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African Spear Plant
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- Uniquely-shaped leaves
- Easy care
- Drought resistant
About This Plant
This plant is considered mildly toxic to house pets, and will cause temporary illness if ingested. Take care to ensure pets don't chew or eat it. More information here.
Up to 84 inches
Up to 36 inches
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Plant Care Tips
Planting InstructionsFor plants that have filled their current containers, select a container one inch wider than the container your plant is currently growing in. Plants that haven't filled out the soil in their current pots don't need a larger container, but can be repotted into a container of the same size or slipped into a cache pot to hide the plastic nursery container. Select a potting soil suitable for indoor plants, one that is light and drains freely. If the soil is dry, add enough water and mix it in to make the soil just damp. Add enough soil to the new container so that the top of the root ball will sit a bit below the rim of the container, 1/4-inch for smaller plants up to an inch for very large plants. This will help prevent spills when you water. Remove your plant from its old container and gently tease the roots from the surface of the root ball. Place the plant in the new container, adding or removing soil to bring the top of the root ball to the desired level. Add soil around the root ball, firming it in lightly. Water in to settle the soil, adding more if needed. Water your newly repotted plant lightly for the next several weeks while the roots are growing into the new soil. Indoor plants can be especially prone to rot from overwatering at this point.
General Care DescriptionA sansevieria can be placed anywhere in a room from the darkest corner to the brightest window. The better the light, the faster a sansevieria grows. Over-watering is the main reason sansevieria plants die. Allow the soil to dry out before watering. During the winter, in a low light area, a sansevieria plant may need water only once a month. Feed a Sansevieria monthly when the plant is actively growing with a Cactus plant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Never use a fertilizer that contains nitrates.
Effort of Care
Plant in a good, rich, organic soil that drains quickly. If the soil in the pot isn't draining well, add some sand.
Sansevierias grow well in temperatures between 60°F (15.5°C) and 85° F (29°C)`
Sansevierias are famous for tolerating low light spots that other plants can't handle. In brighter light, they'll grow faster and have deeper colors.
Over-watering is the main reason sansevieria plants die. Allow the soil to dry out before watering. During the winter, in a low light area, a sansevieria plant may need water only once a month.
Disease and Pests
Root rot, caused by over watering, is the main problem, however, Sansevieria plants seem to be immune to houseplant pests.