Ever since I heard of Snake Plants I have liked them, but once I heard of the Moonshine Snake Plant, I knew I had to find one. That silvery light green sword would be so lovely, and I thought the rim of dark green was perfection.
As you know, this past summer when my daughter and I shopped for a variagated Jade Plant, we happened across a large triple Moonshine Snake Plant or Sansevieria and we snapped it up.
The Moonshine Snake Plant is very similar to the regular Snake Plant or Sansevieria trifasciata also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue. However the Moonshine is slightly shorter and has broader leaves or swords.
One of the great things about this houseplant is its tendency to grow upright. The Moonshine Snake Plant tends to have an erect growth habit, so if you are like me, that appeals to my desire for the more architectural look….not all splayed out.
Watering Your Moonshine Snake Plant
There are all kinds of ideas about the “thrives-on-neglect” qualities of the Sansevieria trifasciata plant of which Moonshine is a variety. And that is true to an extent. They don’t need watered often.
But when watering, it is best to really soak your plant well. Of course, a drainage hole is necessary for this so that all excess water will drain away. Your aim is to get the soil completely moist so that water is available for the plant.
This image will show an example of how the blades or swords of this Moonshine will begin to pucker or sink into itself when it is low on water. This is a sign that the plant needs to be watered thoroughly.
Many succulent plants will display this behavior and watching for this as it begins it a great way to make sure that you are not over-watering your plants.
Deep Watering Develops Strong Anchoring Roots
What is your biggest complaint about a snake plant? Well, mine is that I don’t like them to “flop.” I mean I don’t like them to start falling to the side and not continue growing upright and erect. They look so messy if they are flopping.
Not to mention that flopping takes up so much room! Grrrr! I guess that is one problem when I have so many plants! But I will just go ahead and suffer. LOL
First of all, a good soil medium is needed and not something too light. The roots need to really grab onto the soil and form a strong network or webbing of roots. A good draining soil has coarse sand or poultry grit. (You know that’s my favorite.)
The secret to standing upright is strong roots and strong roots are developed with good watering habits. Watering needs to go all down through the pot’s soil so that the roots reach deeply for the water deep into the pot.
Watering lightly tends to encourage the plant’s roots to develop in a shallow area near the surface which contributes to the top-heaviness and makes the sword flop.
Deep watering makes the roots grow deep into the soil, firmly anchoring it and discouraging flopping. A deep and strong root system is what is needed for a vertical and upright Sansevieria or Snake Plant of any variety.
Strong Light Helps Keep The Silvery Color
Anywhere one hears about the Moonshine Snake Plant or any Sansevieria variety, it is always described as a plant that can tolerate low light conditions. True, but tolerate means “accept or endure , to put up with or allow. ” (Ref: https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/tolerate)
However, for this Moonshine Snake Plant to thrive and do well, it needs a position where it can get strong, bright indirect light to look its best and keep its silvery color. It will lose its lighter silver color if not in enough light.
Watch Me Separate and Re-Pot My Moonshine Snake Plant
I took a video of myself potting up my Moonshine. I had three white or ivory pots from one of my Trips, so I thought they would be deep and allow enough room for good anchored roots.
Click here and watch the re-potting process. I hope you enjoy it. Subscribe here or on the YouTube Channel for more videos. Thanks for reading! and watching!