Complete Guide to Caring for Sansevieria Aubrytiana
Sansevieria Aubrytiana is a hardy, medium succulent that is perfect for all levels of gardening expertise. With the proper care, they can thrive in a variety of conditions.
- hardy variegated snake plant that delivers plenty of texture to any garden or indoor space
- a drought-tolerant succulent that is perfect for beginners as well as the experienced gardener
- easy to propagate through the division of rhizomes or leaf cuttings
Sansevieria Aubrytiana Quick Care Summary
|Allow soil to dry between watering
|Position in a space that receives plenty of bright indirect light
|60-85° Fahrenheit (15-29° Celsius)
|Relative humidity levels at 30-50%
|All-purpose houseplant fertilizer at the beginning of Spring
|Loamy well-draining soil
Getting to Know Sansevieria Aubrytiana
Scientific Name: Sansevieria Aubrytiana Carrière
Common Name(s): mother-in-law’s tongue, bow string hemp
The Sansevieria Aubrytiana can be found naturally growing in tropical areas of Africa, such as Madagascar.
Tropical areas in Africa have different temperaments from tropical regions on other continents. The conditions are not as humid, and rainfall is not as abundant in tropical Africa.
Rainfall is unpredictable. To cope with the inconsistent rain, the Sansevieria Aubrytiana has developed the ability to store water reserves in its leaves. Allowing them to survive long dry periods. It also makes them popular houseplants due to their ease of care.
Appearance & Flowers
The Sansevieria Aubrytiana sports the traditional shape of snake plants we are used to seeing, like the Sansevieria Trifasciata. With elongated sword-shaped leaves with a dark bottle-green base color, contrasted against lighter green variegated lines running horizontally.
It is considered a medium-sized snake plant that grows approximately 2 feet (61 cm) in length when grown indoors. However, if you decide to plant your snake plant outdoors in the garden, it can sometimes grow taller than 3 feet (91 cm).
The Sansevieria Aubrytiana can produce flowers. However, conditions need to be optimal – even then, they may not have any blooms. Snake plants do not flower annually, so take plenty of pictures when they blossom.
The flowers look like fireworks in suspended animation and develop on stalks that grow from the base of the snake plant. The dainty flowers can range from cream to off-white, sometimes with a pinkish hue.
Sansevieria Aubrytiana Detailed Care Instructions
Now let’s get into the detailed care instructions for your Sansevieria Aubrytiana.
Allow the soil to dry before adding more water to your Sansevieria Aubrytiana.
Although this sounds straightforward, it can be more challenging to determine when the soil is dry.
The longer you care for your Aubrytiana, the easier it will be to understand their water needs. Especially since the watering frequency changes as the season’s change.
We’ve put together a guide on water frequencies in different seasons to make things easier. Check out our article HERE.
Sansevieria Aubrytiana require plenty of bright indirect sunlight to thrive.
Indoor Aubrytiana can tolerate direct sunlight. However, only in short doses. If you expose your Sansevieria Aubrytiana to direct sunlight, ensure it is only dappled sunlight in the early morning or late evening. Midday and afternoon sun is too intense for indoor snake plants and will quickly dehydrate the leaves, causing leaf burn.
When grown outdoors, the Sansevieria Aubrytiana becomes hardened to the weather elements and has higher tolerances for direct sunlight.
Read more HERE for tips on lighting conditions for snake plants.
As we explained in the Getting to Know the Sansevieria Aubrytiana section, they originate from the African continent. This means they thrive in warm weather.
The recommended indoor temperature for Sansevieria Aubrytiana is between 60-85° Fahrenheit (15-29° Celsius).
We caution all snake plant owners to be careful of extreme temperatures. At freezing temperatures, water expands when frozen. This means the water reserves in the Aubrytiana leaves can freeze, causing irreparable damage to the leaf cells.
If your area is susceptible to freezing temperatures during winter, we recommend bringing your snake plants inside the house, where the temperature is acceptable.
Humidity isn’t talked about much when it comes to snake plants. However, it is essential in regulating your snake plant’s internal processes, such as transpiration.
Keep your Sansevieria Aubrytiana in between 30 and 50% relative humidity.
Not enough moisture in the air (low humidity) accelerates the transpiration process, dehydrates your plant, and causes water stress.
At the other end of the spectrum, too much moisture (high humidity) will prevent transpiration at the other extreme, and your Sansevieria Aubrytiana will suffocate.
We have written an in-depth article discussing how humidity affects snake plants.
Soil & Fertilizer Requirements
The properties of the soil you use for your Sansevieria Aubrytiana can have profound effects on the health of your houseplant.
Choosing the best soil for your Sansevieria Aubrytiana can significantly impact your plant parent experience. Poor-quality soil will lead to rot issues and may even cause your snake plant to become mushy.
Good-quality soil will reduce the frequency of your watering, facilitate the uptake of nutrients by your snake plant, and reduce its susceptibility to pests and disease.
To be effective, your snake plant soil must be:
- a sandy loam consistency (light and airy), and
- contain some organic materials with water absorption properties.
We have devised a recipe for the perfect snake plant potting mix. You can also watch our video on making snake plant soil below.
Pest and Diseases
If there is one disease that you should familiarise yourself with for your Sansevieria Aubrytiana, it is root rot.
Root rot is a fungal disease that can develop when your snake plant has been sitting in waterlogged soil from being overwatered. The process of eliminating root rot is straightforward. However, it is onerous. You can read our step-by-step guide for removing root rot in snake plants HERE.
Some leaf-borne fungal diseases, such as mildew and leaf spot, can infect your Aubrytiana. We explore these diseases and (more importantly) treatments HERE.
Snake plants are most susceptible to sap-sucking insects like mealybugs, spider mites, and thrips. These pests have the equipment to penetrate the tough outer layer of the foliage and access the nutrient-rich sap.
The best way to detect any signs of pests (or disease, for that matter) is to regularly inspect your potted plants and manually remove any pests you see. The key is not letting their population get out of hand and become an infestation.
You can read more about symptoms of pest infestation HERE.
Like other snake plants, Sansevieria Aubrytiana requires a tight root system to support its large leaves.
When placed in a container too large for their root system, they will refocus their energy on developing the roots rather than growing new leaves. While they are still growing (under the soil), they will appear to be experiencing stunted growth.
Your snake plant pot should also have adequate drainage with plenty of drainage holes. As we pointed out earlier, constantly wet soil rots your Aubrytiana root system.
Sansevieria Aubrytiana Propagation Techniques
To preserve the stunning variegated patterns and colors, we recommend only propagating your Aubrytiana using the propagation method by plant division or by splitting snake plant pups.
Propagating your Aubrytiana with a cutting in water or soil risks the new plant reverting to a regular pattern on the foliage, similar to the Sansevieria Trifasciata.
To propagate by plant division, follow these steps:
- Remove the root ball – lift the mother snake plant root ball out of its container.
- Clean and prepare the root ball – rinse your snake plant’s roots under warm water to clear the soil away.
- Identify the rhizome – find the rhizome attached to the baby Aubrytiana snake pup. Cut the rhizome as close to the main root ball of the mother plant as possible. You want to retain as many thin roots as possible with the rhizome.
- Re-pot your Plants – re-pot your mother snake plant into the original pot with some fresh potting mix. At the same time, fill your propagation containers a third up with a good-quality potting mix (discussed above). Place each pup into the pot and backfill with quality potting mix until the soil level covers the white parts of the rhizome and pups. Give all your plants good watering and ensure all excess water drains out.
You can find step-by-step instructions HERE if you prefer to propagate using cuttings.