One of the variations of the snake plant is Sansevieria trifasciata Silver Queen , also known as Sansevieria trifasciata. As you can guess from its name, this one has silvery foliage and irregular green horizontal stripes. The leaves are thick and fleshy. Its appearance makes it one of the most popular variations of the snake plant.
The snake plant Silver Queen isn’t difficult to maintain, just like any other snake plant variety. Here are some instructions to take care of this plant if you are new to planting and not familiar with many things.
How to Care Snake Plant Silver Queens
Snake plants such as Silver Queens can survive droughts. Water it sparingly as overwatering can damage it. You can make them live longer by copying their natural habits. In its natural environment, it is usually exposed to long droughts followed by heavy rain. It is recommended that you water the soil and then wait for it to completely dry before pouring water on it again.
Silver Queens will not be active during the cold winter months, meaning that it is not needed to be watered in any way. It needs just once in every two weeks of water if it’s grown in a pot during the summer. Directly planted ones do not need to be watered during a drought. If you are unsure whether to water it or not, wait a few days. Leaving it neglected is always better than overwatering it as this can cause the roots to rot.
In order for Silver Queen snake plants to thrive, the best temperature is between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Although it can survive cooler weather for a short period of time, you should not do that frequently as the cold temperature can damage or even kill it. The critical temperature for it is below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
You can place the snake plant Silver Queen in your home or office as long as the place is kept at a normal temperature, and you can leave it alone in the cool place for a few weeks when you are away.
When the winter comes, please bring the snake plant Silver Queen indoors to protect it. Temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit are fine for a short time and it is effective to help it adapt to the cooler temperatures. Don’t forget to cover it from frost and snow when it is about to freeze.
Silver Queen snake plants prefer a humidity of 40% or higher, which is standard in most homes and offices. Due to the extra moisture in the air, it is best to reconsider watering if the humidity increases.
Silver Queens are not actually in need of fertilizer. It will not hurt the plant if it is applied in a small amount. Before the growing season begins, you can give it a small amount of fertilizer because it will help it to grow.
If you have no idea what type of fertilizer you need, you can give it any all purpose organic houseplant fertilizer. Dilute it between 14 and 12. Almost any gardening store or home improvement store carries this fertilizer.
It is not necessary to apply fertilizer more than twice during the growing season. One time is enough, unless the plant looks bad. Too much fertilizer can burn the roots and harm the plant, so be careful.
Silver Queen is a snake plant that does well in dry, stale air and does not rely on airflow. Depending on the growing environment, the case may differ. As an example, if you regularly water the plant, the airflow will be needed to help eliminate the standing water, which is the cause of fungal infections.
Silver Queen can be propagated by cuttings or division. In order to do it from cutting, you must first remove a section of leaf from the bottom of the plant. After that, use a sharp knife or secateur to make a clean cut. Before planting the cutting, the wound must heal over. Also, it’s important to lessen the chances of the plant getting diseases and dying before it can establish itself. After it has completely calloused over the cutting, it is time to plant it in a pot or tray. Keep the soil moist and insert the callous end into the soil.
Silver Queens snake plants take months to establish themselves and to show signs of growth, so patience is definitely needed to propagate them. If your patience is limited, propagation by division is your best option. Using a knife, you can remove the pups from the parent plant and then transplant them into a pot. Please allow the pup to callous over before planting it. You can plant it the same way you would with cuttings when the time is right. As a result, it establishes itself more quickly.