Last updated on August 25th, 2023 at 12:34 pm
Sansevieria laurentii, also known as Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, is widely considered the best houseplant for beginners. Although it can be difficult to propagate, this is actually one of the easiest plants to take care of in general.
They are one of the most commonly used houseplants that you’ll find in any home around the world. Not only does it look great as an accent piece in any room, but it’s also low maintenance and easy to propagate, which makes it a great starter plant for anyone looking to dip their toes into the plant-watering world.
The Sansevieria laurentii (synonym Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’) comes from the family of Asparagaceae, and it is native to South Africa. It can reach 1 meter tall and its leaves can measure up to 40cm long!
Follow these sansevieria laurentii care and propagation tips to make sure you get the most out of your Snake Plant!
Origin and distribution
Sansevieria laurentii is native to tropical regions of Africa, Madagascar, and Southern Asia. Sansevieria can be propagated by division or cutting. It’s hardy in a wide range of soils and enjoys abundant light. The plant will grow outdoors year-round in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 through 12; it should be brought indoors during winter months if temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius).
In cooler climates, Sansevieria laurentii may be grown as an annual. However, it can tolerate mild winters outside when protected from frost. When planted outdoors, choose a location with bright but indirect sunlight. Temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 27 degrees Celsius) are ideal for sansevieria propagation.
If you live in USDA zones 8 or 9, bring your plants inside for winter before nighttime temperatures dip below 60 degrees F (16 degrees C). Maintain soil moisture but avoid overwatering; check soil moisture with your finger every week or so during the summer months.
Sansevieria laurentii propagation
Sansevieria are slow-growing and do not typically need repotting. In fact, they’re so difficult to kill that they have become known as mother-in-law’s tongue and miracle grass. They can live for many years in a wide variety of conditions.
Because sansevierias laurentii grows slowly, propagation is not necessary unless you want to create more plants or need to replace old ones for any reason. The most common way to propagate your plant is by division. The division will give you multiple plants from one mother plant.
The best time to divide your plant is when it has stopped growing for several months (i.e., in winter). This ensures that your new divisions won’t suffer from transplant shock during their first year of growth. To divide your plant, remove some of its leaves with a sharp knife.
Make sure to leave at least two leaves on each stem. Remove all but one of these stems from your pot and place them into fresh soil in separate pots. If you don’t have enough room for all these new plants, cut off some of the leaves on each stem before removing them from their original pot.
Sansevieria laurentii care information
Sansevieria laurentii is a very care-free houseplant. When first brought home, Sansevierias should be placed in bright light until they adjust to their new environment. Some plants will even retain their green color for months without sunlight.
The Sansevieria laurentii, also known as Mother-in-law’s tongue or snake plant, is a very popular houseplant. The leaves of these plants are usually dark green and they stand out in any room because of their interesting shape. Unlike many other types of houseplants that often require more attention and care, they only need some basic tips to grow well.
Sansevieria laurentii doesn’t need direct sunlight in order to grow, but it does like bright light. This makes them ideal for rooms with a window that receives sun for at least part of each day. The indirect sunlight will give your plant enough light to flourish, although it won’t burn its leaves. If you aren’t sure if your plant will get enough light, wait until you can see new growth before moving it into a brighter location.
Good drainage is key, so plant your Sansevieria in a good-quality potting mix with excellent drainage. One option is to use a commercial cactus mix or combine equal parts of sand and potting soil.
Over-watering can kill your Sanse, so test to make sure it’s just moist and not soaking wet before you leave it alone for a few days or even weeks at a time. If you notice your Sansevieria dropping leaves, it could be due to overwatering; give it some time without watering and see if new growth emerges. If not, try repotting in fresh soil that drains well.
To keep your Sansevieria laurentii healthy, it’s important to give it an ample amount of water. To determine how much you should water your plant, stick your finger about an inch and a half into the soil. If it feels dry, then you need to add more water. The soil should always feel damp at all times, but not sopping wet where puddles form around your plant. Never leave your pot on a heating device, like a radiator or space heater.
The Sansevieria laurentii is actually a relatively easy plant to take care of. It does best when fertilized once or twice a month in summer and about once every two months in winter. It will thrive on Miracle Grow or any other generic 10-10-10 fertilizer, but it also does fine without anything at all except rainwater and good sunlight.
Sansevierias are one of few plants that can withstand a wide range of temperatures. they thrive at room temperature, but they also do well in temperatures above or below room temperature. Since your home is likely to be cooler than most other environments, try these plants out and see if they don’t thrive in your environment! You may find that you have a new favorite plant.
Sansevieria laurentii is a very hardy plant. It can thrive in temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure that you know your desired growing temperature before adding Sansevieria laurentii to your home, especially if you have a black thumb. The ideal growing temperature for Sansevieria laurentii is between 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit during day time and 60-70 degrees at night. Remember to keep the room humid.
A good rule of thumb is to try to maintain relative humidity between 40 and 60 percent. This is easily accomplished by using a humidifier. If you are unable to do so, opt for a terrarium with a screen top that allows airflow but prevents excess moisture from escaping.
When your Sansevieria is young, it’s important to remove any leaves that grow directly in line with neighboring leaves. Pruning the leaves allows more light and space for growth, which helps your plant grow more quickly and become more full.
New leaves will sprout from between other existing leaves, so there’s no need to worry about making a mistake when pruning! If you notice yellowing or browning leaves, you can help revive them by cutting them off at their base—just be sure not to cut too close to where new growth emerges.
Your Sansevieria will tell you what it needs: if new shoots emerge from where you removed old leaves, then that was just what it needed; if nothing grows back after several weeks or months, then you might have accidentally cut into an underground stem and killed your plant.
When to repot
You’ll know it’s time to repot when you see roots coming out of drainage holes. Be sure to keep at least one inch of space between your pot and soil surface; overwatering can lead to root rot and kill your plant. Also, be sure not to overwater; too much water can drown roots and cause them to rot away quickly.
Plants grown indoors need a resting period. Sansevieria Laurentii plants are no exception, with dormancy periods lasting from 6 to 8 weeks in winter, and longer if conditions allow.
Ensure that your plant is well ventilated, and do not provide additional water or light during dormancy. Sansevieria should be left undisturbed for 4–6 weeks once new growth has stopped completely, at which point, you can resume normal care.
If kept outside, most plants will go dormant naturally as temperatures drop below 50°F (10°C). Indoor plants may benefit from being placed outside in the summer months to avoid dormancy; however, ensure they have adequate protection against pests and excessive heat.
Sansevieria laurentii flower & fragrance
The Sansevieria laurentii flower is known as a white variegated blooming plant. Flowering stalks can be 6-8 feet tall, but when kept in containers, they usually top out around 3-4 feet tall. The flowers are fragrant and bloom during most of the year in warm weather. The plant generally produces one large flower per stalk with each flower being about 5 inches long and wide at its largest point. Flowers can remain on these plants for several months if left undisturbed.
Sansevieria laurentii grows very slowly, growing only 1/2 to 1 inch per year. A mature plant may grow as tall as 8 feet or more. You can multiply your sansevieria in various ways: (1) cuttings; (2) rhizome division; and (3) by layering a stem on soil and covering it with potting soil or other loose materials that will protect it from light but still allow it to continue drawing nutrients from the parent plant.
The snake plant belongs to an exclusive club of household plants that are 99% poisonous and people love them anyway. Despite its potential toxicity—the leaves contain toxic concentrations of calcium oxalate crystals—it remains a staple plant for interior design enthusiasts who appreciate its hardiness and aesthetic appeal.
USDA hardiness zones
Sansevieria laurentii thrives best in USDA hardiness zones 10 and 11. However, if you live in zone 9 or lower, you can still grow it as a houseplant. If you’re growing it indoors, provide bright light but no direct sunlight. You should also keep your plant away from air conditioners and heating vents to avoid temperature fluctuations that could cause leaf burn. If you’re growing it outdoors, choose a location with full sun exposure and well-drained soil.
Pests and diseases
There are few pest and disease problems that sansevierias have to worry about. They are, however, susceptible to spider mites, which can appear in dry or high-light conditions. This doesn’t mean you need to treat your plant right away (especially if it’s just a slight infestation), but you should always be on guard for these pests as they can quickly take over a plant and kill it in less than two weeks.
If you do notice signs of an infestation—such as webbing around leaves—you can use insecticidal soap to get rid of them. Make sure not to use any kind of soap that has oils in it, though; otherwise, your plants will absorb those oils and end up getting sicker.
Sansevieria laurentii is probably one of those succulents that most people have not heard about, or have seen once or twice in their life and walked away with a bad impression. I am here to tell you it’s okay if you’ve passed on it in your local garden store; it’s okay if you don’t know how to properly care for it.
There are many plants that can be grown successfully indoors, but few are more popular or versatile than Sansevieria laurentii.
Whether you’re looking to bring some greenery into your home, or want to add something beautiful and unique to your collection of houseplants, Sansevieria laurentii is an excellent choice! Growing them is easy, and propagating new plants only requires a small bit of effort on your part. We hope you enjoyed learning more about growing and caring for these gorgeous plants.