Sansevieria now reclassified to Dracaena trifasciata is native to Nigeria and tropical Africa. A perfect plant for beginners. It will grow in bright sunshine or shade, withstand dry air, draughts and periods without water, and it rarely needs re-potting. It can however, be quite easily killed by prolonged over-watering in winter and prolonged exposure to near freezing temperatures.
Pot: 17cm diameter
Height: Approximately 55cm from base of pot.
Ceramic pot not included.
This plant is toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.
How do you take care of Sansevieria Zeylanica?
Take care of Sansevieria Zeylanica by providing it with moderate to bright indirect light, it can adapt to lower light conditions if necessary. Allow the soil to dry out before watering thoroughly. Allow water to drain freely from the pot. Don’t let the plant sit in water, as this could cause root rot.
Do all snake plants clean the air?
Snake plants have been proven to clean the air. A Sansevieria was used in the NASA Clean Air Study, which tested the air purifying potential of several houseplant variants. Snake plants were found to clean the air of formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and nitrogen oxides. The Clean Air Study concluded that 15 medium-sized plants would be required to effectively clean the air of 1,800 square foot home.
Does Sansevieria need sun?
Sansevieria need some indirect sunlight in order to thrive. They will do best in moderate to bright indirect light, however, they have been also been known to adapt to low light conditions. You may need to water less frequently when keeping these plants in low light, as they are less exposed to sunlight. Check that the soil has dried out first, to avoid overwatering.
Where should I place a snake plant in my house?
Place a snake plant in a consistently warm part of your house. Although the plant can adapt to both bright and low light conditions, it will not thrive in temperatures that drop below 10 degrees.
How long can a snake plant live?
A snake plant will usually live between 5 to 10 years, but with good care, it could live much longer. Some snake plants have been known to live up to 25 years when given the right conditions.
How do you know when Sansevieria needs water?
You’ll know when your Sansevieria needs when the top inch of the soil is dry to the touch. If the soil is still moist from the last watering, then leave it to dry out for a few days before testing again. Overwatering can be detrimental to the plant’s health.
Do snake plants attract bugs?
Snake plants do not attract bugs or insects. Sansevierias are hardy plants, as well as being able to adapt to low light conditions, their tough leaves are not attractive to insects - so you don’t have to worry about investing in insecticide to protect your new houseplant.
How do I know if my snake plant is healthy?
A healthy snake plant will have fleshy green leaves, which are plump and hydrated. Wrinkled leaves are a sign that the roots have been damaged and the leaves aren’t getting properly hydrated.
Why is my Sansevieria yellow?
Sansevieria leaves turn yellow when the plant has been overwatered. This plant doesn’t need much water to thrive, so it can be easy to accidentally overwater unless you check the soil before doing so. If your plant has been consistently overwatered, you may want to leave it dry out for a long period of time, to give the roots a chance to recover.
Do snake plants grow fast?
Snake plants grow quite slowly when placed in moderate light. Like other houseplants, you’ll find growth rate increases when you place it in brighter conditions for longer periods of time.
Why is it called snake plant?
Sansevieria Zeylanica (newly classified as Dracaena trifasciata) is commonly called ‘snake plant’ because of the shape of its leaves. Other common names include "mother-in-law's tongue" and "Saint George's sword".