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If you have a difficult time with your houseplants, or maybe you are looking for your first indoor plant, the Sansevieria plant is the plant for you. The Sansevieria plant is great for a medium to high light situation and will do well with minimal attention. It is also known as a Mother-in-Law's Tongue or Snake plant. It is sometimes spelled Sanseveria as the extra "i" is often left out.

Snake Plant houseplant, Sansevieria Laurentii

Sansevieria Laurentii

Sansevieria is a durable plant and high light is best to keep the foliage full. It will survive in lower light provided it is allowed to dry. Temperatures need to be kept above 50°F. The Sanseveria Laurentii is the most common variety, with a broad, yellow edge on the thick, sword shaped leaves. The center of the leaf is cross-banded with pale markings.

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Sanseveria has upright growth and a shallow root system and is best kept somewhat potbound. It has thick rhizomes that store water for a long time. While you may be able to keep a Snake Plant that is in high-light slightly moist, in low light the roots will rot and the leaves will turn mushy and smelly. Always err on the side of less water with this plant.

Sansevieria Plant Care
How to Water

Sansevieria plant has rhizomes that store water, so stay more to the dry side with this plant. In low to medium light, allow pot media to dry down completely before watering. In higher lighting, allow to dry down at least 3/4 of the pot depth. Allowing to dry completely with not harm the plant. Please see watering your houseplants and lighting for your houseplants.

Sansevieria Plant Care
Other Care Tips

There are a few things to watch for with Sansevieria. They are prone to scale and mealybugs and if you notice these pests they should be wiped off immediately with a cloth or cotton dipped in rubbing alcohol. Also, be careful when you do water your Snake Plant that you do not pour the water in the leaf rosette as it may cause them to rot. Water the soil only and use room temperature water.

Sansevieria plants can be found in different sizes and colors. Some are shorter, with a rosette type of growth such as the Sansevieria 'Hahnii'. Sansevieria 'Superba' is somewhat larger but with wider leaves than the taller varieties. The Sansevieria 'Laurentii' is the most common coloration. Snake Plant can be found with pale silver-green foliage as with Sansevieria 'Moonshine'. The 'Black Gold' has a dark leaf center, almost black, with a gold leaf edge. The Sansevieria 'Zeylanica' is more of a light silver-green with darker crossbands or mottling of the leaf.

Snake Plant houseplants flower

Snake Plant
Flower

With the different growth types and unusual and beautiful colorations, the Sansevieria has something for everyone who enjoys indoor tropical plants. And they are easy care, too! As I said, keep them potbound, don't overwater and place them in adequate light and they should be relatively trouble free. To learn more about plant care for succulentsSucculent House Plant Care Books try one of these great books from Amazon.com

When the plant does become root bound you can remove it from the grow pot and divide the plant to make smaller individual plants. Make sure when you do divide your Snake Plant, that you plant the smaller plants into pots that fit them. Remember, Snake Plant is better pot bound. You can often place a cut leaf into moist sand or rooting media and get it to root and start a new plant that way. Have fun propagating your Snake plant.

While commonly the Snake Plant will grow to about 2-3 feet tall, I have seen them at a height of 5 feet or more. This was a Snake Plant potted in a 14" diameter grow pot in a very good light situation, usually receiving some sun each day. It is unusual to see them that size indoors but it is possible to grow them to a large size.

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