sansevieria raffillii – snake plant

this snake plant (sansevieria raffillii) has glaucous leaves with dark mottling. its native to kenya.

care

sansevieria raffillii does best on a sunny to bright location throughout the year. if placed outside in summer, make sure that water can flow out of the pot. bring back inside if the temperature is falling below 10 °c/50 °f constantly.

the snake plant needs a well drained soil, a regular cactus mix can be used. it need to be good watered, whats flowing out of the pot should be removed after a few minutes. wet legs can cause rotten roots. allow to dry before adding water next.

in spring/summer a half diluted cactus fertilizer can be given monthly. if placed at room temperature in fall/winter every six to eight weeks.

sansevieria raffillii likes can be cultivated at room temperature throughout the year with a winter minimum of 14 °c/57 °f. if wintering colder it needs less watering and no feeding.

sansevieria raffillii snake plant
sansevieria raffillii var. glauca

propagation

the snake plant can be propagated by leaf cuttings or division.

sansevieria concinna – snake plant

what differs sansevieria concinna from the other snake plants are its spoon shaped leaves. it’s available in different sizes and also as variegated cultivar (very hard to get).

care

sansevieria concinna does good on a bright to light shaded place with indirect sunlight. if protected from afternoon sun it can be placed outside during summer. but give it back inside if the temperature is falling under 15 °c (59 °f) constantly.

a good drained soil is welcome, you can use a standart cactus mix or a mix with some humus, sand and gritty.

it likes to be good watered and the soil should dry out before watering next. wet legs can cause root rot.

sansevieria concinna can be fed with a half concentrated cactus fertilizer. monthly during spring/summer and every six to eight weeks in fall/winter (if placed at room temperature).

it needs a winter minimum of 15 °c (59 °f). if placed at this temperature keep nearly dry and don’t feed.

pragation

sansevieria concinna can be propagated by division and with leaf cuttings.

sansevieria cylindrica – cylindrical snake plant

this plant became popular more and more over the past few years and now there are a lot of cultivars available. sansevieria cylincdrica is known as cylindrical snake plant, african spear or sometimes spear sansevieria.

care

sansevieria cylindrica grows best in full sunlight. a light shaded place will be tolerated. during the summer it can be placed in the garden, but make sure that rainwater can run out of the pot because sitting in water can cause root rot.

it needs a well drained soil, a regular cactus mix or a mix between humus, gritty and some sand can be used.

the cylindrical snake plant needs to be good watered, what runs out of the pot’s hole should be removed after a few minutes. let it dry out before watering next.

a half concentrated cactus fertilizer can be given monthly and if placed at room temperature during fall/winter every six to eight weeks.

sansevieria cylindrica can be cultivated at room temperature the whole year through with a winter minimum of +/-15 °C (59 °f). if placed colder during winter it needs less watering, a fertilizer must not be given.

propagation

the cylindrical snake plant can be propagated by division or leaf cuttings.

sansevieria trifasciata – snake plant, mother-in-law tongue

the snake plant (sansevieria trifasciata) is a houseplant classic that was forgotten for some years and is now becoming more popular with a lot of new cultivars available. it’s also known under the name mother-in-law tongue. this succulent is native to africa.

there are a lot of cultivars around with more yellowish or white striped leaves. very popular are the dwarf “hahnii” forms.

care

the snake plant does best on a bright and sunny place. especially the coloured cultivars need some more light for building up the variegation. a half shady place will be tolerated. during the summer they can be put in the garden or on the balcony.

sansevieria trifasciata needs a well drained soil. good works a mix between humus or garden soil, sand and crushed rocks. keep it moist bu not wet and allow to dry before the next watering. overwatering (especially on a colder place during winter) can cause root rot.

a water soluble or cacti fertilizer in half of by the manufacturer indicated concentration can be given monthly. if at room temperature at winter time every six to eight weeks.

the snake plant can be placed on +/- 15 °c (59 °f) during the winter. then it needs less watering and no fertilizing.

propagation

the mother-in-law tongue can be propagated by seeds, division or leaf cuttings.