Sansevieria Trifasciata, also known as Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, is a hardy drought tolerant plant native to tropical west Africa from Nigeria to the Congo. Adapted to arid environments, the Sansevieria developed CAM photosynthesis, allowing it to open its stoma at night and close it during the day to reduce loss of water. They are known for removing toxins and purifying the air. There are multiple cultivars of Sansevieria trifasciata that come in varying sizes, heights, and color patterns, though they all grow vertical, spear-like foliage in a characteristic rosette pattern.
Sansevieria are perfect for beginner plant parents, but are all around popular house plants for multiple reasons. The variety of specimens available makes it fun to mix and match, and as they all have similar care requirements it makes them an effortless bunch. While they do best in bright filtered light, they are adaptable and tolerate partial shade and low light conditions as well as fluorescent lighting, making them ideal for most rooms in a home and office settings. Sansevieria are happiest in a well-draining soil. They should be watered when the top inch is dry but are forgiving of infrequent waterings, making them perfect for plant parents who are just learning or do not have as much time to spend on their plants as they would like.
Although plant parents tend to have their own parenting style and each plant’s needs are different, our plant experts have a few suggestions they’ve found to be helpful overall.
The Sansevieria is low to medium light tolerant allowing it to live in most living spaces but thrives in medium to bright indirect sunlight.
Sansevierias are naturally great at storing water. We suggest watering once a week allowing the soil to drain and dry. Overwatering can cause the plant to rot and die so start off with a bit of water and get to know your plant.
Similar to humans, plants prefer temperatures of 65⁰ to 85⁰ although some plants like the Sansevieria are native to arid climates and can tolerate much warmer weather.
A very light feeder, apply a balanced houseplant fertilizer at half strength once every 1 - 3 months.
1. Low Maintenance: Sansevierias are popular succulents, retaining water in their leaves, categorized as tough and resilient too arid climates making them an easy to care for house plant.
2. Flowering Plant: An extremely rare but fascinating experience is to see your Sansevieria bloom. If you didn’t know, Sansevierias are flowering plants that blossom when stressed. If the Sansevieria is exposed to plenty of light with little to no water for an extended period of time its survival instinct will kick in to produce flowers and spread seeds that will hopefully root and thrive.
3. Easy To Propagate: Propagating or breeding new plants from the parent stock, is fun and easy. How easy? So easy a brown thumb can do it. Plus you can grow several cuttings out of a single leaf!