Surely, if we name the plant Sanseviera, not everyone will recognize it or know which one we are talking about. But beware; if we say the word, the sword of Saint George or also, for example, the lizard’s tail or even the mother-in-law’s tongue all these names come to be the same. Yes, all these names are the same plant. The difference is that, with the most peculiar names, they are at the end, the most common and recognized.
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This plant has a particularity and that is that, if you are one of those people who are not very good at being able to take good care of or maintain plants for a long time, this is one of those plants that would be good for you to have.
They are resistant plants and the poor ones, they hold up well and are usually grateful. There is no excuse for saying that no plants ever live inside your home, that they die due to lack of light or on the contrary, that you don’t have hands to water them because they all die, that they give you a lot of work because there are You don’t have to fertilize them continuously, nor prune them every month or every week, nor pick flowers that may fall… the same, they withstand bad weather and can live perfectly in the garden.
You just have to keep in mind that they need a lot of light, indoors it is better that the light is not too sharp so as not to burn them, and the same in the garden. Irrigation, moderate. Above all, be careful not to overdo it with the water so that it does not have surpluses and ends up drowning and rotting.
In times like winter, take care of the heaters (if they are inside the home) and the cold, snow, frost, wind… in the garden. In the summer, due to the heat, check that they are not dry and try to water them twice a week if they are in the garden and/or terrace.
Instructions for caring for the Sanseviera
- We must always take into account how well plants can live or what their origin is. For this reason, mention must be made of the origins of the sanseviera. It is a plant that needs a climate that is warm. The cold does not tolerate well and can freeze, but be careful with the heat and very dry climates because the leaves can burn and die.
- As it is a strong and durable plant, it makes it ideal to be inside homes and for people who have little hands to take care of plants. They hold up well.
- This plant can become quite large… so think about it when you decide to leave it in an area of the house (if you want to leave it inside).
- As we have said, he accepts well to be inside the home, but he has a requirement. The areas in the dark or with a lack of light, it does not tolerate it at all well and can wither.
- Regarding lighting, it is very important to know that it is a plant that tolerates light well, in fact, it needs lighting. But be careful, because in the light, but not in direct light. If you do, the leaves of the plant can start to burn and spoil.
- Therefore, check that, if you place it in the garden, it will need light, but not direct so that it does not exceed it and burn. And inside, the same.
- As for irrigation, it is not a plant that needs extra care or too many. But if we pay a minimum of vigilance, depending on the color of its leaves, we will be able to know if we are watering it excessively or, on the contrary, if it lacks water. It is very important that you have a correct irrigation. In the case of mother-in-law’s tongue, the watering it needs is normal (never too abundant) because if it does, it will end up rotting. Be careful with the water.
- On the contrary, to avoid unpleasantness and end up drying it more than it should, the recommendation we make is that it be a maximum of twice a week. For example, think about doing it at the beginning of the week and on the weekend or on weekends on a regular basis. That way you won’t be forgotten.
- You should also keep in mind that it will not be the same if you have the plant inside the house or, on the contrary, if you have it in the garden… especially in summer and winter. In winter, inside the home, it can dry out with the heating (watch out) but outdoors, with humidity and rain, it can have excess water and be damaged… in summer, in the garden, it will surely need a minimum of twice irrigation so it doesn’t dry out.
- It is a plant that needs a habitat or warm temperature(its origin) therefore, the cold and air currents will not take them well.
- The color of this plant is diverse. You can find it in many shades of different shades of From a dark green tone, through a light green, a green mixed with a yellow tone, a dull green, a very vibrant green, etc. All of them still are the same plant.
- It is only necessary to check that it does not have excess water that it does not lack light (preferably not direct) and control its leaves so that they tell us if something happens to them or if they are perfect.
- A trick to know if your Sanseviera plant is perfect or if it starts to need some extra is to look at how its leaves are. We comment to you. The leaves of these plants “speak” expressing themselves through their shapes and their color. If, for example, suddenly, you begin to notice that its leaves are twisted and begin to wrinkle, be careful because the poor plant is drying up. Do not hesitate to water it immediately.
- On the contrary, it can also happen that you are one of those people who water the plant continuously or, that every time you do it, you spend too much water. If the Sanseviera is receiving a lot of water (so much that it can’t drain well) you will notice it because the leaves of this plant you will notice as wet, with excess liquid, greasy, etc. What must you do? To begin with, limit irrigation from now on. You can end up drowning the plant. And then, immediately, take a blotting paper and dry its leaves from excess water.
- Speaking of its leaves, keep in mind that the leaves can end up falling off. What does it mean when the leaves start to fall? Well, you have to start pruning and cutting it. You should not be afraid of pruning it because it should always be done. If it is not pruned, the leaves will fall off by themselves, it will begin to lose strength, it will not grow well, it will not be as vigorous and it will lose strength.
- Regarding the vitamins for the plant to flourish, its leaves look pretty and more beautiful, a fertilizer is needed a year. Or what you can do, if you don’t want to be so aware of it, is to include a harder fertilizer, like the one used for cacti. Ask in the gardens so that they can advise you on the one that best suits your tongue of fire.
- As for the land, it is not a plant that needs a specific land, with specific fertilizers, great vitamins, etc. Not concrete things. You just have to keep in mind that it is a pot of considerable size. You will have to bear in mind that this plant becomes large and, therefore, you have to transplant it from a pot and/or pot every year. Obviously, if you already have a large pot, the plant, adding more soil and draining it so that it is not lacking and is renewed, would also be more than enough.
What do you need to take care of the Sanseviera?
- It is necessary that this plant be placed in a place with a lot of light.
- It is necessary to have space for the plant to grow strongly and freely.
- You have to control your leaves.
- A good watering is necessary. Be careful with the excess, the sheets can give you data on whether it is too much or too little.
- You have to prune it once a year in conditions, so that it sprouts again and with more force.
Tips for caring for the Sanseviera
As we have mentioned, it is a fairly resistant plant, the poor thing only has basic needs such as light and water, but if you meet those minimum requirements, you will show off an incredible plant with beautiful long, green, vibrant leaves. If you want to try with a nice set of resistant and grateful green leaves, you can get several in different shades of green and combined with green and yellow and place them in a large planter or flower bed. At first glance, it looks very nice.
It is only necessary to check that it does not have excess water that it does not lack light (preferably not direct) and control its leaves so that they tell us if something happens to them or if they are perfect. It will be necessary to be careful if the leaves change color, the leaves change their natural state and shape, if they are decayed, dry, if the leaves begin to be wet, if they fall, etc.
Saviors can be placed both in outdoor areas and indoors. Therefore, they are very grateful plants. They need very little care, they are plants that usually live well even in the hands of less experienced people, they support and live throughout the year, etc.