The Sansevieria Sayuri is also called the Sayuri Snake Plant. This is a much less common Sansevieria variety. As such growers also consider it a snake plant.
Its most unique features are tits light green-silver foliage.
The plant grows in similar upright fashion to the snake plant. But as the leaves get longer some of the outer foliage will bend.
The Sansevieria Sayuri is native to Africa.
How do you care for the Sansevieria Sayuri? The plant does well in bright sunlight as well as low light. As long as you don’t leave exposed to very harsh direct sunlight for long periods, it will be happy.
It enjoys moderate to warm climates and humidity of around 40%. The plant also does not need regular water and can tolerate dry periods. These features make it low maintenance and easy to care for.
Sansevieria Sayuri Plant Care
Sayuri Snake Plant Light Requirements
The Sansevieria Sayuri will do well is a very wide range of lighting environments. In fact, it will tolerate everything from full sun to full shade.
Yes, it is rare to see a plant able to live in pretty much any lighting condition. But this is one of them.
As such, if you hate the limitation that some plants put on you as to where you can display or position them, you want the Sayuri Snake Plant.
Indoors, you can keep it in bright light or low light as well. You can likewise keep it fluorescent lighting too if you wish.
It is very adaptable which makes it very easy to care for.
That said, for optimal growth it prefers medium to bright sunlight. This will allow it to grow at its best. However, it will do well in the other environments as well but with just a little slower growth.
Sayuri Snake Plant Temperature
As with other snake plant varieties, the Sansevieria Sayuri is native to tropical climates. As such, it enjoys warm weather.
This is why it likes temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. This is its preferred temperature range where it feels most comfortable.
Similarly, it does not mind higher temperature as well.
However, the hotter it gets, the more you need to make sure that the plant is not underwatered. Lack of moisture will make it more susceptible to heat stress at high temperatures.
As the most of the care for this plant, its temperature preference makes it easy to grow as a houseplant.
Most homes have similar conditions in between its ideal range. So, there’s no need to make any adjustments to accommodate it
On the other hand, if you want to keep the plant outdoors, keep it in mind that the plant is not cold hardy.
The Sayuri Snake Plant can only tolerate temperatures down to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything below that, it is will begin to struggle.
As such, it is not meant to grow outdoors in some areas.
Instead, the Sansevieria Sayuri enjoys USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11. This is because the weather is warm and sunny. And this is fairly consistent throughout the year including from November to March.
On the other hand, in regions below zone 9, the plant is better off a indoors as a houseplant.
You can still take it outdoors for some fresh air and sunshine once things get warm during mid spring. Just make sure to take it back indoors once the weather drops to near 40 degrees Fahrenheit around mid-fall.
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Ideal humidity for the Sansevieria Sayuri is 40% to 50%. This is its sweet spot.
And this is something that makes it somewhat easy to for most homes to accommodate. The only exceptions are if you live if very dry areas like the desert or somewhere similar.
Often, home humidity can get to 40%.
In fact, offices with heaters or air conditioners usually maintain humidity of 30% to 40%.
This makes it easy to keep the plant happy.
That said, you always want to watch and observe its leaves.
If its leaf edges and tips start turning brown, then you’ll want to recheck humidity. This is a sign that the air is too dry for the plant.
And it this is the case, you can keep the Sansevieria Sayuri in a pebble tray or humidity tray.
Similarly, you can move it to he bathroom or kitchen where it will feel at home.
How Often to Water Sansevieria Sayuri
The most important thing to keep in mind with watering the Sansevieria Sayuri is that it prefers less to more water.
In short, it won’t mind going short on water. But it hates getting extra water.
On average the plant only needs watering about once every 10 days. In the winter, it will have no problem going an entire month without watering.
This is actually good for it because it is susceptible to overwatering.
Therefore, stay safe by staying on the drier side. If you’re not sure about watering the plant or when you last watered it, wait. Don’t add water yet.
The Sansevieria Sayuri is fairly drought tolerant.
As such, allow the soil to dry between waterings.
When you water, do so deeply or thoroughly. This means adding water to the soil until the entire root ball is soaked with liquid.
You’ll know when this happens as the pot will begin dripping from the bottom.
Then allow the excess water to drainage from the soil.
This method works well as it ensures the soil is moist but there is no waterlogging or overwatering since all the excess liquid has drained.
Sansevieria Sayuri Potting Soil
The Sansevieria Sayuri needs well-draining soil. That’s because it prone to overwatering. And it is susceptible to root rot as well.
Therefore, you want to guard against both watering the plant too often and waterlogged soil.
Thus, the soil mix you choose plays a large part in this because it is what holds or drains the water.
The good news is that the Sayuri Snake Plant is not picky about what kind of soil it lives in as long as it does not end up with excess water, it will be happy.
The simplest way to achieve this is with cactus and succulent mix. Soil that is made for both cacti or succulents are perfect for the Sansevieria Sayuri.
They don’t hold a lot of water and are able to drain the excess quickly.
As such, you can just pick up a bag of cactus & succulent potting mix from your local nursery and use it.
On the other hand, if you like making your own soil mix combinations at home, you can likewise use:
- 1 part potting soil
- 1 part peat moss
- 2 parts perlite
You can likewise substitute the peat moss for coco coir if you wish to use something more environmentally friendly or sustainable.
Similarly, you can substitute the perlite for coarse sand.
That said, I’m not a huge fan of sand because it tends to get compacted after a while. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure to change the potting mix annually or every 1.5 years or so.
Sayuri Snake Plant Fertilizer
The Sansevieria Sayuri will grow faster with fertilizer. But is does not need a lot of it. In fact, it will do just okay even if don’t feed it.
Therefore, be careful with overfeeding the plant.
Like watering, stay on the more conservative side.
Use a general-purpose fertilizer once a month during spring summer. Dilute the dose by 50% when you apply.
Don’t feed the plant during spring or winter. It won’t be growing much during this time.
If you feed it during this time, you’re increasing its risk of fertilizer burn.
Sayuri Snake Plant Pruning
The Sansevieria Sayuri is a good sized snake plant variant. It will grow to about 3 feet high making it a good decorative piece in your living room, office lobby or waiting room.
The plant also has unique looking foliage that grow upright.
Although, the longer they get, the more they will bend slightly towards the top.
As such, you can shape the plant depending on the look you want.
Similarly, how bushy the plant gets is up to you.
Pruning is only needed to control its size and shape. As such, you may or may not prune is as often.
A lot depends on how dense you want the plant to be. And how tall you want it to get.
However, if you see any outliers or leaves that kind of go wayward, do, prune them.
Also, remove any discolored, damaged or dead leaves.
How to Propagate Sansevieria Sayuri
The Sansevieria Sayuri can be propagated in a number of ways. The most common include:
- Leaf cuttings
- Rhizome cuttings
Leaf cuttings are the simplest to do if you just consider the process of propagation. However, it takes very long for a leaf cutting to root then develop shoots.
In all it can take between 3 to 5 months.
Therefore, if you have the patience for this, then you can give it a try.
For this reason, most people opt for division.
However, in this case you’ll be dividing the plant into smaller new plants. So, the mother plant will be cut down in size.
Rhizome cuttings require unpotting as well. But you get a full cutting that can grow.
I’ll explain each below.
Propagating Sansevieria Sayuri from Leaf Cuttings
To propagate the Sansevieria Sayuri from leaf cuttings, choose a good sized leaf that is healthy.
Use a sterile pair of pruning shears to cut the leaf from the mother plant.
You can root the leaf cutting in water or in soil. It is really up to you.
For water propagation,
Place the leaf cutting in a jar filled with water. Submerge the leaf cutting about a quarter of the way. Then place the jar in bright, indirect sunlight.
You’ll need to replace the water every so often to keep it from getting cloudy.
In a while, the cuttings will begin to root.
Once the roots get longer, you can move the leaf cuttings and plant it into a pot with well-draining soil mix.
For soil propagation,
Skip the part of the water. Instead, plant the leaf cutting into a pot with well-draining soil.
If you have rooting hormone, apply it to the bottom of the leaf cutting (the cut end).
Water the soil. You’ll need to water it once the soil starts to dry. In the meantime, place the pot in bright indirect light.
In time, the leaf cutting will root.
Propagating Sansevieria Sayuri from Rhizome Cuttings
Rhizome cuttings are one of my favorite methods. And I believe it is under-appreciated.
Here, you’ll need to unpot the plant.
Then remove the excess soil so you can see the rhizomes which is the Sansevieria Sayuri’s underground stem.
You can then choose which part of the plant you want to cut off.
Make sure to select one with some leaves and the rhizome beneath it. Additionally, the rhizome should have enough roots as well to support the plant.
Use a sterile knife and cut that part of the rhizome. You don’t need a big chunk.
When you’re done, you’ll have a small plant with some leaves attached to a rhizome. This is your rhizome cutting.
You can now plant this into a pot with well-draining soil.
Then just care for it like you would the mother plant.
The big advantage here is you don’t need to significantly reduce the size of the mother plant (like in division).
Also, there not waiting time for rooting (as with leaf cuttings) since the new plant can grow on its own and start developing shoots.
Propagating Sansevieria Sayuri via Division
Propagation by division entails separating the mother Sansevieria Sayuri into 2 or more smaller plants.
To do this, unpot the plant and brush off excess soil.
Figure out where you want to split up the plant. Make sure that each division you select has enough leaves on top as well as roots beneath the soil to support that new plant.
Take 2 pots (assuming you divide the mother Sansevieria Sayuri into 2 divisions) and fill them will well-draining soil.
Then plant each of the divisions into the pots.
How to Repot or Transplant Sansevieria Sayuri
The Sansevieria Sayuri does not need repotting annually. In fact, it takes between 3 to 6 years before you need to repot the plant.
Like above, this is in-keeping with its overall theme, easy to care for and low maintenance.
Since the plant takes its time and it enjoys being root bound, you don’t need to be in a hurry to move it to a larger container.
However, it is still a good idea to repot the plant to change its soil.
When you do this, you don’t have to move it to a larger pot. Instead, just use the same pot.
But do swap out the spend soil since it has been used up and the nutrients are depleted. Then add fresh, well-draining soil with nutrients.
This will ensure that the soil stays light, well-draining and has nutrients to keep the plant happy.
Spring is the best time to repot the plant.
Also, make sure to use a pot with drainage to avoid the risk of waterlogged soil.
Is It Toxic/Poisonous to Humans, Cats & Dogs
Yes, the Sansevieria Sayuri is toxic. It is poisonous when ingested. And it is toxic to both people and animals including cats and dogs.
Therefore, make sure not to let young children or pets play around the plant as they may accidentally chew or consume its leaves.
Sansevieria Sayuri Problems & Troubleshooting
Spider mites and mealybugs are the common issues the Sansevieria Sayuri will have to deal with when it comes to pests.
While there are other bugs that may come around, these two are the most likely your plant will experience.
While they aren’t much harm when there are a few of them, this is the best time to deal with them.
That’s because they can grow in number very rapidly.
So, treat them as early as possible.
The Sayuri Snake Plant is not susceptible to many diseases. However, it is prone to overwatering and root rot.
Root rot is very dangerous because it can destroy the plant if you don’t spot and treat it early.
If too many of the roots have rotten, there is no saving the plant.
Therefore, you always want to take extra precautions when it comes to overwatering. By ensuring these 3 steps are present, you should be able to prevent it.
- Allow the soil to dry between watering
- Use well-draining soil
- Use a pot with drainage
Having all three of these safety precautions allows you to avoid root rot.