What is Sansevieria ‘Boncellensis’ (Compact Starfish Sansevieria)
Sansevieria cylindrica ‘Boncellensis’ is a miniature Sansevieria cylindrica. Sansevieria is a dwarf starfish that only grows to be 3” (7.5 cm) tall. The stumpy, lime-green cylindrical leaves of the small, compact sansevieria have darker green markings.
Sansevieria ‘Boncellensis’ needs to be cared for in the same way that starfish sansevieria succulents do. The cylindrical snake plant (Sansevieria cylindrica) and how it differs from its cultivar, starfish sansevieria, are described in this article.
Sansevieria Cylindrica (Cylindrical Snake Plant) Facts
Sansevieria Cylindrica is also known as the African spear plant and cylindrical snake plant. Succulents with long fleshy, tubular leaves are known as cylindrical snake plants. Greenish-gray rod-like succulent leaves with darker stripes wrapping around the cylinder leaves. Sansevieria cylindrica produces tube-like leaves that can grow up to 7 feet (2 meters) tall.
Succulents Sansevieria cylindrica African spear plant, cylindrical snake plant, snake cactus plant, and spear sansevieria are all names for Sansevieria cylindrica. The plant’s scientific name is Dracaena angolensis, according to modern botanical classifications. Angola is home to these cylindrical snake plants and spear sansevierias.
Cylindrical Snake Plant Vs. Starfish Sansevieria
The size and growth habit of the cylindrical snake plant and the starfish sansevieria are the main differences. Starfish sansevieria plants are distinguished by their fan shape and short, fat pointed cylinder leaves.
Sansevieria starfish is a compact cultivar. It has stiff, fat cylindrical leaves that grow in a star shape from a basal rosette. The plump, fleshy cylindrical leaves only reach a maximum length of 20” (50 cm). The leaf markings on starfish sansevieria plants are similar to those on the larger cylindrical snake plant.
Flowering succulents include all types of cylindrical snake plants, including starfish sansevieria. Starfish sansevierias produce a single flowering stalk up to 3 ft (1 m) long under ideal growing conditions. The flowers are small pinkish-white tubular flowers that grow horizontally to the stem.
How to Care for Sansevieria Starfish
(Sansevieria Cylindrica ‘Boncel’)
The starfish sansevieria is a succulent species that is easy to care for indoors. Simply place the sansevieria starfish in a small pot filled with sandy soil, water it occasionally, and keep it out of direct sunlight.
Starfish Sansevieria Light Requirements
Sansevieria starfish plants should be kept in a bright room with plenty of natural light. Compact spear sansevierias thrive on a sunny windowsill in the ideal situation. Use a sheer curtain to shield the fleshy succulent from the sun’s direct rays if it grows near a south-facing window.
Despite the fact that sansevierias are desert plants, the starfish sansevieria cultivars thrive in partial or full shade. However, if the starfish plant is kept in the dark for too long, it may become leggy or lose its color. Sansevieria starfish are slow-growing plants, but in the dark, their growth slows even more. If the starfish snake plant isn’t growing well, move it to a bright, indirect light source.
The Best Soil for Growing Starfish Snake Plant
A loamy potting mix with good drainage is ideal for starfish sansevierias. Combine two parts regular potting soil, one part perlite, and one part coarse horticultural sand to make a potting mix. A succulent potting mix is an excellent potting medium. The soil should be aerated to allow for quick drying and water drainage.
Organic matter such as peat moss and inorganic amendments are included in the succulent soil mix. Peat moss is effective at retaining moisture. To ensure adequate drainage, you’ll need to add soil amendments like coarse sand, poultry grit, aquarium gravel, or perlite. All succulents, including starfish sansevierias, cannot survive in soggy, damp soil. If the potting medium is constantly wet, the shallow root system quickly rots and decays. Sansevieria cylindrica ‘Boncel’ suffers from root rot, which deprives the plant of essential nutrients and causes fungal diseases that eventually kill it.
How to Water Sansevieria Starfish
When the soil dries out, water starfish sansevieria plants. In the summer, water the succulents once or twice a week. During the winter, water starfish sansevieria appear only once or twice a month, if at all. You won’t overwater the drought-tolerant plant if you wait for the potting mix to dry before hydrating the soil. To water a sansevieria starfish, check for dryness by poking your finger into the soil. If the growing medium is completely dry, thoroughly wet the soil with room-temperature water. Allow the succulent to drain completely before placing it in a sunny location.
The best way to care for starfish succulents is to use the “drench and dry” watering technique. Deep root hydration ensures that roots are adequately hydrated. You can help the succulent’s natural growing habitat in hot, arid climates by allowing the soil to dry out.
Keep in mind that starfish sansevieria plants have thick cylindrical leaves that are good at storing moisture. As a result, the plants will go for weeks without receiving any water. Watering starfish sansevierias less frequently is preferable to watering them too frequently.
Temperature Requirements for Healthy Starfish Sansevieria Growth
Sansevierias (starfish sansevierias) thrive in hot, arid climates. The good news is that spear sansevierias can be grown indoors at average room temperatures. As long as the star-shaped succulent is protected from temperature extremes, a temperature range of 60°F to 80°F (15°C – 26°C) is ideal. The minimum temperature for starfish sansevierias is 50°F (10°C). Your sansevieria starfish will grow well if your room is kept at a comfortable temperature.
Protecting cylindrical snake plants from temperature fluctuations is an important part of proper care. Fan snake plants, for example, may suffer if they are exposed to drafts from open windows or air conditioning. During the winter, a sansevieria starfish placed near a hot radiator may begin to wilt.
In USDA zones 10 and 11, Sansevieria cylindrical starfish plants thrive. If you’re growing your plants outside, keep the temperature above 50°F (10°C). If that’s the case, bring the containers inside for the winter until the weather warms up in the spring.
Starfish Sansevieria Humidity
Starfish succulents require low humidity to thrive. Sansevieria plants require dry air and adequate aeration in order to thrive. Because most household air is dry, you won’t have to worry about indoor humidity. The fleshy fan-shaped succulent will get enough moisture if you water it properly.
How to Fertilize Sansevieria Starfish
Starfish snake plants don’t eat a lot. The plants thrive in sandy, nutrient-depleted soil. These spear sansevierias, on the other hand, can benefit from monthly fertilization with a half-strength succulent fertilizer. Feed starfish sansevieria succulents only during the growing season and not in the winter.
Succulents such as starfish spear plants are slow-growing. As a result, over-fertilizing the plants can lead to mineral salt buildup, which is just as bad as overwatering. If you decide to give your houseplants more nutrients, choose an organic houseplant fertilizer that is right for them. However, with proper care, your starfish snake plant may be able to thrive without any additional fertilization.
Repotting Sansevieria Starfish
Repotting is only required every other year or so for starfish sansevieria plants. Sansevieria species are slow-growing succulents that thrive when they are rootbound. Always choose a pot one or two sizes larger than the current one when repotting a cylindrical snake plant.
The best pots for growing sansevieria starfish plants are terracotta pots. These succulents can become top-heavy due to their large, fat cylinder leaves and fan shape. As a result, a clay pot will provide some stability. In addition, because the soil dries faster in clay pots, most succulent species thrive.
Remove the fleshy plant from its existing container to repot a starfish succulent. Examine the roots for signs of decay and, if necessary, trim them. After that, half-fill a new, larger pot with a moist potting mix and plant the starfish sansevieria in it. Fill the remaining space with soil and tamp it down to keep the plant in place.
Allow the soil to dry out completely after repotting a sansevieria starfish. This allows the newly potted starfish snake plant to adjust to its new surroundings. The sansevieria starfish can then be cared for as usual.
How to Propagate Starfish Sansevieria
Sansevieria starfish propagation is by dividing the roots called rhizomes. As starfish snake plants grow, smaller ‘baby’ plants called pups grow at the plant’s base. All you need to do is separate the pups from the mother plant and grow it in a new pot.
Rooting a cut leaf is another way to propagate Sansevieria cylindrica. You should cut off a leaf near the plant’s base. Allow the wound to heal or develop a callus by placing the cylindrical leaf on a paper towel for a few days. After that, simply plant the cut leaf in a moist cactus soil mix about 2” to 3” (5–7.5 cm) deep. For a few weeks, keep the soil moist until the cutting develops roots.
Pests Affecting Starfish Sansevieria Growth
Vine weevils and mealybugs are common houseplant pests that attack sansevieria starfish succulents. Vine weevils are small beetles that eat the roots and leaves of indoor and outdoor plants. Mealybugs on starfish snake plants resemble small white bugs with a white cotton wool-like fuzzy substance on the leaves.
It’s critical to get rid of houseplant bugs if you want your starfish succulents to thrive. Fortunately, you don’t have to use chemicals or potentially harmful pesticides to get rid of bugs on your plants. Even though they don’t contain harmful chemicals, many natural, organic insecticides are effective at eradicating plant pests.
To get rid of vine weevils or mealybugs, use neem oil. In a spray bottle, combine 2 teaspoons organic neem oil and 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap with 1 quart (1 liter) of lukewarm water. To kill weevils or mealybugs, thoroughly shake the anti-bug solution and liberally spray your sansevieria. To keep houseplant pests away for good, use the neem oil solution once a week.
If you suspect that vine weevils are present in the soil, drench it with neem oil, a natural pesticide. To kill any weevil grubs in the soil, use the neem oil solution instead of watering.
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