Plant profile

Sansevieria masoniana

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Botanical name: Dracaena masoniana

Synonyms: Sansevieria masoniana

Named by: B.Juan Chahinian (2000)

Family: Asparagaceae

Subfamily: Nolinoideae

Genus: Dracaena

Native area: Congo

Trade names: Sansevieria masoniana, Sansevieria 'Victoria'

Common names: Mason's Congo sansevieria, Whale fin, Shark's fin

Care difficulty: easy

Light preference: partial shade to bright light

Minimum temperature: 10°C (50°F)

Optimal temperature: 16-24°C (60-75°F)

Humidity: low to high

Watering: water when soil is completelly dry

Fertilizing: 10-10-10, monthly during growing period

Soil: equal mix of coconut peat, orchid bark and perlite

pH: 5.5-7.5

Repotting: every 2-3 years

Speed of growth: slow

Mature size: up to 1.8m tall (5.9ft.) and 18cm wide (0.6ft.)

Flower: green-white tubes

Propagation: by division or leaf cutting

Pests: generally pest free, spidermites, mealybugs

Diseases: root rot

Toxicity: toxic (Saponin)

- very drought tolerant
- easily overrated, water only when soil is completely dry
- rots if planted in substrate that takes too long to dry out
- very similar to Sansevieria grandis (most noticeable difference is the leaf surface, grandis is smooth)

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