Growing snake plants for their ornamental value is something that most growers with a high appetite for indoor plants cannot do without. In this guide, we’ve narrowed it down to the Sansevieria Trifasciata Black Coral plant. The variety is the perfect choice if you are looking for a variety with slender leaves.
This hardy succulent is one of the most sought-after members of the Sansevieria genus because of its outstanding aesthetics and potential to withstand extreme growing conditions. Let’s give you our two cents for growing and caring for the black coral houseplant.
More about the black coral Sansevieria
The black coral is a slow-growing tropical species that forms a tasteful rosette of rather thick leaves. On average, the leaves can grow up to 35 inches long even when grown indoors. They also extend to about 2.5 inches wide. The foliage is dark green with some light gray-green markings crossing the dominant color. Just like its cousin, the African spear plant, this Sansevieria variety takes time to reach its optimal height. Compared to most other common houseplants, snake plants look more modern and are easier to care for.
They tend to be inimitable with dry air. In addition to the black coral, there are a number of other Sansevieria varieties to try out in tree nurseries and nurseries. During the first phase of germination, the plant has leaves with a dark hue that is almost black. This is another reason the houseplant is referred to as “black gold” in some gardening stores. The evergreen plant belongs to the asparagus family and comes from the tropical regions of West Africa.
Sansevieria Black Coral Care Tips
Flowering and Scent
One disadvantage of the Black Coral plant is that its flowers are pretty insignificant. There is also a slim chance she will produce flowers when grown indoors. The flowers are usually white and often develop in clusters. You can expect this tropical plant to bloom during the summer season. While the flowers have a screaming scent, they don’t last forever.
Light & Temperature
Your black coral plant will thrive in USDA climate zones 9-11. It doesn’t get along well with frost tolerance. If you are growing this Sansevieria member outdoors, place the media in a location where it will get enough bright, filtered light. Typically, the black coral prefers temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. While it can withstand slight fluctuations, temperatures below 50 ° F will cause the plant to lose its vibrancy.
Average room temperature can also help your black coral ripen without hurdles, as long as there is enough shade. Bring the plant indoors in winter to protect it from the irreparable effects of frost. A normal room temperature is sufficient for indoor cultivation. Keep the growing medium away from direct light as it could scorch the leaves. Any intense heat, especially in the afternoon hours, can fade the foliage color.
Even if snake plants grow optimally in bright light, they seem to have an amazing tolerance towards poor light conditions. Because of this, you will find that most growers choose to place the medium in their offices or in places that do not get enough light.
Because they are tropical in nature, snake plants like to grow in an environment with moderate humidity. The impressive thing about Sansevierias is that they aren’t fussy about dry, stuffy air. So you can place the medium in your bathroom where the humidity is higher. The ideal range should be between 40 and 50 percent. If the values fall below that, the leaves can get stuck.
Soil & Transplanting
When potting this houseplant, a normal succulent mix is the perfect soil structure. You can use regular potting soil and then top it up with sand to increase its permeability. The goal of this type of change is to remove excess moisture that could lead to root rot.Well, if the mixture feels a little dense, you can add pumice stone or perlite to increase ventilation and drainage rate. While drainage is of the utmost importance, the soil needs to hold on to some moisture as the leaves desperately need it.
Mulching the topsoil also helps a lot with moisture retention. Transplanting is not absolutely necessary as most Sansevieria tend to grow slowly to moderately.
Overwatering is an important catch for snake plants. You don’t want to deal with root rot as it is a common problem with this tropical plant that is often difficult to treat. Before you water your Black Coral houseplant again, make sure that the first few inches of potting soil are completely dry. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not too wet, to prevent root rot or the spread of fungal infections. First and foremost, the watering intervals vary depending on the soil structure, pot, temperature and humidity. Most snake plants require watering roughly every 2 to 8 weeks – it all depends on how thirsty your houseplant looks. In winter, when temperatures are extremely low, you need to drastically reduce watering intervals.
If some Sansevieria grow in large pots, you can moisten the soil every 8 weeks during the colder months. Leaves can get mushy if moisture gets stuck in the center, so avoid overhead watering. In fact, this tropical species is more likely to struggle with root rot in winter due to overwatering. But the good thing about the black coral plant is that it shows a slight tolerance to arid conditions. You don’t have to be complacent, however. Try to follow the watering schedule, especially during the growing months. If you grow outdoors you can make it rainwater dependent, but remember to allow for prolonged drought, especially in summer.
The use of fertilizer to promote growth is not required. The Sansevieria Black Coral usually sprouts more like a weed and doesn’t need feeding to look glamorous. There is only one exception that would induce a grower to use fertilizer. If you want to grow this tropical houseplant in a pot, you may need to revive it from its dormant period. Because of this, you need to feed him in the first few weeks of spring to give him a head start for new and faster growth.
You can use an all-purpose fertilizer as long as it is balanced. Most commercial fertilizers are strong, so we recommend diluting them to half their strength to avoid leaf fading. Use the plant food once a month in summer and spring when the houseplant is in its active growth phase.
Care and Maintenance
One of the most attractive aspects of the black coral houseplant is that it is non-invasive and does not require significant maintenance. Place the nutrient medium in a location that receives enough light to avoid struggling with long-legged growth. You may also need to prune leaves that look too pale or that appear to be suffering from fungal or bacterial infections.
How to Propagate the Black Coral Snake Plant
Propagating this species is not a strenuous task, so there is no need to buy a new snake plant from your gardening store. Surprisingly, the houseplant is able to reproduce itself by spreading its stems and rhizomes underground. You can also choose the division method when the plant is dormant. The easiest way out would be to propagate with cuttings. For stem cuttings, all you need to do is pick the ones from the mother plant that look healthy, give the wounds some time to heal, and then prepare the potting soil. Make sure to use sterilized tools when removing the cuttings to prevent the spread of diseases that could affect the wellbeing of your plant.
Let the cuttings dry outside before planting. During this time, they should form a callus that will protect them from infection. After planting, keep the soil slightly moist, then move the medium in a location with adequate access to bright, filtered light. Be a little patient while you wait for the cuttings to sprout and form stable roots.Moisten the soil to reduce the friction that could break off the cuttings when uprooted.
Common Pests and Diseases
Sansevieria are not very susceptible to serious pests or diseases. However, its high affinity for moisture retention is more likely to attract scale insects. Scale insects tend to leave a white, thick substance that is sugary on the underside of the leaves. You may need to prune some infected parts if the damage is significant; they can be suppressed by spraying the affected areas with warm, soapy water. During routine maintenance, always check for microscopic debris on the underside of the leaves to see if your Black Coral Sansevieria has struggled with scale insects.
Fungal growth can occur when your houseplant suffers from root rot due to overhydration. The condition can result in you losing the entire plant and growing a new one from scratch. Fungal infections often show up at the base of the plant. Check that the soil structure is suitable for easy drainage and change your watering patterns. Although this tropical houseplant is non-invasive, it has been shown to be mildly toxic. It is also worth finding out which types of sansevieria are poisonous to pets.