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Indoor Plant of the Month – Sanseveria
This beautifully structural and easy to care for Houseplant can find a place in most homes where it will flourish and give many, many years of plant love to its’ owner.
Sansevieria originate from the warmer climes of Africa and South Asia, where in the wild they will flower, and are, interestingly, pollinated by moths.
In our homes they are very well suited to our hectic lives and will do best if neglected, but of course, still admired!
You may recognise this plant from its more common names –
- Mother-in-laws Tongue
- Snake Plant
- Good Luck Plant
- Devil’s Tongue
- African Spear
Sansevieria likes to be snug in its pot so will not require frequent re-potting. Only do this when the plant is pot bound and trying to burst out of its pot. When re-potting, use a well drained compost such as cactus and succulent compost and plant into a pot slightly larger than the root ball. Care should be taken that the leaf tips are not damaged, as this will stop the leaf growing.
Sansevieria trifasciata is the popular variety, also known commonly as Mother-in-laws Tongue, with leathery and wide, elongated leaves pointed at the tip. Other varieties have various shapes with attractive patterns and colour.
One of these beauties will suit your home if :-
- Positioned in bright light. It can take direct sunlight, but will also tolerate a shadier position – but will virtually stop growing if left in poor light for a length of time.
- Placed in a warm spot, ideally 15°C – 27°C, with a minimum of 10°C.
- You are busy! This plant thrives on neglect and will only require moderate watering in Spring and Summer, and sparingly through the Winter. Always allow the compost to dry out between watering intervals. Avoid water settling in the centre of the plant. A high potash feed, like Cactus & Succulent Feed or Tomato Feed is perfect in the growing months.
When placing Sansevieria in your home, consider the fact that this is an excellent plant for the bedroom! It will absorb CO2 during the night and release oxygen during the daytime making this one of the best plants for purifying the air in your home.
CAUTION: the leaves of Sansevieria are poisonous if ingested.
Photo credit: Javado