Sansevierias are valued for their interesting appearance and durability. Although the most common species are known as Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law's Tongue for its long pointed leaves that stand straight up in the pot, other species grow from compact rosettes and reach mature heights of only 4 inches (10 cm). Because Sansevierias thrive with minimal care and live for many years, they seem nearly indestructible. They are suitable for planting outdoors in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10b through 11b.
Place Sansevierias in moderately bright or filtered light. Good locations include a spot in front of a bright, sunny window covered by a sheer curtain. Although the plant tolerates low light, bright light brings out the colors in the leaves. However, intense light may cause the edges of the leaves to turn yellow.
Allow the soil to dry completely before watering, and then water deeply until water drips through the drainage hole. Allow the pot to drain, and then discard the water that remains in the saucer. Never let the soil become soggy, and never let the pot stand in water. Water sparingly throughout the winter. Like most succulent plants storing water in their leaves, Sansevieria rots quickly in excessively wet soil.
Place Sansevieria at average room temperature. Protect the plant from drafts and cold temperatures as it is damaged below 50 °F (10 °C).
Feed the plant once every three weeks throughout the summer. Use a general-purpose fertilizer for houseplants diluted to half the strength suggested on the container. Sansevierias are light feeders, and too much fertilizer makes the leaves fall over.
Repot the plant into a larger container when the roots outgrow the pot. Sansevierias thrive and may produce blooms when their roots are crowded. Fill the container with lightweight commercial potting soil.
Remove dust by wiping the leaves with a soft, damp cloth. Avoid commercial leaf-shine products, which may damage the leaves or cause them to take on a rusty appearance. If any leaves are damaged or blemished, cut them off, even with the soil.
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