Sansevieria Fernwood
Plant Care,  Propagation,  Rare Houseplants,  Succulents and Cacti

Sansevieria Fernwood

Welcome to our guide to the Sansevieria Fernwood all you need to know about care and propagation, including light, water, soil, temperature and humidity needs…

Sansevieria Fernwood Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Water it once the soil is dry. 
Fertilizer:Low-nitrogen feed during spring and summer 
Soil:Sandy, well-draining.
Temperature:21°C-32°C (70°F-90°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Overwatering.


Sansevieria Fernwood is an evergreen succulent native to Southern Asia and Africa. It features long, cylindrical leaves with stripes, ranging in color from green to yellow and white. This is an imressive and easy to keep plant.

See also: Succulent Soil, Succulent Propagation, Tigers Jaw Succulent, Sedum Clavatum, Dracaena Colorama, Echeveria Setosa (Mexican Firecracker), Sedum Sieboldii.

Light Needs

It thrives best in bright, indirect light. However, it can tolerate almost all lighting conditions, from full sun to partial shade. Do not place it under the scorching afternoon sun since that can cause the leaves to burn or turn crispy. It is a really easy going and adaptive succulent.

How Often To Water Sansevieria Fernwood

Given its origin in dry, rocky areas of Africa, it can tolerate drought well. Water it once or twice a week, only when you see the top layer of the soil dry. What you should be worried about is overwatering. It has an extremely low threshold for overwatering, causing root rot and various infections in the plant.


The good news is that the Snake plant is used to growing in soil low in nutrition, so you do not have to invest a lot in fertilizers. You can use a low-nitrogen fertilizer during the growth period in the spring and summer for optimum growth. For more see: Succulent Soil.


You should use a sandy, well-draining soil to ensure the roots don’t stand in water. You can either use a special cactus soil mix for it or use a normal potting mix and add drainage material such as perlite and sand to enhance the drainage.

When to Repot Sansevieria Fernwood

Repot it to a larger size when you see the roots coming out of the drainage holes. A terracotta pot works better compared to pure clay pots due to its fast-absorbing and well-draining nature. You should repot it during active growth in the spring and summer to minimise the damage.


Standard household air works fine if you do not live in a moist climate. This houseplant prefers dry conditions, and high humidity levels can cause root rot and fungal infections. Place it near a window with a ventilated atmosphere for optimum growth.


Ideally, it should be given 21°C-32°C (70°F-90°F) during the day and try not to let it get down to 10°C (50°F) at night.

How to Propagate Sansevieria Fernwood

There are various methods to propagate this beauty at home. You can use leaf cuttings, the rhizome method, or rooting it in water to get a new plant. While the easiest and most common method is rooting it in water, all of these are equally successful.

Sansevieria Fernwood Vs Mikado

The mikado is a type of Sansevieria Fernwood, it is smaller, more compact version.

Sansevieria Fernwood Vs Cylindrica

The cylindrica is much wider, there as the fernwood is thinner and slender.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

FAQs and Common Problems

Since this is a pretty hardy plant, you will not face any serious issues. The only thing you need to be mindful of is the watering intensity. It cannot tolerate overwatering, leading to issues like root rot which may cause the death of your plant. Spider mites and mealy bugs may causes issues, however, they can easily be dealt with by regular cleaning, see our guides here for more info: Red Spider Mites, Mealybugs On Plants.

Where should I place a Snake plant in my house?

They grow best in bright, indirect light, so placing them near any window works fine, especially a south facing one.

Is Sansevieria Fernwood Toxic To Cats

Yes, seek vets advice if eaten.

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There you have it, here ends our guide to this beautiful plant. You might also like our other articles:

Succulent Soil, Succulent Propagation, Tigers Jaw Succulent.

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