Sansevieria Whitney: General Information and History
The Sansevieria Trifasciata Whitney, a succulent native to Africa and Madagascar, is actually an ideal houseplant for colder climates. It is a great plant for beginners and travelers because they are low maintenance, can stand low light, and are tolerant of drought. Colloquially, it is commonly known as the Snake Plant or Snake Plant Whitney.
This plant is good for the home, particularly bedrooms and other main living areas, as it acts as an air purifier. In fact, the plant was part of a clean air plant study that NASA led. The Snake Plant Whitney removes potential air toxins, like formaldehyde, which provides fresher air in the home.
The Snake Plant Whitney is rather small with about 4 to 6 rosettes. It grows to be small to medium in height and grows to about 6 to 8 inches in width. The leaves are thick and stiff with white spotted borders. Due to its smaller size, it is a great choice for your place when space is limited.
Other popular Sansevierias include the Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ and the Sansevieria Zeylanica.
As a low-light drought-tolerant succulent, caring for your sansevieria whitney is easier than most common houseplants.
Sansevieria whitney can easily tolerate low light, although it can also thrive with sunlight exposure. Indirect sunlight is best, but it can also tolerate direct sunlight for brief periods.
Be careful to not overwater this plant as it may lead to root rot. During the warmer months, be sure to water the soil every 7 to 10 days. In colder months, watering every 15 to 20 days should be enough.
This versatile plant can be grown in both pots and containers, both indoors or outdoors. While it doesn’t require a specific type of soil to thrive, ensure the mix you choose is well-draining. Overwatering with poor drainage can ultimately result in root rot.
As stated above, the snake plant whitney does not require much watering. In fact, they are sensitive to overwatering. Overwatering can cause fungus and root rot. It is best not to water until the soil is dried out.
It is also important to water the correct area. Never water the leaves. The leaves will remain wet for too long and invite pests, fungus, and rotting.
Over-fertilization is another issue with the plant, as it can kill the plant. If you decide to use fertilizer, always use a mild concentration.
Pruning your Sansevieria Whitney
The Snake Plant Whitney rarely needs pruning in general. However, if any leaves become damaged, you can easily prune them. Doing so will help keep your sansevieria whitney in optimal health.
Propagation of the Whitney from the mother plant by cutting is a few simple steps. First, carefully cut a leaf from the mother plant; be sure to use a clean tool to cut. The leaf should be at least 10 inches long. Instead of replanting immediately, wait a few days. Ideally, the plant should be callous before replanting. It may take 4 to 6 weeks for the cuttings to take root.
Propagation of the Whitney from offsets is a similar process. Preferably, wait several years before attempting to propagate from the main plant. Be careful to avoid damaging the roots when removing them from the pot. Regardless of the method of propagation, it is ideal to propagate during the spring and summer.
Terracotta pots are preferable to plastic as the terracotta can absorb humidity and provides good drainage. The Snake Plant Whitney doesn’t require fertilization but easily can tolerate fertilization twice throughout the summer. After potting, it will only take a few weeks and some mild watering for a plantlet to begin growing.
Is the Sansevieria Whitney Snake Plant Pet Friendly?
This plant is toxic to pets. Keep out of reach of pets that like to much on plants.
Donna P. (verified owner) –
Delivery was delayed, possibly due to Hurricane Ian, but I knew it would be in good shape if packaged correctly. And it was very well packaged. I could tell the box had bounced around a bit, but the plant itself arrived in impeccable shape. And the plant—perfection. I have many plants—and many Sansevieria. But this plant had no blemishes, was perfectly shaped, and exactly as described by PlantVine. Impressive!
Jeffrey C. (verified owner) –
Great plant, arrived in great shape, a healthy, well rooted plant, very happy with all my PlantVine orders so far.
Anonymous (verified owner) –
Constanze (verified owner) –
Just Beautiful!!! love the plants you guys sell. They are always so carefully packed for shipping and always arrive safe, healthy and happy. I also appreciate the weather warning emails you send to notify when there is a shipping delay because of the temp. is either to cold or to hot to ship. Thank you for all the wonderful plants you sell. You guys are just plan outstanding. :O)
Ruth j. (verified owner) –
Beautiful, healthy plant.
Patrick A. (verified owner) –
Fast secure shipping…happy healthy plant as expected! 😊 Thanks! Will be ordering from you again for sure!!
Simone Wilson-Brito (verified owner) –
Very good condition and it had pups.
Dawn C. (verified owner) –
So pleased with the way my plant was packaged..will definitely be ordering again!! Thank you!
Heather S. (verified owner) –
Packed so carefully. Arrived in great shape. 100% would recommend!
Jeri (verified owner) –
WHITNEY looks great!! Good service
Sharon (verified owner) –
Beautiful and healthy.
Bridget (verified owner) –
Plant was nice size and was big enough to split into two plants it was a gift for my daughter and her name is Whitney
Abby Black (verified owner) –
The plant was beautiful, large and healthy. My plant arrived securely packaged and with no damage. I will be ordering here again. The plants for the price, quick shipping and excellent customer support will be making me a repeat customer.
Richard (verified owner) –
A nice looking plant. I would suggest that the packaging be tighter to avoid the plants rolling around as much as they are able to do, thus preventing unnecessary damage to some of the leaves in transit. Overall a nice plant.
Davin (verified owner) –
The whitney snake plant came in as described. It is wrapped in plastic and paper bag. It looked great.
Rose Whitfield (verified owner) –
Christina R. (verified owner) –
My Whitney arrived in great condition. Plantvine took great care with my plant, making sure that the temperature would be appropriate for shipment. I didn’t mind the wait if it meant I was going to get a happy and healthy plant. That is exactly what I received. Thank you Plantvine!
Michael (verified owner) –
I know nothing about plants yet, but this Whitney Snake plant got here mighty fast and is mighty good looking and I’m mighty happy about it.
Sharon S. (verified owner) –
This is my favorite with broad, beautiful leaves with lovely coloring and patterns along the edges. Thank you for offering a good Sansevieria selection!
Drucilla Ramos (verified owner) –
Plant arrived well packaged and healthy I always wanted one but never found a seller I am so happy with my purchase
Deon (verified owner) –
My plant is beautiful!…I just purchased another one!…The only reason I gave a 4 is because there was a delay in receiving it.
curtis lindsay (verified owner) –
Plant was in good shape. Would have been in excellent shape if it hadn’t set in Fort Dodge all weekend but that’s not PlantVine’s fault.
Anonymous (verified owner) –
Lauren (verified owner) –
Plant was in great condition.
Ann (verified owner) –
Plants are beautiful and arrived in great condition!
Joyce S. (verified owner) –
Plants looked good , I was pleased. Very well packed.
Wanda S. (verified owner) –
This is a beautiful plant. Healthy, well packed and the price was great.
Jon (verified owner) –
Beautiful plant! I love that you sent me a picture of the exact plant before you shipped. So happy! Thank you!
Hemanth (verified owner) –
Great care to the plants.
Frank Patranella (verified owner) –
Looks so healthy and beautiful.