Sansevieria Bantel’s sensation is an easy-care plant that suits all types of caregivers, including minimalists, travel fanatics, and “busy bees.”
Whether you prefer to grow it indoors or outdoors, Sansevieria Bantel’s sensation will give your home a gorgeous, unique touch while filtering toxins from your indoor air.
In collaboration with professional plant caretakers, this article will equip you with all the essential information for taking care of this succulent plant appropriately. You will attain enhanced confidence and zeal that will trigger the Bantel’s sensation expert in you.
Sansevieria Bantel’s Sensation Identification
Sansevieria Bantel’s sensation is a cultivar of Sansevieria trifasciata, and this type of snake plant is native to West Africa. This plant was identified by Gustav Bantel, who patented it in 1948, which explains the plant’s name.
Although Sansevieria Bantel’s sensation is very similar to the ordinary Sansevieria, remarkable differences include, but are not limited to the following: slender, erect, and stiff leaves; a maximum height that is around 3 feet; the graceful curvature to a rigid point.
Sansevieria Bantel’s sensation leaves have characteristic white or silver vertical stripes that give the plant its gorgeous appearance. These stripes are more distinct on the inner concave side of the leaves of Bantel’s sensation, where dark or olive green streaks contrast them.
The green and white streaks on the outer convex side are narrower and more numerous when compared to the inner side.
In the rare cases where Sansevieria Bantel’s sensation blooms, this succulent perennial do so in summer, particularly when cared for indoors. The flowers are greenish-white with a distinguished pleasant scent. The common names of Sansevieria Bantel’s sensation include the Viper’s Bowstring Hemp, white striped sansevieria, Bantel’s sensation, and white snake plant.
Sansevieria Bantel’s Sensation Care
Are you a first-timer searching for a much easier transition into garden cultivation and management? If yes, Sansevieria Bantel’s sensation is a good option to start with due to its minimal care requirements. Get the essential tips on how to care for Bantel’s sensation here.
Sansevieria Bantel’s sensation can tolerate bright and slightly dim, indirect light conditions. However, too dark environments are not conducive for the growth and survival of this plant.
The variegation on the plant’s leaves makes it less adapted for extremely low light conditions because the silver-white stripes do not absorb sunlight. Brighter light conditions increase the chances for Bantel’s sensation to absorb enough light.
It is usually difficult to measure the amount of light that is relevant for your plant’s growth. To have a ballpark estimate of the amount of light available on the spot where you want to place your plant, stand on that spot around noon.
Lift your hand and assess the shadow that results. A well-defined, crisp shadow shows that there is bright light while a faint one reflects low light projections.
Consider rotating your plant regularly so that it receives light from all sides. Turning the plant will make it grow evenly on all sides, giving it a balanced outlook. Make sure you constantly dust your plant’s leaves so that it receives all the requirements for photosynthesis, including light.
Outdoors, we recommend that you place the Bantel’s sensation on a partly shaded spot to protect it from the harsh afternoon sunlight.
The Bantel’s sensation can stretch for long periods without receiving water. To give your plant the best conditions for growth and protect it from root rot, allow it to dry out in-between waterings completely. When you water the plant, do so until the water begins to drain through the pot’s drainage holes.
You can test the moisture conditions just before watering. Ideally, the soil should not be moist just below the topsoil. You can also lift the plant’s pot to test its weight. If the plant is heavy and the soil is damp, then you should not water it.
Water the Sansevieria Bantel’s sensation once every 10 days is ideal during the growing season, especially when the plant is receiving bright indirect light. When the plant is on a low-light spot or during winter, you can give your plant a drink once every month.
Please avoid pouring water directly on the plant’s leaves as this will lead to leaf damage if the water accumulates. Instead, water straight onto the soil.
Temperature and Humidity Requirements
Sansevieria Bantel’s sensation thrives well in warm environments because it has tropical roots. It does well in temperature ranges between 60 and 80 F, although it can adapt to environments that are slightly out of this range.
Avoid extremely low temperatures below 40 F because they damage the leaves of the white snake plant. Bantel’s sensation can become more tolerant to such low temperatures when its soil is dry.
Wet soils coupled with extremely low temperatures create freezing conditions that the plant cannot tolerate. Frosty temperatures will completely destroy your plant.
Low humidity is ideal for your plant to survive well under the average room humidity available in many homes. Misting the plant makes it vulnerable to leaf rot. Therefore, we recommend that you avoid misting your Bantel’s sensation.
For the same reason, avoid placing your plant in bathrooms where humidity is usually higher.
You should grow your plant in well-draining soils to avoid creating waterlogging conditions. Mix general cactus soil and regular potting soil at a ratio of 1:1 and add into the pot. This combination is excellent for your bottom soil. Mixing potting soil with sand makes good topsoil. Alternatively, you can use pumice and loam at mixing ratios of 1:3, respectively.
To further encourage good drainage after watering Bantel’s sensation, use pots that drain well like terracotta pots. Adding some perlite and vermiculite in the soil for your plant is also a worth-the-while effort.
Perlite improves the aeration and enhances good drainage in the soil by altering its substructure. Vermiculite retains the moisture and nutrients that the plant requires.
Sansevieria Bantel’s sensation can do well without fertilizers. However, there is no harm in boosting your plant’s nutrient supply by adding small amounts of fertilizer.
If you choose to fertilize your Bantel’s sensation, do so twice every year, preferably during the growing season. The plant’s growing season is between spring and summer. The “twice-a-year” fertilizing frequency aligns well with the plant’s low fertilizer requirements.
Use organic houseplant fertilizers at a dilution ratio that is recommended on the fertilizer package. We also recommend combining slow-release fertilizer with an organic potting mix. A store-bought, all-purpose fertilizer will also do a great job.
If your plant is intended for placing on desktops, we recommend replanting it into another pot after every 12-18 months. Make sure that the diameter of the new potting vessel is approximately 2 inches larger than the previous one to allow for proper root growth. A pot that is too large can cause root drowning.
If you intend to maintain the same pot, be sure to change the soil and trim down some leaves and roots to suit the size of the pot. This process is usually necessary when you do not want the size of your plant to change.
Floor plants are relatively larger, so we suggest replanting them after 18 to 24 months. The new pot’s diameter should be between 2 and 4 inches. For both floor and desktop plants, the best time to replant Sansevieria Bantel’s sensation is in summer or spring because the plant is strongest during this time.
Multiplying the viper’s bowstring help is simple and can be done through leaf cuttings or dividing. Please note that sometimes you might end up with the parent plant after propagation, considering that Sansevieria Bantel’s sensation is a cultivar.
Leaf cutting is only done with healthy shoots that are at least 4-inch long. Prepare the cuttings by cutting the leaves as close to the soil as possible before further cutting the leaves in 2-inch long pieces.
Place the cuttings into dry soil, making sure that the broader side is down. Leave the cuttings in the soil for about three days until calluses form. Water the cutting lightly so that they develop roots and start growing.
When you propagate the Sansevieria Bantel’s sensation using leaf cuttings, there are chances that the new plants might lose the variegation.
Dividing involves completely uprooting the plant from the soil before dividing the offshoots. Make sure you shake and brush away all the soil from the plant first. Use a clean knife to cut off single shoots from the rhizome.
Each rhizome attached to a shoot should have at least three roots connected to it. Repot the shoots into pots with soil that allows for good drainage. Water lightly and monitor until the plant acclimates to its new environment.
The white sansevieria is a strong, easy-care plant. It is generally not affected by most pests and diseases. However, there are a few problems that you should look out for as you care for the plant.
All parts of Sansevieria Bantel’s sensation are mildly toxic to pets such as dogs and cats, as well as to human beings. Common symptoms after ingestion are gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
Keep your plant in a room that is less accessible to your pets and children. Your bedroom might be the best place for your Bantel’s sensation.
– Browning Stalks and Root Rot
If the stem of your Bantel’s sensation starts to turn brown and appear spongy, this might be a sign that you are overwatering the plant. You can further confirm this by checking for root rot.
Root rot can destroy the Sansevieria Bantel’s sensation if not attended to. The only solution to root rot is cutting off the affected root and replanting the remaining part in completely dry soil in a pot that drains well. You can water the cutting lightly after a few days.
Overwatering makes the white snake plant more susceptible to a slew of diseases.
Be on the lookout for pests on the white snake plant to ensure that you notice them at an early stage and take relevant action to destroy them. The most common types of pests that attack this plant are sucking pests, especially mealybugs and spider mites. Sucking pests like these survive by siphoning the sap of the plant, thereby destroying its vitality.
Mealybugs are tiny pests that are covered in a white cushioning that looks like cotton wool. If you notice any white patches appearing on the leaves of your plant, you might be faced with a case of mealybugs. Spider mites are typical small insects that remain attached to the surface of your plant.
Mealybugs and spider mites can quickly spread between plants, so your first step in protecting your plants is isolating the infected ones. You can then treat your Bantel’s sensation by rubbing it with 70 percent isopropyl alcohol. Neem oil is also another effective treatment. To dilute Neem oil, follow the instructions on the label of the container.
We have come to the end of our knowledge-impartation journey. But before you go on to apply what you learned, let’s recapture the takeaways once again.
- Sansevieria Bantel’s sensation is a drought-resistant, succulent cultivar of Sansevieria trifasciata and native to West Africa.
- It has characteristic erect leaves with white or silver stripes that alternate the green parts of the plant.
- Bantel’s sensation tolerates bright and slightly dim, indirect light.
- The plant can survive with little amounts of water, so you should allow dry spells between waterings.
- Overwatering is the plant’s worst nightmare.
- Use well-draining soils that can slightly hold moisture, like the 1:3 mixture of pumice and loam.
- Provide your Bantel’s sensation with temperatures between 60 and 80 F while avoiding those below 40 F.
- Sansevieria Bantel’s sensation can do well without fertilizers but if need be, add small amounts twice a year during the plant’s growing season.
- You can replant small desktop plants after every 12 to 18 months and large floor plants every 18 to 24 months.
- Bantel’s sensation can be propagated through leaf cuttings and division.
- Be on the lookout for spider mites and mealybugs, as well as root rot and the browning stalk.
- Keep safe, Sansevieria Bantel’s sensation is mildly toxic if consumed by humans, cats, and dogs.
It’s time to enjoy the fun of being a parent to the dazzling Sansevieria Bantel’s sensation. Enjoy the clean air purified by the plant, the gorgeous outlook of your home, and, more importantly, the experience of being a caregiver to such a unique beauty!
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