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Do you have a difficult time growing houseplants? If you do, the Sansevieria is most likely the 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.

Sansevieria Laurentii house plants care

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 Sansevieria 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.

Sansevieria 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 house plant questions or problems? You can send a houseplant question but before you do, please read this page and other plant care 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 house plant's health and this is some of the information I will refer you to when you send an email.

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Sansevieria 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.

Sansevieria can also 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.

Watering Sansevieria Plant

Sansevieria 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 between watering. In higher lighting, allow to dry down 1/2 to 3/4 of the pot depth. It may be helpful 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 plants for tips on keeping your indoor plants healthy and growing. 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 Sansevieria. They can be 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.

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 succulents try one of these great books from Amazon.com

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

Sansevieria plant flower

Sansevieria Flower

Usually the sansevieria plant will grow to about 2-3 feet tall. However, in excellent light, they can grow to a height of 5 feet or more. This was a Sansevieria potted in a 14" diameter grow pot in a very good light situation. It is unusual to see them that large in a home environment.

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