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Sunsevieria Cylindrica - The Easiest House Plant To Care For

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In recent years the interiors of coffee houses, restaurants and offices with a focus on modern minimalism are literally flooded with bushes of a unique plant that looks more like live sculptures - Sansevieria cylindrica. This shade-growing miracle by all parameters can outshine even its fellows, bypassing in endurance and "Aunt's tongue", and other competitors. Rounded cross-section cylindrical leaves, creating a whimsical turf, bring austere beauty and orderliness to any corner. And enliven even those places where it would seem difficult for any indoor plant to survive.

Sunsevieria cylindrica - the easiest house plant to care for
Sansevieria cylindrica, or Cylindrica (Sansevieria cylindrica)


  • Sansevieria cylindrica is the hardiest of all Sansevieria
  • Growing conditions for Sansevieria cylindrica
  • Home care for Sansevieria cylindrica
  • Diseases, Pests and problems in cultivation
  • Propagation of Sansevieria cylindrica

Sansevieria cylindrica is the hardiest of all Sansevieria

Sansevieria cylindrica, OrCylindrica (Sansevieria cylindrica) is the most easily recognized plant not only in the genus Sansevieria, but also among all the fashionable modern indoor plants you can find on store shelves. The smooth, rounded, elongated cones or spokes of its leaves are difficult to confuse with other indoor crops.

The decorative virtues of this type of sansevier match all the requirements for plants for modern interiors - clean, severe lines and geometric or architectural motifs, minimalism with maximum expressiveness. Greater simplicity and trendy graphicality is almost impossible to find.

But even the beauty of the plant is more than overshadowed by purely practical advantages. Being one of the most hardy and unpretentious of all houseplants, the Sunsevieria cylindrica is suitable for almost anyone, even a very rarely home florist.

And perhaps the combination of exactly these two factors - extreme hardiness with beauty - has resulted in a plant that only a few years ago was interesting only to a select few fans of the "mother tongue", today has become not only one of the most popular, but also the most expensive houseplants. Small bushes of sanseviria cylindrica cost as much as a small palm or large adult varieties of another fashionista, the anthurium.

The sanseviria cylindrica, like all other sanseviria, is characterized by a rather specific rhizome: developing rhizomes, it actually does not form classical roots and grows in an unusual group of modified leaves. It spreads wide in the same way as its relative Sansevieria triceps - letting out laterally shortened underground shoots bearing daughter rosettes.

Cylindrical, rounded in cross section, smooth, with a waxy patina, the leaves of Sansevieria appear to many just pointed at the ends of a thick green sticks. The ability to store water allows the plant to acquire a unique drought tolerance. The stiffness of the leaves makes the plant very stable.

Sansevieria cylindrica leaves only seem so perfectly rounded at first sight: longitudinally each leaf has a distinctive groove, suggesting their true nature, and the sharp, drying tip only emphasizes their shape. On the dark green, grayish and waxy surface of the leaves, you can see silvery transverse stripes that appear brighter with age.

An increasingly common market today is the formed cylindrical sansevieria, a plant with intertwined shoots that form strikingly beautiful green sculptures. The plant varieties offer a choice between more compact versions, with leaf height up to 50 cm, and bushes with leaves capable of growing up to 1 m and more. They differ in color shade, the intensity of the stripes and the presence or absence of a border.

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Blooming of the Cylindrical Sansevilla is considered a rarity because it needs to be kept in strictly controlled conditions. Half-meter-long flower stalks are crowned with spiky paniculate inflorescences with small, cream-red flowers. The flowering effect is not so pronounced as to sacrifice for it the possibility to get a really versatile interior decoration.

Sunsevieria cylindrica - the easiest house plant to care for
The formed cylindrical sansevieria, a plant with intertwined shoots, is increasingly on sale today. © Bennilover

Cultivation conditions for Cylindrical Sansevieria

Cylindrical Sansevieria is one of the unique plants that does not fear competition and takes root in almost any living space. It is very good in solo lots, especially when choosing containers, which brightly express the style of interior decoration.

But there is no equal sansevieria cylindrica and in complex, intricate compositions of modern terrariums and florariums, where its smooth leaves provide an opportunity to introduce completely new accents in compositions with cacti and succulents. The absence of aggressiveness and compactness of this plant in florariums is revealed from a completely new side.

Lighting and placement

The main advantage of the Cylindrical Sansevieria is its absolute universality. This is one of the rare room plants, which can be placed wherever you want, without regard to the location of windows. The shade tolerance of the plant allows the cylindrical sansevilla to grow well even in deep rooms. If you want to achieve a flowering of the cylindrical beauty or if you want to choose variegated, brightly colored varieties, you should choose a brighter area. It is most often placed on tables not by accident: bringing order, structure to the interior, this plant harmonizes the overall atmosphere in places of communication. Sunsevieria looks great as a decoration of table tops tea, newspaper, coffee tables, on chests of drawers, shelves. It is better to place it not on the floor, but at least on small stands.

Temperature regime and ventilation

Cool overwintering is often recommended for sansevieria, but for sansevieria cylindrical even it is not necessary. Plants feel fine in any temperature of the living rooms, from 16 degrees Celsius all year round. Lowering the temperature during the dormancy period is only necessary to stimulate flowering, but it does not always give the result. Therefore, the plant can safely be placed in cool or warm rooms at your discretion.

Sansevieria cylindrica is not afraid of temperature differences and drafts, equally attractive and in cool and in high temperatures. The only thing against which it should be protected - the sharp hypothermia. Very seldom can it be taken out into the fresh air, because this plant has a reputation as a purely indoor plant, and the time when the air temperature at night exceeds 16 degrees is too short in regions with severe winters. © Home Decor Accents

Cylindrical Sansevieria care at home

The easiest house plant to care for - this status and advertising for a cylindrical plant would not be an exaggeration. A plant that can be content with one watering per month, needs almost no attention and is easily forgiven for mistakes is the ideal choice for those who cannot afford the care of capricious vases. It is one of the best plants to introduce to modern crops and new ways of growing and presenting them.

Watering and Humidity

Like any other indoor plant, the sansevilla cylindrica will prefer regular waterings. They are carried out not often, letting the soil dry out in the upper layer, maintaining a light humidity. Thanks to the fact that the plant can do long without watering at all, Sunsevieria cylindrica entered the list of plants best suited to create dry florariums. In the right substrate it is satisfied with rare watering, up to once a month for complex compositions with succulents.

Sansevieria cylindrica is not sensitive to dry air, so no spraying procedures or other measures need to be taken. Too high humidity should be avoided for this plant. But regular cleaning of greenery from dust in the care program should be included necessarily, because on the large, perfectly smooth leaves any dust particles are clearly visible.

Sunsevieria cylindrica - the easiest house plant to care for
Sansevieria cylindrica - the queen of shade. © casadecorar

Fertilizers and composition of fertilizers

Sansevieria cylindrica can be grown without fertilizers, because the plant is not demanding to the nutrients of the soil, does not grow so intensively and with sufficient regular transplanting can be content with the content of nutrients already present in the soil.

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For accelerated growth and maintenance of the plant in the absence of transplanting in the care program include rare fertilizers - with a frequency of once a month standard dose or once every 2 weeks, but reducing the concentration of fertilizers by half.

For Sansevieria cylindrica preferably special fertilizers for succulents and cacti. Universal fertilizers for houseplants are used in dosages halved compared to standard ones.

Trimming and shaping of Cylindrica sanssévieria

Cylindrica does not need shaping. Damaged leaves are cut off completely, at the base, gently, with disinfected tools.

To form the now fashionable intertwined form of Sunsevieria cylindrica, the varieties must be selected correctly - with dark green, relatively soft leaves. Only densely growing leaves and only young plants can be intertwined, gently pulling and shifting the leaves to form a pigtail and making sure to fix the "construction" on top with soft twine or decorative twine.

Potting, containers and substrate

Potting this type of Sansevieria can be done at any time of year, but only within the active growth period and when kept in warmth. Sansevieria cylindrica does not have such powerful rhizomes, does not threaten neighbors or pots, but still the rate and direction of its growth is better to consider when growing in complex compositions of florariums.

Sansevieria cylindrica can grow in the lightest and friable soil. It is better to choose substrates with a pH of 5.5 to 6.0, without peat in the composition. It is content with a minimum amount of soil, it grows well in florariums. This plant can be grown in classical substrate or in inert soil, on hydroponics and in stony decorative soil.

When growing in classical containers and substrate, be sure to lay a high layer of drainage at the bottom of containers for cylindrical sansevieria. This culture also loves top drainage, or decorative soil mulching.

Sunsevieria cylindrica - the easiest house plant to care for
Sansevieria cylindrica can grow in the lightest and loose soil. © Houseplant Central

Diseases, pests and problems in cultivation

Even compared to Sansevieria trifolium cylindrica can pleasantly surprise with resistance. The only thing that threatens the plant is soil pests, including nematodes and rots that spread in damp soil. If there are signs of soil infestation, an emergency transplanting should be done. Root lesions can be tried to be dealt with by correcting care and drying the soil. But more often than not, you cannot do without emergency transplanting and removing the damaged parts.

Repropagation of Cylindrical Sansevieria

Get new bushes of Cylindrical Sansevieria can be both by dividing large, overgrown bushes into several parts, and by rooting individual "cylinders". Large leaves are cut off completely and cut into fragments of length from 5 to 10 cm, rooting in sand or light soil. The cuts are dried before planting, deepened in the substrate by 2 cm.