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Plant Profile - Sansevieria

Plant Profile - Sansevieria

Sansevieria is an easy to care for plant with thick leaves that sometimes have sharp edges giving it it’s common name Mother- in-Law’s tongue. These plants are usually grown as houseplants or in patio containers, but can also grow in the ground. Most people adore these plants because of their striking aesthetic combined with being seriously low-maintenance.




Sansevieria thrives in USDA zones 9-11. In these areas they can grow outdoors year round. In zones outside this range they make wonderful houseplants.


Outdoors they do best if they are protected from the harshest afternoon sun. They can get sunscald if not protected. They tolerate low light conditions quite well but thrive in a sunny window.


Like most succulents, these plants need well-drained soil. If planting in a garden, make sure the soil drains well. If container planting, add in some compost and gravel to speed up draining. They don't like clay or soggy soil, so make sure to avoid these!


It's hard to underwater a Sansevieria, but it's very easy to overwater one. See or feel moisture in the soil? Don't water yet! When soil does dry, give it a good watering and allow another dry down cycle. It is common to go several weeks, even months without watering depending on your local temperature.


If planting in a container, look for a cactus or succulent media that will drain quickly. As sansevieria actually like for their roots to be a bit crowded, try to avoid overly large pots. If you want to eventually get it into a large container it is best to step up container sizes slowly.


They honestly don’t need it. A little top dressing of compost once a year is the best. If compost is unavailable a very small amount of houseplant, slow-release fertilizer is works too. Too much nitrogen will kill this plant, so don’t overdo it.

That's really it as far as care goes! They are seriously low maintenance. They don’t need pruning, they aren’t particularly susceptible to pests or diseases (except root rot if you over water it). As an added bonus NASA reports them as one of the best plants for indoor air purification. Not a bad trade for all that loving neglect.