Sansevieria cylindrica

cylindrical snake plant or African spear

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Doesn’t require much water
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Feels at home everywhere
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Repot after three years
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The Sansevieria cylindrica is just as easy to care for as regular Sansevierias. The plant, which originally comes from Africa, requires very little care. The plant is also known as the Mother-in-law’s Tongue, which refers to the sharp leaves that represent a sharp woman's tongue in general, or perhaps your mother-in-law’s tongue in particular. One of the best characteristics of this robust houseplant is that it works very hard to achieve optimal humidity in your home.


Mother-in-law's Tongues require little to no care. The plant can endure just about anything. The only thing Sanseverias don’t appreciate is overwatering. When in doubt, don't water. The plant only requires water when the soil has properly dried out.


The Sanseveria is at ease anywhere in the home. If you place the plant close to a window, its leaves will become lighter in colour.


The Sanseveria can be repotted directly after purchase. After about three years the plant outgrows the pot. This is the perfect time to repot the Mother-in-law's Tongue.