Sansevieria Zeylanica, Is It Worth To Buy?
Sansevieria zeylanica, also known as bowstring hemp, is an evergreen perennial plant.
It is found in the South East Asian Region, especially in India and Sri Lanka.
One of the greenest plants, it’s very similar to the mother in law’s tongue and has gorgeous leaf stripes.
Hardy and sturdy, plants like this can endure surprising amounts of neglect.
In fact, it is considered one of the best houseplants around, and will help purify the air at home.
It is a popular choice whether indoors or out, much like sansevieria cylindrica and other snake plants.
Therefore, let us discuss how to grow bowstring hemp the right way!
Here we have the story of Cage, about an experience having Sansevieria Zeylanica for the very first time.
Let us hear Cage’s story.
I was totally excited to have the Sansevieria Zeylanica for the first time in my life.
I had seen it all over Pinterest and Instagram, but never would I have thought that a plant could be so beautiful.
The colors were absolutely gorgeous and no other plants seemed to compare.
“So what do you think?” asked mom as she looked up from watering her fiddle leaf figs…
...our only other houseplant besides this one with a smile on her face.
“It’s good mom, it’s so beautiful.” Having this plant is like a dream come true to me.
It’s so fun and cool having this plant cause this plant can decorate your house perfectly.
Sansevieria zeylanica, more commonly identified as bowstring hemp, is an evergreen perennial plant. It’s native to the South East Asian Region, especially found in India and Sri Lanka. A very close relative of the “mother in law’s tongue“, it’s vividly green with gorgeous leaf stripes.Kevin Espiritu, founder from epicgardening.com
Here’s the main thing…
An easy-to-follow care guide
The upright, sword-shaped leaves of the bowstring hemp are dark green, sturdy, and upright.
A creamy surface is dappled with waves. In addition, the tips of the leaves are pointed.
Technically, Sansevieria zeylanica is a flowering species, but it seldom blooms.
It produces fragrant, greenish-white flowers only on the very rare occasions that it blooms.
However, many growers never find their plants blooming at all!
The plant is grown for its medicinal properties and fiber qualities in tropical countries.
Antiseptic ointments are made from the dried roots of the rhizome.
Fabric, mats, papers, and even sails are made from the leaves.
Sansevieria zeylanica should be handled with care. Almost any Sansevieria is mildly toxic when consumed.
You should avoid giving it to your kids and pets because it may cause nausea or vomiting.
How to Care for Your Sansevieria Zeylanica
While this easy-to-grow plant has a moderate growth rate, it has a couple preferences that’ll help it grow healthy.
Let’s examine them!
Light and Temperature
Your best bet for indoor growers is to provide as much light as possible.
Sunlight is good for a window. Don’t rely on direct sunlight if you don’t have it; indirect lighting will do.
If the light level is lower, your Sansevieria zeylanica may have a darker green hue.
Generally speaking, sunlight of a direct type is good for outings outdoors.
Summer has a tendency to cause leaves to yellow at their edges due to the intense, scorching sun.
It is possible that plants grown outdoors will have a lighter color. Their natural pattern may also be less distinct.
Bowstring hemp is a tropical plant. Cold temperatures below 50°F can cause leaf damage.
An ideal range of temperatures for bowstring hemp is 60°F to 75°F.
Water and Humidity
Sasevieria zeylanica grows in moist to semi-arid environments.
It’s a good idea for indoor growers to arrange a pebble tray with water under the plant’s pot.
By doing so, the plant’s environment becomes more humid.
The extra humidity will be provided by a damp mulch around the plants outside.
Keep the mulch moist, but don’t overwater – take it off the plants and soak it in water, then replace it.
After drying out the soil, watering should occur.
When the soil dries, soak it deeply and thoroughly.
When watering bowstring hemp in a pot, stop watering as soon as you see water in the pot’s bottom.
When watering in-ground plants, ensure that the water is applied deeply and slowly.
It is recommended that you reduce your watering frequency during the winter months.
The plant goes dormant in the winter when it needs less water.
In the spring and summer when it is more active, it will need more water.
A sandy loam with good drainage is ideal for your plant.
Sandier soil will drain off excess water much better than the loam, so avoid standing water, which can cause root rot.
As a light feeder, sansevieria zeylanicas require very little fertilizer.
Many people do just one granular feeding of a general-purpose plant fertilizer in the spring and it works fine.
However, a half-strength or lower one is fine, too.
The bowstring hemp plant is somewhat root-bound like the snake plant.
Only transplant when the leaves begin showing signs of yellowing or loss.
Prepare a sandy loam that drains well if you need to transplant your plant.
Get a pot that is one inch larger than your current one. Then, take your plant out of its old pot.
Gently open up its root mass with your fingertips, dusting away old soil.
New soil should be replanted at the original depth. The old soil can be composted.
The only reliable methods of propagating sansavieria zeylanica are cuttings and division.
I highly recommend opting for division when your plant is old enough.
It’s a straightforward process, and it will continue on that particular cultivar as cuttings…
…can sometimes switch back to the original type.
For your bowstring hemp, there isn’t much pruning required.
Those leaves on the outside of the plant that have fallen over can be cut with hori-hori knives or pruning shears…
…that are sterilized.
The flopped leaves usually occur when the plant becomes densely packed in its pot.
If they’re healthy, you may use them as cuttings!
Other than that, the only pruning needed is to remove damaged or dead leaves.
If the damage is only at the tip of a leaf, you may be able to simply trim it off.
Remove it at the soil level if it is along the entire leaf.
As resilient as it is, your sansevieria zeylanica is relatively easy to grow. However, there may be a few issues that appear!
There are only two pests that attack bowstring hemp plants: mealybugs and spider mites.
These insects ingest the plant’s juices that are stored in its leaves.
Neither of these insects is likely to spread disease, but they can make the leaves unattractive….
…so their presence should be dealt with immediately.
With mealybugs, rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab can be used to remove small quantities.
For large infestations, an insecticidal soap in combination with pyrethrin may be used.
Neem oil will also protect against both spider mites and insects with the insecticidal soap.
Last but not least…
Root rot is the only problem you should be concerned about with your bowstring hemp plants.
It occurs when excessive water is put on the soil. It’s easy to prevent by making sure the soil drains easily.
Leaves that look full and vigorous, with lightly moist soil, can avoid watering until the soil dries out.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I repot my bowstring hemp?
A. Repot the plants when they seem to be overcrowded in the pot. That also means dividing the plants into smaller ones! Normally, they will need repotting every 2 to 5 years.
The leaves on my hemp bowstrings fall over. Why?
Plants that receive too much fertilizer might grow too rapidly to support the weight of their leaves. Leaves can fall out of their pot as a result of this. Also, an overcrowded plant may have drooping leaves. These can be trimmed back to soil level without harming the plant.
Are sansevieria zeylanica and sansevieria trifasciata the same plant?
It depends on who you ask. In terms of growth habits, care regimen, and the like, they are two closely related species. In fact, they’re so similar that many consider S. trifasciata to be a synonym of S. zeylanica. Despite their close relationship, they have subtle differences in leaf patterns. Even though they’re now given separate botanical names, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were considered botanically identical in the future.
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