Do you need a plant that can tolerate low light? Sansevierias are known for their hardiness and ability to adapt to various conditions. We will discuss another variety of the popular Sansevieria trifasciata, the Sansevieria Jaboa Plant.
The plant body is composed of numerous stiff and paddle-like dark-green leaves with grayish or sage-green spotted strips. Depending on the environment, these pointed leaves can grow anywhere from six inches to eight feet tall.
Because it tolerates a range of light levels, it is suitable for both outdoor and indoor plantation. This plant is a nice option for your home, office, or yard, and it is also air-purifying. Does that sound cool? right? Learn more about the care and propagation of the evergreen perennial, the Jaboa Snake Plant.
Sansevieria Jaboa Classification
Genus: Dracaena (known as Sansevieria until 2017)
Species: D. trifasciata.
Cultivar: D. trifasciata ‘Jaboa’.
According to the APG III classification in 2017, this is an ancient genus submerged in the genus Dracaena. About 70 flowering species and their hybrids are found in Africa, Madagascar, and South Asia.
Plants in the genus include a wide range of species. Among them are dessert succulents like Pinguicula and thin-leafed tropical plants like Trifasciata. They grow from the rhizome or stolons and form dense clumps. The majority of these plants are resilient, making them suitable for both indoor and outdoor plantations.
As a result of their long and pointed leaves, all members of the genus have certain common names. Other common names include snake plant, mother-in-law tongue, and devil’s tongue.
A common species in the genus is the parent plant of Jaboa. Dark-green, elongated leaves with grey stripes reach a height of around 4 feet.
There are several cultivars of this plant, each with slight differences in appearance and size. Nevertheless, the basic requirements and propagation methods are pretty similar. The most common ones are Sansevieria Trifasciata Laurentii, Trifasciata Golden Hahnii, Trifasciata Cylindrica, and Trifasciata Twisted Sister.
- Jaboa Snake Plant.
- Dracaena Jaboa Plant.
Sansevieria Jaboa Features
Growing space and the environment determine the height of these plants. A mature indoor plant can grow up to 6 feet tall. However, outdoor plants getting plenty of sun and space can grow as tall as 8 feet.
- Above the ground, the plant body is composed of a large number of elongated leaves growing upward. An underground rhizome connects these stiff leaves at the base.
- The mature leaves are 3 to 4 inches wide with sharp edges and pointed tips.
Just like other Sensevierias, the Jaboa Mother-in-law’s tongue is toxic for us and animals. Ingestion can lead to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea. So, make sure kids and pets stay away from this plant. Additionally, don’t neglect to opt for emergency medical help in case of ingestion.
Wouldn’t it be nice to breathe in the refreshing scent of a plant that looks attractive? The plant and its parent are on NASA’s list of air-purifying plants. Formaldehyde and benzene derivatives are removed from the air by these devices. It is a good choice for homes and offices because it cleans the air.
Sansevieria Jaboa Care
The jaboa is one of the most resilient and hardy plants. Whether you are a beginner, a busy person, or a lazy person, this long-leafed peep is the perfect plant for you.
Low-water requirements are part of the Snake Plant’s appeal. After you water the soil thoroughly, wait until it dries before watering it again. In moist soil, they do not enjoy staying. Also, overwatering can affect the plant in various ways, including even causing death. Don’t put yourself in this situation.
Regarding the frequency of water, it is determined by the intensity of the temperature and sunlight. In the spring and summer, about twice a month is sufficient. In contrast, the plant uses less water in cold temperatures. Furthermore, the soil takes longer to dry up. In fall and winter, the plant only needs a monthly dose of water.
A variety of light levels are no problem for these hardy peeps. Bright indirect light is ideal for the plant’s health and results in faster growth.
Plants can survive quite well in low light when they are grown up. Because of this, they can be used in homes, offices, and basements with low lighting. The longer the period of very low light, the slower the growth and the less vigorous the foliage. If the plant is placed in low light and appears unhealthy, you need to move it to a brighter place.
Even with artificial light, these peeps are good. Make sure the light is bright enough and positioned at a good distance from the plant. A prolonged period of direct and fierce sunlight can scorch the foliage. Put them in a wise place.
The Sansevieria Jaboa Plant prefers moderate temperatures. Temperatures between 16 and 26 °C are ideal. Make sure they are not exposed to extreme temperatures, especially during harsh winters.
With the average humidity in the area, these long hardy leaves would be fine. Moisture in the air should be between 40 and 50%.
This plant prefers rich, well-draining soil with good aeration. Root rot can be caused by a lack of oxygen for the roots. So, don’t forget to mix it right.
In the warm season, apply an all-purpose fertilizer once a month. Ideally, you should use half the stated dosage on the pack or a milder concentration.
An excess of fertilizer can scorch out the foliage and even kill the plant. In addition, the plant does not require much nutrition at a cold temperature. Fertilizing after fall is therefore never recommended.
These pots can reach heights as high as six feet indoors, as explained above. Therefore, you need a pot with drainage holes at the base that is strong and spacious.
Sansevieria jaboa Pruning and De-Weeding Conditions
With the help of a sterilized knife, remove the damaged and unhealthy leaves. Snake Plants benefit from this to maintain their appearance and health. There are many weeds in the outdoor plantation. Keep an eye out for outdoor peeps and remove them if necessary. Plants grow healthier when this is done.
Sansevieria Jaboa Propagation
Growing is in their nature. If you just buy one, you can create an army of Jaboas. The most popular methods are as follows:
Propagation by Stem-cuttings
This is the easiest and quickest method.
- Prepare a sterilized instrument and make small cuts in some healthy leaves.
- These leaves should be planted about 3 inches deep in moist, well-draining soil.
- Set up the setup in indirect light. After the soil dries to about 80%, water it.
- Within a month, you will see tiny shoots emerging from the base of the leaf. It will take about 3 months for this baby plant to become a small decorative plant. Following that, you simply need to follow the Care instructions in the previous section.
- Plant the leaves in soil after chopping them into a few pieces. You can even place them on moist growing medium-light sphagnum moss. In 3 weeks, these pieces will develop tiny roots, followed by baby shoots. Then you can plant them properly (about 3 inches deep) in the soil to allow them to grow well.
Propagation in Water
- Full leaves can also root out in water instead of soil. To prevent contamination, simply place the leaves in a jar of water and change it weekly.
- After about 3 weeks, the roots and shoot will emerge. After a few months, you can plant this baby plant in the soil or leave it in the water.
Sansevieria Jaboa Problems
Here are a few of the problems that can arise due to improper care;
A common fungus is southern blight or red leaf spot. Plants can be damaged and even killed by overwatering.
Soil should only be watered when it becomes dry. Use a pot with drainage holes and potting soil or potting mixture that drains well.
Jaboa Sansevieria are usually attacked by mealybugs and spider mites. Cell-sap is the food source for these insects. If left unchecked, they can even kill the plant.
- You can clean the foliage with rubbing alcohol solution if the issue is at the initial stage.
- Pest attacks are primarily caused by insufficient humidity. In this case, you can use a powerful water spray to wash the plant. Additionally, you can get insecticidal sprays from the market or seek professional assistance.
- Separating the affected plants from the healthy ones is very important. It will prevent the spread of the disease and save the other plants.