Sansevieria cylindrica care

Sansevieria Cylindrica Care Guide- How Not to Kill This Low- Maintenance Plant

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Sansevieria cylindrica, or better known as the cylindrical snake plant, African spear plant, or spear sansevieria, is one of the most popular plants in the world. They are loved by both beginners and green thumb gardeners. With their long, beautiful leaves and gorgeous shades of green, they are a perfect fit for adding color and life to your office or living area. Leaves grow vertically and are dark green with distinctive white stripes.

Sansevieria cylindrica has low maintenance needs and can even survive in dark rooms without sunlight. Its durability makes Sansevieria cylindrica perfect for those who don’t have time to take care of plants or forget to water them from time. This article will cover how to take care of your Sansevieria Cylindrica so you’ll never have to worry about killing it again!

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Dracaena angolensisSansevieria cylindrica


Sansevieria cylindrica is a type of succulent plant that has an upright growth habit and grows best in bright light. It can be propagated from offsets or cuttings.

The roots should never dry out and the leaves may show signs of dehydration if not watered properly. These plants are often grown in offices to help purify the air, but they need good airflow and well-balanced humidity to thrive.

Sansevieria cylindrica are one of the best types of plants for detoxifying your air! It’s extremely useful in purifying the indoor air by removing toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene.

This plant is also good at producing oxygen during both the night and day so you and your family can breathe easily!

Sansevieria cylindrica care

Sansevieria Cylindrica Care Guide


Sanseveria cylindrica is a succulent plant native to Central America and South America. It requires moderate amounts of water most of the year.

The Sanseveria plants are not plants that need to be watered very frequently. Depending on the type of soil, they should only be watered once every 2-4 weeks.

The most important thing is to make sure the soil stays wet at all times. It’s best to follow this by sprinkling water on the pots/containers with your hands, watering cans, or light sprayers if you have them on hand.

Light Requirements

Sanseverias prefer bright filtered light but can tolerate some direct sunlight. Indirect sun with a few hours of the morning or late afternoon sun is acceptable.

Too much or direct sunlight can cause the leaves to burn so be sure to balance the lighting for proper growth.


There are many ways you can fertilize your plants, including using organic material like coffee grounds or eggshells. It is important to fertilize snake plants because they don’t grow aerially.

They’re root-bound, so don’t fertilize them too much! Look for a fertilizer with a nutrient balance that includes nitrogen, potash, phosphorus, and organic compounds such as kelp meal or alfalfa meal. It’s also important to make sure your fertilizer doesn’t have amendments like salt or chemicals.

Humidity and Temperature

Sansevieria cylindrica will do best in warm, humid environments between 60-85 degrees Fahrenheit. It prefers a humidity of around 40%-50% but they can also thrive in dry conditions as well!

It’s important not to keep this plant outside during winter months because frost can damage it severely; also, be careful about keeping it too close to heat sources like fireplaces or furnaces as these may dry out its leaves quickly and cause them to turn brown and die off prematurely.

Propagation of Sansevieria Cylindrica Plants

Snake plants are grown from offsets or leaf cuttings to create new baby plants. You can propagate sansevieria cylindrica plants very easily by removing the offsets with a sharp, clean knife and allowing them to dry out for one to two days before inserting them into their desired growing medium.

Propagation of Sansevieria Cylindrica

Soil Requirements

Although this answer may vary depending on where you live, it’s best to use a cactus mix. A good example would be the succulent potting mix by Bonsai Jack. Other recommended brands are Redi-Earth, Fafard, Espoma, and Black Gold.

Never use topsoil with any succulents, as it will cause them to rot due to the high levels of organic matter in topsoil.

Sansevieria Cylindrica

Pests/Diseases Associated With this Plant

The most common problem with this cylindrical snake plant is root rot, which can be prevented by making sure the soil in your plant’s pot drains well and secures good airflow.

Sansevieria cylindrica is also susceptible to fungal infections, mealy bugs, aphids, and scales which are mildly toxic for them.

They can be treated by using a cotton swab dipped in alcohol to remove the bugs or treating them with insecticidal soap for severe infestations.

Common Problems and How to Treat Them

Taking care of plants is very much like taking care of pets. You have to know how they need to be treated and what you can do for them. However, African spear plants can also be picky and sensitive when not given proper care. Here are some common problems with Sansevieria cylindrica and how you can treat them!

1. Slow Growing Succulent

This plant is slow-growing, but if it doesn’t seem to be progressing at all you may not have enough light. It prefers bright, indirect sunlight during the day.

2. Yellowing Leaves

If your sansevieria cylindrica leaves are turning yellow or brown this means they’re getting too much direct sun or too much water. They may also be dying off due to age so it’s time for the snake plant to get a little “facelift!” Simply cut away any dead or dying leaves by using sharp, clean shears and allow the plant to have enough exposure to air before reinserting into the soil!

3. Browning of leaves

Like yellowing leaves, this issue may be caused by overwatering, under watering, or if the plant has been exposed to too much sunlight. Brown tips on the leaves can also indicate that there is not enough humidity in your home so try placing this plant on a pebble tray with water and spray its leaves once every week!

To treat brown spots on your snake plant, you should cut them off with a clean, sharp knife and use root hormone to promote new growth. If you’re treating the browning due to lack of humidity then just mist your snake plant’s leaves at least once per week!

yellow tips of the leaves

4. Drooping or wilting

Drooping or wilting leaves could be caused by too much direct sunlight so keep it away from any windows that may cause heat build-up. Make sure your is plant dries out and avoid soggy soil between waterings. If the problem continues to get worse, reduce the watering frequency or move it outside!

5. Root Rots

If you have very wet soil or your plant is sitting in a tray of water it may develop root rot. If this happens then cut off the affected parts and use a rooting hormone to promote growth!

6. Soft and Sloppy Leaves

Sloppy leaves are most likely caused by overwatering or bad soil drainage. Avoid excessively wet soil and add drainage holes to the pot. If you want stiff leaves, make sure they are watered at least once per week, but larger potted plants should only require water every two weeks!

7. Leaves Curl up at the Ends

If this is happening it may be due to low humidity or lack of water, but if you’ve tried both of those and the problem persists then your snake plant could have root rot so cut off any dead or damaged roots! Once all parts are clean use rooting hormone on the stems to promote new growth.

FAQs About the Sansevieria Cylindrica

How tall will my sansevieria cylindrica grow?

This is a shorter plant so it won’t get too tall if given proper care. The plant can vary in height, but it usually reaches heights of about 3 feet when mature.

What are the best ways to water my plant?

Allow it to dry out between watering and never leave your Sansevieria cylindrica sitting in water since this will lead to root rot! Always use room temperature water on all varieties of plants. You can measure how much you should water your plant by sticking a finger into the soil and feeling how moist it is. If you can’t stick your finger in more than an inch then you should let this snake plant dry out before watering again!

How often should I fertilize my plants?

Use a fertilizer specifically formulated for succulents once every month in the summertime and once every 2-3 months in the wintertime. The types of fertilizers that are good for sanseveria cylindrica are ones that contain all or mostly nutrients, like 10-10-10, 14-14-14, etc. These can be found at many local garden stores.

How can I treat my plant if it becomes infested with mealybugs or spider mites?

For both of these pests you will need to soak the leaves in warm soapy water for about 30 minutes or until all the bugs are gone! You should also spray your plant weekly with neem oil to prevent future infestations.

When should I repot my mature plants?

Sansevieria cylindrica can usually stay in the same pot for many years so you shouldn’t have to worry about repotting it unless your soil is breaking down or if all of the roots are showing! If that’s the case, go ahead and repot it into a larger pot!

What is the best way to propagate my plant?

Cut off any pups and re-root them in moist soil. You will need to keep your sansevieria cylindrica out of direct sunlight until new growth appears which usually takes about one month! Once all parts are clean use rooting hormone on the stems to promote new growth.


Sansevieria cylindrica care is quite easy and does not require much attention, especially if you follow this guide! It may look like a difficult task at first but it’s actually very simple to take care of once you get used to it.

If you keep these tips and guides in mind before purchasing your own Sansevieria plant then you’ll be able to keep them in good health and enjoy having them around.

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