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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sansevieria Plant Care

Sansevieria is an excellent houseplant for beginners to gardening. Sansevieria is very tolerant of neglect, enjoy gritty and less fertile soil, do not require heavy light, and thrive without much water. Sansevieria also flourishes outdoors in warmer climates and make excellent additions to desert gardens, courtyard gardens, and potted plants as patio scenery.

Sansevieria Light Requirements

Also known as Snake plant and Mother-In-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii), Sansevieria require bright filtered or indirect light. When growing outdoors, plant or position potted plants in areas of partial shade or full light but never in the direct light of the hot sun.

Sansevieria Water Requirements

Sansevieria can tolerate a lack of watering but will fail quickly if over watered. Water plants moderately during the growing season and sparingly during winter. When growing outdoors, protect from over-abundant winter moisture such as heavy snow and cold rain.

Sansevieria Fertilizer Requirements

For potted Sansevieria, grow in two parts soil-based potting mix and one part coarse grit. Sansevieria thrives in neutral to alkaline soil therefore apply a balanced fertilizer (20-20-20) at half strength once monthly.

Sansevieria Pests & Diseases

Sansevieria is susceptible to insects such as vine weevil grubs, mealy bugs, and spider mites. Pathogen are not a common problem for Sansevieria.

Sansevieria Propagation & Potting

To propagate Sansevieria, remove suckers or divide rhizomes in the spring. Leaf sections should be rooted from spring to autumn. Variegated cultivars will not produce variegations if raised from leaf cuttings. Take care not to damage leaf tips as this may stop leaf growth.
Sansevieria trifasciata are quick growing plants and may break pots if not occasionally checked. Repot yearly in fresh, flat pots that are at least one size larger than the previous. Clay pots help balance very top heavy Sansevieria plants.

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Houseplants - How to Care for Sansevieria

The Sansevieria is the perfect addition to any indoor garden setting. With over sixty different varieties to choose from, everyone is sure to find the perfect match for their taste.

This species of Genus plant is a native of Africa, but can also be found in Australia, China, Japan, and even Hawaii. For many, this plant is recognized by the name Snake Plant or Mother in Law’s Tongue. The Sansevieria is a very easy plant to grow and is very simple to care for.

This species of plant prefers to be placed in a low-light setting and can tolerate a duration of up to two months without watering during the winter season. Easy care and its beautiful foliage are what draw people to include this plant in their indoor garden. The Sansevieria leaves grow with a display of many pattern variations. The leaves are typically a dark green, but can also be yellow striped around the edges, speckled or just about any variation your imagination can visualize.

Routine maintenance of the Sansevieria is a rather simple chore, however these plants are very well known for their sharp tipped leaves, so some care must be taken. Trimming the tips is not recommended for this plant, but some leaf trimming may be required on occasion. It is also important to note, that with this plant having such sharp tips, you should take great care when deciding where in your home to place it.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sansevieria Aubrytiana

Tall, wide leaves, glaucous blue-green with almost white mottling, and an orange edge.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My Own Sansevieria Plant's

Above is my own collection of Sansevieria. I planned to make it as a huge collection, all about sansevieria.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Plant's can remove pollutants

 Joint studies by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) estimate that a group of 15 to 20 of the plants listed below can remove harmful pollutants from the interior of an 1,800-square-foot house.
1. Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea erumpens)
2. Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema spp.)
3. Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum spp.)
4. Dracaena (Dracaena spp.)
5. English ivy (Hedera helix)
6. Ficus (Ficus spp.)
7. Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
8. Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
9. Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)

10. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum spp.)
11. Philodendron (Philodendron spp.)
12. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Taking Care of Your Mother-In-Law’s Tongue Plant

Mother In Law Tongue Blossoms by Stuffed Cabbage 2006

TheGardenLady received this question from Donna:
I have a  that is turning yellow. I have had it for over ten years and it’s been in the same pot since. It has always done well, but here recently it is becoming sick. There hasn’t been any change to it to cause it. Any suggestions?
Since you say that you have had your Sansevieria Trifasciata plant, commonly called Mother-In-Laws Tongue or Snake plant, for over 10 years, I doubt that you have a gold variety like`Vandal Gold`, a Sansevieria that I have read about but do not know where to buy.
And I am amazed that you have a plant or anything that hasn’t had any change in all that time. There is nothing in TheGardenLady’s house that hasn’t changed in 10 years- including TheGardenLady.
Are you sure that you haven’t been overwatering your plant by watering it too frequently or moved the plant to a different window? Change can be outdoors. Has a shrub in front of the window outdoors, but directly in front of the place you keep the plant, died and been chopped down so that more sun is coming through to shine on the plant?
About the first problem, overwatering: Sansevieria hates, hates, hates having wet roots. They can get a problem called root rot easily especially when they are kept indoors . TheGardenLady had a big pot of Sansevieria that a young artist admired. So TheGardenLady gave the pot to the artist who painted pictures of it. After a year, the plant started dying. TheGardenLady suspected root rot. She suspected that because the young artist watered her plants every week; in one year too much water had been given to the Sansevieria. Its roots never had a chance to dry out. These plants are so easy to care for because they love drought – love it. So if you forget to water it, when the plant is indoors, you will have a happy plant. I have read that you can forget to water it for 2 months during the winter. It wants its soil dry. TheGardenLady has found that, though Sansevieria can be grown in Sun or part shade, hers enjoy just light when it is indoors; and the less sun, the less water it needs.

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What to do with a Big Sansevieria

TheGardenLady received this question from Ellen.
I was given a re-potted [Mother-in-law's tongue] plant. It is so  tall that I am having difficulty finding a place to put it. Can the plant be cut off or will it die?
There are many kinds of Sansevieria, Mother-in-law’s tongue plants, and some can grow to be over 6 ft tall. Since you were given one of the taller types, it is understandable that you may be having trouble finding a spot to house it.

Whoever gave you the Sansevieria knew how to properly care for it. Many people want their Sansevierias to grow to full size as they do in nature and have concerns that their plants are not growing tall enough in pots in their home; you are having the opposite complaint. Perhaps because it was so tall that was why your friend gave it away.

If it is a specimen plant, you might consider giving it to someone who appreciates it as it is and maybe just keep one of its leaves to start a new plant. Or you might even want to exhibit this specimen in your local flower show and not cut anything off. Flower shows want to exhibit specimen plants like this; you don’t have to raise a plant to show it- you just have to own it.

It seems sad to destroy something that sounds so magnificent. In spite of what I wrote in the previous paragraph, if you still want to cut the leaves off, the plant may die but probably won’t. It may force new leaves to grow- Sansevierias are tough plants. And if you cut leaves partially back, the part you cut off will not return. The leaves will remain cut and not look as attractive as it did at its full height.

If you do cut off leaves or cut them off partially, you can use the leaves to start new Sansevieria plants. (Though, according to the International Sansevieria Society you cannot start new plants from the leaves of the variegated Sansevieria.)  Some people put the cut off part of the leaf in water and it should form roots. Others just bury the cut off parts in soil and eventually it will send out roots. See here.  The Gardenweb blog site has interesting discussions on Sansevieria plants.

Now if you do start new Sansevieria plants, to prevent them from growing too tall for your needs you will have to do the opposite of what your friend did. You may want to divide this large plant and put the divisions in smaller pots. You will want to stop re-potting the plant to larger pots unless the plant’s roots break the pot- the less room you give the plant the less it can grow. Do not fertilize the plant. Fertilizer makes plants grow. You will have to give it less light and less water. It seems strange to give you directions to stunt a plant’s growth and TheGardenLady is unhappy to do this. But the Sansevieria is such a tough plant and will generally continue growing even when you make its life difficult.

Or, if you give this beautiful specimen away, you can always find a Sansevieria plant that does not grow as tall or is a miniature. There are around 130-140 species and cultivars of Sansevierias. The Sansevieria Hahnii or Bird’s nest Sansevieria only grows 1 ft. tall and is a very handsome plant.

Sansevieria planting...........

After my friend Doug gave me the three rocks I was inspired to plant them in my bonsai planter.  I searched over the plants that I already had as I didn't need to buy anything new and this is what I found. I don't know it's exact name but it does come from the sansevieria family of plants. I took it away form the side of two other plants and figure it will give it room to put out a new one again.

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Sansevieria Surprises

Sometime between last fall and now, my Sansevieria francisii flowered, and I missed it. This was probably because it was on a crowded table, hidden behind some other plants. I also missed watering it for a while, so it is also looking a little dehydrated. I do expect it to recover fully, and in the meantime, there are these:

I have no idea if S. francisii is self-fertile, so I don't know if I'll get viable seeds. But I'm going to try to let the fruit ripen, and see what happens.

In other Sansevieria news, I have discovered that I have made something of a cultural faux-pas. So that others may learn from my mistake, here is some advice: Never, ever put a plant with a stiff cylindrical growth habit into a clay pot with a rigid inner lip. The irresistible force (growth) will meet the immovable object (pot lip).

I am going to have to repot before the new growth is injured by the rim. That is what happened to the thin leaf seen pointing to the right in the photo. Even though I managed to direct the growth away from the pot lip, the leaves of that particular offset had a damaged tips which shriveled and had to be cut off.

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Sansevieria Trifasciata

Sansevieria trifasciata is a species of Sansevieria, native to tropical west Africa from Nigeria east to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is an evergreen herbaceous perennial plant forming dense stands, spreading by way of its creeping rhizome, which is sometimes above ground, sometimes underground. Its stiff leaves grow vertically from a basal rosette. Mature leaves are dark green with light gray-green cross-banding and usually range between 70–90 cm in length and 5–6 cm in width.

It is commonly called the snake plant (not to be confused with the very similarly named "Snakeplant", Nassauvia serpens), because of the shape of its leaves, or mother-in-law's tongue because of their sharpness. In Japan it is also called 'Tiger's Tail,(とらのお)'. In Brazil it is commonly known as espada-de-são-jorge (sword-of-saint-george). Due to its bladelike shape, it is commonly associated with Ogun, the orisha of war (usually associated with Saint George), and is used in rituals to remove the evil eye. A yellow-tipped variant is known as espada-de-santa-barbara (sword-of-saint-barbara), and is associated with Iansan/Oya, the female orisha of storms (usually associated with the sword-bearing image of Saint Barbara). In Africa the plant is used as a protective charm against evil or bewitchment.

Sansevieria Trifasciata Cultivation and uses

Like some other members of its genus, S. trifasciata yields bowstring hemp, a strong plant fiber once used to make bowstrings.

It is now used predominantly as an ornamental plant, outdoors in warmer climates, and indoors as a houseplant in cooler climates. It is popular as a houseplant as it is tolerant of low light levels and irregular watering; during winter it needs only one watering every couple of months. It will rot easily if overwatered. In common with the great majority of house-plants, it can improve indoor air quality by passively adsorbing toxins such as nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde.

Numerous cultivars have been selected, many of them for variegated foliage with yellow or silvery-white stripes on the leaf margins. Popular cultivars include 'Compacta', 'Goldiana', 'Hahnii', 'Laurentii', 'Silbersee', and 'Silver Hahnii'. It can be propagated by cuttings or by dividing the rhizome. The first method has the disadvantage that the variegation is likely to be lost.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Natural Air Cleaner: Sansevieria

Last week my office had a make-over, some extra spaces was used as an office room. Of course, paint job was in order. The problem with painting walls or houses, or in my case – offices, was the presence of fumes coming from the paint that most of the times are intoxicating. As I browsed the net, I learned from Wikipedia that average households paint contains up to 10,000 chemicals, of which about approximately 300 are toxins and 150 are harmful and have been linked to kidney damage, liver damage or cancer.

Even after application and drying, paints and finishes continue to release these toxin emissions into the air for many years to come. The source of those toxins is VOCs. Up until recently, very high levels of VOC’s were widely utilized in paint products and finishes. Non-Toxic paints do not contain as many volatile organic compounds, which make enclosed air safer to breath for people vs. regular paint. It also has a less damaging effect on the environment as it reduces landfill, groundwater and ozone depleting contaminants. VOC’s are the second largest source of emissions into the atmosphere after automobiles.

But I noticed something. Not all part of the first floor was tear-dropping and intoxicating. As I sit on the corner near the front desk, not far from the re-decorating area. The fumes was not as intoxicating and I noticed a plant resting near by; a Sansevieria.

Sansevieria is a common garden plant in Indonesia. Its Latin name was Sansevieria trifasciata or Sansivieria zebrine. It had a curious name here in Indonesia; “parents-in-law-tongue” or in Malaysia they are called “the tongue of Djinn”. This plant, which is still related to cactus, could adsorb pollutants, especially volatile ones. With its succulent and thick leaves, Sansevieria is highly adaptive. It can withstand drought and flourish during wet days. From how they grow, Sansevieria, can be divided into two kind; sword type (growth upwards and the shape resembles a sword) can grow from 50 to 77 cm long and the rosette type that grows to 8 cm long and 3 to 6 cm wide.

Sansevieria is known to have many uses. Its strong fiber has been used as basic material for textile manufacturing in U.S.A. Armies have use them to pull tanks trapped in the sands. This plants had many fans in many countries such as; Japan, Taiwan, Korea to Europe and U.S.A. Some Korean even belief the plants could remove various radiation. The Chinese believe they bring good fortune, and in Thailand, they developed it to become the cure for cancer.

Among its uses, its ability to absorb free radical is what we could share daily. Sansevieria ability to rid foul odor and other smell makes it a suitable decorations and air fresheners in kitchens or toiletries. In my case, the fume from paint is gone if we leave the plants for just overnight. Based on the research by NASA and ALCA, Sansevieria naturally could reduce Sick Building Syndrome for it will provide a constant fresh air in the room it is placed because the plant will continually absorb dangerous substances in the air. Usually, after the plant absorb high amount of pollutants, its leaves will look dusty and dirty, but a good wipe will help clean it in an instant.

With its versatility, beauty and easy maintenance, Sansevieria is perfect for decoration; with its uses and ability, Sansevieria could help you lead a healthy life. And who knows, if you’re lucky, you’d be able to scent its a rare distinctive aroma that could only be smell at night and at a very short time.

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This is an excellent plant for low light, high traffic situations. Its leaves are stiff and sturdy without being sharp. There are several color choices, dark green, green with yellow edging, pale green, light yellow and light green. 

Periodically it is necessary to add soil. This helps to support the plant.
Over watering a sanseviera produces slimy, drippy leaves. Pull these out immediately. Under watering is shown by leaves that lean and wrinkle. Continual under watering results in permanent root damage.

If the spear-like leaves fall over, cut-off at soil level, don't stake them up.

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Beautiful Plants Can Absorb Pollutants

If you collect plants, must have been familiar with chrysanthemums and Aloe Vera (Sansevieria). It’s pretty healthy too!

In a healthy activity not only creatures of the field of landscape design or the number of openings. In addition is also more beneficial to beautify the park, even a few healthy plants.Chrysanthemum and the tongue-in-law (Sansevieria) for example.

Based on research at the University of Sydney, Australia, chrysanthemum flowers can reduce 90 percent of the pollutants in it. This is similar to the factory, tongue-in-law, an effective water plants absorb formaldehyde, toxins produced by cigarette smoke contains.

Cook’s second factory is not difficult. Only water plants regularly to avoid drought. Yet another case of chrysanthemum, colorful flowers appear not waterproof. To be sustainable, then developed in a room with incandescent Solarize interest in him.

To your health occupation continues, the two plants. Colored chrysanthemums can be aesthetic value of the room, while the tongue-in-law also placed just out of ponds.

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Sansevieria: With nicknames like mother-in-law's tongue and snake plant, this favorite is almost indestructible and now comes in dozens of varieties. It can tolerate low light and go two months without water in winter. Otherwise, water every other week. Treat like a cactus. Watch out for sharp tips!

Sansevieria Arborescens

Scientific Name : Sansevieria arborescens
Family : Liliaceae
Common Name : Mother-in-law's tongue
A small plant with rigid stems that grow up to 45 cm. Small flowers are borne on the center of leaf-like stems.
Propagation : Leaf cuttings, division
Longevity : Perennial

Sansevieria Angustiflora

Sun Exposure: Light shade
Origin: South Africa (Mpumalanga)
Growth Habits: Rosettes offsetting by underground stolons, up to 12 inches tall (30 cm)
Watering Needs: Moderate water in summer, keep on the dry side in winter
Propagation: Division, leaf cuttings

Sansevieria Aethiopica

Sansevieria aethiopica 'Wide Leaf Clone' is slow growing and has a wide range of growth habits but all are stemless and has broader leaves than the species. The leaves grow in all directions forming a vase shape. The leaves are dull, rough and very stiff, and about 1" wide and curve inward lengthwise. The tips are always dried and the leaves are deep green with a bluish cast.

About Sansevieria Plant

Better known as Snake Plant or Mother in Law's Tounge.
It has more than 100 species in Ruscaceae family.

Among the popular species are :

  1. Sansevieria aethiopica
  2. Sansevieria angustiflora
  3. Sansevieria arborescens
  4. Sansevieria aubrytiana
  5. Sansevieria braunii
  6. Sansevieria canaliculata
  7. Sansevieria concinna
  8. Sansevieria cylindrica
  9. Sansevieria dawei
  10. Sansevieria deserti
  11. Sansevieria dooneri
  12. Sansevieria ehrenbergii
  13. Sansevieria fasciata
  14. Sansevieria gracilis
  15. Sansevieria grandicuspis
  16. Sansevieria grandis
  17. Sansevieria hyacinthoides
  18. Sansevieria intermedia
  19. Sansevieria kirkii
  20. Sansevieria liberica
  21. Sansevieria longiflora
  22. Sansevieria metallica
  23. Sansevieria parva
  24. Sansevieria phillipsiae
  25. Sansevieria raffillii
  26. Sansevieria roxburghiana
  27. Sansevieria senegambica
  28. Sansevieria singularis
  29. Sansevieria stuckyi
  30. Sansevieria subspicata
  31. Sansevieria suffruticosa
  32. Sansevieria trifasciata
  33. Sansevieria zeylanica
More list of Sansevieria Species :

1     Sansevieria abyssinica
2     Sansevieria aethiopica
3     Sansevieria andradae
4     Sansevieria angolensis
5     Sansevieria angustiflora
6     Sansevieria angustifolia
7     Sansevieria arborescens
8     Sansevieria aubrytiana
9     Sansevieria bagamoyensis
10     Sansevieria ballyi
11     Sansevieria bella
12     Sansevieria bequaertii
13     Sansevieria bracteata
14     Sansevieria braunii
15     Sansevieria burdettii
16     Sansevieria burmanica
17     Sansevieria caespitosa
18     Sansevieria canaliculata
19     Sansevieria cannifolia
20     Sansevieria carnea
21     Sansevieria caulescens
22     Sansevieria ceylonica
23     Sansevieria chinensis
24     Sansevieria concinna
25     Sansevieria conspicua
26     Sansevieria cornui
27     Sansevieria craigii
28     Sansevieria cylindrica
29     Sansevieria dawei
30     Sansevieria deserti
31     Sansevieria dooneri
32     Sansevieria downsii
33     Sansevieria ebracteata
34     Sansevieria ehrenbergii
35     Sansevieria eilensis
36     Sansevieria elliptica
37     Sansevieria ensifolia
38     Sansevieria erythraeae
39     Sansevieria fasciata
40     Sansevieria fischeri
41     Sansevieria flavescens
42     Sansevieria flexuosa
43     Sansevieria forskaliana
44     Sansevieria fragrans
45     Sansevieria francisii
46     Sansevieria frequens
47     Sansevieria fruticosa
48     Sansevieria fulvocincta
49     Sansevieria gentilis
50     Sansevieria glauca
51     Sansevieria gracilis
52     Sansevieria gracillima
53     Sansevieria grandicuspis
54     Sansevieria grandis
55     Sansevieria guineensis
56     Sansevieria hallii
57     Sansevieria hargeisana
58     Sansevieria humbertiana
59     Sansevieria humiflora
60     Sansevieria hyacinthoides
61     Sansevieria indica
62     Sansevieria intermedia
63     Sansevieria jacquinii
64     Sansevieria javanica
65     Sansevieria kirkii
66     Sansevieria laetevirens
67     Sansevieria lanuginosa
68     Sansevieria lasciata
69     Sansevieria latifolia
70     Sansevieria laurentii
71     Sansevieria liberica
72     Sansevieria liberiensis
73     Sansevieria livingstoniae
74     Sansevieria longiflora
75     Sansevieria longistyla
76     Sansevieria maduraiensis
77     Sansevieria masoniana
78     Sansevieria massae
79     Sansevieria metalica
80     Sansevieria metallica
81     Sansevieria nilotica
82     Sansevieria nitida
83     Sansevieria paniculata
84     Sansevieria parva
85     Sansevieria patens
86     Sansevieria pearsonii
87     Sansevieria pedicellata
88     Sansevieria perrotii
89     Sansevieria perrotti
90     Sansevieria phillipsiae
91     Sansevieria pinguicula
92     Sansevieria polyphylla
93     Sansevieria polyrchitis
94     Sansevieria powellii
95     Sansevieria pumila
96     Sansevieria quarrei
97     Sansevieria raffillii
98     Sansevieria rhodesiana
99     Sansevieria robusta
100     Sansevieria rorida
101     Sansevieria rosea
102     Sansevieria roxburghiana
103     Sansevieria rufocincta
104     Sansevieria sambiranensis
105     Sansevieria sarmentosa
106     Sansevieria scabrifolia
107     Sansevieria schimperi
108     Sansevieria schweinfurthii
109     Sansevieria scimitariformis
110     Sansevieria senegambica
111     Sansevieria sessiliflora
112     Sansevieria singularis
113     Sansevieria sinus-simiorum
114     Sansevieria sordida
115     Sansevieria spicata
116     Sansevieria stenophylla
117     Sansevieria striata
118     Sansevieria stuckyi
119     Sansevieria sturki
120     Sansevieria subspicata
121     Sansevieria subtilis
122     Sansevieria suffruticosa
123     Sansevieria sulcata
124     Sansevieria thunbergii
125     Sansevieria thyrsiflora
126     Sansevieria trifasciata
127     Sansevieria varians
128     Sansevieria venosa
129     Sansevieria volkensii
130     Sansevieria zebrina

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