Sansevieria Futura Superba, Variegated Snake Plant
Grown on site at Faith Greenhouses
Plant Care & Growth*:
You will need to give your plant a steady stream of bright but indirect sunlight for it to stay healthy and thrive. If you are going to grow this plant outside, make sure that you keep it in a semi-shady spot. Too much direct sunlight can do a lot of harm to the leaves of this plant. These plants can even do pretty well when they are kept in full shade.
You should allow the soil your plant is in to become at least somewhat dry before watering it. You’ll only need to water it about once each month during the winter months. Overwatering is a common cause of death among these plants, as it causes root rot to set in quickly.
These plants prefer tropical climates, as they are native to West Africa. Blazing warm sun and high humidity are perfect conditions for this plant to thrive.
Make sure that you keep this plant in the well-drained potting mix so that it remains as healthy as possible. You can use sandy soil as well, so that is something to consider. An all-purpose cactus potting soil is yet another option that will work very well.
Snake plants tend to do best when they are kept within a temperature range of 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 55 to 70 degrees at night. These plants don’t tolerate very cold temperatures well, as they originate from a tropical region of the planet.
When you are going about repotting your snake plant, make sure that you pick a container that is made of very durable material. The roots of this plant have been known to crack flimsier containers. While these plants do not require repotting very often, it might be needed if yours is outgrowing its pot. You will want to do this in spring with a container that is one size up. Remember to put in the fresh potting mix as well.
Speed of Growth
You can grow a snake plant pretty quickly when you give it bright sunlight for six hours each day. When these plants are put out in full sunlight, they tend to grow the fastest.
Height and Spread
The average snake plant grows 1 to 3 feet tall, though it can get as big as 8 feet tall. These plants have a spread of anywhere from six inches to three feet.
While snake plants do not bloom very often, it is possible for them to produce flowers. Sometimes buds will form on the flower stalk of these plants. The green and white flowers are actually pretty unique looking and beautiful overall.
If you ever see any dying leaves on your snake plant, you’ll want to cut them off with a thin knife right away. You need to be very cautious when doing this, so you don’t accidentally harm nearby healthy leaves. You can use the leaves that you trim from this plant to grow new ones. In addition to diseased leaves, you’ll also want to cut off ones that are too long. This will help with maintaining the best possible aesthetic for your snake plant.
Keep in mind that snake plants are in fact poisonous. While adults need to consume a lot of this plant for it to be life-threatening, children and pets don’t have to eat as much. You should, therefore, be very careful about keeping it in or around your home if you have cats, dogs, or small children. Some of the signs of a toxic reaction include nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, and swollen tongue and/or throat.