Complete Care Guide for Sansevieria Black Limon

Sansevieria Black Limon is an uncommon snake plant with unique colorations that makes for a hardy indoor plant.

Sansevieria Black Limon


Sansevieria Black Limon:

  • medium-tall variety of snake plants with beautiful lemon yellow borders on the foliage
  • extremely hardy plant tolerant of a range of conditions (suitable for beginners)
  • easy to propagate via division of snake plant pups or cuttings

Sansevieria Black Limon Care Summary

WateringOnly water when soil is dry
LightingA position that receives plenty of bright indirect light
Temperature70-90Β° Fahrenheit (21-31Β° Celsius)
HumidityLow – Med Humidity
FeedingAll-purpose houseplant fertilizer at the beginning of Spring
SoilLoamy well-draining soil

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Getting to Know Sansevieria Black Limon

As responsible snake plant owners, we feel we must understand the origins of our plants and get to know their roots if you know what we meanπŸ˜‰

This section aims to learn where the Black Limon originates, with the intention of mimicking the conditions in your home.


Scientific Name: Dracaena Black Limon (recently changed from Sansevieria Black Limon)

Common Name(s): Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, Snake plant



You may be surprised to learn the Sansevieria Black Limon was manufactured by selective breeding specific snake plants. They are closely related to the standard snake plant, Sansevieria Trifasciata, Sansevieria Laurentii, and the Sansevieria Black Gold.

Therefore, the Black Limon doesn’t grow naturally in the wild. Instead, they were crossbred.

However, we can infer that they have inherited similar traits and characteristics from their parent variants. As most snake plants originate from Africa, it can be assumed the Black Limon is drought tolerant and loves dry arid areas with low humidity.

Appearance & Flowers

The Sansevieria Black Limon is a stunning variant of the snake plant family, with beautiful lemon yellow edging. Contrasted against the deep dark green base color makes the Black Limon stand out against other indoor plants.

It isn’t hard to see why the Black Limon and the Sansevieria Black Gold are related. Both sport very similar patterns and colorations on the foliage.

Sansevieria Black Limon does produce flowers. However, like other snake plants, they only show when under ideal conditions. Snake plant flowers do not necessarily develop annually. It can be many years between each bloom, so take plenty of pictures if you are lucky enough to witness a blooming snake plant.

You can read more on snake plant flowers (including pictures) HERE.

Sansevieria Black Limon Care Instructions

This section will build upon the care summary at the beginning of the guide. We’ll explore why the Sansevieria Black Limon requires these specific care requirements and provide links to more detailed resources.

Sansevieria Black Limon Quick Care Guide

Water Requirements

Like other snake plants, the Black Limon likes the soil to dry between each watering.

Allow the soil to dry before adding more water to your Sansevieria Black Limon.

The easiest way to determine when the soil is dry is to use a finger soil moisture test or a soil moisture meter from your nursery or online at Amazon.

Many resources report snake plants to thrive on neglect. However, that doesn’t mean you can forget about them. They still require regular water top-ups. But, the frequency changes each season.

For guidance on seasonal water frequency, check out our article HERE.

Lighting Requirements

Provide your Sansevieria Black Limon with plenty of bright indirect sunlight.

Indoor Black Limon snake plants can tolerate sunlight. However, only in short doses. 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 Black Limon becomes hardened to the weather elements and has higher tolerances for direct sunlight.

Read more HERE for tips on lighting conditions for snake plants.

Temperature Requirements

Most snake plants originate from African climates, so your Sansevieria Black Limon will do well in warm weather.

The recommended indoor temperature for Sansevieria Black Limon is between 50-90Β° Fahrenheit (10-32Β° Celsius).

We caution all snake plant owners to be careful of extreme temperatures. Water expands when frozen. This means the water reserves in the leaves can freeze, causing irreparable damage to the leaf cells.

Suppose your area is susceptible to frost or freezing temperatures in winter. In that case, we recommend bringing your snake plants inside the house, where the temperatures remain in a safe zone.

At the same time, scorching weather will risk your Black Limon becoming severely dehydrated.

Humidity Requirements

Keep your Sansevieria Black Limon in between 30 and 50% relative humidity.

Humidity can be challenging to control. However, it is essential for regulating your snake plant’s internal processes, like transpiration.

Not enough moisture in the air (low humidity) accelerates the transpiration process, quickly dehydrates your plant, and causes water stress.

At the other extreme, too much moisture (high humidity) will prevent transpiration, and your Black Limon 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 Black Limon can have profound effects on the health of your snake plant.

Choosing the best soil for your Sansevieria Black Limon can significantly impact your plant parent experience. 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:

  • well-draining,
  • 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 Black Limon, 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 Black Limon. 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 problems you see. The key is not letting their population get out of hand, becoming an infestation.

You can read more about symptoms of pest infestation HERE.

Pot Size

Like other snake plants, Sansevieria Black Limon 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 moist soil rots your Black Limon’s root system.

How to Propagate Sansevieria Black Limon

There are several ways to propagate your Sansevieria Black Limon. We’ll discuss two of the more popular methods for propagation.

Propagate by Cutting

To propagate by cutting, follow these steps:

  1. Identify and Cut Leaf – Choose a leaf that looks healthy and vibrant with no visible signs of pests or disease. Selecting the right leaf will give it the best opportunity for success. Cut the leaf towards the base with a sterilized pair of garden scissors (or a sharp knife). We like to use an upside-down V cut (or an arrowhead-shaped cut) for snake plants, as it will naturally prop the cutting up in your container, which will help to prevent rot from setting in. It also helps to prevent new roots from growing at unhelpful angles (usually with straight cuts).
  2. Air Dry Your Cutting – Allow your cutting to dry for 2-4 days in a safe place so that it doesn’t accidentally get knocked to the ground. Air drying your cutting allows the wound to form a callous, which helps to prevent any rot or disease from developing.
  3. Find a Container – find a tall and thin container to support your snake plant leaf cutting. We like to use glass containers like mason jars or small vases. The glass allows you to examine your cutting without disturbing it (such as lifting it out of the water to see if roots are growing).
  4. Begin the Rooting Process – The final step is to piece everything together. Place your cutting in the container and fill it with distilled water so the bottom third of the cutting is submerged. It is essential to ensure the calloused wound is beneath the water line to encourage root growth.

We strongly recommend using filtered or distilled water for the propagation process. Where you live, tap water may have chemicals that inhibit the propagation process.

Propagate by Division of Snake Plant Pups

To propagate by plant division, follow these steps:

  1. Identify the Point of Separation – identify the best point on the rhizome (thick roots) that will sustain the snake plant pup. Try to leave each section of the rhizome with some smaller roots that will help to absorb nutrients as they settle back into their homes.
  2. Make the Cut – take a sharp knife sterilized with rubbing alcohol and make a clean cut.
  3. Repot your Plants – fill your propagation containers a third up with a good-quality potting mix (discussed above). Place each newly separated walking snake plant into a pot and backfill with quality potting mix until the soil level covers the roots. Give all your plants good watering and ensure all excess water drains out.

You can find detailed step-by-step instructions HERE.