Like all snake plants, this one is really easy to look after. It’s the ideal beginner’s plant. Put it anywhere from indirect sun to shade, water it every month or so, and then just leave it alone. That’s all it needs. This snake plant looks a little bit different to others. Instead of the usual flat leaves, it has long cylindrical leaves, hence the name sansevieria cylindrica.
The reason snake plants need so little care is because they come from places where the weather is hot and dry, mostly in parts of Africa and Asia. Their hard leaves let almost no water evaporate, even sealing their pores during the day to keep everything in. In the wild they may only get rain every few months, so forgetting to water yours for a while won’t bother it at all.
The only thing you really need to remember is not to overwater. It’s the one thing they hate. Be very light with the watering. Your plant won’t like suddenly being soaked after a long period without water. It can shock it and cause leaf and root damage. A very small amount once or twice a month – even less in winter – is all that’s needed.
Did you know?
The tallest varieties of snake plant can grow up to 2 metres tall.