Plant Care African Spear Plant

African Spear Plant

About African Spear Plant

African Spear Plant is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs very little water to thrive. They do best in moderate sunlight 🌤 and should be less than 6 feet from a window.

African Spear Plant belongs to the sansevieria genus, and is native to Angola.


Sansevieria cylindrica

Also known as

Cylindrical Snake Plant

How to care for African Spear Plant


How often to water your African Spear Plant

Water needs for African Spear Plant
0.5 cups
every 12

African Spear Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of African Spear Plant

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for African Spear Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant African Spear Plant: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

African Spear Plant can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

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How to fertilize African Spear Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for African Spear Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your African Spear Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

African Spear Plant is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for African Spear Plant

African Spear Plant

African Spear Plant

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 6ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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