Tiger Striped Spiky House Plant
|Botanical Name:||Sansevieria Fernwood Mikado|
|Common Name:||Snake Plant|
|Light:||Bright indirect light|
|Watering:||Water when compost feels dry. Drain excess water|
|Feeding:||Every three to four weeks in the growing season|
|Humidity:||Low - Occasional misting|
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Sansevieria Fernwood Mikado is a tiger-striped spiky house plant with thick, fleshy arrow leaves that reach skywards. It’s an excellent modern indoor plant and a favourite with interior designers.
Snake plants are native to Africa’s dry rocky habitats. Their thick fleshy leaves store water for months as they grow in the shade of taller plants and desert rocks. Its stiff swordlike leaves are unmistakable. There are many cultivars, but Fernwood Mikado is especially attractive. It has dark green foliage with lighter green stripes across the width similar to tiger stripes.
If you want a tough houseplant that suits a modern room snake plant is perfect. Its architectural sword leaves bring shapes and the variegated colours are bold and chic. It looks particularly good in a white pot against a dark feature wall.
How To Water And Feed Sansevieria Fernwood Mikado
The best way to water a snake plant is to wait until the compost has dried out 3-4 centimetres before putting it in a sink of water to soak up everything it needs. It’s very important to let snake plant roots drain clear because stagnant water in a pot will rot its roots and those succulent sword leaves will collapse.
Little fertiliser is needed. In the summer growing months add a weak dilution of houseplant food to the sink of water every 3-4 weeks. New erect leaves emerge from its base creating more width.
In general, snake plant doesn’t need misting, but if the tips turn brown try spraying it with water once a week.
How Much Light Does Sansevieria Fernwood Mikado Need?
Bright indirect light will encourage the stiff leaves to grow to a metre tall. It doesn’t like direct sunlight that scorches its leaves and creates dry patches.
Where To Put Sansevieria Fernwood Mikado
Snake plants are excellent air purifiers capable of turning carbon dioxide into oxygen at night. This means they’re a great choice for bedrooms and home offices. However, because they are mildly toxic if eaten it’s best to keep them away from kids and pets.
A bedside table, dining table, office desk, shelf, or feature fireplace all suit snake plant. If it has some light and water every few weeks this plant is virtually indestructible.