Cylindrical Snake Plants have thick, fleshy spear-shaped leaves. The leaves narrow to a point and make quite an architectural statement in any room. As with other snake plants, these succulents are extremely easy to look after, are experts at purifying the air, and can also tolerate low light conditions. Making them one of the best plants for beginners or stress-free plant parenting.
Height is measured from the bottom of the plastic nursery pot (please allow a +/-10% variance). Diameter is the nursery pot diameter, so to get a pot that fits, the pot diameter should be bigger.
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Put me in a position with bright indirect light, water me thoroughly when my soil has fully dried out and give my leaves a clean every month or so.
When my soil has fully dried out, water me thoroughly until water comes out of the drainage holes in my pot.
I tolerate low light but will thrive in a spot with indirect light.
Give me liquid fertiliser once a month during the growing season.
Snake plants are native to arid and desert regions across Africa and South Asia. The botanist Carl Thunberg, a pupil of Linnaeus, first took a specimen back to Europe in 1794. It gets its Latin name "Sansevieria" after the nobleman Raimondo di Sangro, who was from Sansevero in Italy. Since the mid-2000s, the snake plant has shot to fame due to its popularity as a houseplant and on NASA spaceships.
Snake plants are famed for their ability to tolerate neglect and a wide range of growing conditions, making them very popular houseplants. Their slow-growing habit has meant that only a limited number of species has made it to commercial cultivation. In their native arid habitats, they often grow together in clumps and look similar to agave other desert plants. Another characteristic Snake plants share is their ability to produce oxygen overnight, through a photosynthesis process called crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM).
Snake plants are generally regarded as one of the easiest plants to look after. They can adapt to a range of light conditions from light shade to full sun but will do best in bright indirect light. As succulents plants, they store water in their leaves so they have a high drought tolerance. That is why it is best to wait until the soil has fully dried out before watering. Make sure your Snake plant is planted in well-draining soil, and always err on the side of caution when watering, as the one thing they really do not like is being overwatered.
Until 2017 all snake plants were in the Sansevieria family, but were then recategorised into the Dracaena family.
If ingested this plant can be toxic or poisonous so keep away from dogs, cats or other pets and small children.
African Spear; Saint George's Sword; Mother-in-law's Tongue; Viper's Bowstring Hemp; Dracaena trifasciata
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