Bird's Nest Snake Plant - Sansevieria trifasciata 'Hahnii'

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Scientific Name
Sansevieria trifasciata (triple-banded San Severo plant) 'Hahnii'

This Genus was recently reclassified to Dracaena from Sansevieria, following molecular examination which revealed that it is closely enough related to be part of this Genus. It is now more properly Dracaena trifasciata.

Common Name
Bird's Nest Snake Plant, Golden Bird's Nest, Mother-in-Law's Tongue, Devil's Tongue, Snake Tongue, St. George's Sword

Native to West Africa

This miniature snake plant is easygoing like its larger relatives; like them, it can tolerate a variety of light levels and doesn't need too much water. It will like a bright spot best, and you can enjoy its stripes of variegation best in bright light too. The deep green of the leaves is complemented by yellow edges and pale green and white stripes down each leaf. The colourful foliage is bound to catch the eye, and this dwarf variety is compact and adorable too!

Snake plants are hugely flexible with lighting, as the positioning of their leaves allows them to maximise any light. While they can survive even in the dimmest of rooms, they will thrive best in bright, indirect light, but you can even place them in direct sun as long as you let them build a tolerance gradually!

Allow the soil to totally dry out between waters. Be especially careful if your Snake Plant is in a darker spot as it will need much less frequent watering there than on a sunny windowsill.

Low humidity is ideal for Snake Plants, though an occational hose down to keep the leaves dust-free will be appreciated. Just make sure they thoroughly dry out afterwards!

Use a well-draining soil; a blend for cacti and succulents (with sand and grit) would work well here. For an extra boost you can mix in bark as well which the plant will appreciate! Repot every three years in Spring as the plant grows. It doesn't mind being pot-bound for a while but will put out more new growth when it has more space!

Feed every two months using a diluted fertiliser; one designed for cacti or just for houseplants generally will work fine. Make sure to water first to avoid burning the plant's roots.

Temperatures of about 12-32°C are great- make sure it doesn't drop below 10°C in winter.

No, this plant is toxic to pets and small humans.

Sprouts Top Tips
Snake Plants are great at growing in a variety of light levels, but make sure you tailor both your expectations and your watering schedule to the light level. You will need to water more in a bright location, and the plant will probably grow better too; in a dimmer location, water less and expect slower growth!


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