A little back ground on the author aka me the one writing this post. My name is Sarah and I like my houseplants. and I especially like them when they are alive and thriving. I’ve had most of my houseplants for 3-4 years and they are all still growing so I like to think I know a thing are too about how to keep houseplants alive. In this blog post I’ll cover the overview of care for the plant and also talk about some of they ways I personally care for my plant! I’ve had my Sansevieria Trifasciata Laurentii for 4 years i believe. My friend moved to Japan recently and before she left she gave her sansevieria moonshine. At least that’s what I believe it is. If you think it’s a different type let me know in the comments! Well i’ve talked long enough so let’s get started on this how to care for the sansevieria (snake plant).
Types of sansevierias
There are many different varieties of snake plants and that would be a whole other blog post worth of content.
If there is an invincible plant, it would be the Sansevieria. My number one pick for the best beginner houseplant is the Sansevieria. Hands down. The official name for this plant is dracaena trifasciata, I know the plant as the sansevieria trifasciata. Sansevieria is a tropical plant native to Western Africa. These plants are more commonly known as the snake plant, the mother in-law’s tongue, and others.
Sansevieria is a very hardy plant. It prefers a dry environment. It can handle low light, and if you forget to water, it will not die! I have gone weeks without watering mine!! So, it is a win-win if you are new to plants and need low-light, low maintenance plants. And, I mean, look at it, it is eye-catching for sure. So what are you waiting for? Let’s learn how to care for the Sansevieria (snake plant)!
What are the Sansevieria Water and Temperature Requirements?
The Sansevieria prefers to be in temperatures that range from 55F-85F. I keep mine around 65F-70F and, it loves it. I have not had any issues at that temperature range.
In my past living arrangement, my sansevieria was exposed to temperatures below 40F because a window was left open during one of the winter nights we had. THANKFULLY, my plant was fine, but going any lower than 55F, your plant could suffer.
Sansevieria only needs to be water every 3 weeks or once a month. I water mine every 3-4 weeks. I have gone at most 7-8 weeks.
What are the Sansevieria Humidity Requirements?
One of the best parts of the Sansevieria is that it doesn’t require a lot of attention aka it’s a low maintenance houseplant! So, it’s the perfect beginner house plant! You don’t need a humidifier to make it happy. Normal living conditions will do.
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What are the Sansevieria Light and Soil Requirements?
For soil, the sansevieria needs well-draining soil. Consider going with a cactus mix.
This plant has been called a low light plant. It will do okay in low light, but I put mine in medium to a brightly lit room. It doesn’t get a lot of direct sun it’s mainly bright in direct sun. Just watch out for burnt leaves if your plant is sitting in direct sun light!
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Where to Find a Sansevieria
This plant is easy to find, depending on the variety and not too expensive. Overall, sansevieria is a resilient plant that tolerates low light, little watering, and air purifying. You could try online plant sellers, but you could easily find these plants at Walmart, Lowes, or local plant nurseries.
Having clean are is a must! Besides owning an air purifier plants can also help to filter our air. NASA did a study on houseplants many years ago, according to the results, the Sansevieria can filter out chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene.
Are Sansevieria toxic?
Yes, yes they are. They can cause GI upset such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea and should not be consumed by pets or humans. The University of Lincoln Nebraska has put together a list of plants that are toxic. Click the link if you are curious to learn more.
How to fertilize the Sansevieria Fertilizer Methods
I have two way in which I have fertilized my sansevieria. The first is the indoor plant food by miracle gro. I know not everyone is a fan of this and it’s not organic per se. For this method diluted one pump into 16 fluid ounces of water and mixed it in. I then water my plant with 8 fluid ounces and give the other 8 fluid ounces to another plant. I do this every 4-5 weeks in the months from April to July. If you fertilize during the winter months you can push your fertilizing session out every 6 or so weeks. I’m sometimes forgetful. I’m not the best at fertilizing in the winter months.
My second method for fertilizing my plant is adding worm castings to my plants soil. I have been adding worm castings to all my plants for about 3 years now and they love it! I add the worm castings once a year. Worm castings are a great way to add organic matter back into the soil. It’s a great way to care for the sansevieria or any plant!
Don’ts of How to Care for the Sansevieria
- Do not overwater. – Super prone to root rot!
- Yep, thats pretty much it.
How to Care for the Sansevieria Highlights
- Can tolerate little water
- Tolerate low light
- Air purifying
- Multiple varieties