Sansevieria (also referred to as Mom-in-Regulation Tongue or Snake Plant) is a tremendous plant. The sansevieria initially got here from Africa and made its solution to Europe within the 18th century.
The scientific identify for this specific sansevieria is Dracaena Trifasciata. It has placing sculptural magnificence and the care may be very easy. I’ve snake crops in almost each room of my dwelling and so they convey a number of visible curiosity to the surroundings!
There have been research that present the sansevieria removes dangerous chemical substances from the surroundings and releases oxygen, leading to it having air purifying qualities. The jury continues to be out on how efficient it’s in purifying the air, however I nonetheless have one in virtually each room 🙂
This particular plant is a good starter plant and with its simple care, you may’t go incorrect with it! On this submit, I wished to share some tips about caring on your sansevieria.
While you get a sansevieria from the backyard retailer or possibly a good friend shared a part of theirs, it’s good to know what to take action your new plant can thrive. First, snake crops LOVE properly draining soil. Keep away from compact soil as a result of this type of soil will maintain extra moisture and will result in root rot.
Root rot is when the soil will get waterlogged. If the plant stays moist for too lengthy, the roots can rot and ultimately, your plant will die. That is the quickest solution to kill a sansevieria.
These crops are similar to cacti relating to their care. They don’t prefer to be sitting in water for too lengthy. One of many major issues that may preserve your plant from root rot is properly draining soil.
You should purchase a premade cactus/succulent soil (it’s a mixture of sand and soil) and most backyard shops will carry it. Having the sand within the soil will preserve the soil aerated and let the water run by way of the soil.
Including a scoop of Perlite is a superb addition when you’d like to maximise the soil’s aeration. Perlite is of course derived and comes from volcanic eruptions. When you add your personal sand to your soil combine, make sure that it’s made particularly for gardeners and growers.
Different sands (like play sand) are literally extra compact and never the perfect for drainage in your crops. It might go with out saying, however by no means use soil that has been exterior. It will make your plant inclined to pests or different organisms discovered outside.
I did this as soon as and realized my lesson in a short time and introduced in further little critters that have been dangerous to my plant.
For pots, I like terracotta pots. These are the reddish clay ones that you will discover virtually anyplace. The terracotta permits the filth to “breathe” so the moisture isn’t trapped inside. Terra cotta pots assist with avoiding root rot as properly.
The plant will dry out a lot sooner in a terracotta pot as a result of the clay wick’s water is from the soil. I’ve some crops in ornamental earthenware pots that aren’t terracotta as properly, however all of them have a drainage gap on the backside.
Be sure all pots have a drainage gap so the water has a manner of escaping! Sitting water on the backside of your pot will seemingly result in dying by root rot. Typically, I’ll discover a beautiful clay pot however there is no such thing as a gap on the underside!
That is simply mounted by drilling a gap utilizing a particular drill bit. A fast YouTube video will train you what it’s good to know when you’ve by no means drilled a gap in a pot.
I repot my sansevieria solely once they want somewhat extra wriggle room or once I buy a brand new plant and must take it out of the plastic pot it got here in. I prefer to get a pot that provides my new plant about 2 inches of progress room round the entire diameter of the pot.
This provides the plant room to develop nevertheless it’s nonetheless a bit comfortable. Replanting your sansevieria in too large of a pot means extra soil, resulting in extra time to dry out, which might result in root rot.
Fast tip: The draw back to utilizing a terracotta pot is that as a result of the pot lets the moisture breathe, the moisture will seemingly find yourself on the floor that your pot is on.
If in case you have a pot on a wooden flooring or wooden floor, simply ensure you place a plate or nonporous materials underneath the pot to guard the pot from ruining your floor.
How A lot Gentle Does a Snake Plant Want?
The beauty of sansevieria is that it will probably deal with various lighting conditions. The plant will develop higher in shiny mild (close to a window in your house), however it will probably deal with a darker nook in your house as properly.
Low mild is OK for the plant and will probably be simply high quality in a room with low mild. At my son’s college, there may be a completely stunning sansevieria in a room with no home windows! The one mild supply is fluorescent mild bulbs which might be turned on throughout the day.
It’s superb to see this plant thrive in what seems to be poor lighting situations. It really is an extremely adaptable plant! I’ve sansiervieras throughout my dwelling and each is in a distinct lighting scenario. Those close to the home windows will certainly develop sooner, however the ones in low mild are nonetheless blissful (just a bit smaller).
A rule of thumb relating to lighting: Simply because they’ll stay in low mild doesn’t imply that they may essentially thrive in low mild. They are going to positively develop higher in shiny mild.
I discover the extra I overlook about my snake plant, the higher! Solely water when the soil is dry. I like to stay my finger within the soil about 3-4 inches to see if the soil is totally dry. If there’s a little moisture within the soil, then I’ll verify it once more in per week.
How your plant holds moisture will rely on the place you reside. When you stay in a dryer local weather, then it would dry out sooner, or when you stay in a damp local weather, then it would maintain water longer. One tip that I’ve discovered to be important is that I don’t water my succulents or crops that prefer to dry out on wet days.
Watering on wet days retains my crops soggy and so they take longer to dry out. Or, if there may be rain within the forecast, I’ll wait to water till the rain is over. I water my sansevierias each 2-3 weeks. In winter, I taper off watering and water about each 4 weeks.
When watering, my rule of thumb is to simply water the primary 6 inches of soil. I don’t soak my crops with water due to the specter of root rot. I’d quite underneath water than over water them.
Sansevierias don’t like their leaves to be moist, so while you water, simply pour the water on the soil and attempt to keep away from getting any water on the leaves. When new progress is coming in on sansevieria, little leaves type rosettes.
These rosettes don’t like getting moist or particularly don’t like water pooling in them. Water within the rosettes could be detrimental to your plant, so attempt to keep away from that in any respect prices. Sansevierias like room temperature water.
If you’re utilizing faucet/metropolis water while you water, you may go away your faucet water out in an open container for twenty-four hours so a number of the chemical substances evaporate. After 24 hours, the water is cleaner and more healthy for our plant.
Fluoride and chlorine can construct up in your sansevieria, so this methodology of leaving your water out will repay in the long term. Utilizing filtered water or collected rain water is a good possibility too!
Dusting the leaves is a superb behavior that your sansevieria will thanks for. I seize a barely damp material (not too moist!) and wipe the leaves down on either side. It will assist the solar hit the plant and never block photosynthesis from going down.
I flip my plant each time I water it. Turning your plant will promote even progress (particularly in case your plant is close to a window). One other tip is to maintain your home windows good and clear (on the within and out of doors)! This could make an enormous distinction with the quantity of sunshine attending to your plant. Squeaky clear home windows will let in additional mild!
Propagating a sansevieria is a enjoyable and great course of to look at. You’ll be able to propagate in water or in soil. I personally love propagating in water as a result of you may see the brand new root progress occurring earlier than your eyes.
When you’d prefer to propagate your sansevieria, merely lower off a leaf utilizing a freshly washed instrument. I discover scissors are nice! You’ll be able to lower the leaf straight on the underside or lower a “V” form on the underside. This “V” offers your plant extra actual property to develop new roots.
Seize a glass vase or jar and stick your newly lower leaf in it. I prefer to sill my water about 4 inches above the underside of my freshly lower leaf. Maintain your plant within the water and watch little roots begin to sprout!
Change the water and rinse the vessel anytime the water will get cloudy. I place my new reducing in entrance of a window to allow them to absorb a number of mild. When the roots begin to develop, you may go away the leaf within the water (I’ve left mine in water for months!) and it’ll do exactly high quality.
When the roots have ample progress (1-2 inches is nice), you may pot it in soil! Tremendous simple!
If you wish to propagate utilizing the soil methodology, merely lower your plant (similar to talked about above) and stick your freshly lower plant right into a pot with damp soil. As your plant begins to root (you may’t see it occurring just like the water methodology), you have to make sure that the soil doesn’t dry out an excessive amount of.
Because the roots make their manner out and develop, they may want fixed contact with the soil, so don’t let your plant dry out an excessive amount of when you’re making an attempt to propagate. I’ll verify on my freshly propagated leaves and provides them extra consideration than regular.
If the soil has change into bone dry, then I’ll give them a great soak in water. It is vitally satisfying when your new plant takes root and even begins rising new leaves!
Lastly, among the best issues about sansevieria is the number of species! This plant has a various and delightful plant household. The basic and hottest plant is the sword-shaped leaf that you simply see EVERYWHERE (like on this submit).
Don’t be afraid to attempt new species as a result of their care may be very comparable. Listed here are two totally different sansevieria I’ve in my dwelling. It’s superb how distinctive each is!
Different Species of Snake Crops
This species is known as Whale Fin. It appears like a whale’s fin breaching the water. I like how this plant stands alone. This one leaf is so dramatic and delightful. Different leaves will ultimately develop, however I like the way in which it appears proper now!
This species is known as the Cylindrical Snake plant. Its leaves fan out and it turns into fairly giant. I’ve needed to separate this plant 3 times simply because it grows so shortly!
Get pleasure from your journey with snake crops! -Janae