Sansevieria Laurentii Snake Plant Care

Sansevieria Laurentii, also known as a type of snake plant, is a popular houseplant because it is low-maintenance and easy to care for.

They can thrive in a wide range of conditions, including low-light and high-humidity environments. Snake plants are an excellent choice for novice gardeners or those with limited space.

Originating from hot and humid regions of India and Central Africa, this striped snake plant purifies the air and is widely used in Feng Shui.

Since they require minimal care, they make great office plants or in any indoor garden.

Whether you are a beginner gardener or have a green thumb, it’s tough to kill a kind of snake plant.

Furthermore, Sansevieria plants are known to purify the surrounding air.

This article will cover how to care for and grow this variegated snake plant in an indoor or outdoor garden.

As a side note, taxonomists gave names to plants based on their appearances.

However, with DNA sequencing, it has now been discovered that Sansevieria plants are part of the Dracaena plant family.

So, technically, this common house plant is called Dracaena Laurentii.

Sansevieria Laurentii Snake Plant Features

Sun exposureFull sun, Part-shade, Medium light
Moisture requirementsTwice a month when established- Drought resistant
TemperatureWarm 55-65 degrees Fahrenheit (12-27 degrees Celsius)
SoilWell draining soil mix
Soil pH level7.5 – 8.5
Life cycle5 -10 years
USDA Zones 9 – 12
Maximum height 3 – 4 feet tall
PropagationLeaf cuttings and stem cuttings

Flowers of a Sansevieria Laurentii

Snake-Plant-Sansevieria-Laurentii-Flowers

Sansevieria Laurentii houseplant does bloom flowers, but it is rare, so you’d be fortunate to see one.

If you do see a bloom, you will see tiny white flowers form during the Spring.

It tends to happen to plants that have been planted outdoors.

Ironically, snake plants only bloom when stressed.

Another rare sight is tiny orange berries that are produced on occasion.

Is Sansevieria Laurentii Toxic?

Sansevieria Laurentii plants are mildly toxic if ingested. However, they can be extremely poisonous if eaten in large quantities.

It is easy to tell if you are poisoned because symptoms include diarrhea and vomiting.

The snake plant’s juices are also toxic and may cause dermatitis and inflammation on contact.

Therefore, it is advisable to keep them out of the reach of pets and children.

Does Sansevieria Laurentii Purify Air?

a potted Sansevieria-Laurentii sitting on a table

Yes, all snake plants, including Sansevieria laurentii, are known to purify the air.

While they absorb carbon dioxide, snake plants are one of the few selected plants that also neutralize the toxins in the air.

Their leaves absorb numerous toxins, including formaldehyde and benzene.

As a variation of the Sansevieria trifasciata, these snake plants make ideal bedroom plants that work round the clock to make your surrounding air safer and healthier.

Sansevieria Laurentii Plant Care

The succulent plant Sansevieria Laurentii is native to Africa.

It’s simple to look after and can be kept both indoors and out.

These hardy plants can tolerate neglect and almost any harsh growing conditions.

Sansevieria Laurentii only requires a small amount of water and can thrive in low-light environments.

Read more to learn about basic care guidelines to help you grow Sansevieria Laurentii plants.

Light

Sansevieria Laurentii snake plants grow faster in bright, shielded sunlight, but they can tolerate low light too.

If kept indoors, try to place the plant near a sunny window. This will keep the tall leaves erect and their color brighter.

As long as these indoor plants receive steady, indirect bright light, they should remain healthy.

However, if you find the leaves are turning yellow, it may be time to dial down their sun exposure as this is an indication of sunburn.

Soil

Sansevieria Laurentii plants need coarse, loose, and well-draining soil. A succulent or cactus mix is a suitable type of growing medium to use.

A neutral pH level of soil helps the snake plants thrive. To test the pH level of your soil, you can use an at-home pH test kit.

You can make your own potting mix by combining general potting mix with pebbles and some coarse sand.

Always ensure the pot has a drainage hole at the bottom to make sure excess water drips out.

Repotting is required when you see that the plant is pot-bound.

Fertilizer

Fertilize Sansevieria Laurentii only in the growing season.

The growing season starts in early spring and lasts until late Summer.

Add fertilizer once at the beginning of spring and then once every three weeks in summer.

Avoid fertilizing in the fall and winter as the plant will be dormant during this time of year.

In general, do not add too much fertilizer to the plant. If a few leaves start turning yellow, this is a sign of overfertilization.

Depending on the fertilizer you use, you may have to dilute it for the best results.

The ideal fertilizer for your snake plants is the one that has an NPK ratio of 10-10-10.

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Water

Sansevieria Laurentii plants require watering every two to eight weeks. However, this will depend on the size of the planter, soil mix, and humidity level.

These versatile plants will tolerate a lot of neglect. However, overwatering is something that snake plants will not be able to handle.

Similar to succulents, snake plants store water in their leaves. So, when you overwater, the leaves may become soggy and start to rot.

One tip is not to soak the leaves directly and, more importantly, let the soil dry completely between waterings.

Whatever you do, don’t water so much that there is standing water.

One negative thing about overwatering is that it could lead to root rot. Root rot can be lethal to your plant.

If you suspect root rot, immediately change the soil and repot the plant into a new (or clean) pot.

Temperature

A Sansevieria Laurentii plant thrives in temperatures ranging from 55 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

They do, however, prefer temperatures that are on the warmer end of the temperature spectrum. You should keep your Sansevieria in a dry environment.

These snake plants do not grow in cold temperatures.

So if you live in an area where the temperature drops below 55 Fahrenheit, we advise you not to plant them outdoors.

Repotting

Sansevieria Laurentii plants need to be repotted into an appropriately sized container in order to avoid the plant becoming root-bound.

Spring and summer are the best times to perform this task because the plant is actively growing at these times.

First, remove the plant from the pot by loosening the soil around the root ball and gently removing it.

Remove any damaged or dead roots by inspecting them and cutting them away.

Once finished, use fresh soil and repot the plant into a pot that has a drainage hole.

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Propagating Sansevieria Laurentii Plants

Sansevieria Laurentii plants can be propagated by cuttings taken from the leaves or stems of the plant.

All methods of propagation start with adult or mature plants and then transplant them into their own pots.

The best time to propagate is during the growing season, from early spring to late summer.

Leaf Cuttings

First, take a healthy, mature leaf from the plant and cut it off at the base of the stem to form a new plant. Make sure there are at least one or two leaves remaining on the stem at all times. After that, place the leaf in a container filled with water until new roots begin to form. Once the leaf has developed roots, it should be transplanted into a container filled with soil.

Stem Cuttings

Propagating stem cuttings is a simple way to propagate a Sansevieria Laurentii snake plant.

The best time to take a cutting is when the plant is actively growing and you can identify new growth at the tip of the stem.

First, take a stem cutting from a healthy plant and strip the leaves from the lower half of the cutting.

Use a sharp knife or scissors to cut the stem just below a node, where there is evidence of new growth. If the cut is more than 4 inches long, you can cut it into several shorter pieces.

Dip the cutting in rooting hormones and then place it in a moist soil mix.

Place the cutting in a warm sunny location and water it regularly until you see roots forming.

Once you see the roots, you can transplant them into their own pots.

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FAQ

How tall does Sansevieria Laurentii grow?

A Sansevieria Trifasciata Laurentii is a slow-growing plant that can eventually reach a height of about 2-4 feet. During the growing season, which lasts from spring to summer, the snake plant grows at a quick pace versus their dormant period during the winter. 

Is a Sansevieria Laurentii a Snake Plant?

Yes, the Sansevieria Trifasciata Laurentii is a snake plant and is commonly referred to as a variegated snake plant. Other common names include viper’s bowstring hemp, devil’s tongue, good luck plant, magic sword, Sansevieria Trifasciata Laurentii, and bowstring hemp.

How do you take care of a Sansevieria trifasciata Laurentii?

In order to care for a Sansevieria trifasciata Laurentii, watering is required twice a month throughout the spring and summer and just once a month from the fall through the winter months, depending on the climate. This plant does not require any additional humidity to thrive. In an ideal situation, medium or indirect lighting should be provided. It has a good tolerance for low light levels, which makes Sansevieria trifasciata Laurentii an excellent choice as a houseplant. These hardy houseplants will survive under unfavorable conditions as long as you don’t overwater them. Also, never water the leaves, use well-draining potting mix and pots with a drainage hole and avoid frequent watering, especially in the fall and winter.

How do you know if your snake plant Laurentii is overwatered?

Your snake plant Laurentii is overwatered when the leaves are squishy, limp, or heavy. Moreover, brown spots, wilting leaves that appear more yellow and soft also are signs of overwatering. You may also have to check the root ball of your Sansevieria for root rot. Finally, if the soil near the roots is extra damp, it points towards overwatering.

Other Sansevieria (Snake Plants) to Consider

There are many other species of Sansevieria (snake plants) to consider. As far as plants go, snake plants are one of the most popular. Most snake plants have dark green leaves that are banded in white and yellow stripes. It grows very slowly, which makes it a good choice for a small pot. 

Conclusion

Finally, Sansevieria Laurentii is an excellent choice for a houseplant. They are simple to manage and can withstand low light levels and drought situations. They can be used to improve the air quality in your home as well as to remove contaminants from the surroundings. Sansevieria Laurentii is a great plant to add to your home or business because it is both interesting and easy to care for.

References

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  • Flowers-Kimmerle, N. (2015). A Houseplant Anyone Can Grow Mother-In-Laws Tongue. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of ACES, University of Illinois Extension. URL: https://extension.illinois.edu/blogs/rhonda-ferrees-ilriverhort/2015-01-25-houseplant-anyone-can-growmother-laws-tongue
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