Plant Care Cylindrical Snake Plant

Cylindrical Snake Plant

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About Cylindrical Snake Plant

Did you know the genus name Dracaena comes from the Greek for ‘female dragon’? Some plants in this genus have thick, red resin which was reminiscent of dragon blood! 🐲 Dracaenas are native to Africa, Asia, and northern Australia, and are known for being super easy to care for. Some species can go months without water, and many can grow well in low sunlight.

Taxonomy

Dracaena angolensis
Dracaena
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

African Spear, Spear Sansevieria, Brazil Saint Bárbara Sword and Sansevieria cylindrica

How to care for Cylindrical Snake Plant

💦 Water

How often to water your Cylindrical Snake Plant

Water needs for Cylindrical Snake Plant
0.5 cups
every 12

Cylindrical Snake 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 Cylindrical Snake Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Cylindrical Snake Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cylindrical Snake Plant: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Cylindrical Snake 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 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Cylindrical Snake Plant in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Cylindrical Snake Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Cylindrical Snake 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 Cylindrical Snake Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Cylindrical Snake Plant →

Common Cylindrical Snake Plant Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Cylindrical Snake Plant thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Cylindrical Snake Plant Water Frequency →

Cylindrical Snake Plant Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Cylindrical Snake 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 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Cylindrical Snake Plant Light Requirements →

Cylindrical Snake Plant Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Cylindrical Snake Plant is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Cylindrical Snake Plant Toxicity to Dogs →

Cylindrical Snake Plant Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Cylindrical Snake Plant enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Cylindrical Snake Plant Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Cylindrical Snake Plant is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Cylindrical Snake Plant →

When and How to Successfully Repot Cylindrical Snake Plant →


💩 Fertilizer

Cylindrical Snake Plant grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Cylindrical Snake Plant to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Cylindrical Snake Plant is native to Africa to Southern Asia and Australia.


🌸 Flowers

Cylindrical Snake Plant produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Cylindrical Snake Plant is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Cylindrical Snake Plant →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Cylindrical Snake Plant can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Cylindrical Snake Plant Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Cylindrical Snake Plant can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

How to Propagate Cylindrical Snake Plant →


🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Cylindrical Snake Plant, since they are very sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Cylindrical Snake Plant

Cylindrical Snake Plant

Cylindrical Snake Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Cylindrical Snake Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 101
Cylindrical Snake Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 49
Cylindrical Snake Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 19
Cylindrical Snake Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 5
Cylindrical Snake Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Cylindrical Snake Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Cylindrical Snake Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
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03/01/2022

Easy to grow, I Haven’t had it that long so I don’t know a lot of details other than it’s a nice plant and it shoots

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02/03/2022

Super easy and no stress, love my little guy!

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globe Orlando, FL
01/11/2022

This plant loves being ignored. Every time I forget about it, then check on it, it’s got some new growth. I love the design and the new growth that’s coming in is interesting too. I’m sure if I have it more light, it would grow faster, but I’m pretty happy with where it’s at.

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globe Tuscaloosa, AL
12/25/2021

This is a beautiful Sansevieria to add to your collection.

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globe Miami, FL
12/25/2021

Very good plant to have easy to water

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globe Orlando, FL
12/22/2021

I dropped this plant when the soil was dry and compacted - it popped out of its pot. I didn’t have soil on hand to remedy so it sat on my counter for a bit before I finally repotted it. It survived with no signs of damage. Great plant to ignore but I’m excited to care for it better and see it grow too!

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globe Tuscaloosa, AL
12/08/2021

They are patient with you and very forgiving.

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11/29/2021

Looks cool and low maintenance

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globe Greenville, SC
11/12/2021

Literally a champ. I have one a foot from the window and one 12 feet from the window and they’re both thriving.

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globe Mount Prospect, IL
10/10/2021

Very sharp be careful.

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10/06/2021

It is very unique and hard to kill.

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globe Boston, MA
10/01/2021

An interesting little plant! I’m trying to make a braid out of the fingers - but fun to watch it grow it’s leaves out

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Hardy and low maintenance, but slow to grow.

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09/13/2021

She’s so good and I’m such a proud mother

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globe Minnetonka, MN
09/07/2021

Pretty much looks the same scone the first day I brought her home, over 4 years ago…

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08/03/2021

It just site there tbf.

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globe Eau Claire, WI
07/20/2021

This plant is pretty good I just have the problem of over watering so I gave it root rot and it still survived that

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07/13/2021

The snake plant is so easy to grow. When I first got him he was in a tiny pot. As soon as I repotted him into a larger pot he just exploded! Such an easy plant to take care of and grow. Soon I will be trying to propagate him!

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07/09/2021

I LOVE THIS PLANT IT IS SO EASY AND GROWS SO MANY NEW THINGS CONSTANTLY

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07/08/2021

Literally leave it alone and water it every 2-3 weeks and he’s golden

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