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Sansevieria Cylindrica Plant: How To Grow and Care

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This plant is also known as the African spear plant because it’s native to Angola; it is trendy all over the world, mainly due to its resistance. As its name suggests, this plant has cylindrical spears that grow together, and it sometimes forms an attractive looking shape!

The Sansevieria cylindrica plant is perfect for busy individuals who tend to forget their plants’ care needs! In fact, you could even leave the plant as it is for a couple of days, and nothing will ever happen to it.

Are you ready to start growing and maintaining a Sansevieria cylindrica plant? This article is for you, so continue reading, and you will discover everything you need to know to grow your cylindrical snake plant successfully:  

Basic Facts

If you have never seen a braided Sansevieria cylindrica plant, then now it’s your lucky time! They are unique, simple, yet so beautiful plants!

This plant goes by many names including Dracaena angolensis, African spear, spear sansevieria, cylindrical snake plant, or in Brazil Saint Bárbara sword.

This plant is classified as a succulent, and you won’t really have to do much work if you want to see it thrive, as the Sansevieria cylindrica has adapted itself to several types of climates that can be very difficult to live in, such as dried or arid regions in the world.

However, they do take their time to grow, so you will need to be patient if you would like to see your Sansevieria cylindrica plants thriving. 

Sansevieria cylindrica belongs to the Asparagaceae family of plants, and it is considered an evergreen perennial succulent plant.

How To Care for Cylindrical Snake Plants

Similar to our general snake plant care guide, here are some Sansevieria Cylindrica care basics you need to master:

Water Needs

What’s so amazing about Sansevieria plants is that they could survive a long and undisturbed period of drought without any problems. This is why you should only water it once a week or even once every two weeks if it’s summertime.

On the other hand, if it’s wintertime, you should only water it once a month; otherwise, your plant may suffer from being “overwatered” (even if we think it’s not overwatered, they are because they don’t need much water).

Make sure the pot and the soil are thoroughly dried before watering the plant again. But, when you water them, you need to water the soil thoroughly!

Many individuals think that because cylindrical snake plants are succulents, they don’t need much water when you are watering them. This is not the case; in fact, quite the opposite occurs: they need to be almost entirely soaked, and then this water needs to be drained effectively; otherwise, your plant may have root rot problems due to soggy soil. 

Soil and Fertilizer Needs

young snake plant

African spear plants need well-drained soil, and you should always apply some fertilizers at the beginning of spring and summer, never in winter.

You could use organic cactus fertilizers because they will provide the right nutrients to your Sansevieria cylindrica plants. What’s more, you need a low nitrogen fertilizer if you want your plants to grow healthily. 

Light Conditions

If you are growing this plant outdoors, you will need to place them in a well-shaded area. If you are putting your Sansevieria cylindrica indoors, then you will need to make sure they receive a bright light throughout the day. It’s one of the easy to maintain indoor plants.

Repotting Sansevieria Cylindrica

You could repot it once every year. Ideally, you should be doing this at the beginning of spring; however, if you do it in the middle of spring, nothing will happen to your plant. You can easily grow them indoors if you don’t have much outdoor space.

You also should be aware that once your plant starts growing, they have so much strength that they could even break the pot where they are in. If this ever happens to you, make sure you repot them immediately, as this means the rhizomes have grown a lot, and they have run out of space in that container.

Propagating Sansevieria Cylindrica

You will be happy to know that propagating the mature plant is relatively easy to do! They grow with rhizomes that will go and spread around, underneath the soil. If you notice there are more than two spears (above the soil), even if they are small, you could take them out and divide them and place them in a different container.

If your plant is already big, you could see if there are any rhizomes underneath the first couple of leaves; if there are, take one out and dry thoroughly for at least five days. You can then transfer the plant into a new pot, but make sure you only place soil or mixture to the plant (instead of covering all the leaves that maybe there).

What other types of Sansevieria plants exist?

Even though the Sansevieria cylindrica is the main species belonging to its family of plants, there are many other snake plant varieties available for you to grow. For example, there is a spear-like Sansevieria with a lighter color than the cylindrica.

There is a Sansevieria trifasciata hahnii plant, which is a tiny succulent; then, there is the Sansevieria laurentii plant (usually referred to as the snake plant), and it has some yellow edges on its leaves, making it really easy to identify.

Lastly, a variety is called the Sansevieria moonshine variety, which has very bright and light leaves.

There are many more plants belonging to this family, but the previously mentioned types are the most known and popular ones. 

Is Sansevieria cylindrica Difficult to Maintain?

Not at all! You could forget about this plant for a couple of months, and when you go see her, you will realize she is still thriving. Remarkably, they can do this, because it shows us how much strength they have.

The more you forget about your sansevieria plant, the more (and the healthier) they will grow.


sansevieria in a vase

The Sansevieria cylindrica plant is a very stunning plant that inevitably catches everyone’s attention, especially if you braid it. They are straightforward to maintain, even if you are a complete beginner in gardening.

This plant is very unusual due to its cylindrical shape, which makes it great to have as an ornamental plant in any house.

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