finger an inch or two into the soil. If the soil feels dry, it’s time to water. If you’re unsure, it’s better to wait a few more days and check the soil again, rather than watering too soon.
Sansevieria is toxic to cats and may cause mild stomach upset and vomiting if consumed. If you suspect your cat has ingested any part of the plant, contact your veterinarian for advice.
The growth rate of Sansevieria varies depending on the variety, growing conditions, and care it receives. On average, snake plants grow slowly but can reach up to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide in ideal conditions. They grow quickest during the spring and summer months, when the weather is warm and there is plenty of light. Growth slows during the fall and winter months.
Snake plants are most commonly affected by watering issues. Over-watering has the potential to cause disease and root rot.
Snake plants are easily propagated via cuttings. Simply place the cut end of a mature leaf in a glass filled with water. Place the glass in a bright area, replacing the water once a week. Once roots form at the base of the leaf, place the cutting in a container with soil.