Sansevieria Mikado – Complete Care Guide

Sansevieria Mikado is a pretty popular compact hybrid, high in demand for its resilience and attractive emerald green foliage with snake-like striped patterns in lighter shades of green. Moreover, the Sansevieria Mikado is one of few plants that survive equally well in various light shades, making it a perfect addition for indoors.  

Sansevieria Mikado is resilient, with emerald green foliage striped with patterns of light green. It thrives in bright, indirect light and temperatures of 70 to 90°F. Only water the Mikado once the soil completely dries out; then, fertilize the plant every four weeks during its growing season.

Although flowers are a rare sight, the gorgeous foliage of Sansevieria Mikado makes it worthwhile! Despite the Sansevieria Mikado’s tolerance to most light types, it has specific care requirements to ensure a happy, thriving plant.

Sansevieria Mikado Characteristics

Native to Southern Asia, Madagascar, and Africa, the Sansevieria Mikado is a hardy and almost indestructible snake plant hybrid. This resilient plant has cylindrical, upright, cone-type foliage boasting dark, emerald green, and yellow-green horizontal patterns.

As the Sansevieria Mikado reaches maturity, its leaves start to arch outward, typically forming a fountain-like shape.

The Sansevieria Mikado is hardy to zones 10 to 12 and can reach heights of 3 to 4 feet.

The Sansevieria Mikado rarely blooms; the flowers are tall spikes covered in clusters of petite, honeysuckle-like flowers in greenish, cream, or white colors. The flower blossoms are richly fragrant with sticky nectar on the stems.

In addition, the Sansevieria Mikado is a highly toxic plant for humans and animals; ingestion of the plant will lead to serious health issues. Therefore, keep the Sansevieria Mikado away from your kids and pets.

Lastly, all members of the snake plant genus are famous for their air-purifying properties. For example, the Sansevieria Mikado removes harmful toxins in the air and can convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, even in the absence of the sun.

How To Care For Sansevieria Mikado

Gardening Hand Trowel and Fork Standing in Garden Soil

Sansevieria Mikado can easily be the epitome of a novice or expert plant owner’s houseplant collection with the appropriate care.

Although the Sansevieria Mikado is close to indestructible unless you water the plant in excess, it is always advisable to mimic any houseplant’s native climate as closely as possible; the same goes for Sansevieria Mikado.

The care requirements of this hybrid species are pretty similar to that of the original parent plant species. So here’s how to care for the tough Sansevieria Mikado.

Temperature Requirements For Sansevieria Mikado

Sansevieria Mikado typically prefers warm temperatures. Therefore, the ideal temperatures for the Sansevieria Mikado range between 70 to 90°F.

Moreover, the Sansevieria Mikado has a relatively low tolerance to frost and cold winter temperatures. Therefore, set the Sansevieria Mikado in a spot where it’s protected from chilly drafts and temperatures below 50°F.

Humidity Requirements For Sansevieria Mikado

The Sansevieria Mikado typically does not require any additional humidity. As a result, it thrives comfortably in arid conditions, whereas high moisture levels may lead to leaf rot and fungal infections.

The Sansevieria Mikado ideally prefers average household humidity, making it suitable for most rooms in your home.

Light Requirements For Sansevieria Mikado

Like we already know, the Sansevieria Mikado is a well-adapting snake plant that can survive in most lighting situations, from high to low and from sunlight to artificial light.

However, the Sansevieria Mikado grows quicker in bright light, but you’ll need to be cautious of copious amounts of direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can burn the Sansevieria Mikado’s leaves, leaving a yellowish color and sunburnt scars.

Sansevieria Mikado prefers 8 to 10 hours of bright, indirect light. So, an ideal spot to park the Sansevieria Mikado is roughly 10 feet away from a west-or-south facing window.

In addition, Sansevieria Mikado thrives in hot and arid climates. So, consider placing these plants outside in the bright shade during the summertime. Also, a little basking in the warm morning sun won’t cause any harm to the plant.

Alternatively, place the Sansevieria Mikado under a grow light for 12 to 14 hours if you prefer keeping the plant in an office or basement setting.

Soil Requirements For Sansevieria Mikado

Soil preparation for repotting

Overwatering is the number one cause for the death of a Sansevieria Mikado plant. The plant’s soil conditions walk hand-in-hand with overwatering- compact, moist soil quickly leads to root and leaf rot and fungal infections. Therefore, ensure you provide the appropriate soil condition to keep the Sansevieria Mikado thriving.

Sansevieria Mikado’s are hardy, drought-tolerant plants that generally prefer sandy, loose, well-draining, and slightly acidic to slightly alkaline and arid soil conditions with a generous helping of nutrients and rich organic matter.

Even though sandy soil is loose and well-draining, regular garden sand is generally too heavy. The Sansevieria Mikado prefers a combination of sand with a high-quality cactus or succulent soil. In addition, a sprinkling of perlite will do a magnificent job in ensuring well-draining conditions.

Watering Requirements For Sansevieria Mikado

The Sansevieria Mikado is a drought-tolerant plant with minimal water requirements. You’ll typically only need to water the Sansevieria Mikado once the soil dries out.

A general watering estimate for the Sansevieria Mikado is about once every week or second week in the summertime. On the other hand, you’ll need to decrease the plant’s watering schedule during colder weather; once or twice per month is enough to keep the Sansevieria Mikado happy during the fall and winter.

It’s crucial to note that the Sansevieria Mikado is highly sensitive to soggy soil and over-watering. Any additional watering sitting at the pot’s base can lead to fungal infections and root rot, eventually killing the plant. So, it’s vital to allow the soil to dry out between watering sessions properly.

In addition, try to pour the water directly only into the soil while avoiding wetting the foliage.

Fertilizer Requirements For Sansevieria Mikado

Although the Sansevieria Mikado is hardy to extreme temperatures and atmospheric conditions, a light feeding will allow the plant to remain healthy during the growing season.

You won’t have to go overboard with fertilizing; a small amount of cactus fertilizer every four weeks during its growing season is enough to encourage vigorous growth.

In addition, be sure not to fertilize the Sansevieria Mikado during the fall and winter. The plant is semi-dormant, and fertilizer will harm the plant.

Pruning Guide For Sansevieria Mikado

The Sansevieria Mikado is a slow-growing and notoriously hardy plant that does not require frequent pruning.

The most common reasons to prune Sansevieria Mikado are to maintain the plant’s size, remove dead or damaged foliage, or improve the general appearance and shape of the plant.

Once you decide it’s time to tidy the Sansevieria Mikado, start by inspecting the plant for signs of damage and poor health. Then, use sharp and sterile scissors or pruning shears to remove the damaged leaves at the soil line.

Although the Sansevieria Mikado will likely tolerate and survive pruning at any time of the year, it’s best to prune the plant while actively growing to minimize the stress level as much as possible.

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Potting And Repotting Sansevieria Mikado

Sansevieria Mikado is a slow-growing plant and rarely needs repotting. However, it is best to choose a heavy container when choosing the appropriate pot for the Sansevieria Mikado because of the plant’s top-heavy nature.

Due to the Sansevieria Mikado’s large and sturdy underground root systems require a sizeable container to allow the plant to flourish. In addition, terracotta or clay pots with sizeable draining holes are best.

When repotting the Sansevieria Mikado, always use a fresh mixture of cactus potting mix and potting soil.

Sansevieria Mikado Propagation

Preparation for propagation

There are many ways to propagate the Sansevieria Mikado. Sansevieria Mikado plants can naturally grow new shoots that you can pot independently or propagate through root division or leaf cuttings.

In addition, the best time to propagate the Sansevieria Mikado in its growing season is to reduce the severity of stress.

Follow the following instructions for each method.

Propagating Via New Offshoots

If you notice any new baby offshoots developing from the Sansevieria Mikado plant, you can plant them separately.

You’ll need a sharp, sterilized knife, a new, clean pot, and fresh cactus or succulent potting mix.

First, gently pull the root ball out of the Sansevieria Mikado’s pot and locate the baby offshoot’s root. Then, cut off the pup and replant the root end into the cactus potting mixture.

Lastly, water the new plant and place it in a warm location with bright, indirect light.

Propagating Via Root Division

Like propagating via new offshoots, you’ll need a sharp and sterilized knife, a clean pot, and cactus or succulent potting mix.

You’ll want to start by pulling the Sansevieria Mikado’s root ball out of the old pot and gently brushing away the soil from the plant’s root structures using your hand.

Then, use the sterilized knife to divide the Sansevieria Mikado into sections while maintaining its roots.

Lastly, replant the new Sansevieria Mikado’s sections into the pot with fresh cactus or succulent potting soil. In addition, place the plant in a setting with bright, indirect sunlight and water it.

Propagating Via Leaf-Cutting

You’ll need sterilized pruning shears or a sharp knife to slice off a healthy leaf from the mother Sansevieria Mikado plant.

After cutting the leaf, root the cutting in water by submerging the cut end into a jar of clean water. Place the leaf-cutting into a partially sunny spot, top the water off every few days to keep it level, and replace the water altogether every second week to prevent bacterial growth.

Plant the root end into a well-draining cactus potting soil once the new roots develop at least one or two inches long. Water the leaf-cutting and place it in a bright, indirect spot.

Alternatively, skip the entire water-rooting process and allow the healthy cut leaf to form callouses for 24 hours. Then, pot the leaf-cutting, cut-end down, in prepared cactus or succulent potting mix.

Due to the Sansevieria Mikado’s slow-growing properties, it can take up to two months before you notice new growth.

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Sansevieria Mikado’s Common Pests And Problems

Sansevieria Mikado is famous for its charming foliage and extreme resilience, making it less prone to diseases and pests.

The most prevalent problem that Sansevieria Mikado suffers from is over-watering and water-logged soil. Other conditions include overwinter; placing the Sansevieria Mikado in cold temperatures below 50°F can cause stunted growth and even kill the plant.

In addition, common pests include mealybugs, aphids, and spider mites. Keep the Sansevieria Mikado clean and dust-free by wiping the plant off with a damp cloth. Alternatively, use a gentle spray of water or organic neem oil to keep the pests at bay.

Conclusion

The Sansevieria Mikado is famous for its resilience, tolerance to light conditions, and lovely variegated foliage.

To ensure vigorous cylindrical leaves that grow in a fountain-like pattern, ensure that you provide dry, well-draining soil and preferably bright, indirect light.

Resources:

https://www.thespruce.com/snake-plant-care-overview-1902772

https://snakeplantcare.com/sansevieria-fernwood/

https://www.hgtv.com/outdoors/flowers-and-plants/houseplants/2019/how-often-water-snake-plant