A Sansevieria starfish succulent thrives when placed in bright indirect sunlight and planted in well-draining sandy soil. Cylindrical snake plants need watering only when the potting mix is dry. In regular indoor temperatures, sansevieria starfish plants can grow just fine without any additional humidity. Fertilize them monthly throughout the growing season.
What is a Starfish Snake Plant?
An interesting flowering plant known as the Starfish Sansevieria is formally known as Sansevieria cylindrica ‘Boncel’ or the “cylindric snake plant”. A succulent with six-sided leaves, the leaves of this plant are shaped like a cylinder, and the leaf tips fan out in a star pattern. Sansevieria is named after the fact that the plants look like stars that have been planted halfway in the ground.
Sansevieria cylindrica bloomels is the botanical name of the starfish sansevieria. In order to simplify matters, we’ll generally call starfish sansevieria a succulent that is star-shaped, cylindrical.
What is Compact Starfish Sansevieria?
One of the smaller varieties of Sansevieria is called Bellensis, which is smaller than the sansevieria itself. It rarely reaches more than 3” (7.5 cm) tall. With its narrow, cylindrical leaves accented with dark green markings, the sansevieria is small and compact.
In the same way that starfish sansevieria succulents need same care, the Sansevieria ‘Boncellensis’ requires same attention.
A general explanation about the cylindrical snake plant is provided below, along with what it is and what kind of cultivar it differs from – the starfish sansevieria.
Sansevieria Cylindrica Facts
Besides being called cylindrical snake plants, Sansevieria Cylindrica is also known as African spear plants. Cylindrical snake plants have long, fleshy leaves that are tubular in shape. Succulent leaves are usually rod-like with a greenish-gray hue, often with darker striped wrapping around the cylinder leaves. Tube-like leaves grow up to 7 feet tall (2 meters) on the Sansevieria cylindrica species.
African spear plants are also known as cylindrical snake plants, snake cactus plants, and spear sansevierias. Plants of the same species are known by western botanical classifications as Dracaena angolensis.
A native of Angola, these snake plants appear like spear sansevierias.
Cylindrical Snake Plant Vs. Starfish Sansevieria
Sansevieria exemplifies the snake plant’s growth habit and size, while the cylindrical snake plant has a broader leaf base. Starfish sansevieria plants differs in that they have fan-shaped leaves and short, fat pointed cylinder leaves.
Sansevieria stars are a compact cultivar. They have a double rosette of healthy leaves that grow in the form of a single star from the top of a circular crown. Starfish sansevieria plants have very similar leaf markings to the larger cylindrical snake plants. Their plump, fleshy leaves only grow up to 20″ (50 cm) long.
These flowering succulents, which include the starfish sansevieria, have a single flower stalk that is up to one meter in length. They have small tubular flowers growing horizontally to the stem.
How to Care for Starfish Snake Plant?
The succulent starfish sansevieria can be grown indoors since it has a low maintenance requirement. Besides putting the sansevieria starfish in a small pot with sandy soil, watering it occasionally and avoiding direct sunlight, it only requires a few simple steps to grow them.
Here is detailed information on how to take care of Starfish Sansevieria plants.
The best place for sansevieria starfish plants is in an open space where natural sunlight is available. If planted on a sunny windowsill, compact spear sansevierias thrive. They are protected by sheer curtains against the sun’s direct rays if they are near south-facing windows.
The starfish sansevieria cultivars do grow well in partial shade or even a complete shade, even though sansevierias are mostly desert plants. You should remember that if starfish plants are deprived of light for too long they may become leggy or lose their color. Despite the fact that sansevieria starfish are not a fast-growing plant, their growth will slow even more in the dark.
It is advisable to place the starfish snake plant in bright, indirect light if it is not growing well.
The Best Soil
The best potting mixture for starfish sansevierias is a flexible loam and it should have good drainage. The potting mix is made by combining two parts regular potting soil with one part perlite and one part coarse horticultural sand. An ideal potting medium for succulent plants would be a potting mix. The soil should drain quickly, and aerate quickly to allow for easy evaporation of moisture.
In a succulent soil mix including some peat moss, an inorganic amendment and some organic matter, peat moss helps to retain some moisture. Starfish sansevierias also do not do well in soggy, damp soil, so be sure to add adequate drainage such as coarse sand, poultry grit, aquarium gravel, or perlite according to the manufacturer. Plant roots in a potting medium that contains a continuous water supply start rotting and decaying quickly. Sansevieria cylindrica ‘Boncel’ wither and die as a result of root rot, caused by fungal diseases that prevent the plant from receiving vital nutrients.
You water starfish sansevieria only when you notice the soil dries out. Summer is the best time to keep the succulents moist. In the winter, water your starfish sansevieria only infrequently, every month if possible. Allowing the potting mixture to dry completely before watering the soil ensures you don’t overwater the drought-tolerant plant. You first have to check the growing medium for dryness in a sansevieria starfish before watering it. If the growing medium is bone dry, then give the medium a thorough drenching with room-temperature water. Before putting the succulent in a sunny location, let the excess water drip out of the plant.
Starfish succulents can be cared for most effectively with a “drill and dry” watering technique. Deep root hydration helps roots get sufficient moisture. You can mimic the succulents’ natural growing conditions in hot, arid climates through the use of a soil that becomes dry once in a while.
Despite the fact that sansevieria plants have thick cylinder-shaped leaves, they keep moisture well. So even after going for several weeks without water, starfish sansevieria plants will still survive well. Watering them less often is better than watering them too often.
A spear sansevieria can be grown outside in hot, arid climates. However, average room temperatures make for a perfect environment for growing these plants indoors. The ideal plant temperature range is 60 degrees Fahrenheit to eighty degrees Fahrenheit (15°C – 26 degrees Celsius) provided it is protected from extreme temperatures. The minimum temperature for starfish sansevierias is 50°F (10°C).
If you have a comfortable room temperature, your sansevieria starfish will generally grow well.
Protecting snake plants from temp fluctuations is the right way to take care of them. For example, snake plants can suffer from drafts from open windows and air-conditioning airflow if they sit in position and are not protected. It may be necessary to keep the sansevieria starfish away from hot radiators during winter.
When growing in the outdoors, make sure the temperature does not drop below 50°F (10°C) whenever growing Sansevieria cylindrical starfish plants. When the weather turns cold, bring the containers indoors for the winter until warmer weather returns in the spring.
The starfish snake plant is not a heavy feeder. It prefers to grow on sandy soil rather than one that has many nutrients. Although these spear sansevierias can be fertilized by using a succulent fertilizer that is half strength, monthly fertilization is beneficial. In winter, do not feed a starfish sansevieria succulent and do not fertilize during growing season.
Succulent starfish spear plants are slow-growers, including succulents, as well as the varieties included in the succulents. Thus, poisonous mineral salts can accumulate in overfed plants, just as with overwatered plants. When you decide to provide additional nutrients, make sure you use an organic houseplant fertilizer. Then again, you may find that your starfish snake plant grows fine on its own without the need for additional fertilizer.