The Ultimate Care Guide Of Sansevieria Masoniana
An evergreen, semi-succulent plant also known as Mason’s Congo or Whale’s fin, Sansevieria Masoniana….
…has wide leaves that resemble paddling paddles or beaver tails. This unique plant comes in a variety of colors and shapes.
Sansevieria masoniana is an ideal houseplant for indoors and outdoors. It is easy to care for…
…as is most snake plants, but does require similar care to the standard snake plant.
Find out everything you need to know about how to care for this beautiful species below.
Before that here we have story from Gloria about her experience having snake plant in her house.
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I was sitting in my living room when it caught my eye, a Sansevieria Masoniana.
This is the plant that we’ve been hearing about on the news and all over social media.
I got up from the couch to investigate this new houseplant more thoroughly…
...marveling at its long leaves that were much different than other plants I had seen before.
Because of its unusual shape, the plant is known as “whale fin.” The very tips of the leaves are pink in appearance…
….particularly when exposed to bright sunlight, and have a medium green mottled with forest green appearance.
It took me back to elementary school where we would have days dedicated to learning about our Native American…
…heritage and how they relied on these plants for food and medicine.
This plant is suited for you who are lazy to take care of your plant regularly because this plant need less of care!
One of the easiest to care for indoor plants is that of the Sansevieria, a semi-succulent plant known for its striking leaves. Well, one of the most unique varieties of the ‘snake plant’ as it is so often called, is that of the Sansevieria Masoniana, which is also referred to as the Whale Fin plant. Here’s a complete care guide for the Sansevieria Masoniana, as well as watering tips and how to propagate this unusually shaped plant.Sophie, author from thecitywild.com
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Benefits and Uses Of Sansevieria Masoniana
It looks just as beautiful as a single accent plant in your house as it does in hundreds of planters and beds.
Even when only one leaf is present, it makes an impressive architectural statement.
This Sansevieria is believed to act as a solid air purifier by absorbing pollutants like formaldehyde…
…Xylene and Toluene from the air. Its large surface area makes it even more effective in absorbing these pollutants.
The Whale’s Fin plant, due to its unique CAM photosynthesis, converts carbon dioxide into oxygen at night as well.
This makes it a great choice for bedrooms. Those who are new to houseplants can appreciate…
…Sansevieria Masoniana because it thrives with little care and can live for years.
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Plant Size and Growth Of Sansevieria Masoniana
Sansevieria Masoniana usually grows to a height of 3-4 feet, but it can reach up to 5 feet when growth conditions…
…are optimal. The leaves are up to 10 inches wide in the middle and are dark green in color with light-green…..
….spots surrounding them. Plants are upright and rough, leathery and fibrous. Sometimes the leaves have irregular…
…wavy borders, and also have an irregular purple banded basal sheath under the soil and a unique green base at the soil level.
The Sansevieria plant grows slowly to medium growth. It may take many years (or decades) for this plant…
….to reach its full potential.
Flowers have the ability to appear at any time of year, but mainly in autumn. This occurs at most once a year.
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Soil For Sansevieria Masoniana
For Sansevieria Masoniana, the best medium is loose, well-draining soil. However, the plant can grow…
…in a soilless medium as well. Root rot is often a reason for Sansevieria deaths as it develops in wet and soggy soil.
So, choose a light and fast draining soil to keep your Sansevieria healthy. An optimal soil mix for Sansevierias…
…contains additives such as perlite, pumice, coir or gravel for increased drainage capacity.
The Whale’s fin plant can also be grown in some ready-to-use potting mixes for cactus and succulents.
Pots For Of Sansevieria Masoniana
Choosing the right pot is essential when caring for your Sansevieria Masoniana plant.
The most important feature of a pot is its drainage. If the pot does not have drainage holes, you can add them…
…with a drill. When this is not possible, you may want to use a double potting system.
This involves putting a small pot with holes inside a big ornamental pot.This makes your plant look good…
…while improving drainage. You should select a pot that is not too small nor too big.
Place it on a saucer or stand, or on some small pebbles if that helps the roots remain above the drained water.
Watering Schedule For Sansevieria Masoniana
Despite the drought-tolerant nature of Mason’s Congo, it is important not to overwater the plant or the roots will rot.
Don’t water the center of the rosette since it is susceptible to leaf rot if wet. Unless you have a very large garden…
…you won’t need to mist the plant. You can mist it during the daytime, so that the leaves dry out quickly.
Let at least an inch of soil (2.5 cm) sit completely dry before watering; then, water slowly and deeply enough…
….for the water to drain out the drainage hole. Be sure to discard the drained water.
Make sure to keep the soil dry after watering the plant and to avoid making it soggy as that will cause root rot.
Make sure the plant is kept at a bright area and not watered again until the soil is dry.
If you keep it in moderate to bright light during the summer, you can water once a week.
During the winter months, you can water once a month or less frequently.
During the spring, you can water just enough to keep the soil from wilting.
Light Exposure For Sansevieria Masoniana
It can thrive in a wide range of light conditions. The snake plant can tolerate bright light to full sun…
….as well as low light. However, bright light brings out the colors and encourages flowering.
For best growth, place your snake plant in moderately bright or filtered light.
Ideally, you should place this plant in a north or south facing window, away from direct sunlight.
However, you can also place the plant in front of a bright and sunny window behind sheer curtains.
Keep them away from direct sunlight, particularly in the afternoons.
Temperature For Sansevieria Masoniana
This plant prefers a temperature range of 60-75° F (16-24° C). It can tolerate fluctuating temperatures, but not extreme ones.
Although, theoretically, the roots can tolerate temperatures as low as 30°F (-1° C) when kept from freezing.
Keep the plant away from temperatures below 50°F (10° C) as it can cause cold damage to the foliage.
Winter frost will kill the leaves, but the roots can be saved if dry.
Its roots are particularly susceptible to suddenly rotting when exposed to cold and excessive water.
You should keep your snake plants in partial or full shade in order to keep their soil from drying out.
If you’re growing your snake plant outside, keep it away from direct sunlight.
Keep it in a humidity and temperature range that it can manage.
How To Care Sansevieria Masoniana
Pests and Diseases For Sansevieria Masoniana
Because their thick, succulent leaves block the passage of bugs, snake plants are resistant to most pests.
However, sap-sucking insects like spider mites and mealybugs can attack them occasionally.
Snake plants do not necessarily die after these pest infestations.
You can eliminate both insects by wiping off the affected areas with cotton balls soaked in alcohol.
You can also try using diluted liquid soap on plant leaves. Do this each week until the insects are gone.
Root rot is the most common disease that affects Sansevieria Masoniana. It occurs when the soil remains wet…
…for too long, making the roots dark and mushy.
The presence of moisture on the leaves can also lead to fungal diseases like red leaf spot.
The best way to prevent a major infestation is to detect the signs of infection early…
…so inspect your plants regularly for symptoms.
Fertilizer For Sansevieria Masoniana
The best time to apply fertilizer is just before and during the growth season, which starts in spring.
You should feed your plant 2-3 times a year. Natural fertilizers, such as cow dung and worm compost…
…can also be added sparingly to the soil mix. In the summertime, apply slower-release fertilizer once a year in the soil.
Liquid fertilizers are better because they are more convenient. Use a half strength liquid fertilizer…
…with a balanced N-P-K ratio every month during spring and summer. When snake plants are in dormancy…
…they don’t need much nutrients or water. Fertilizing them in the winter will cause the plant extra stress.
Young plants should not be fertilized, especially after propagation. Wait at least a month after planting them into soil.
Grooming and Maintenance For Sansevieria Masoniana
The whale’s fin plant does not require frequent maintenance because it grows slowly and does not spread wildly.
However, due to its large leaf surface, the plant may acquire some dust on the foliage.
Gently clean the leaves every few months. If you do this every time you water your plant…
…your plant should look just fine, even after many years in your home. The plant’s size can be maintained…
…by trimming it every 2-3 years. To do this, remove the old, mature leaves from the plant.
Make sure your scissors or knife is sterilized before cutting. Next, cut the leaves off the plant right at the base.
Pets and Kids Safety For Sansevieria Masoniana
It is possible for humans and animals to be poisoned by Sansevieria Masoniana if chewed or eaten…
…because it contains a harmful chemical called saponin. Saponin causes mouth and stomach irritation.
It can cause swelling in the tongue and mouth. Some people who have been exposed to these plants can suffer…
…from vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and drooling. The juices of this plant can also affect some people…
…and cause rashes or dermatitis on the skin. Be sure to pick this plant with care.
Avoid contact with the plant’s exposed parts and wear gloves when pruning and repotting.
The consumption of this plant is unlikely to be fatal, but food should be kept away from children and pets.
Repotting For Sansevieria Masoniana
The whale’s fin plant needs to be repotted every 2-3 years to prevent overgrowth and to look nice in a new container.
When leaves start getting crowded in the pot, it is time to repot. It makes the plant stronger by helping it develop healthy roots.
These are the steps you need to take to repot a Sansevieria Masoniana:
- Make sure your new container has drainage holes. It should be at least 1-1.5 inches larger in diameter than the current one.
- At the bottom, cover drainage holes with a layer of rocks or pebbles, then place a layer of potting medium on top.
- After gently cleaning the roots of your plant from their old pot, remove it from its old pot and place it in a new pot.
- After you have found your soil mix, fill the rest of the container. Plant the plant at the same height. Avoid burying the leaves.
- Complete your watering by thoroughly watering the plants and waiting 1-2 weeks between waterings.
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Propagation For Sansevieria Masoniana
In addition, Sansevieria Masoniana can be propagated by root division or leaf cuttings using the parts…
…of the snake plant to create new plants. Dividing the roots is the fastest method, and requires a mature plant.
Leaf cuttings are another easy method of propagation.
- You must first gently remove the plant from its container before dividing it.
- Examine the roots to determine if they can naturally be separated.
- The plant should be cut in half with a sharp and sterilized cutter. For larger plants, it may be possible to cut more than two sections.
- Plant each segment separately in a separate container. Water them thoroughly and let them grow in medium light.
Leaf propagation is one of the easiest and most popular ways of propagation. Before you can start growing plants,,,
,,,from one leaf, you’ll need leaf cuttings.
- If the leaf is long and healthy, cut it into sections 3-4 inches long. You may leave them for a couple of days to form calluses, or you can plant them immediately.
- The roots of each section develop best when placed in water or dirt. The position of the sections is critical for the formation of the roots.
- It is important to bury the leaf cutting under soil or water for at least 1 inch.
- It is important to water the soil whenever it becomes dry and to replace the water if water propagation occurs.
- The roots of the cuttings will not appear for at least one month.
- You can plant them in soil when the roots reach 2 inches long.
See having Snake plant is good choice for you to have! It’s cool, its famous, it’s easy to have and care!
What else do you need? In this pandemic time like this, is a good choice for you to have an new activity…
…and having snake plant is a good choice for you to have!
Last thing for sure. This plant need to be care carefully, remember all plant need the “love” too.
Alright that’s all for today! Do you have any questions about all of this?
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I hope you can now take care your plant and it’s growing big and healthy!
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