Attractive and strong plants have always been in high demand. Introducing the Sansevieria Fernwood plant, an African native snake plant. The Sansevieria Fernwood is practically indestructible unless you overwater it. These well-formed emerald green leaves vary in length from 4 feet to 10 feet plus a snake-like striped pattern in lighter shades.
This is one of the few plants that can thrive in a wide range of light conditions, including bright indirect light, which makes it ideal for decorating homes, basements, and offices. In addition, the Fernwood Snake plant thrives well when its grouped with other plants on your patio. Interesting? Let us find out all the important facts about the Fernwood Snake Plant and its recent hybrid, the Fernwood Mikado plant.
Sansevieria Fernwood Classification
Species: S. Fernwood.
Genus: Sansevieria. (Dracaena, according to APG III classification system)
The species of this popular flowering plant are native to Asia, Madagascar, and Africa. Many of them have been grouped under the Dracaena genus according to the APG 3 classification system.
A variety of species can be found in this genus, including plants with soft foliage as well as those with hard leaves. Plants with hard leaves are usually native to dry climates. Plants with soft leaves belong to tropical and subtropical regions.
Snake plant, mother-in-law tongue, bowstring hemp, and devil’s tongue are all common names for this genus referring to the shape and pattern of the leaves.
Sansevieria Fernwood Common Names
- Fernwood Snake Plant.
- Mother-in-law’s tongue.
- Snake Plant
Those are the names that are commonly associated with all members of the genus.
Features of the Sansevieria Fernwood Plant
- The mature height of the plant is usually between 2 and 4 feet.
- The plant body is formed by a network of leafy segments which grow from the base and join together at the end. These segments form the elongated leaves.
- Plant height is about 2 to 4 feet, therefore the mature leaves are about the same length.
- These plants do bloom, although it is a rare sight to see. You may notice your outdoor plants blooming in spring.
- On a stalk that measures approximately one meter in length, many small flowers are found.
Animals and humans alike may be harmed by consumption of these plants. Symptoms such as vomiting and nausea may result from ingestion. Therefore, keep your kids and pets far away from these plants.
Its members have been extensively studied because of their air purification properties. They convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, even when there is no solar radiation. In addition, they also remove toxins like xylene, benzene, and formaldehyde.
Sansevieria Fernwood Mikado
Fernwood Mikado is a hybrid that was created from Fernwood Sansevieria plants in the 1980s. It has dark green leaves with light shades of mottling that have a rounded or cylindrical shape. As the leaves mature, they form an arch in an outward direction, creating a typical fountain-like form. All the requirements for this hybrid are similar to those of the parent plant, as will be discussed in the next section.
Sansevieria Fernwood Care
We know these plants to be ‘hard to kill’. We even call them ‘indestructible plants’, except if you overwhelm them with water. Let’s see what their requirements are.
In summer, you may water the plant once per week. When you water the plants in the spring, the plants have minimal water needs. You need to follow a simple strategy of watering the plants after the soil becomes dry. Besides, the water requirement decreases on colder days. A drop of water every two days is adequate for keeping the plants alive throughout the fall and winter.
The plants are extremely sensitive to over-watering and soggy soil. Even the smallest amount of water becomes poisonous to the plants. Water standing at the base of the plant often causes root rot and consequently the plant’s eventual death, and properly watering the plants is essential.
Direct sunlight is harmful to plants, especially for extended periods of time, especially during peak hours. Bright indirect sunlight is ideal for plants. However, they tolerate a wider range of levels of sunlight including the shade. Long leaves can benefit from some morning sunlight. They also perform quite well when lit by artificial light. This property makes them an excellent choice for basements and offices.
The soil needs to be loose and well-drained with a PH between 6.1 and 7.8. Use a cactus mix commonly available. Wet and mucky soils are not good for Sansevierias.
These plants prefer dry conditions. So, they do not require much humidity. High levels of moisture in the surroundings may cause leaf rot and fungus.
Generally, the ideal temperature range for Sansevieria is between 21 and 32°C (70-90°F). Because these plants prefer warm temperatures, and too much cold can damage them, we recommend moving them to warm regions as soon as the temperature falls below 10°C.
If you want to add extra nutrition to these plants, give them a monthly fertilizer dose in spring and summer. Good quality domestic plant fertilizers are suitable for these plants. Follow the instructions on the packaging for the fertilizer.
Growing the Snake Plants in small pots may lead to a poor growth rate and unhealthy foliage. Because the rhizomes and underground root systems require much space to flourish, large and deep pots are preferable.
Ideal USDA growth zones for these plants are 9a to 11. Additionally, they can do pretty well outdoors in a larger range of zones including 4a to 11.
Sansevieria Fernwood Propagation
Several methods have been used to propagate Sansevierias. Some of the most popular ones are:
- Leaf cuttings.
- Rhizomes and tubers division.
- Bulbs or Corns.
- Offsets (Pups).
Propagation From Leaf Cuttings
- To make your leaves healthier, cut mature leaves in half with a sharp knife.
- Sphagnum moss or soil should be moist when planting them.
- Plant the leaf-cuttings in soil that covers at least a quarter of the cutting.
- You can now place the container in indirect sunlight.
- If you choose to use tap water in lieu of soil, it would be great to use mineral water, however you can use tap water after letting it stand overnight. This way chlorinated water accumulates at the bottom and won’t disturb the growth.
- Dip the cut end of the leaf and about 1/4th of the leaf piece into water, while keeping the leaf cut end under the water.
- Change the water once a week or when it gets murky.
Propagation from Offsets (Pups)
The easiest way to obtain a decorative Snake plant is by letting it produce offsets. You just need to wait for the plant to bloom.
- Take a sharp knife and cut off the puppies from their parent plants.
- Gently, take them out from the soil.
- Plant them in the moist substrate.
- Place the baby plant in a warm place with indirect sunlight.
Listed below are the estimated growth steps and requirements for the plant. We hope this information helps with typical questions regarding propagation and initial care.
Day 1- Day 30. The soil/substrate should be watered when it is dry after the crop growth. For water propagation, the water should be changed every week. Baby roots begin to emerge after three weeks in water. Growing them in a glass jar is pretty fun.
The fun part about this activity is watching and learning about root development. However, root growth usually begins late in soil, probably after the sixth week.
Day 30- Day 60. During this stage, baby shoots begin to develop. Continue watering the substrate as you did previously, but avoid over-watering at all times.
Day 60- Day 120. If you want to plant them in the soil or some other well-draining growing medium, you can transplant their water grew baby Fernwood Snake Plants after the second month.
Day 120 onwards. The plant finally grows roots and leaves and settles into a mature state.
Snake Plants such as the Sansevieria Fernwood are known for their extreme resilience, shade tolerance, and outstanding foliage. The long emerald-green leaves display striped patterning and have pointed ends, and many varieties have appeared.
This hybrid Sansevieria Fernwood Mikado has long cylindrical leaves that grow in an irregular pattern. After the soil becomes dry, this plant will need water. The plants are hardy in a variety of light conditions, like indirect sunlight and partial shade. In addition to their air-purifying capabilities, these plants are poisonous; therefore, you should keep your pets and children away from these plants.