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Sansevieria Concinna is a one of the slow growing species of Sansevieria. It is not as wildly popular as the common snake plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata). However, this small ornamental houseplant looks great as a decor for homes and offices.
Sansevieria Concinna stands out from other snake plants due to its unique spoon shaped leaves (Look at the second image). This variety of Sansevieria Subspicata has some interesting cultivars. These are some of the rare and hard to get cultivars of this plant.
- Sansevieria Concinna ‘Sybaja Lake’
- Sansevieria Concinna Mini
- Variegated Sansevieria Concinna
- Sansevieria Concinna Orange
This plant belongs to the genus Dracaena from the Asparagaceae family.
- Sansevieria Subspicata var. Concinna
- Sansevieria Subspicata Baker var. Concinna
At a glance
The plant is native to Africa. It is found in Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and the Northern Province of South Africa.
Sansevieria Concinna has elliptical leaves with relatively long stalks. The leaves tend to fold near the base to form a peculiar spoon shape. They are more likely to fold this way if you place the plant in a brightly lit place. There are 2-5 leaves per shoot and they can have irregular pale green bands. The bands may or may not be noticeable. Leaves are dark olive green in color.
This is a small variety of snake plant. An average height of this plant can be anywhere between half to one and a half foot (15-45 cm). It’s a very slow growing Sansevieria.
Sansevieria Concinna can produce clusters of flowers on a flower spike that rises straight up from the roots. The blossom contains densely packed small, delicate tubular flowers. They are yellowish white with purple tinge and have mild fragrance.
All parts of Sansevieria are considered mildly toxic if chewed or consumed in large quantities. It can affect both humans and animals, so it’s better to keep away from your pets and children. Some of the symptoms of poisoning are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea etc.
This evergreen species grows relatively fast during spring-summer season. Bright sunlight and warmer temperature promotes the growth as well as blooming in the plant. Flowering period is usually late spring to summer. This plant can normally bloom once a year, but it’s not guaranteed.
The best type of soil for this plant is coarse and well-draining. Drainage holes and breathable soil are absolute must, otherwise your plant will slowly start to rot. You can choose soil additives like pumice, perlite, coco coir to increase the porosity of soil. A ready-to-use potting mix made for cactus and succulents also works great.
One of the benefits of this plant is it doesn’t require daily watering. On average, you can water it once in 7-10 days during the growth period, and once in a month in the winters. Make sure that the top layer of soil is completely dry before you water. Always water the plant thoroughly, then let the excess water drain away. Do not let it sit in the collected water.
Sansevieria plants grow best in bright filtered sunlight. However, they can also survive in low light as well as full sun. Few hours of direct sun, especially in the morning and evening is great. But, avoid placing your plants in places where they’ll receive direct afternoon sun. These plants prefer shaded areas.
Sansevieria Concinna is great at tolerating heat, but it’s not very winter hardy. It is well suited for indoor conditions. In tropical and warm regions, you can also grow this plant outside. Ideal temperature is anywhere between 65-80°F (18-27°C). Protect the plant from temperature below 50°F (10°C). Freezing temperature combined with wet soil should be avoided at all cost.
Sansevieria Concinna is a low maintenance plant that is less likely to get infected by pests. If it does get attacked by some pests, it’s most probably spider mites, mealybugs or thrips. For mild conditions, you can get rid of mealybugs and spider mites by manually wiping them off with a cloth soaked in rubbing alcohol. In case of moderate infestation, wash out the bugs with a water jet.
Snake plants are known to be very tolerant and don’t generally get sick. They can also recover easily once the underlying cause is fixed. If your plant has yellow, soggy leaves, brown roots and unpleasant smell, then you might be overwatering your plant. Brown tips and dry leaves is generally a sign of dehydration. Cold damage can make your plant leaves flop over and change color.
Sansevieria Concinna can grow best when you feed it a few times in a year. You can use any balanced fertilizer designed for general houseplants. Natural fertilizers can also be used, just be careful not to overuse them. Feed your plants every 6-8 weeks during spring and summer. Do not fertilize in the winters. Although many fertilizer types can work well, liquid fertilizers are convenient and less risky for this plant.
Like most Sansevieria plants, propagating S. Concinna is pretty easy. Dividing the plant from its roots is the quickest and reliable way. For this, you’ll need a plant with well-established roots. Remove it from the pot and see where the root structure can be separated. Then cut the rhizomes to separate the baby plants and repot them in different containers. Smaller plants can also be propagated by rooting the healthy leaf cuttings directly into the soil.