Sansevieria Black Limon

sansevieria black limon

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Sansevieria Black Limon is a cultivar of Sansevieria Trifasciata Laurentii, which is commonly known as variegated snake plant. This means that the Black Limon is closely related to a typical snake plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata). This cultivar produces dark green (almost black) leaves with beautiful yellow margins. Leaf texture is smooth and waxy.

The variety Black Limon was first discovered in 2012 by an inventor Marvin Gonzalez Villegas from Costa Rica. It was found as a rare mutated plant among a plantation of Sansevieria Laurentii. The cultivar was granted a patent in 2015.

Sansevieria Black Limon belongs to the family Ruscaceae.

Also known as

  • Sansevieria Black Limón
  • Black Limon Snake Plant

At a glance

Features

Origin

This cultivar originated as a naturally occurring mutation of the Sansevieria Trifasciata Laurentii. It was grown in a controlled garden environment.

Foliage

Black limon has long, sword shaped leaves with yellow margins similar to its parent plant Laurentii. However, there are slight differences. The leaves have dark green color with non-uniform horizontal variegated bands in medium green. Each leaf is 3-5 cm wide in the middle, which is slightly narrower than Laurentii leaves. There are 3 to 5 leaves per plant.

Size

The plant can grow up to 2-3 feet (60-90 cm) when grown in the ground. Potted plants may reach the height of 2 feet. Flower stalks are usually a foot (30 cm) tall. The plant grows vertical and spreads only about 6 inches (15 cm) in width.

Flower

On rare occasions, this plant produces a vertical flower spike covered in small buds. The flowers are greenish yellow in color. They are small, ovoid shaped with no fragrance.

Toxicity

Like all Sansevieria, this cultivar can be mildly toxic for humans and animals. If consumed in large amounts, it can cause symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, nausea etc.

Pests

Black limon is generally not susceptible to pests and diseases. It has high tolerance to Antrachnose fungal disease. It may be prone to overwatering problems if the soil is not fast-draining.

Propagation

You can create new plants by vegetative propagation. It can be planted from the rhizomes or by dividing the root-ball. Rooted cuttings take about 2 to 3 months to grow a new plant.

Growth Season

Being a Sansevieria, it grows best in warmer seasons. The active growth period of this evergreen plant is during the spring to summer. Flowering usually happens in late winter or in the spring.

Growing Conditions

Soil

Well-draining and gritty soil is great for most plants in the Sansevieria group. You can use a regular potting mix made for cacti and succulents. For making your own potting mix, add pumice, coco coir or perlite in regular soil. The proportion of pure soil should not exceed 50% of the mix.

Water

Black limon is a very drought-tolerant cultivar. No frequent watering is required for this plant. You can water just once every other week in the growing season. Reduce the watering in winter to once a month. Let the 1-1.5 inch top soil dry out before each watering. Don't let the roots remain wet for too long, especially during winters.

Light

This plant can tolerate anything from the full sun to low light conditions. Bright natural light is great for plant growth. It has high adaptability to outdoor and indoor conditions. However, the plant prefers filtered but bright sunlight.

Environment

Snake plants do great in average room temperature and humidity. This particular cultivar has been found to tolerate temperatures between 65-90°F (18-32°C). It can survive cold weather if kept dry. But frosting can damage the leaves and it's better to avoid extremely low temperatures.

Learn more about care and propagation of Sansevierias