Snake Plant (Sansevieria) - Varieties & Care

A complete care information including varieties, their water, light and soil requirements about Snake Plant (Sansevieria) which is also called Mother in Law Tongue plant.

Sansevieria is a popular plant that can be grown in almost any condition. It is a hard to kill plant which can grown almost everywhere. Another name for this plant is “mother-in-law’s tongue”. If you have long dreamed of having this air purifying plant, it will be interesting to know about the care, types and propagation of sansevieria.

Snake Plant Varieties

There are quite a lot of varieties today. Some form a small rounded funnel, others have long leaves that can reach a meter or more. The leaves are hard and dark green in colour, so they are often used to decorate living rooms and large halls. Below listed are different types of Snake Plants.

Sansevieria Trifasciata Snake Plant

Sansevieria Trifasciata

Sansevieria Patens Snake Plant

Sansevieria Patens

Sansevieria Canaliculate Snake Plant

Sansevieria Canaliculate

Sansevieria Trifasciata Laurentii

Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Laurentii’

Snake Plant Propagation

Transplantation is needed about once every 3 years for an adult plant. If you have a young seedling, then get ready to look for a new pot in about 1.5 years. The older the plant, the less it needs a transplant. Select a pot that is 2 – 3 inches larger than the old pot. For good drainage, don’t forget to put a good layer of ceramsite at the bottom of the pot.

Benefits of Snake Plant

Snake plant has lots of benefits that can’t be ignored. It looks great inside house as well as It is capable of removing toxins from inside the house.

Light Requirement for Sansevieria

Snake Plants can be grown outdoor in direct sun light, and in low light inside a house. With a sufficient level of light you can get strong and large leaves with intense green colour.

It is necessary to take into account that in the shade the color of the leaves becomes paler and stripes becomes less expressive. Also, you can not expose the plant from low light to bright sun. They should be exposed to light gradually. In summer, we advise you to take the plant to the balcony, protecting it from direct sunlight, draught and rain.

Water Requirement for Sansevieria

Plenty of watering for the “mother-in-law tongue’ plant is harmful. It very quickly leads to the rotting of the root system. In the summer heat, one abundant watering is enough once a week and in winter, once a month. Water should not accumulate in pot saucer. It is especially important to keep an eye on this in winter. Accumulated cool moisture will quickly lead to rotting leaves.

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