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Sansevieria Trifasciata Moonshine Care Guide for Beginners

Sansevieria Trifasciata Moonshine Care Guide for Beginners

Most popular of all the Snake Plants, this species is known for and earns its name from its leaves. Its broad, upright leaves sport an elegant, silvery-green color giving it a moonlit look. Thus earning itself common names such as Silver Moonshine, Moonlight Snake Plant, or Sansevieria Moonshine.  

Don’t misjudge this succulent by its name or appearance. Even though it is beautiful and elegant, it is equally tough and hardy. The Silver Moonshine is super low-maintenance and known to thrive on its own. 

Sansevieria Moonshine plant is a cultivar of the Sansevieria trifasciata. The S. trifasciata is native to the tropical regions of West Africa.

The Silver Moonshine itself is nursery produced. Not only is it the most striking, but it is also the rarest of its kind. 

 


 

Sansevieria trifasciata Moonshine Care Guide

The Sansevieria Moonshine requires little care to thrive. Bright, indirect light will have your plant sporting the most beautiful, silver-green leaves. Soil that is free-draining is a must. Keeping water to a minimum, only when the soil has dried out, is the best way to avoid root rot. Silver Moonshines prefer warmer temperatures and don’t require any extra humidity. You should only feed your plant once or twice during its growing season. 

 

Soil

Being a succulent, the Sansevieria Moonshine is drought-tolerant. This means that it hates soggy soil. Drainage is a huge factor when choosing soil for your Silver Moonshine. 

A soil mix that is free-draining, such as a succulent or cactus potting mix, is ideal. Soil free potting mixes also work well as the organic matter used holds onto less moisture.

 

This plant is susceptible to root rot. Soil that takes longer to drain water is likely to encourage the plant’s roots to rot. Better soil drainage results in a healthier Sansevieria Moonshine.

 

Light

Like most Sansevieria, the easy-going Silver Moonshine is not fussy when it comes to lighting conditions. It is able to adapt to anything from full sun to full shade (with light). Not all lighting conditions are ideal though. 

It can survive in various lighting conditions, but it will not necessarily be looking its best. In bright, direct light your plant may begin to show signs of sun scorching.

Sansevieria Moonshine grown in lower light conditions may have its leaves turn a darker green color. 

Preferably, Silver Moonshines should be kept in bright, indirect light. This lighting situation is ideal as it allows the plant access to get the nutrients it needs. This in turn creates a flourishing Sansevieria Moonshine. 

It is also possible for your Silver Moonshine to be moved from one lighting situation to another. All it needs is time to adapt to the new situation. This is done by slowly introducing your plant to the new lighting condition. 

Leave your Sansevieria Moonshine in the new light situation for a short amount of time. Slowly increase the time spent in that light until the plant has fully adjusted. Full adjustment is spending the whole day in the new area. 

 

Watering

The Sansevieria Moonshine is a drought-tolerant plant. Drought tolerance means that your plant does not require large, frequent watering. The Silver Moonshine requires a very minimal amount of water to stay strong and healthy and to thrive. 

As a succulent, the Sansevieria Moonshine stores water in its leaves. Overwatering your Silver Moonshine is a serious offense in its books. Overwatering can lead to root rot and the eventual demise of your beautiful Silver Moonshine plant. 

During the Sansevieria Moonshine’s active growing season watering should occur once every two weeks. The growing season for this plant is during the warmer months of spring to summer.

In the winter months, the frequency of watering should be reduced to just once a month. 

During the cooler months of winter, the plant enters a dormant state where the nutrient intake and water absorption stops. If your Silver Moonshine plant is left to sit in water its roots will get ruined. 

The amount of water you give your Sansevieria Moonshine should be minimal. Just enough to wet the soil is perfect, but do not make the soil soggy. The soil should be allowed to dry completely before you water your plant again. 

If your Silver Moonshine is in a pot of soil that doesn’t have adequate drainage, the amount of water given should be reduced even more. 

 

Temperature

Warmer temperatures are what this plant likes best! The Silver Moonshine can handle fluctuating temperatures but nothing below 5°C (41°F). 

Temperatures lower than this will start to cause damage to your plant. The damage may include scarring of the Silver Moonshine’s leaves. Ideally, the Sansevieria Moonshine should be kept in temperatures between 13°C and 29°C (55°F and 85°F). 

 

Humidity

The Sansevieria Moonshine does not require any additional humidity. The soil needs to be given time to dry out in between watering, thus extra humidity is not necessary. Regular room humidity is sufficient. 

Silver Moonshine plants will do well in whatever humidity levels are in the room it’s kept in. This is a hardy and adaptable plant and will quickly adjust to its surroundings. 

 

Fertilizer

Keeping your plant in its ideals will encourage decent growth. However, as the Silver Moonshine is a slow-growing plant, fertilizing can be done to give it an extra boost. This should only be done during the growing season in the months of summer and spring. 

Fertilizing your plant a maximum of twice a year is all that is necessary. When doing so, fertilizers intended for varieties of succulents and cacti will work well. 

Do not overfeed your Sansevieria Moonshine, only a small amount of fertilizer is needed. Too much fertilizer is not healthy for your Silver Moonshine and it may suffer. You should avoid fertilizing your plant in winter.

 

Propagation

Wanting to propagate your Silver Moonshine is completely understandable! who wouldn’t want more of these beauties? Just as well the process is easy to go about and there are a few viable methods too. 

One of the best and most effective ways to propagate your Sansevieria Moonshine is through division. Leaf cuttings are also an option if preferred as well as using offsets. One last method available to propagate your plant is by using its rhizomes. 

Although possible to grow a Sansevieria Moonshine from seeds, it is not recommended. Not only are the seeds hard to come by due to the plants blooming problems, but it is also a difficult process. 

 

Growth

The Silver Moonshine is a beautiful plant. It is hardy and can be grown both indoors and outdoors. This rare plant is loved for its extraordinary-looking silvery leaves. Occasionally the broad leaves of the Silver Moonshine feature narrow, dark green margins along its edges. 

Newer foliage bare more prominent white and silver tones. The leaves darken with age, sometimes as much as becoming a darker green. 

The darkening of this plant’s color can also be a result of low light exposure. Although, low lighting is not detrimental to the health of your Sansevieria Moonshine. Once your plant’s leaves have shifted to a darker green color, it cannot be reversed. 

Sansevieria Moonshine plants are capable of growing to heights between 0.6m and 2m (2ft to 6ft). Growing vertically from the plant’s base, the leaves can reach as broad as 10.2cm to 12.7cm (4in to 5in).

On the rare occasion, this cultivar may flower. The Sansevieria species, however, are known to have blooming problems. In the event your Silver Moonshine does blossom, you will be graced with lightly fragranced, white flowers.

 

Potting

Silver Moonshine plants make for fantastic potted plants. These plants do well in containers such as planters, pots, and flowerpots. 

Be sure to always use a pot or container with holes for water drainage. Certain pots will also help your plant to dry out. Terracotta pots are good for this. 

The Sansevieria Moonshine does not need to be repotted often. In fact, this plant thrives when root-bound. A Silver Moonshine plant that is root bound has a slightly higher chance of producing flowers. 

Often, your plant will let you know if it is feeling overcrowded and needs a change of pot. If your Sansevieria Moonshine breaks or bursts out of its pot, this is your sign it is time for a new one. If you are not wanting to wait for your plant to break its pot, you can repot it every three years or so. 

Repotting your Silver Moonshine is as simple as carefully removing it from its current pot and moving it into a bigger one. If necessary, add some extra potting soil. 

It is best to repot your Silver Moonshine during the warmer months. During the colder months, the plant goes into a resting period. Repotting is during this time may cause it to go into shock. 

 

Sansevieria Moonshine Propagation 

Propagating is a good way of expanding your collection of these magnificent plants. It is an easy process. Propagating your Silver Moonshine can be done by division, leaf cuttings, or by using offsets. 

Using the method of division is simple. When your plant is fully grown, you can divide its clumps of leaves that are overcrowded. The clusters of leaves should then be separated from the rootstock. 

Usually, the clusters will come apart with some roots still attached. These can then be planted individually into a well-drained potting mix. Wetting the soil around your Silver Moonshine’s roots will aid in keeping them as long as possible. 

Offsets are also known as new rhizomes. If you plan to use this as a method of propagation, all that needs to be done is separate the baby plant from the parent plant. A healthy leaf of your Sansevieria Moonshine should be taken with it. 

Next, you can simply put the baby plant into well-draining soil. You should not water the offsets immediately. Allow the Silver Moonshine offsets for about a week for the soil to dry out before giving them more water. 

Finally, propagation can be done through leaf cutting. With a mature leaf, cut it into pieces of at least 5cm (2in) long. The cut edge of the Sansevieria Moonshine leaf should then be left to dry and callous. This may take a day or two. 

Once scabbed over, the leaf-cutting can be planted, about 2.5cm (1in) deep, in soil that is well-draining. After a while, the cuttings will begin to grow roots of their own. 

In all cases, your new plants should be placed in a spot with bright, indirect light.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Common problems with Sansevieria Moonshine

Sansevieria Moonshine plants are fairly problem-free. The only issues that may arise are due to an error in care. They are however fairly easy to fix in most cases. 

These issues include root rot, darkening of leaves, and minor pest problems. Overwatering your Silver Moonshine plant will result in root rot. The Sansevieria species is prone to it. 

Although able to adjust to various light levels, leaving your plant in very low light may result in its leaves turning a dark green color. This, unfortunately, cannot be reversed.

The only pests to bother your Silver Moonshine would be spider mites or mealybugs. These are easy to get rid of. They are also easily avoided. 

 

Tips to keep Sansevieria Moonshine problem-free

Silver Moonshine plants are easy to please. Only water them when their soil is dry, but do not give them too much water. Do not place them in direct sunlight to avoid their leaves getting scorched. And to keep them pest free, wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove any dust build-up. 

That is really all it takes to keep your Sansevieria Moonshine happy and thriving. Do not overthink your caring schedule for your plant, it is not necessary. Overthinking and doing too much is likely to do more harm to your plant than good.

 

Frequently asked questions about Sansevieria Moonshine

 

Is the Silver Moonshine plant toxic?

Sansevieria Moonshine’s, if ingested, are mildly toxic to animals and humans. It is best to keep your plant out of reach of cats, dogs, and small children. 

If ingested, the Silver Moonshine is likely to cause gastrointestinal and mouth irritation.

 

What benefits does the Sansevieria Moonshine possess? 

The Silver Moonshine is an excellent air purifier. It releases oxygen all day, every day, even at night. They also absorb harmful toxins, such as formaldehyde, from the air.  

Conclusion

The perennial, evergreen Silver Moonshine is utterly jaw-dropping. Aside from its gorgeous and unique silvery leaves, it is super low-maintenance. Who wouldn’t want this rare beauty gracing areas of their home or garden? 

And if its looks aren’t a sure seller for you, how about its exceptional ability to purify the air around it better than any other plant!

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