Sansevieria ‘Black Coral,’ commonly known as Snake Plant, is a stylish houseplant that is bulletproof. Snake plants are hard to beat. This plant has been a favorite of interior designers for years because of its adaptability to a wide range of growing conditions. A dramatic and modern statement can be made with the stiff vertical leaves with variegated patterns. Unique silver bands appear horizontally across the rich, dark green leaves of the black coral.An African semi-tropical plant, Sansevieria black coral is found in West Africa. It grows naturally in open grasslands and as a weed along roadsides. Spreads vigorously via creeping rhizomes that can grow just below the soil surface or just above. The plant fibers were once used to construct bowstrings, earning it the nickname “viper’s bowstring hemp.”.
How to Take Care of Sansevieria Black Coral
Among the easiest and most adaptable houseplants are snake plants. Snake plants include over 70 different species, including Sansevieria trifasciata. Snake Plants, such as ‘Black Coral’, are beautiful varieties.
One of the darkest and tallest mother-in-law’s tongues. Up to 3′ tall, with narrow upward pointing leaves adorned with gray-green wavy bands on a deeper green background. In low light levels, the color is darker, almost black. Newer foliage tends to have more shades. Sansevieria almost thrives on neglect.
One of the members of the Agave family, this succulent only requires a monthly watering. The soil needs to be watered thoroughly only when the soil becomes dry at the base. If there is any doubt about watering, wait as it is a drought-tolerant plant. Using a moisture meter can be a fool-proof way of watering if you really want to be sure. Water should not stand on the leaves. Overwatering can cause root rot. Make sure the container you use has a drainage hole.
In dry conditions and high humidity, Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Black Coral’ flourishes. Keep your plant away from air vents and drafts, as these can dry it out. In the winter, it will need very little water.
Despite its preference for bright, indirect light, Sansevieria can also grow in low light conditions. When the light is bright and filtered, colors stand out more. The plant is suitable for offices because it tolerates partial shade and low light levels. Fluorescent lights are ideal for growing this plant.
Sansevieria black corals remove toxins from indoor environments, acting as an air purifier. They grow best in well-draining soil, but can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions. For good drainage, I prefer soils amended with gravel, perlite, pumice, or coarse sand. Snake plants can also benefit from a standard succulent or cactus mix combined with perlite. There is not much of a preference for pH when growing it and it does well in slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soils.
Dilute fertilizers by half if necessary. Sansevierias are low maintenance plants that don’t require a lot of supplemental feeding. Fertilize this plant sparingly, as it is sensitive to overfertilization.
In its natural state, the ‘Black Coral’ succulent reproduces by underground rhizomes that run on top of or just below the soil surface. It can be propagated from root cuttings, offsets, and leaf cuttings.
Propagation from a leaf involves taking leaf cuttings and letting them calluse for a few days. Plant them in water or soil in the same direction they normally grow. Cuttings placed upside down will not take root.
Dividing the root ball also works well for propagation. Divide the plants into separate pots with drainage holes.
Sansevieria lovers often allow their Sansevieria to become root bound and do not transplant more than once every two to five years. The plant will not necessarily suffer from this. Repotting your Snake Plant will allow it to thrive and grow once it has outgrown its current pot. If not transplanting, add fresh soil every spring.
Black Coral Uses
Outside, ‘Black Coral’ is used as a groundcover and as edging. A drought-tolerant plant, it is ideal for xeriscaping. Easy to grow indoors and makes a functional, attractive, and trouble-free houseplant. It can live for long periods without water and tolerates low humidity. Overwatering will affect coral more than underwatering.
Sansevieria Black Coral Flowers
In midsummer, creamy tan flowers bloom. If the coral flowers, it will not die, but it will stop producing new leaves. Although we have never smelled the flowers, they appear to have a sweet aroma. It is possible that these plants will rarely flower, depending on their growing conditions. It is possible for a healthy plant to refuse to bloom even if it is very healthy.
Consumed in small amounts can cause mild toxicity. You should keep this plant away from children and pets as all parts of the plant are toxic.
Grooming your Black Coral
Dust Black Coral leaves with a soft damp cloth to keep them shiny and glossy. Misting your snake plant can leave unsightly water spots on the leaves. Natural death may occur over time to leaves. Make sure they are trimmed back.