Indoor greenery is a very popular trend nowadays. There are lots of houseplants that grow easily and give you some benefits as well. If you even forget to water them daily, not an issue! That’s why people are fond of houseplants, and it gives your house a Boho look.
Houseplants are always in our good book. It improves our health, and mood and deletes harmful air pollutants as well. How do indoor plants improve our mood? Well, many researchers conclude that indoor plants remove anxiety and depression. Well, why is Gardening’s Core emphasizing a lot on the indoor plant? Because we have a tremendous indoor plant story for you. That is the Moonshine snake plant. Yes, it is also an indoor plant with nice, vibrant leaves and sharp edges of the leaves. Snake plant has lots of varieties and the size of leaves are sometimes long/short depending on the variety.
In this write of Gardening’s Core, you will get a glimpse of what is moonshine snake plant, how to grow this beautiful snake plant, how to take care of it, and how to control the pests in this indoor plant. So, stick around the read and you will learn something exciting, I swear. Let’s move ahead.
Why moonshine Snake plant is popular?
Let’s have a sneak peek at the snake plants first. West Africa is the origin/ native place of snake plants. However, the scientific name of this houseplant is Dracaena trifasciata. It is a perennial plant and an evergreen plant species. How many varieties of snake plants? You can easily count 50+ types of snake plants indoors. And a pretty, green-white combination of the leaf is the moonshine snake plant aka sansevieria trifasciata, Sansevieria jacquinii, and Sansevieria laurentii, Sansevieria craigii. Lots of names for the moonshine snake plant.
Have you heard any interesting names of snake plants? Of course, that is the mother-in-law’s tongue. Due to the sharp, upright leaves, it got this tag. Unlike the tall snake plants with yellow borders and dark green leaves, the moonshine snake plant has leaves with a silver lining at the middle rib and mild-minty green color and is dwarfed in appearance. Okay, is snake plant succulent or cacti? The snake plant including all its varieties like the moonshine snake plant is succulent.
What is so good about all the snake plants? These plants can store water for themselves, and they are very low-demanding plants, have less light, and absorb the benzene, formaldehyde, etc are the best part of these house plants. You can count them as air-purifier.
Basic Idea of Moonshine snake plant outlook
Now that you know moonshine snake plants are a member of snake plants and got all the goodness like snake plants. You must be willing to buy them. You can have lots of moonshine snake plants under one roof. These plants can be a treat to your eyes when you come home. Of course, when we enter the home, we want a comfy ambiance around us, and the moonshine plant can definitely add value to that coziness… Not only as houseplants, but at any indoor space-office, market, or school, you can have moonshine snake plants.
|Plant size||Nearly, the plants are 24 inches tall.|
|Leaves size||The leaves are not tall like regular snake plants. Leaves length 23 inches and width is 2-3 inches. And convex shaped.|
|Leaves color||Light green with white shade. Basically, the tender plants mostly show off the beautiful silvery green color. With age, the moonshine snake plants also get darker green leaves. But the leaf color at a young age defines this snake plant name more clearly.|
|Flowering||Usually, the moonshine snake plants flower rarely. But if it happens. Then the flowers are white and mostly like the honeysuckle flowers.|
|Flower size||The flower stalk can be 100 cm long and the small blooms are arranged nicely in an upward stem.|
|Fragrance of flower||Not a strong one but got a mild fragrance|
|Blooming time||Mostly when the plant is stressed, it produces a flower. At any time, the flowers can bloom. No specific timing because flowering is quite rare. Is it lucky when the snake plants flowers? Yes. The white flowering stalk symbolizes good luck and success.|
How to take care of the moonshine snake plants?
You must know what things make your moonshine snake plant happy and off. In terms of its growing zone, USDA growing zone 10-11 is best for the moonshine snake plant. Of course, the necessities are sunlight, water, and soil. But you should know the magnitude of each, right? So, let’s see them one by one.
Light: As you, it’s a succulent plant. It can survive in any hard conditions. But if you want to keep your moonshine snake plant happy then shower it with passive sunlight in the daytime. Keep the plant in a south window. Around 6-8 hours of sunlight is needed.
Temperature: The thriving temperature for moonshine snake plant is 13° C – 30° C. Though this is the temperature limit, but the houseplants can survive in temperature below 10℃ and 30℃. Because you can provide the artificial temperature through the room heater. In an extremely cold region still, the moonshine snake plant can thrive indoors.
Potting mix: You can put 40% perlite, 30% compost and 30% regular soil mix in the snake plant pot. Perlite helps to keep the snake plants well-drained and healthy. In the potting mix, you can put the peat moss, coco peat etc. Again, the cactus potting mix is a good treat for the moonshine snake plants. Soil pH should be in between 5-7.
Water: Remember, they are not cacti. You can shower them with water regularly. But if you forget to water them, the snake plants won’t mind. Try to water the mother in-law’s tongue at the early morning or evening. Make sure that the topsoil of 4-5 cm is moist not soggy. As the succulents, it holds up plenty amount of water to function.
Humidity: You don’t have to add anything extra for this element. The moonshine snake plants need 40-50% room humidity. In general, the indoor humidity lies between 30-60% depending on the outdoor season. Still, these silvery houseplants can definitely manage to hook up in average room humidity.
Fertilizer: The silvery moonshine snake plants are not that much needy. You can use all purpose organic fertilizer in the potting mix. These light feeders can go great in worm casting, dry-composed leaves, any organic fertilizer, etc. Mark the summer and spring on your calendar to fertilize the moonshine snake plant. Two times fertilizing in a year is sound for. Rest of the days you can chill.
So, that’s all you need to pay attention on for the healthiest growth and shiny leaves of moonshine snake plants. Of course, these bushy, elegant snake plants are easy to maintain and low feeders in all way. But, if you fail to provide a great combination of the above factors, you might face some odds in your room snake plants.
Can I propagate and repot the moonshine snake plants?
Why not? You can easily propagate the snake plants. Just choose a healthy snake plant leaf for propagation. This mother plant should not have any diseases or root rots. Cut off the leaf from the middle and then transplant it. You can also take a healthy rhizome from the mother plant to propagate.
Whether you cut off a plant leave or a new shoot, you can propagate it by water or directly place it in the soil. Place the leaf cut in water and wait for it to propagate. And for the shoots, directly place them in a healthy, aerated potting mix. Remember to cut off 2-3 inches of leaf from a leaf plant to propagate.
If we generalize the repotting of the moonshine snake plants, it is not a tough job. You can do it in any season. You should report the moonshine snake plant within 3-5 years.
What are the common diseases of moonshine snake plant?
You moonshine snake plants… can face different fungal, and bacterial diseases. The plant leaves can curl, drop -off or turn brown.
However, overwatering or underwatering can create root rots of moonshine snake plants. So, note to water it in a healthy manner.
Sometimes direct sunlight can turn the leaves deforming. Yellow leaves can be a sign of root rotting as well. In any sort of leaf problem, cut off the infected leaves to save your moonshine snake plant. Also, regularly clean the leaves with a wet cloth. Avoid overhead watering and leaves watering.
Roll your eyes over the best questions about moonshine snake plants
Is moonshine snake plant toxic?
Though snake plants remove toxic elements from the indoor air, the leaves are toxic to pets and humans. The thick leaves have saponin components. If your child/ pets eat these leaves by mistake, it will cause them to vomit and stomach ache. So, keep them away from pets and toddlers.
Do the moonshine snake plant like a bigger pot?
Snake plants are like pots that allow them to grow properly in width. Because the silvery moonshine is not that much tall like other snake plant varieties. If you have a pot with 1-2 inches wider than your snake plant roots, that will work. It can prevail in shallow soil mix so; the depth can be 8-10 inches.
Should you put rocks in the topsoil of the moonshine snake plant?
Probably, it will be a bad idea. Though we love this as a houseplant and think that decorating it could be even greater, the rock can hinder the aeration of the soil and captures the heat. All of these are not okay for your moonshine snake plants. So, don’t overcrowd the topsoil with rocks.
If you are a homebody and looking for an amazing houseplant, the moonshine snake plant is the right crack. Moonshine snake plants do so well for your home, and in turn, they demand a little care. Hope that Gardening’s Core overview on the moonshine snake plant could benefit you in this way or another.
Let’s plant the greens indoors!