One of the slow-growing species of Sansevieria is Sansevieria Concinna. As a result, it is not as popular as the common snake plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata). As a decor, this small ornamental houseplant looks great in offices and homes.
Snake plants such as Sansevieria Concinna are distinguished by their spoon-shaped leaves (see second image). The variety of Sansevieria Subspicata has some interesting cultivars. These are some of the rare and hard to find cultivars of this plant.
- Sansevieria Concinna ‘Sybaja Lake’
- Sansevieria Concinna Mini
- Variegated Sansevieria Concinna
- Sansevieria Concinna Orange
This plant belongs to the genus Dracaena from the Asparagaceae family.
- Sansevieria Subspicata var. Concinna
- Sansevieria Subspicata Baker var. Concinna
Sansevieria Concinna Features
Africa is the native land of the plant. A significant population can be found in Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa’s Northern Province.
An elliptical leaf with a relatively long stalk characterizes Sansevieria Concinna. Leaf bases fold into a peculiar spoon shape near the base. If you place the plant in a brightly lit area, it is more likely to fold this way. There are 2-5 leaves per shoot, and the leaves can have irregular pale green bands. Depending on how strong the bands are, they may be noticeable or not. Typically, olive green leaves are found on trees.
This is a small variety of snake plant. Half to one and a half feet (15-45 cm) is an average height for this plant. This Sansevieria grows quite slowly.
An aerial flower spike of Sansevieria Concinna can produce clusters of flowers. Small, tubular flowers are densely packed inside the blossom. There are yellowish white flowers with a hint of purple, with a mild fragrance.
Whenever Sansevieria is chewed or consumed in large quantities, all parts are mildly toxic. People and animals can be affected by it, so it’s best to keep pets and children away from it. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms of poisoning indicate that it has occurred.
During spring and summer, this evergreen species grows relatively fast. In plants, bright sunlight and warmer temperatures promote growth and blooming. The blooming period usually lasts from late spring to summer. Normally, this plant blooms once a year, but it’s not guaranteed.
Growing Sansevieria Concinna
For this plant, the best type of soil would be coarse and well-draining. Your plant will slowly rot if it doesn’t have drainage holes and breathable soil. Porosity can be increased by adding soil additives like pumice, perlite, and coco coir. Also, ready-made potting mixes made for succulents and cactus work well.
Plants like this one don’t need to be watered daily, and that is one benefit. During the growing season, you can water it once every 7-10 days; during the winter, once every month. Ensure that the top layer of soil is completely dry before watering. Let excess water drain from the plant after watering it thoroughly. You should not let it sit in the collected water.
A bright filtered sun is the best light for Sansevieria plants. However, they can also survive in low light as well as in full sunlight. Getting a few hours of direct sunlight in the morning and evening is ideal. However, avoid placing your plants in areas where they will receive direct afternoon sun. Shade is preferred by these plants.
In spite of its heat tolerance, Sansevieria Concinna isn’t very cold hardy. Indoor conditions are ideal for it. This plant can also be grown outside in tropical and warm climates. The ideal temperature is between 65°F and 80°F (18°C and 27°C). Keep the plant away from temperatures below 50°F (10°C). Combining freezing temperatures with wet soil should be avoided at all costs.
Insects are less likely to infect Sansevieria Concinna, so it requires little maintenance. If it is attacked by pests, it will most likely be spider mites, mealybugs, or thrips. In mild conditions, you can remove mealybugs and spider mites by wiping them off with a cloth soaked in rubbing alcohol. In case of a moderate infestation, use a water jet to flush the bugs out.
Snake plants are known to be very tolerant and don’t usually get sick. Once the underlying cause is fixed, they will also be able to recover easily. In case your plant has yellow, soggy leaves, brown roots, and an unpleasant odor, you might be overwatering it. Generally, brown tips and dry leaves are signs of dehydration. Cold damage can cause your plants’ leaves to flop over and change color.
Feeding Sansevieria Concinna a few times per year is the best way to grow it. Any balanced fertilizer designed for general houseplants can be used. Fertilizers from nature can also be used, but they should not be overused. Spring and summer are the best times for feeding your plants. Winter is not the time to fertilize. Although many types of fertilizers can work for this plant, liquid fertilizers are more convenient and less risky.
Sansevieria Concinna propagates fairly easily, like most Sansevierias. It is the fastest and most reliable method to divide a plant from its roots. You will need a plant with well-established roots for this. Look at the root structure to see where it can be separated from the pot. Afterward, separate the baby plants by cutting the rhizomes and repot them in different containers. Plants of a smaller size can also be propagated by rooting healthy leaf cuttings directly in the ground.