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Sanseveria Plant Care Guide
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Do you have a difficult time with your house plants? If you do, the Sanseveria may be the indoor house plant for you. This 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.

Sanseveria Laurentii

Sanseveria Laurentii

A durable houseplant, sanseveria requires high light 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.

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.

Sanseveria house plant questions or problems? You can send a houseplant question but before you do, please read this information on watering your indoor houseplants, how to help keep your house plant's root system healthy and lighting for your houseplants. These are most important for your houseplant's health and this is some of the information I will refer you to when you send an email.

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Sanseveria plants are grown in different sizes and colors. Some are shorter, with a rosette type of growth such as the Sanseveria 'Hahnii'. Sanseveria 'Superba' is somewhat larger but with wider leaves than the taller varieties. The Sanseveria 'Laurentii' is the most common variety of sanseveria.

Sanseveria varieties can be found with pale silver-green foliage as with Sanseveria 'Moonshine'. The 'Black Gold' is quite beautiful and has a dark leaf center, almost black, with a gold leaf edge. The Sanseveria 'Zeylanica' is more of a light silver-green with darker crossbands or mottling of the leaf.

How to Water Sanseveria Plant

Since sanseveria has rhizomes that store water, you should stay more to the dry side with this plant. In low to medium light, allow pot media to dry down completely in between waterings. In higher lighting, allow potting soil to dry down 3/4 of the pot depth. You may need to use a soil probe in a really full plant to check for moisture.

Please see pages on watering your houseplants and lighting for your houseplants best health.

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.

There are a few things to watch for with Sanseveria. 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.

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

When the plant does become rootbound you can remove it from the grow pot and divide the plant to make smaller individual plants. Make sure when you do divide your Sanseveria, that you plant the smaller plants into pots that fit them. Remember, Sanseveria 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 with your Sanseveria.

Sanseveria plant usually will grow to about 2-3 feet tall although I have seen them at a height of 5 feet or more. This was a Sanseveria potted in a 14" diameter grow pot in a very good light situation. It is unusual to see them that large indoors.

Thanks for visiting and come back soon as plant care information, pictures and more are being added all of the time. I hope that your Sanseveria plants and all of your plants and flowers are happy, green and growing because that is why I started this site

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