he bird nest “Hahnii” snake plant looks like a heavy-textured, open rose that grows slowly, with a dense rosette of dark green leaves with gray-green crossbands
Hahnii Sansevieria is a short, stubby member of the family. It grows no taller than 12″ inches with 6″-8″ inches being the norm.
Give a plant a 3″ to 6″ inches to spread. When the plants become overcrowded, separate them and give each their own pot or container.
The variety “Golden hahnii” has variegated leaves with two or three broad bands of yellow and several longitudinal yellow stripes. The 6″ to 8″ leaves grow in a rosette manner and is sometimes mistaken for a bromeliad.
Never allow water to stand in the center of the plant as this causes rot. Sansevieria does very well when kept with cacti and succulents as its needs are very similar to those plants‘ needs.
You may sometimes experience snake plant leaves falling over or snake plant leaves curling.
Flowering & Fragrance
The evergreen Sansevieria birds nest snake plant is grown for its foliage. When overcrowded or stressed it often sends out a stalk of small, inconspicuous but very fragrant greenish/white, tan or yellow flowers.
Most Sansevieria flowers are sterile and produce orange berries but no seeds.
Light & Temperature
Sansevieria tolerates low light, does best in bright light to full shade. and can stand almost any sort of abuse.
Sansevieria can survive very challenging circumstances. But, it is not the best situation for the plant.
Plants suffering from too little light and water and tolerating inconsistent temperatures become stunted and weak and may lack vibrancy in qualities such as variegation.
For bird nests Sansevieria plants to thrive and reach its full potential, keep your plant in bright indirect sunlight at comfortable, consistent room temperatures.
Watering & Feeding
Water thoroughly from below or at the base of the plant when the soil becomes dry.
Don’t allow water to stand on the leaves. Be careful not to overwater.
When fertilizing, use an all-purpose liquid houseplant food once in the spring and once in mid-summer. But feeding is not required.
Hahnii plants do well without fertilizer. Because they spread quickly, you will probably find yourself providing fresh soil annually.
Fresh soil should provide plenty of nutrients.
Soil & Transplanting
Hahnii Sansevieria tolerates all kinds of soil conditions. It is not finicky about pH requirements and does well in soil ranging from slightly acidic to slightly alkaline.
The plant likes a medium quality, well-draining soil amended with gravel, coarse sand, perlite or other light, airy material providing good drainage.
A standard cactus or succulent mix combined 50/50 with regular potting soil is an excellent choice for potted plants.
Many gardeners allow Sansevieria to become pot bound and do not transplant more often than once every two to five years.
Not repotting doesn’t hurt the plant. For a better-looking plant and not bothering with fertilizing, transplanting we recommend adding fresh soil every spring.
Grooming & Maintenance
Over time the tough leaves become dusty and dingy looking. Wipe the leaves with a damp paper towel.
Do not mist your snake plant because it leaves water spots on the leaves.
If leaves weaken or naturally die, trim them back. If your plant throws a flower spike, trim it off after it finishes its meek bloom time.