Sansevieria Eilensis, The Trendy Snake Plant
For a long time, snake plant varieties seemed to be forgotten by many people.
But they were discovered a number of years ago as a pretty ornamental plant.
I find the leaves to be the biggest draw since they have a somewhat odd appearance…
…but they are very charming and whimsical.
Snake plants tend to have large, upright leaves in a variety of colors that are very eye-catching…
….and different snake plant varieties can be a great way to fill space in your home when you have bare walls.
The plant is also a popular choice because it is very easy to care for…
…making it an acceptable plant for beginners or people who don’t have a lot of free time…
…to take care of a plant to ensure the health of the plant.
Due to the fact that over 70 varieties of snake plants are available…
…deciding which one or ones you want can prove challenging.
This is especially true if you’ve never grown snake plants before.
That is why I’m introducing you to one of the varieties available to be collected.
Announcing, the Sansevieria Eilensis. There is another dwarf snake plant variety that works well…
…in terrariums because the leaves are succulent-like and it doesn’t take up much space.
Their leaves only have between two and three on each plant…
…and so they prefer a location that gets full sun to partial shade.
For them to be happy, they need a moderate amount of water with gritty soil…
…a well-draining surface, and partial shade.
Here we have the story from Sean, about his experience having Sasevieria Eilensis for the very first time.
Let us hear Sean’s story
It was my first time, and I didn’t know what to expect.
I had been told by a friend that there were people who feel the need to touch them;
some people think they’re attractive and want to have one in their house while others are mad for them.
That was enough for me to know I should be on guard when it came around to get my own Sansevieria Eilensis…
…plant at the garden center. I thought this would be really easy- it’s just walking into a store…
…picking one up, and leaving (maybe with getting cooties if you go near anyone.
Little did I know that these plants come with little quirks of their own.
It seems like any other snake plant, but its unique leaves made this snake plant more beauty than any other plant…
…that I have ever had.
D. eilensis, like most xerophytic Dracaena, grows best in porous, well drained soil. Excessive watering will cause the fleshy roots to rot, so it is essential that the soil is allowed to dry sufficiently between wateringsB.Juan Chahinian, U.S. botanist.
Here’s the main thing…
Sansevieria Eilensis: A Brief Profile
A year-round succulent, Sansevieria eilensis has rough, cylindrical leaves with downward-curving tips…
…that grow from an underground rhizome.
These leaves are fleshy, light bluish-green with distinct bands of white and several green longitudinal lines.
They can be up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) across and 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick.
There is a deep channel running through the entire leaf and it is edged…
…with a papery brown cuticle that is reddish-brown at the margins.
The tips of each leaf become papery and smooth as they mature.
As the plant matures, the edges of the new leaves spin together and join to create a tight cylinder…
…with a bright papery terminal cuticle around the edges.
There is an upwards of 12 inches (30 cm) spike-like spike that spawns flowers.
Distribution and Habitat
Only a small area of Sansevieria Eilensis has been discovered in Eyl.
This region receives less than 100 mm of rainfall annually, which is exceptionally…
…low when compared to other xerophytic sansevierias.
In this region, the air temperature typically ranges from 22 to 35 °C…
…whereas the soil temperature falls between 24 and 27 °C.
Sansevieria Eilensis is extremely slow growing, and requires high temperatures and bright light for fast growth…
…making it unviable for commercial cultivation.
As a result, little cultivation can be performed. D. eilensis has been successfully cultivated…
…using micropropagation by collectors and enthusiasts;
however, D. eilensis is not available from any commercial sources as of writing.
Sansevieria Eilensis prefers well drained, porous soil, similar to most other xerophytic Dracaena.
Soil must be allowed to dry sufficiently between waterings to avoid the roots from being rotted by excessive watering.
Most growers prefer a coarse potting mix containing a combination of inorganic and organic ingredients.
For moisture retention, bark chips and coconut husks are usually used however..,
perlite and vermiculite are commonly used, as well as decomposed granite which will add weight and drainage.
Despite the fact that a mixture with such porous properties will provide adequate aeration…
…and prevent over watering, it still requires frequent watering to prevent over drying.
USDA hardiness zones 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
Last but not least..
How to Grow and Care
Place Sansevieria Eilensis in moderately bright light.
Good places for them include a spot in front of a north-facing window or in front of a bright…
…sunny window covered with sheer curtains.
Although the plant tolerates low light, bright light brings out the foliage’s colors.
However, very intense light may cause the leaves to turn yellowish at the edges.
Peaty compost enriched, well-drained, sandy soil creates ideal growing conditions for it.
The soil should be allowed to dry completely before watering it and then it should be watered deeply…
…until water drips out of the drainage hole.
Never allow the soil to become soggy and never leave the saucer submerged in water.
Drain the pot and dispose the remaining water in the saucer.
Sansevierias should only be watered sparingly throughout the winter.
As most succulent plants store water in their leaves, excessively wet soil causes rot.
Place Sansevieria in average room temperatures to warm room temperatures…
…65 – 75 degrees Fahrenheit/18 – 24 degrees Celsius.
The plant can withstand fluctuating temperatures but not below 55 degrees Fahrenheit / 13 degrees Celsius.
They should be protected from drafts and cold temperatures…
…since they can be damaged when temperatures fall below 50 °F (10 °C).
The plant needs to be fertilized once every three weeks throughout the summer.
Do not fertilize during the winter season. Instead, use a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer…
…diluted to half the recommended strength.
Sansevieria is a light feeder, so too much fertilizer will cause leaves to fall over.
It can be easily propagated by dividing the clumps of leaves when they are about six inches long.
Use a sharp blade or knife to separate the clusters of leaves from the rootstock.
The majority of clusters are attached by roots at the root nodes.
They can be transplanted directly in the normal potting mix or by leaf cuttings.
Plants are re-potted during the spring only when they are crowded and need dividing.
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 plant need the “love” too.
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