Snake Plant Care
What is Sansevieria? What is sansevieria grandis it self? The snake plant has earned a variety of nicknames over the years, including “bowstring hemp” and the amusing “mother-in-tongue.” law’s Sansevieria are known for their toughness and ability to withstand extreme conditions. Because of these characteristics, they make excellent house and office plants.
They don’t need much water, don’t need much light, and don’t need a lot of humidity. There are, however, specific ways to care for these plants, just as there are for any other plant, in order to keep them thriving rather than just surviving. Continue reading to learn how to properly care for your snake plant.
Snake Plant Varieties
Snake plants come in a variety of shapes and sizes, each with its own name and physical characteristics. Among the varieties are:
- Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii
- Bantel’s Sensation
- Golden Hahnii
- Silver Hahnii
- Sansevieria grandis
Sansevieria grandis is a perennial evergreen succulent of the genus Dracaena, formerly Sansevieria, also known as Somali hemp. It can grow in mediterranean, desert, subtropics, or tropic climates and grows in hardiness zones 10+.
Light For Sansevieria Grandis
All Snake Plants prefer bright light, with at least a few hours of direct sunlight per day. As long as it’s not deep shade, they’ll still produce growth in a position with less light (albeit at a slower rate).
Tip: Plants that have been kept in a dark environment should not be moved into direct sunlight because the leaves may be scorched. Allow it to become accustomed to the brighter environment by placing it there for short periods of time each day for a few weeks.
One of the plant’s main advantages is that it can tolerate deep shade for several years (yes, years!). As long as you’re okay with not seeing any new growth and don’t overwater your plant, you should be fine.
Overwatering is far more common than you might think, so be cautious and only water once or twice a month at most.
Finally, most plants grown in low light will lose some of the colorful markings and will gradually start to revert to darker greens. You need to provide good light to maintain these markings.
Watering For Sansevieria Grandis
Water moderately from Spring to Autumn/Fall, significantly less in the Winter months because it won’t need as much water then. By cutting back on the water you will reduce the possibility of your Snake Plant rotting from being overwatered, which is the most common problem people experience with these plants.
They’re drought tolerant and can go months without water, but if left to sit in soggy, permanently damp conditions, they’ll quickly succumb. Water requirements vary by plant, but we water most of our plants every two weeks as a general rule. In extremely hot weather, this is increased to once a week. In the winter, when it’s cooler, there’s less.
Humidity For Sansevieria Grandis
For all Sansevieria varieties, the humidity level in your home is unimportant. They’re prepared to put up with anything.
Feeding For Sansevieria Grandis
We haven’t found these plants to be particularly heavy feeders in general. When it comes to feeding a cactus or all-purpose fertiliser during the summer, a standard cactus or all-purpose fertiliser is ideal. But be careful not to overdo it, and read the instructions on the package. On most of our houseplants, including our Snake Plants, we use both the Miracle Grow and Baby Bio brands.
Temperature For Sansevieria Grandis
Despite the fact that these plants are extremely tough and hardy, they will struggle in extremely cold winter temperatures. It can withstand temperatures as low as 5°C (41°F) if the soil is dry. At this temperature, wet soils greatly increase the chances of leaves rotting, so be cautious. Temperatures between 18°C (65°F) and 27°C (80°F) are required to promote new growth and keep your plant happy.
Repotting For Sansevieria Grandis
Don’t be rushed to keep upsizing your plant; they can still thrive with a small amount of space around the roots. The plants also look best in a smaller, narrower pot because of their upright growth habit. Finally, if you want your Snake Plant to produce flowers (see below), it will need to be fairly pot bound to do so.
However, as with all houseplants, the soil medium will eventually break down or the plant will run out of room to produce new growth. It’s time to take your plant out of its pot and into something bigger at this point.
Snake Plant Repotting Snake Plants, in keeping with the easygoing theme, will grow in a wide variety of soils with no problems. Our recommendation is to use a mix that is open and drains well. Normal garden compost from the store will suffice; however, peat-free compost is preferable because it contains more materials to help keep it “open.” You can also use a cactus or succulent-specific mix.
All Sansevieria plants can be repotted at any time of year (except in freezing temperatures). And what is the reason for this? They’re not picky, as you might have guessed. If the soil appears to be too dense, add grit or perlite to loosen it up. The key is to keep the roots from being engulfed in too much water, which can cause rotting.
A well-draining, open mix will give the roots plenty of water when they need it, but not so much that they drown.
Propagation For Sansevieria Grandis
Who wouldn’t want to have more of these lovely houseplants? The good news is that when you repot by dividing the plants, you can easily propagate and create more plants. Simply separate the clumps and pot them into their own containers.
You can remove the rhizome offsets at the base of the plant that you’ll probably see when you take it out of its pot if you don’t want to lose the “bulk” look of your plant (the photo in the above section shows two newish offsets that can be carefully pulled away along with some of their roots and grown as separate plants). If the offset has no roots, let it dry for a day or two before planting it in a good drainage potting compost mix. Over the course of a few weeks or months, new roots should form around the base.
Leaf cuttings may also be effective: After waiting a day for the edges to dry, cut 2 to 3 inches from a mature leaf and push the cuttings about 1 inch into a compost mix (you must plant it the right way up, i.e. in the same direction as the original growth). When making the cuttings, make sure to mark which way is up).
Leaf cuttings are used to propagate the Mother in Law Tongue. If you try to propagate some plants with fancy markings, such as the Laurentii, from leaf cuttings, you will almost certainly lose the yellow edges and the plant will revert to the original all-green Trifasciata variety. You can only propagate by dividing or removing offsets if you want to keep the markings and colors.
Speed of Growth Of Sansevieria Grandis
In comparison to other houseplants, Snake Plants grow slowly in all varieties. This can be a disadvantage if you need a large one to quickly screen an area or if you want yours to quickly fill its pot. If a large plant is what you’re after, go big when making your purchase.
Height / Spread Of Sansevieria Grandis
Some varieties like the Cylindrica , although rare, have the potential to reach 5ft after many years. Hahnii in comparison will only reach a lowly 4 in. high. Most of the others will fall somewhere in between Laurenti, Trifasciata and “Moonshine” can get to 3ft or more, although this is quite unusual and the normal expected height is between 1ft and 2ft.
Although rare, some varieties, such as the Cylindrica, have the potential to grow to 5 feet in a few years. Hahnii, on the other hand, will only reach a height of 4 inches. The majority of the others will fall somewhere in between Laurenti, Trifasciata, and “Moonshine,” with the exception of Laurenti, Trifasciata, and “Moonshine,” which can reach 3 feet or more, though this is unusual and the normal expected height is between 1 and 2 feet.
Most indoor Sansevieria plants have the ability to flower, though the Ttrifasciata and Laurentii are more likely to do so. Every year, when a plant reaches maturity and begins to flower, it is common to see it. During the summer, you’ll notice a fast-growing stem emerging from the plant’s heart.
They’re attempting to attract moths for pollination, so they have a strong Ylang Ylang-like scent in the evening and overnight. During the day, the smell is musky and unpleasant; you may also notice sticky nectar that has a resin-like quality falling onto or around the plant (there is a close up picture of the resin in the gallery above).
Snake Plant in full bloom, displaying its blooms It can be difficult to get your Sans to flower; in our experience, you only get flowers when you’re “cruel.” The plant must be completely pot bound, with no room for new shoots to emerge from the soil (this may occur naturally in the center of a crowded plant that isn’t yet fully pot bound).
You should also nick the tops of some of the leaves to keep them from growing upwards. With nowhere else to grow, the plant may attempt to reproduce itself by seed, i.e. through the elusive flowers.
Is The Sansevieria Grandis Poisonous?
The Snake Plant will bite back if it is eaten. Saponins found in the plant irritate the gastrointestinal tract and can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Most pets, such as cats and dogs, as well as humans, will be affected. If your pets have a habit of nibbling on your indoor plants, be cautious.
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