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One look at this plant and you’ll surely be smitten. Why? Obviously, Sansevieria moonshine is one gorgeous snake plant. Just look at those stunning leaves!
The best part is that it is a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant succulent that can survive independently. But no, we’re not saying it does not need care at all.
While the Sansevieria moonshine is a survivor, you still need to provide enough care for this beautiful plant to thrive. So today, we will help you with some care tips to ensure that your moonshine snake plant lives happily.
What is Sansevieria Moonshine Plant?
These hardy plants are part of the Sansevieria trifasciata cultivar belonging to the Asparagaceae family. This tropical beauty goes by many names, such as moonlight snake plant, silver moonshine snake plants, or moonglow snake plant.
The Sansevieria trifasciata moonshine is native to the regions of the Congo and Nigeria and is one rare plant to get your hands on. It’s a succulent that is vigorous to grow whether as an indoor or outdoor plant.
The extraordinary silvery leaves are broad, with a narrow dark green margin found along the edges. The newer foliage is more prominent with white-silver tones. As the leaves age, they become darker green.
The darker color, however, can result from exposure to too little light. The critical thing to remember is if your plant stands in low light conditions, the color is not reversible.
Another important note for plant lovers is this plant grows up to six feet in height with vertical growth from the base. The foliage grows wide up to five inches. Sometimes if you are lucky, you’ll notice flowers, but they are known to have problems with blooming. If you are greeted with white fragranced flowers, count yourself lucky.
Moonshine Snake Plant Care
Very little care is required for Sansevieria moonshine to thrive and to sport those sensual leaves. Here is a summary of the essential things you need to remember:
Keep in mind that you need to keep this plant away from pets and children. It is mildly toxic and if your pets chew on the leaves, it can cause mouth irritation.
Best Potting Mix for Dracaena ‘Moonglow’
Sansevieria plants are drought tolerant, so they do not like sitting in soggy soil. Proper drainage plays an important part. We recommend a soil mix that is free-draining made for succulents.
A great option is using a cactus potting mix as it is soil-free and filled with organic matter to lessen moisture. The reason is that moonshine snake plants can quickly get root rot from standing in water.
Ideal Lighting Conditions for Vibrant Foliage
Moonshine snake plant is an easy-going foliage plan and is not fussy about lighting. The plant can adapt to different lighting conditions full morning sun to partial shade. But not all conditions of lighting are perfect for the snake plant moonshine.
If you want your plants to look their best producing those silver-green leaves, grow them in lower light. When placed in bright indirect light, the leaves can get sun-scorched. While increasing in sparse light, the foliage becomes a darker green. The ideal lighting is a bright light with part shade.
You can move your plant to a different situation, but they need to adapt to their new environment. You can slowly introduce your moonlight sansevieria to the lighting situation for short periods. As time progresses, you can increase the amount of light until fully adjusted.
Watering Needs for Plant Sansevieria
For the watering of the plant, Sansevieria does not need frequent watering. Thus, you get super low maintenance. Hence, your moonshine plants need minimal water. Another important note is that the Sansevieria trifasciata stores water in the foliage, so overwatering is seriously leading to root rot.
You can water once every two weeks during the growing season for healthy leaf growth. So, we recommend to leaves the soil dry in between watering. When the temperature drops in winter, you can reduce watering to once a month.
Doing this is the best for your indoor plant as it becomes dormant and absorption stops.
Temperature & Humidity Needs
Now, if there is one thing your snake plant loves, it’s that warm temperature. However, it can also handle temperatures that fluctuate.
If you opt to grow your snake plants outdoors, we do not recommend leaving them in temperatures below 41°F (5°C). Doing this damages your precious plant including scarring those gorgeous leaves. An ideal temperature is between 55°F and 85°F (13°C and 29°C).
Sansevieria moonshine plants can grow well in average room humidity. So, there’s no need to exert effort in raising humidity levels around your home.
Fertilizer Needs for Moonshine Sansevieria
This gorgeous plant is a slow grower. So, the next best thing to do is provide your moonshine sansevieria with a feed to boost its growth. Do this in the summer and spring seasons.
You can feed your moonshine snake plants twice a year as needed, and using cacti or succulent fertilizer is more than enough. Do not overfeed your Sansevieria trifasciata moonshine and only give small amounts as you would to a baby plant.
You can stop feeding your plants during winter. Too much fertilizer will make your plant suffer from fertilizer burns. It may also cause the leaves to turn darker in shade, which is not a good thing for this snake plant.
Propagation of Snake Plants
A great way to make sure you have enough Sansevieria moonshine plants is to propagate them. The process is simple, and you can do it through division or leaf cuttings. When your mother plant is mature, you can divide the clumps on the leaves that look overcrowded.
Separate the cluster of leaves from the rootstock. These clusters usually come apart with roots attached. You can plant the divided clumps into well-draining soil in their pots. Wet the ground around the core.
Another method is to take the rhizome structure of the baby plants from the parent plant. Again, the best is to use a healthy leaf. Next, place the baby plant into the soil but do not water the rhizome now and leave it standing for about a week before watering.
For leaf cuttings, you need a mature leaf and cut pieces two inches long and leave to dry for two days. You can then plant the leaf-cutting about one inch deep into the ground as it will root by itself. Place your new plant in bright indirect light.
The Sansevieria is winter hardy in the USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b but will cringe at frost. But you can grow them indoors in other zones from 10 to 12.
Potting Moonshine Snake Plant
The moonshine sansevieria makes a fabulous potted plant indoors and outdoors. The important thing is to get a container with enough drainage holes. Terracotta pots are the best. The excellent news is that you need not repot your plant often as it loves being root-bound. It will encourage them to produce flowers.
But if your snake plant starts bursting out of the pot, you can give it a new home. All you need to do is remove your plant from the container and move it to a bigger abode with added soil. The best time to do this is in the warm months.
Sansevieria Moonshine Varieties
In the Sansevieria moonshine, you get up to seven varieties that are rare finds.
Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Black Gold’
The plant brightens up indoor spaces with green leaves and gold edges. Another benefit of placing the plant in your bedroom is an air-purifying plant.
Sansevieria triasciata ‘Futura Robusta’
The leaf color is silver-green, and it has darker green horizontal stripes running down the foliage. The plant can live up to ten years in the right environment. Still, it is also the shortest growing variety of the snake plant.
Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Futura Superba’
The plant looks similar to the Black Gold with the same patterns and color, but the leaves are broader but not as tall as the Black Gold.
Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Cylindrica’
The African Spear has spear-shaped foliage you can braid or leave in its natural shape. It makes for an eye-catching display, and the foliage is thick and pointed, growing up to seven feet high.
Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Golden Hahnii’
This gorgeous plant has gold edges to a light green center that forms rosettes and is the brightest snake plant.
Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Black Jack’
The snake plant is similar to the Black Gold but is much shorter in height. It has narrow gold edges on the green leaves.
Sansevieria triasciata ‘Black Robusta’
The silver sprinkles with dark green leaves look fabulous displayed in the home.
Sansevieria Moonshine Diseases & Pests
The moonshine snake plant is relatively problem-free. However, they are some issues that may arise such as root rot, minor pests, and darkening of leaves. To prevent rotting of the roots, leave the soil dry in between watering.
While you can adjust the lighting levels for your plant, leaving it in low light will make the leaves darken. Unfortunately, this is not reversible. Lastly, you can get visits from mealybugs and spider mites so it’s better to check from time to time.
Frequently Asked Questions
The only time your Sansevieria moonshine will turn green is when you leave it standing in low light. So before the leaves start darkening, move your plant to bright light.
Your snake plans provide a lot of benefits when you have them in your home:
- It is a natural air-purifier with a study conducted by NASA in association with ALCA (Associated Landscape Contractors of America). It can clean the air in the home.
- Another health benefit of these plants is the capability to get rid of the cancer-causing toxins in the air.
- Placing the moonshine snake plant in your bedroom helps sleep enhancement as they produce oxygen at night.
The moonshine snake plant cannot revert its color once it turns to a dark green shade. Instead, the process happens when you leave your plant in low light.