Sansevieria Zeylanica

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Sansevieria (Snake Plant)

Africa, in very dry conditions. It’s used to places so hot that during the day it keeps all its pores completely closed, so it doesn’t lose any water to evaporation. When the temperature cools at night, its pores open, releasing all the oxygen its been holding in. 

Its toughness makes it a dream of a houseplant. If you’re a beginner, this is the one for you. It thrives on neglect. It can live in any light conditions and doesn’t care if you forget to water it. The only thing it hates is too much water. If you want to help it grow faster, give it a feed with liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer.

Low-key as it is, the snake plant is treasured all over the world. Across Africa, it’s associated with Ogun, the deity of war, and Oya, the bringer of storms. In China, it’s the ‘tiger’s tail orchid’; in Brazil, the ‘sword of Saint George’. Basically, this plant is pretty famous.

Light:

Sansevierias (snake plants) can live in almost any level of light, low light to bright direct sun. They're the cactus of indoor plants. 

Water:

Sansevierias only needs to be watered biweekly, allowing its soil to completely dry out between waterings to prevent overwatering and root rot. Depending on the temperature of your space this will vary! During the winter months your snake plant will be fine being watered once a month if the soil is still moist biweekly.

Humidity:

Sansevierias do not have any particular humidity requirement - they thrive in dry environments. They're survivors! 

Temperature:

Sansevierias do not have any particular temperature requirements but will suffer if subjected to temperatures below 50ºF.  

Toxic:

Sansevierias are toxic to both people and animals (not healthy to eat) - keep away from small children and pets.

Troubleshooting:

  • Browning, yellowing leaves: suggests your snake plant has been overwatered and/or your plant lacks drainage.