Exploring the Elegance of Snake Plants

Exploring the Elegance of Snake Plants

Snake plants, also known as Sansevieria or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, are beloved for their striking foliage & low-maintenance nature.  There are 70 recorded species of snake plants.  Among the diverse varieties, Verdant Lyfe carries 6 that stand out. Their unique appearances and characteristics will amaze you.  Snake plants are known for their ability to improve indoor air quality because they absorb toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, xylem and toluene.  This is a plant to keep around as it makes the air cleaner and healthier to breathe.  Let's explore each of these stunning plants and provide care tips to help them thrive in your home.

The Sayuri Sansevieria

The Sayuri Sansevieria features long, slender leaves with a beautiful blend of silver-gray and green variegation. Its elegant look makes it a standout in any indoor garden.  The plant prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate low light conditions. Avoid direct sunlight to prevent leaf scorching.  Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot.  Use well-draining soil.  We do carry Lyfe Organic Soil Mix that already has all the nutrients that your snake plants will need to thrives.  We suggest keeping your snake plant in moderate temperatures (60°F to 75°F) and low humidity.

Black Coral Sansevieria
Black Coral Sansevieria boasts dark green leaves with horizontal bands of lighter gray-green, giving it a dramatic and modern look. Performs well in both low and bright indirect light. It can handle some direct sunlight but prefers indirect exposure.
Water sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.  Opt for a well-draining soil mix.  Likes moderate temperatures and low humidity.

Variegated Yellow Edge Sansevieria
This variety has dark green leaves with striking yellow edges, creating a vibrant contrast.  Prefers bright, indirect light to maintain its variegation but can tolerate lower light conditions.  This makes it ideal to have if you have low light coming into your home or office.  Water infrequently, ensuring the soil dries out between waterings.  What's great is that you can forget to water the plant for a month or more, and will still flourish.  Ideal in moderate temperatures and low humidity environments.

Yellow Stone Sansevieria
Yellow Stone Sansevieria features thick, upright leaves with a rich green color and prominent yellow margins.  Thrives in bright, indirect light but can adapt to lower light conditions if needed.  Be sure to not overwater your snake plant.  Under watering is always better if you're not sure.  Use our Soil Moisture Meter Overwatering Plant Saver to help you take the guessing out of watering your snake plant.  Use a well-draining potting mix.  Prefers moderate temperatures and low humidity.

Light Sansevieria
Light Sansevieria, also known as Moonshine Sansevieria, has broad, pale silver-green leaves that give it a luminous, ethereal appearance.  Your plant will do best in bright, indirect light but if needed, it will adapt to lower light conditions. Too much direct sunlight can cause leaf discoloration. Water sparingly with our Lyfe Mister Signature Rose Gold and be sure to repot your plant once you see it has outgrown the planter it's in.  Allow soil to dry completely between waterings.  A well-draining soil mix is recommended.
Does well in moderate temperatures and low humidity.  

General Care Tips for Sansevieria
Regularly wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust and keep them looking their best.  Feed once a month during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength.  We recommend our Lyfe Nutrient Fertilizer Water-Soluble product.  Avoid fertilizing in winter.
Snake plants prefer to be slightly root-bound, so repot only when necessary, usually every 2-3 years. Watch for common pests like spider mites and mealybugs. Treat infestations promptly with our Plant Shield & Shine.  

By choosing one or more of these stunning Sansevieria varieties, you can enjoy a collection of easy-care that will make your home or office space visually striking, all while purifying the oxygen. Happy gardening!  Plant Lyfe is Happy Lyfe.