Sansevieria grandis is from southern tropical Africa, where it grows in semi-arid habitats.
Sansevieria grandis is a perennial plant that strikes any succulent lover for its odd appearance: it consists, in fact, often only in one, big, stiff leaf, standing on the soil! However in some specimens there can be more than one leaf, they are usually very few and big. They reach 30 to 60 centimeters in length and are very rigid, kind of tongue-shaped but ending in an acuminate tip. The edges of the leaves are tinged in yellow, while the central part is dark green with lighter blurs scattered along its surface. This creates a highly decorative colour pattern.
Sansevieria grandis is not difficult to grow. Here below are our cultivation tips:
Put it in a bright spot: it also tolerates a direct exposure to sunlight. Its ideal substrate should be well-draining but also fertile: 3 parts of loam mixed with 1 of pomice will do good, for example. However, a standard mix for succulent will be okay as well. S. grandis can bear temperatures down to -2ºC, if its substrate is kept completely dry. However, we advice to put it indoors in Winter, or either shelter it if it’s placed outside. Water your S. grandis regularly, once a week, during the growing season, namely in Spring and Summer, and once a month in Autumn, until completely suspending waterings in Winter. Wait always for the soil to dry up before each irrigation. Repotting is rarely necessary as S. grandis is a slow-growing plant and its rosette usually grows only 4-5 leaves maximum. These plants do not need frequent fertilization, it is sufficient to dilute the fertilizer with watering once a year.
Sansevieria grandis is usually propagated by cuttings or division. Cuttings should be at least 7 centimeters long. Once taken off, they should be planted in moist sand.
Sansevierias are very common as houseplants as they are easy to grow and have air purifying properties: they increase the level of oxygen in the house, reduce electrosmog reduce pollutants such as formaldehyde, xylene and toluene. In Africa, some species in the genus Sansevieria were actually used as fiber sources. The genus Sansevieria is, actually, now included in the genus Dracaena, on the basis of molecular phylogenetic studies.
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