Snake Plant, Sansevieria zeylanica

(127 customer reviews)

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Ships August 26th - September 2nd.
$ 20.00
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Natural Root Stimulant

Natural probiotics, organics, and moisture control gel boost root growth. Invigorates existing plants, reduces transplant shock and accelerates establishment of new plants. This all natural product will not burn roots.

When Transplanting: Apply between new soil and plant so stimulant touches root ball.

For Existing Plants: Apply stimulant 2-3 inches below top of soil.

Use the proper amount for each pot size:
6″ Pot: ½ Pack
8-10″ Pot: 1 Pack
12-14″ pot: 2 Packs

Organic Indoor Soil Mix

Watch your indoor plants flourish with PlantVine’s Organic Indoor Soil. This is our best all-purpose mix for the demanding requirements of indoor potted plants. The perfect combination of quality ingredients provides the ideal amount of water retention, drainage and aeration for a wide variety of interior plants. This is an all natural product containing no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

Repotting:
6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Soluble Fertilizer

Great for indoor and outdoor potted plants, this fertilizer quickly dissolves in water, making fertilizing as quick and simple as possible. Just mix 1 teaspoon (scoop included) with 1 gallon of water, and water as normal. Makes 48 gallons.

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Description

Sansevieria Zeylanica

General Information and History

The Sansevieria Zeylanica, often called bowstring hemp, is an evergreen perennial plant. It is native to Southeast Asia and can also be found in tropical West Africa. It is particularly common in India and Sri Lanka and is often found growing in rocky areas.

A unique characteristic about it is that it is a flowering plant that does not bloom more often than not. It is a hardy, almost indestructible plant with silver and green stripes and pointed tips. It can grow up to 3 feet tall on average.

Other popular Sansevieria varieties include the Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ and the Sansevieria Whitney.

Caring for your Sansevieria Zeylanica Snake Plant

This plant fares well both indoors and outdoors, with a few minor variations.

Lighting

Inside, a nice sunny area is the best option, but indirect light will suffice as well. Lower light exposure typically results in darker colors of the plant. On the other hand, outdoors, the plant can and will tolerate direct sunlight. However, you should note that intense or scorching sun can cause the leaves to yellow at the edges. In general, those grown outdoors tend to be a lighter green.

Watering

While the bowstring hemp can be drought-tolerant, it is important to water adequately during the peak growing months of summer and spring. Additionally, half-strength fertilizer is recommended every three weeks during summer.

Soil

Because they can be prone to rot, choosing well-draining soil is essential for the longevity of your plant. While your plant should be able to adapt to a wide variety of potting soils, so long as they’re well-draining, a well-draining sandy loam is typically best for this plant.

Pests, Diseases, and Common Issues

The bowstring hemp is susceptible to mealybugs and spider mites. These pests drink the juices found within the plant’s leaves, negatively affecting the plant’s appearance. You can treat both of these pests with a bit of insecticidal soap and neem oil. For small mealybug infestations, an alcohol-dipped cotton swab will suffice.

Bowstring hemps are sensitive to overwatering. An overwatered bowstring hemp can develop root rot. Root rot is easily preventable with the right amount of watering and proper drainage.

The plant can, at times, have too many leaves falling over. This is usually caused by too much fertilizer. The bowstring hemp is typically a slow to moderate grower, but too much fertilizer can accelerate growth, leaving the plant unable to support the leaves’ weight.

Pruning your Zeylanica Snake Plant

Bowstring hemps do not require much pruning. Damaged or dead leaves are rare with this plant, but they can be pruned away should it occur. If only the tip is damaged, you can easily salvage the rest of the leaf.

If the damage has spread the entirety of the leaf, remove it at the soil level. Occasionally, a leaf or two may fall over in a crowded plant. These leaves can be cut with pruning shears and propagated as cuttings.

Propagation

Bowstring hemp plants grow best from propagation, and leaf-cutting is the common method of

propagation for these plants. You should cut 2 to 3 inch long sections from healthy leaves to get started. The cuttings will need to dry for a few hours before planting in a damp potting mix.

Potting and Repotting

Bowstring hemp plants should be repotted when the plant is crowded in its current pot. This could range from 2 to 5 years. This may also be a time to consider dividing the plant. Repotting is best from late winter to early spring.

Is the Sansevieria Zeylanica Snake Plant Pet Friendly?

This plant is toxic to pets. Keep out of reach of pets that like to much on your plants.

Additional information

Zone

10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 9a, 9b

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

Mature Height

6 in – 42 in

Spacing

9 in – 12 in

127 reviews for Snake Plant, Sansevieria zeylanica

  1. Amy K. (verified owner)

    Beautiful snake plant. Birthday present for my sister.

  2. Matthew Lau (verified owner)

    Exactly what I wanted and what they showed me.

  3. Nicole V. (verified owner)

  4. Carrie S. (verified owner)

    Plants were packaged well, healthy and even had off-shoot growth!

  5. Christine Stanley (verified owner)

    Arrived today and it’s absolutely gorgeous!!! I’m so impressed on how my plants (I purchased 3) arrived; all together, perfectly wrapped and no damage.

  6. Windy L. (verified owner)

    All of my plants arrived in amazing condition!! This one is a great size and looks great

  7. Dianne (verified owner)

    My zeylanica, (snake plant) is fabulous..it came packed well and in good condition..

  8. William Sorensen (verified owner)

  9. Terry D. (verified owner)

    I love ❤️ a beautiful 😍 snake plant it’s full and healthy

  10. Riley (verified owner)

  11. Destani M. (verified owner)

  12. connie

    hi there, what size pot is the medium size?

  13. Jessica B. (verified owner)

    Absolutely perfect. The shades of green… impeccable.

  14. Sonia Quiroz (verified owner)

  15. Tochi A. (verified owner)

    beautiful!

  16. Patrick (verified owner)

    Packed with care and arrived in great shape!

  17. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Plant arrived in beautiful condition but was a little smaller than I expected. I know that size varies between orders, so no biggie for me!

  18. Hailey (verified owner)

    Beautiful healthy plant

  19. Sharon S. (verified owner)

    This plant has darker leaves with interesting patterns. All three arrived in good condition. I wanted some carefree green around the house. NASA says Sansevieria are good for the indoor air!

  20. Elizabeth (verified owner)

  21. Chris Rice (verified owner)

    It took a while to get here due to the cold weather in our area, but now that it’s here I couldn’t be happier!

  22. Anthony DeLisi (verified owner)

  23. Jay (verified owner)

    Perfect packaging. Arrived safely

  24. Antoinette raua (verified owner)

    this one is doing well

  25. Anonymous (verified owner)

    It was damaged .. still waiting for help with replacement.

  26. Nicole H. (verified owner)

    I can’t say enough about my new plant! Gorgeous ! Shipped perfectly.

  27. Jonathan Rivas (verified owner)

    Pot was a little crushed

  28. Joanne M. (verified owner)

    Absolutely love my new baby. Packed with such care and a healthy beautiful plant.

  29. Lyn (verified owner)

    Our new Sansevieria zeylanica just arrived, safe and sound, and it is HUGE. We are delighted to welcome this stunning new family member. How old would you say the extra large size plants are?

  30. Cristina (verified owner)

    Ok

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Why others chose the Snake Plant, Sansevieria zeylanica

I have this plant already and just wanted to add mor to my collection

I was ready to grow into (pun intended) a different plant from my pothos but wanted something sturdy that isn’t easy to kill.

I've always wanted a plant like this!

Beautiful plants and hoping for low maintenance.

Low light, low maintenance plant

This was a gift. It is very easy to take care of and doesn't need much light.

Better air quality inside

Low maintenance!

I need a tall-ish plant to go on the shelf by the TV in a low light area.

I like the cut of their jib

My favorite

Easiest plant to care for & known as one of the best air-purifying plants.

Easy care and elegance!

Easy care and elegance!

Beautiful and easy to care for

Easiest plant to maintain

Low light in apartment

I need something to fill a 10” planter I already have that can withstand a shadier area in my home.

It's a gorgeous hardy plant ! Also purifies the air...it's a win-win!

To spruce up my bedroom despite the fact they say plants aren’t good in bedroom I’ve heard this one is!

Very easy to grow and beautiful!

Replacing an old one

Reminds me of my childhood. My grandmother always had these round the house.

Love the fine leaves very contemporary look

Diversifying collection

Gift

Wanted to collect different varieties of the snake plant

Good value.

Beautiful

Reminds me 9f Jamaica where I'm from

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