How to Care for Sansevieria
You’ll be seeing a new addition to the Signature Collection any day now: the Sansevieria laurentii! The Sansevieria genus contains roughly 70 different species of Snake Plant, and our collection has several varieties, including rotating varieties like Sansevieria hahnii (Bird’s Nest Snake Plant) and Sansevieria fernwood, but now we have reserved a spot in the Signature Collection for the Laurentii.
About Sansevieria Laurentii
Snake Plants are fairly common, so why did we add it to the Signature Collection? The Laurentii is a more striking variety of Snake Plant and we grow it to a taller, more grown-out height so it can be used as a statement piece in your indoor jungle. It’s a slow grower, but has extremely easy care needs, so anyone can make a Signature statement in their home!
Generally, the Laurentii has thinner leaves and is lighter in color than our other varieties of Sansevieria, so it stands out in a crowd!
How much light does a Snake Plant need?
Snake plants can thrive in low light, which makes them great for dorm rooms, apartments, and rooms of the house that don’t get a lot of sun. They will be happiest with some bright, indirect light, but can survive without it and still show good growth.
How much water does a Snake Plant need?
Not much at all! Water Sansevieria very sparingly, similar to a succulent. Water lightly about once every 3 weeks or so when the soil is completely dry.
Does a Snake Plant need fertilizer?
You don’t really need to fertilize a Snake Plant since they are prolific growers, but if you want to help encourage new growth you can fertilize once or twice in spring and/or summer with a basic houseplant fertilizer.
What is the best temperature for a Snake Plant?
Keep Snake Plants at room temperature, between about 60 and 80 degrees fahrenheit.
Common Snake Plant problems
Root Rot and Overwatering
Snake Plant is known as a super easy houseplant that thrives on neglect. So it stands to reason that the number one way to hurt it is by overwatering. Keep an eye out for soft spots on your leaves or wilting, and check your roots. If the roots are sitting in water, they are prone to root rot, which needs to be caught early to make a recovery! Trim back any rotted roots and repot in well draining soil such as a cactus/succulent mix with good drainage.
Drafts and Cold
Temps below 55 can cause cold damage to your Sansevieria. This plant likes to be kept warm at room temperature, so if you take it outside for extra sunshine in the spring and summer be sure to bring it back inside if the nighttime temperatures will dip below 55. Keep away from heating and air conditioning vents too.
Keep an eye out for common pests like mealybugs and spider mites. Spider mites may also produce a web-like coating on affected leaves. Small infestations can be cleaned with rubbing alcohol or mild dish soap, while large infestations may be too far established for a recovery.
Email us or find us on Instagram @wild_interiors to ask any of your Snake Plant questions!