The Sansevierias, also known as tiger’s tongue, cat’s tongue, mother-in-law’s tongue, Saint George’s sword or, in English, snake plant, are plants of great value to improve the environment of a home. And it is not just a showy and very pretty plant companion, it also has the ability to purify the air of the spaces in which it is found.
If you want to learn how to take care of your own plant of this species at home, join us in this EcologíaVerde article on the Sansevieria laurentii care.
Characteristics of Sansevieria laurentii
When we talk about Sansevieria laurentii, we are actually referring to the Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii, a variety of the well-known common Sansevieria trifasciata or Golden Hahnii. Here we indicate some of its characteristics:
- Like its relative, Sansevieria laurentii is a plant of the Asparagaceae familywith elongated leaves in the form of those tongues or swords which give it its common names, which grow with marked verticality and can exceed a meter in length.
- And how is Sansevieria laurentii different from the common one? Its distinguishing mark is its leaves which, despite also being variegated leaves with yellow margins when the plant is in good condition, they show horizontal veins in your pattern.
- The Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii also has a discreet but beautiful flowering, although the conditions for this to occur are not always met. When they appear, their small whitish flowersgrouped in inflorescences, perfume spaces with their slightly sweet aroma.
- One of its peculiarities, which we have mentioned before, is that NASA recommends the cultivation of this plant to clean the air in the home, since it filters toxic elements such as formaldehyde or benzene, among others. Here you can learn about other plants that purify the air.
Location and climate for Sansevieria laurentii
These plants are quite strong, so their care is not demanding and any hobbyist, even a beginner, can take care of them. In the case of Sansevieria laurentii we are dealing with a plant that can be grown both indoors and outdoors.
Its ideal location will depend on the type of climate in which you find yourself: if the winters are cold and the temperature falls below 0 ºC for long periods of time, it will be convenient to locate the plant indoors, while if the climate is warm and dry, outdoors it will be perfectly.
The plant can develop well in conditions of shade or semi-shadealthough the ideal is that get some light for at least a few hours a day. If your Sansevieria laurentii seems to lose the yellow tint around the edges of its leaves, it’s probably because it needs a little more light. Move it to a slightly brighter area if this happens, but don’t make any sudden changes.
Sansevieria laurentii irrigation
This plant is especially vulnerable to excess moisture. In fact, it could be said that this is its only major weak point, and that is that like many succulent plants, does not tolerate waterlogging or permanently wet soileither.
If you water your Sansevieria too much, its roots will most likely rot and this is much more difficult to heal than a lack of watering. Therefore, do not water your tiger tongue until the substrate or soil is completely dry, especially during the cold months. In spring and summer, you can contribute moderate wateringalways without flooding, letting the water permeate deeply and waiting until it has completely dried before repeating.
If your Sansevieria is in a pot and has a saucer underneath, be sure to remove excess water from it about ten minutes after watering, so that moisture doesn’t accumulate and reach the roots.
Here you can learn more about When to water the plants.
Soil and fertilizer for Sansevieria laurentii
Since the plant does not tolerate excess humidity, it is best to take care of your health and prepare as light and well-drained substrate as possible. If it is also rich in nutrients, all the better for the plant, so the ideal is to use a mixture like the universal one that we usually recommend: peat, earthworm humus and coconut fiber in equal parts, with a handful of vermiculite and perlite. If you plant it outdoors, make sure that the area drains well and, if this is not the case, make a large hole and fill it with the mentioned mixture.
Regarding the subscriber, it will be enough to apply some organic fertilizer as humus or compost around the base every 15 days during the spring and autumn monthsor use specific fertilizer for green plants.
Multiplication of Sansevieria laurentii
Another advantage of mother-in-law’s language is its easy multiplication, which is available to anyone:
- The most popular method is division by rhizomes, which consists of dividing the plant from its underground stem. To do this, you just have to cut, always with a disinfected and well-sharpened tool, at the point where the rhizome joins, and plant the new individual in its new location.
- It’s also easy multiply it by cuttingswhich are usually successful in a high number of cases, and can be planted as soon as they have been cut.
Here you can learn more about the more general care of Sansevieria trifasciata, and here you can learn about the Types of Sansevierias.
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