Plants of the starfish snake plant ‘Boncel’ are uncommon, but they’re worth looking for. Sansevieria cylindrica, or snake plant, is a more compact hybrid of Sansevieria cylindrica, or snake plant. The plant’s light green foliage is fan-shaped, with dark green concentric rings running from top to bottom. Young “pups” emerge from the plant’s base and can be readily transplanted to start a new plant.
More About Starfish Snake Plant
The succulent plant Sansevieria cylindrica is native to Angola. It is a popular and venerated houseplant in China, where it is considered to represent the Eight Gods’ eight virtues. It has striped, smooth, elongated gray/green leaves that are exceedingly resilient. They can grow to be about 1 inch (2.5 cm) broad and up to 7 feet long (2 m.).
It forms a fan with stiff leaves that emerge from a basal rosette. It features tubular rather than strap-like leaves that are subcylindrical. It can withstand droughts and only needs water every other week or so. It may grow in full sun to moderate shade, although it will bloom with inch-long (2.5 cm.) greenish white tubular blossoms if given full sun.
Starfish Snake Plant Care
Growing and care for starfish snake plant is similar to snake plant. It’s also simple to look after, preferring bright light but tolerating lesser amounts. Starfish should be planted in ordinary succulent potting soil. Starfish sansevieria is a houseplant that is hardy in USDA zones 10b to 11.
Only use sansevieria when the water starfish is fully dry. Overwatering may cause the plant to rot because it is a succulent that absorbs water in its leaves. Protect starfish sansevieria from drafts and temperatures below 50 degrees F by placing it in a room with a typical house temperature (10 C.). Feed the plant every three weeks with a half-diluted general all-purpose houseplant food.
Size And Growth
Other sansevieria cylindrica variants are fatter and shorter than the Sansevieria starfish. Unless it’s putting up a flower spike, it can grow up to eight inches tall.
As the plant produces thick, spherical leaves, it grows slowly. From one center rosette, the leaves fan upward in a fan shape. You may encourage the plant to develop faster by providing the proper lighting and fertilizing it on a regular basis.
Grooming And Maintenance
Starfish sansevieria care includes wiping down leaves with a moist towel. Clip dead leaves at the base where they join the center basal rosette to remove them. As the plant develops toward the light source, rotate it in the window to keep it symmetrical.
Watering and Feeding
Overwatering is the most common mistake made when caring for starfish sansevieria. This plant prefers its soil to dry out in between waterings. During the growing season, it is typical to water every 1-2 weeks.
Water the plant once a month in the winter. Allow water to drain through the holes on the bottom of the pot at all times. The drainage saucer should then be emptied. Allowing the plant to sit in water for an extended period of time can result in root rot.
Boost plant development during the growing season (spring and summer) by fertilizing every three weeks using diluted liquid houseplant fertilizer.
Light an Temperature
The sansevieria cylindrica starfish, like all succulent plants, thrives in strong light. The starfish plant prefers bright indirect light, although it can endure a broad range of conditions, from full, blazing sun to low light.
The starfish Sansevieria can withstand most indoor environments, even when temperatures fluctuate. It can grow in temperatures as low as 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Plants, on the other hand, suffer if the temperature is lowered significantly. In hot, humid temperatures, this tropical plant thrives. To replicate their native habitat, mist the leaves many times a week. Humidity can also be supplied to the plant by resting the pot on a tray of pebbles and water.
Soil and Transplanting
Drought resistant Sansevierias thrive in a loose, well-draining succulent potting mix. Even when it becomes root bound in the pot, this plant appears to thrive. Choose a new container that is 1-2 inches larger than the previous one for repotting the plant. You can also leave it in the same container as before and replace the soil every 1-2 years.