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Get ready to be amazed by the African Spear plant, also known as Sansevieria cylindrica (Dracaena angolensis), one of the snake plant varieties and a vibrant member of the Sansevieria genus! It has many other common names, including cylindrical sansevieria, the cylindrical snake plant, the Starfish sansevieria, the bow-string hemp, dragon fingers, and pencil Sansevieria. 

This snake plant does not have ordinary upright, dark-green leaves; they are horizontally striped and have an extraordinary cylindrical fan shape that tapers to a fine point at its tips.The single leaf of this spear sansevieria can grow up to 7 feet tall and up to 1.4 inches wide. 

In the right conditions, these extraordinary Sansevieria plants might surprise you with a small creamy-white flower spike shooting up from their center. While the cylindrical snake plant flower is not the largest or most colorful among its succulent family, it does have a distinct, sweet-smelling, and pleasing fragrance. These delicate white blooms dance in the air like tiny fairies spreading joy and enchantment everywhere they go. It's simply magical! 

Remember, these cylindrical snake plants are mildly toxic for humans and pets, so, it's important to keep them away from children and pets. It is the simplest way to multiply and propagate Sansevieria cylindrica plants. You can either adopt the division or the leaf-cuttings method of Sansevieria cylindrica propagation. While this slow-growing succulent is known to live longer than most other succulents provided it is kept in a warm and well-lit position. 

Watering Needs 

Native to Africa, the African spear succulent plant doesn't need much water to thrive. In fact, it's best to water the Sansevieria cylindrica plant only when the soil is completely dry, which can be once every two to three weeks. When you do water your Sansevieria plants, be sure to do so thoroughly, allowing the water to soak into the soil. Be careful not to overwater it, as this can cause root rot, which can be fatal to the plant. 

But come wintertime (dormant period), you can cut back to every two weeks or less. And get this - any type of water (except hard water) will work just fine! So, whether you use tap or filtered, or even rainwater, your cylindrical snake plant will thrive in no time. Just remember to avoid hard water since this African spear plant doesn't like lime very much. 

Light Requirements 

The African spear plant, or Sansevieria cylindrica survives in bright full sunlight but can also tolerate low light conditions. It's best to avoid direct afternoon sunlight, as this can burn the leaves. 

If you're growing the African spear indoors, place it near a north-facing window that gets plenty of bright, indirect light. If you're growing it outdoors, be sure to provide it with some shade during the hottest part of the day. Without enough light, photosynthesis rates drop, leaves become thin, colors appear dull, there is an unhealthy look to the plant, and growth is stunted. 

Optimal Soil Needs 

The Sansevieria cylindrica prefers soil that's well-drained and rich in organic matter. A good potting mix for this African spear should be a combination of peat moss, perlite, and sand. You can also add some compost or aged manure to the soil to provide additional nutrients. Planet Desert has got your back with our specialized succulent potting mix that includes 5 natural substrates with organic mycorrhizae perfect for promoting healthy roots and happy plants. 

When it comes to fertilizing this Sansevieria, it's best to use a slow-release fertilizer that's high in nitrogen. You can fertilize the plant once a year during the growing season, which is typically from spring to fall. Avoid over-fertilization as it can lead to the death of your stunning succulent. 

Hardiness Zone & More 

Typically grown in hot, arid desert regions, the Sansevieria cylindrica thrives indoors in warm, dry surroundings. If you live in USDA regions 9 to 11, you can also grow these Sansevieria plants outdoors year-round, but they are not cold- or frost-tolerant, so you should plant them indoors or put them in a pot and move them indoors during the winter if you live outside of these regions. 

Keep your African spear plants away from cold, drafty windows and air vents if you are growing them indoors in a cold climate. 

We think you will love this Sansevieria plant order your very own Sansevieria cylindrica - African spear or cylindrical snake plant today and start enjoying its beauty in no time! 

Bloom Season Spring, summer
Botanical Name Sansevieria cylindrica
Common Name African Spear Plant, Cylindrical Snake plant, bow-string hemp
Dormancy Winter
Family Asparagaceae
Flower Color Creamy-white
Genus Sansevieria
Growth Habit Cylindrical
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size Up to 7 ft. tall, 1.4 in. wide
Native Area Africa
Plant Type Perennial Succulent
Propagation By seeds, leaf cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat resistant, pest resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized succulent potting mix
Special Features Easy to maintain
Sun Exposure Full sun, Partial shade
Toxicity Mildly toxic for humans, mildly toxic for pets
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of African Spear Plants

The African spear plant is generally a hardy plant that is reputedly resistant to many pests or diseases. However, it can be susceptible to mealybugs and spider mites, especially if it is stressed or not receiving the proper Sansevieria cylindrica care. These pests can be controlled with insecticide soap or neem oil. 

Rot: Overwatering is one of the most common problems with this Sansevieria cylindrica. This can lead to root or stem rot and other issues. To avoid overwatering, it is important to allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. The cylindrical snake plant should also be planted in well-drained soil and a pot with drainage holes. 

Sunburn: The Sansevieria plants can be susceptible to sunburn if they are exposed to direct sunlight. It is important to place this snake plant in a location that receives bright, indirect light and to avoid placing it in direct sunlight. If the leaves start to turn brown and dry out, this is a sign of sunburn, and the African spear should be moved to a shadier location. 

FAQs - African Spear Plant

How do you take care of a Sansevieria cylindrica? 

The African spear plant, known as Sansevieria cylindrica, is a low-maintenance, easy-to-care succulent plant that thrives in various conditions. To maintain its health, water sparingly allows the soil to dry completely between waterings, and avoid watering the leaves.  

Provide bright full sunlight, avoid direct sunlight, and use well-draining, organic soil with a potting mix of peat moss, perlite, and sand. Fertilize with a slow-release nitrogen-rich fertilizer once a year during the growing season. 

Is Sansevieria cylindrica an indoor plant? 

Yes, the African spear plant (Sansevieria cylindrica), or cylindrical snake plant, is a great indoor succulent that can be grown in a variety of settings. It's a popular choice for offices and other indoor spaces because of its low-maintenance nature and ability to tolerate a wide range of conditions. Just be sure to keep it away from direct sunlight and avoid overwatering it. 

How much light does an African spear plant need? 

The African spear plant, or Sansevieria cylindrica, prefers bright full sunlight. This means that it should be placed near a south-facing window where it can receive plenty of natural light but not in direct sunlight. If it is placed in an area with low light, it may not thrive as well, and its growth may be stunted.  

However, this succulent is quite adaptable and can tolerate a range of light conditions, so it should be able to grow well in most indoor environments. 

Why is my African spear plant dying? 

There could be several reasons why your African spear plant is dying. One possibility is that it may not be receiving enough sunlight. African spear plants typically require bright light for at least 4-6 hours to thrive.  

Another factor could be overwatering, as these succulents prefer well-drained soil and can suffer from root rot if their roots are constantly sitting in water.

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African Spear Plant 'Sansevieria cylindrica' - Cylindrical Snake plant

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Get ready to be amazed by the African Spear plant, also known as Sansevieria cylindrica (Dracaena angolensis), one of the snake plant varieties and a vibrant member of the Sansevieria genus! It has many other common names, including cylindrical sansevieria, the cylindrical snake plant, the Starfish sansevieria, the bow-string hemp, dragon fingers, and pencil Sansevieria. 

This snake plant does not have ordinary upright, dark-green leaves; they are horizontally striped and have an extraordinary cylindrical fan shape that tapers to a fine point at its tips.The single leaf of this spear sansevieria can grow up to 7 feet tall and up to 1.4 inches wide. 

In the right conditions, these extraordinary Sansevieria plants might surprise you with a small creamy-white flower spike shooting up from their center. While the cylindrical snake plant flower is not the largest or most colorful among its succulent family, it does have a distinct, sweet-smelling, and pleasing fragrance. These delicate white blooms dance in the air like tiny fairies spreading joy and enchantment everywhere they go. It's simply magical! 

Remember, these cylindrical snake plants are mildly toxic for humans and pets, so, it's important to keep them away from children and pets. It is the simplest way to multiply and propagate Sansevieria cylindrica plants. You can either adopt the division or the leaf-cuttings method of Sansevieria cylindrica propagation. While this slow-growing succulent is known to live longer than most other succulents provided it is kept in a warm and well-lit position. 

Watering Needs 

Native to Africa, the African spear succulent plant doesn't need much water to thrive. In fact, it's best to water the Sansevieria cylindrica plant only when the soil is completely dry, which can be once every two to three weeks. When you do water your Sansevieria plants, be sure to do so thoroughly, allowing the water to soak into the soil. Be careful not to overwater it, as this can cause root rot, which can be fatal to the plant. 

But come wintertime (dormant period), you can cut back to every two weeks or less. And get this - any type of water (except hard water) will work just fine! So, whether you use tap or filtered, or even rainwater, your cylindrical snake plant will thrive in no time. Just remember to avoid hard water since this African spear plant doesn't like lime very much. 

Light Requirements 

The African spear plant, or Sansevieria cylindrica survives in bright full sunlight but can also tolerate low light conditions. It's best to avoid direct afternoon sunlight, as this can burn the leaves. 

If you're growing the African spear indoors, place it near a north-facing window that gets plenty of bright, indirect light. If you're growing it outdoors, be sure to provide it with some shade during the hottest part of the day. Without enough light, photosynthesis rates drop, leaves become thin, colors appear dull, there is an unhealthy look to the plant, and growth is stunted. 

Optimal Soil Needs 

The Sansevieria cylindrica prefers soil that's well-drained and rich in organic matter. A good potting mix for this African spear should be a combination of peat moss, perlite, and sand. You can also add some compost or aged manure to the soil to provide additional nutrients. Planet Desert has got your back with our specialized succulent potting mix that includes 5 natural substrates with organic mycorrhizae perfect for promoting healthy roots and happy plants. 

When it comes to fertilizing this Sansevieria, it's best to use a slow-release fertilizer that's high in nitrogen. You can fertilize the plant once a year during the growing season, which is typically from spring to fall. Avoid over-fertilization as it can lead to the death of your stunning succulent. 

Hardiness Zone & More 

Typically grown in hot, arid desert regions, the Sansevieria cylindrica thrives indoors in warm, dry surroundings. If you live in USDA regions 9 to 11, you can also grow these Sansevieria plants outdoors year-round, but they are not cold- or frost-tolerant, so you should plant them indoors or put them in a pot and move them indoors during the winter if you live outside of these regions. 

Keep your African spear plants away from cold, drafty windows and air vents if you are growing them indoors in a cold climate. 

We think you will love this Sansevieria plant order your very own Sansevieria cylindrica - African spear or cylindrical snake plant today and start enjoying its beauty in no time! 

Bloom Season Spring, summer
Botanical Name Sansevieria cylindrica
Common Name African Spear Plant, Cylindrical Snake plant, bow-string hemp
Dormancy Winter
Family Asparagaceae
Flower Color Creamy-white
Genus Sansevieria
Growth Habit Cylindrical
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size Up to 7 ft. tall, 1.4 in. wide
Native Area Africa
Plant Type Perennial Succulent
Propagation By seeds, leaf cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat resistant, pest resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized succulent potting mix
Special Features Easy to maintain
Sun Exposure Full sun, Partial shade
Toxicity Mildly toxic for humans, mildly toxic for pets
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of African Spear Plants

The African spear plant is generally a hardy plant that is reputedly resistant to many pests or diseases. However, it can be susceptible to mealybugs and spider mites, especially if it is stressed or not receiving the proper Sansevieria cylindrica care. These pests can be controlled with insecticide soap or neem oil. 

Rot: Overwatering is one of the most common problems with this Sansevieria cylindrica. This can lead to root or stem rot and other issues. To avoid overwatering, it is important to allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. The cylindrical snake plant should also be planted in well-drained soil and a pot with drainage holes. 

Sunburn: The Sansevieria plants can be susceptible to sunburn if they are exposed to direct sunlight. It is important to place this snake plant in a location that receives bright, indirect light and to avoid placing it in direct sunlight. If the leaves start to turn brown and dry out, this is a sign of sunburn, and the African spear should be moved to a shadier location. 

FAQs - African Spear Plant

How do you take care of a Sansevieria cylindrica? 

The African spear plant, known as Sansevieria cylindrica, is a low-maintenance, easy-to-care succulent plant that thrives in various conditions. To maintain its health, water sparingly allows the soil to dry completely between waterings, and avoid watering the leaves.  

Provide bright full sunlight, avoid direct sunlight, and use well-draining, organic soil with a potting mix of peat moss, perlite, and sand. Fertilize with a slow-release nitrogen-rich fertilizer once a year during the growing season. 

Is Sansevieria cylindrica an indoor plant? 

Yes, the African spear plant (Sansevieria cylindrica), or cylindrical snake plant, is a great indoor succulent that can be grown in a variety of settings. It's a popular choice for offices and other indoor spaces because of its low-maintenance nature and ability to tolerate a wide range of conditions. Just be sure to keep it away from direct sunlight and avoid overwatering it. 

How much light does an African spear plant need? 

The African spear plant, or Sansevieria cylindrica, prefers bright full sunlight. This means that it should be placed near a south-facing window where it can receive plenty of natural light but not in direct sunlight. If it is placed in an area with low light, it may not thrive as well, and its growth may be stunted.  

However, this succulent is quite adaptable and can tolerate a range of light conditions, so it should be able to grow well in most indoor environments. 

Why is my African spear plant dying? 

There could be several reasons why your African spear plant is dying. One possibility is that it may not be receiving enough sunlight. African spear plants typically require bright light for at least 4-6 hours to thrive.  

Another factor could be overwatering, as these succulents prefer well-drained soil and can suffer from root rot if their roots are constantly sitting in water.

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