Get Inspired with Sansevierias
If you are looking for a unique plant to transform your home and garden, you can try this beautiful and stunning species: Sansevieria cylindrica “Skyline.” Without having to sacrifice beauty, this succulent is versatile enough to thrive indoors or outdoors with low maintenance. This species is from Angola and belongs to the Dracaenaceae family, or dragon tree family. There are about 120 species described in the genus, the majority of which are mainly distributed in Central Africa and Southeast Asia.
Deriving its name from a competition in a Dutch national newspaper, Sansevieria cylindrica has green-grey leaves, which are striped and smooth, exuding a combination of modernity and simplicity. For a novice or a plant expert, this trendy succulent stands out as a wonderful conversation piece in your landscape. Each leaf is about 1.2 inches thick and can reach a height between 2 to 5 feet.
Typically, the Sansevieria cylindrica also known as “Spear Sansevieria,” is used as an ornamental plant for its unique and exotic looking features. It grows as a fan shaped succulent; the stiff leaves grow upright from a basal rosette. What differentiates the Sansevieria cylindrica from other varieties is the cylindrial nature of the leaf, caused by a suppression of dorsi-ventral symmetry. The “precursor tip” produced during the developing stages of the leaf enlarges without breaking radial symmetry (Cal’s Plant of the Week, Cal Lemke. University of Okalahoma Department of Botany and Microbiology. 9 October 1998.http://www.plantoftheweek.org/week160.shtml)
Being versatile and low-maintenance, the Sansevieria cylindrica only needs watering about once or twice a month during the warmer climates, and less frequently indoors as a houseplant. It thrives best with little water and at room temperature. A general rule of thumb is that succulents require less water than many traditional houseplants that you find at garden centers and grocery stores. If in doubt whether the soil is dry, refrain from watering. The best way to determine whether the Sansevieria cylindrica needs water is to provide moisture when the top 1/2 inch of soil feels dry to the finger. The soil should be thoroughly moist at each watering, and allowed to dry before water is added again. Some gardeners use moisture meters to determine how dry or wet the compost is. When using a moisture meter, be sure to water when the meter indicates the plant is dry. One of the most important considerations in watering a Sansevieria cylindrica is to never let the container stand in water. Moreover, to preserve its beautiful green-grey stems and fan shape structure, you must protect the Sansevieria cylindrica from temperatures that are below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
To propagate this plant, first divide the rhizomes, which are thick rootstalks, by cutting them into about 3 to 4 inch sections. Prior to planting these sections in soil, allow the offsets to dry for about 1-2 days. Then replant each section in a well-drainage mixture that contains potting mix, pumice, and coarse sand. Allow the offsets to settle in the soil before watering.
The distinctive qualities of the Sansevieria cylindrica make it a dramatic plant with its perfect sculptural shape and size. Adding to its unique beauty, the plant blooms greenish-white tubular flowers about once a year. Although Sansevierias are not predominantly grown for their flowers, they have a lovely fragrance. With its striking appearance and low-maintenance culture, the Sansevieria cylindrica is the perfect solution to creating a beautiful atmosphere for your home garden.
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