Ballyi Sansevieria is a small houseplant specimen that is attractive. Almost anywhere and in almost any condition, this tough plant can thrive. The leaves of this plant are evergreen and thin cylindrical. Sansevieria Ballyi reproduces by means of aerial stolons that grow horizontally and land on the ground to create new plants.
Ballyi is named after Swiss botanist Peter Bally, who lived and worked in Kenya from the 1930s to 1980. It was named by Len Newton in 2004 after the plant had been cultivated for some time. There is a smaller variety of snake plant called “Minnie” as well.
Dracaena is a member of the Asparagaceae family.
- Sansevieria Ballyi L. E. Newton
Sansevieria Ballyi Features
It is native to Kenya (East tropical Africa). The plant was once only known from Kivuko Hill, but is now fairly common.
The cylindrical leaves of Sansevieria Ballyi have red-brown pointing tips. Their color is green with pale-green uneven bands. Leaf grooves extend from the base to about 3/4 of the leaf’s length. The groove margins have a reddish-brown line with white edges. There is a distinct roughness to the leaf texture.
Plant leaves are only six to twelve centimeters long (around five inches). About six inches (15 cm) long spider-like stolons grow from it. Even the stubby and short leaves of the Minnie cultivar are just 2 inches wide before they start sprouting stolons. The maximum length of a flower stalk is 6 inches.
Rosettes are topped with vertical flower spikes, which produce flowers. They are small, creamy white, bottle-shaped, and occur in clusters. While the plant won’t die after flowering, it may stop producing leaves. Even after blooming, stolons will continue to grow.
When chewed or ingested, Sansevieria plants are mildly toxic to humans and animals. To prevent any mishaps, keep them away from your children and pets. When consumed in large quantities, this plant may cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, or drooling.
There is very little chance of Sansevieria Ballyi being infested with pests. Leaves and soil should be kept almost dry. This will prevent problems such as root rot and fungal infestations. Some insects and pollinating birds may be attracted to flowers. Keep your plants inside during blossom to avoid this.
The most reliable and fast way to propagate plants is by division. Leaf cutting also works well, but it takes some time for the roots to develop. Alternatively, you can root the seedlings at the ends of the stolons. Watch the roots of the stilts until you see them. Roots that are at least 3 cm long can be removed from the stolon and planted in a new pot.
Spring and summer are the most common seasons to grow sansevierias. They go into a resting state during winter. Spring is usually when flowers bloom. As a whole, this is a slow-growing Sansevieria.
The Sansevieria Ballyi prefers a breathable, well-draining soil. Mixture recommended is a combination of soil and additives such as perlite, pumice, sand, coir, etc. In almost any kind of soil mix or soilless medium, the plant will survive. Make sure the water can drain freely.
There is no need to water this plant every day since it is drought-tolerant. Allow the top 1-1.5 inches of soil to dry completely before watering. During the warmer months, you can water this plant every week. As the temperatures begin to drop, reduce watering frequency. Water once a month or less frequently during the winter.
They are known for being able to survive in almost any condition, whether in full sun or deep shade. It is considered ideal for plants to grow in bright indirect sunlight. Most outdoor plants in tropical regions prefer shade. A nontropical climate can grow this plant in full sunlight. Darker, longer, and thinner leaves may result from low light conditions.
Temperatures between 60 and 85°F (15 and 29°C) are ideal for the growth of this plant. This type of plant is easy to maintain for indoor plants. While the plant may tolerate temperatures as low as 25°F (-4°C) if kept dry, severe freezing temperatures should be avoided. In combination with cold, wet soil can be fatal to plants.