Sansevieria is a tropical perennial plant with special decorative value and use. It is a succulent plant that is planted as an indoor plant. It is a very common choice by both agronomists and decorators, indoors as well as on terraces or protected areas in the garden. It is a plant that filters the air of the room that is placed and has positive results (aesthetically and psychologically) when selected for a private or professional interior.
What is the proper location for Sansevieria?
It is very durable both on terraces and indoor. It can also grow very well in protected areas in the garden, especially in the southern regions of Greece with mild winters. The height of the plant usually ranges from 30-40cm can reach up to 60-70 cm and the diameter of the plant from 15-20 cm up to 30 cm.
What soil does Sansevieria need to thrive?
Sansevieria is succulent so you will prefer soil suitable for cacti and succulents, soil more sandy and in such arrangement that does not retain much moisture.
Adding organic matter is not recommended as it may increase the moisture content of the soil mixture. Besides, it receives the nutrients from the fertilizer that we add to the pot.
What watering and fertilizing needs does Sansevieria have?
The amount of water that the sansevieria needs should be at normal levels. Avoid excessive watering because it will cause the growth of fungi that will cause rot (root rot). Usually at an average room temperature of about 25οC and average humidity of 40-45% watering should be repeated every 15-20 days (every two weeks), depending of course on the pot we have chosen for the sansevieria.
We choose fertilizer for green plants. Liquid fertilizer for green plants is easier to manage as we can add the amount indicated on the package usually once a month and have immediate results as the liquid fertilizer is more quickly assimilated by the roots of sansevieria.
A Sansevieria care tip
It is most often affected by pseudococci that cause cotton on the leaves and blackleg. They are treated with frequent cleaning of the leaves. Dried edges of the leaves may indicate that the plant needs transplanting into a new larger pot. Rot at the base of the leaves indicates excessive moisture in the soil. It needs immediate treatment by reducing watering and placing the sansevieria in a brighter place. Chlorinated or faded leaves indicate a lack of sufficient light, thus reducing the photosynthetic capacity of the plant. It is necessary to place the plant in bright places, even outside indoors if the weather allows it.