The Sansevière, The Houseplant That You Will Never Miss



Sanseviere GoldenHahnii

Sansevière 'Golden Hahnii' with green and yellow foliage.

The diversity of Sansevieria

The most common of mother-in-law's languages is the dark green form (Sansevieria trifasciata). Its variegated shape ('Laurentii') is brighter, with its leaves edged with light yellow. There is a dwarf form, 'Golden Hahnii', in rosettes wider than high. You will also find the very beautiful sansevière with cylindrical leaves (S. cylindrica), often sold braided: it never keeps the shape that is given to it and always takes again fan-shaped, more natural. This species of sansevieria is also sold with the end of the painted leaves, a version a little deco but which eventually fade. Finally, there are other sansevières such as the sansevière with speckled leaves (S. masoniana). Its leaves are wider and it grows more slowly, but it is a true camel plant for the interior (by camel plant, hear that it resists the lack of water)

The flower, small reward

Flowering of the sanseviere

When she likes, the sansevière blooms in a spike that is not spectacular but exhales a sweet smell. And a fragrant bloom in the house, it's not so common! She asks for full sun and hates having the roots that are constantly soaking: empty the saucer after watering.

A beautiful sansevière and without effort

The sansevière is native to regions a little desert, where it grows naturally in the shade of bushes. Indoors, she likes it so dry air and this is good because the air of our interiors is arid! A little sun every day favors more colorful leaves, especially in variegated valleys. She likes water regularly, once a week. Excess water is his biggest enemy and the root ball must dry well before watering again. If you are the type to forget to water your plants, go on vacation without finding time to water your hot pots or you have the intermittent watering can, no problem: the mother-in-law's language supports it perfectly. When her leaves start to wrinkle, it's really time to give her a drink, but she will only send you this signal after several weeks of dry dieting.

To maintain a sansevière? Easy!

Repotting the sansevière

When repotting the sansevière, use a potting mix for houseplants.

Water your sansevière incorporating some liquid fertilizer once every three weeks, from April to September. If the plant is cramped, it should be divided or repotted. To change the pot (repot), nothing more simple: take it out of his pot, and simply replant in a wider pot of 5 cm. Always choose a pot whose floor is straight or flared, never narrower than the rest. Use a potting soil for houseplants. Avoid garden soil and compost, which are not his forte.

Cut or split, it succeeds every time

division of the sanseviere or mother-in-law's language

The easiest way to multiply a sansevière is division. Take the plant out of its pot and slice into the mass, into two pieces. For this, use a sharp kitchen knife and keep children away! Separate two big chips that you replant each in their pot or in the same planter, spacing them by 30 cm. Water very little for a month, until the wound cuts well.

The cuttings of sansévière

Preparation of sansévière cuttings

More unusual, the other solution is to make leaf cuttings. Cut a beautiful leaf at the base. The sheet should be flat preferably. Debit it in portions about 10 cm long, and let it dry for a week.

to root cut of sansevière

Then replant them in a very light substrate (sand or vermiculite) and let root. After three weeks, each portion will have formed roots and will begin to emit its own leaves, but it will take a year before you have a complete plant.

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