Sansevieria Moonshine

This unique and rare snake plant variety is highly sought after by plant collectors. Like all Sansevierias, Moonshine is hardy and can thrive in lower light levels, making it the ideal plant for growing indoors.

Sansevieria Moonshine has broad leaves that are very light silvery-green. It is a nursery cultivar of Sansevieria trifasciata, a species native to West Africa. It is drought tolerant, so it does not require frequent watering. This easy-going and adaptable snake plant is a breeze to maintain.

Growing a Sansevieria Moonshine is much like any other plant of this genus – the soil and watering regime are the most critical things to get right. In this article, we discuss what makes this species so beautiful and the simple steps one should take to cultivate it.

Sansevieria Moonshine Characteristics

This evergreen perennial gets its name because the leaves look as if they are glowing silver in the moonlight. They are a very light green color, with minimal variegation.

They grow anywhere from 2 to 6 feet tall, and the leaves are large and broad, 4 to 5 inches wide, and taper to a sharp point. This plant has an upright growth form, and the foliage grows from a rosette at the base.

Compared to other snake plants, Moonshine grows relatively fast. They typically take 2 to 5 years to reach maturity, depending on the conditions.

The leaves are thick and leathery, indicating that this plant is drought hardy. It has adaptations that minimize water loss through the foliage.

The root system is rhizomatous, with a network of finer roots that support the plant.

Other Common Names For Sansevieria Moonshine

Because this is a man-made cultivar, it goes by a few different names, including:

  • Silver Moonshine
  • Silver mother-in-law’s tongue
  • Moonshine snake plant
  • Moonlight snake plant
  • Moonlight Sansevieria
  • Sansevieria Future Silver Offset
  • Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Moonshine’ (this is the correct scientific name)

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Origin Of Sansevieria Moonshine

Sansevieria Moonlight cannot be found in nature. It is a nursery cultivar that was developed from the species Sansevieria trifasciata.

The original species grows natively in West Africa, from Nigeria to the Congo. This tropical plant has evolved in warm, humid environments but is extremely resilient to periods of drought.

Traditionally, the plant was used for its strong fibers in the leaves. These were used to craft bowstrings by West African people.

Guide To Growing Sansevieria Moonshine

Sansevieria Moonshine is very simple to grow, as long as you stick to a few basic guidelines. If you follow this guide, your Moonshine should live a long, happy life in your home or garden.

Soil Type

Planting soil

The soil is the most fundamental element to get right. Sansevierias need a well-draining medium to grow in because the roots cannot stand being in soggy, saturated soil. If the soil is not aerated enough, it can smother the roots, causing them to rot.

The best soil type for Sansevieria Moonshine is cactus potting mixture.

They also do very well grown in LECA clay pebbles.

Potting

Sansevierias can be grown indoors in any type of pot. Choose a container with ample holes for drainage.

The pot should only be a couple of inches larger than the plant’s root system. Choosing a pot that is too big can lead to drainage issues.

Note that plastic and clay pots make a difference in how you should care for the plant. Plastic pots retain moisture in the soil for longer than porous terracotta pots. Therefore, you should water plants in plastic containers less frequently.

Pot a Sansevieria so that the soil sits an inch or two below the rim of the pot.

Water

Watering Sansevieria Moonshine

Sansevieria Moonshine, like all snake plants, is extremely sensitive to overwatering. It is critical to get the watering regime right with these plants.

They do not need to be watered very frequently but should get a thorough drench on a regular basis. Because they are adapted to drought, one should allow the soil to dry in between watering.

If the soil stays moist for long periods of time, the plant will not be happy.

How often you water a Sansevieria Moonshine depends on a few factors, but generally, once every two weeks during summer is advised.

They need water even less frequently during winter when these plants go dormant. Then, they can cope with a monthly watering.

Light

This easy-going plant is adaptable to a range of lighting conditions but looks its best when grown in bright, indirect sunshine.

In low light, the leaves lose their light silvery-green color, turning a darker green. In harsh, direct light, the leaves can get scorched.

Be wary of suddenly moving a Sansevieria from one light level to another. Gradually move the plant over the course of a week, giving it time to adapt to its new conditions.

Temperature

These plants love warmth but are intolerant of very low temperatures and frost. The lowest they can stand is 41 degrees F (5 degrees C).

Keep a Sansevieria Moonshine in a room that ranges from 55 to 85 degrees F (13 to 29 degrees C). If you keep them warm, they will keep growing vigorously.

Humidity

Regular household humidity levels are perfectly adequate for these plants. Sansevierias are extremely adaptable when it comes to humidity.

These plants do not require their leaves to be misted or a humidifier. This is part of what makes them so wonderfully low maintenance.

Maintaining and Propagating Sansevieria Moonshine

To keep your rare and beautiful Sansevieria Moonshine looking its best, you need to feed and repot them from time to time. They do not need frequent maintenance, and a little effort every now and then does wonders for their growth.

Fertilizer

These are not very hungry plants, so you do not need to feed them often. Fertilizing once or twice a year at most is perfect.

Avoid overfeeding them, as this actually hampers their growth. Instead, give them a small amount of fertilizer once in spring and once in summer.

Feeding them during their active growing season will give them a nice boost.

Pruning

These plants do not need to be pruned on a schedule. If there are old leaves that are starting to look ugly, snip them off with a clean, sharp knife.

Repotting

Repotting Sansevieria Moonshine

Sansevieria Moonshine only needs to be repotted once every 3 to 5 years. If the roots outgrow the pot, the plant starts to strangle itself.

You can usually see if a plant is root bound simply by inverting it and sliding the pot off. If you only see roots and no soil, it is time for repotting.

Replace the soil when you repot your Sansevieria Moonshine and plant it into a slightly bigger pot (not too big!).

Remember to be gentle and to pamper your plant for a few weeks after repotting to prevent transplant shock.

How To Propagate Sansevieria Moonshine

This unique plant is very easy to propagate. There are a few different methods:

  1. Division of offshoots
  2. Propagating from leaf cuttings in soil
  3. Rooting leaf cuttings in water
  4. Propagating in LECA balls

The quickest and easiest is the first method because Sansevieria Moonshine readily produces new baby plants from its rhizomes.

You simply need to use a clean, sharp knife to remove the offsets (or pups) from the main plant and pot them into their own little pots in a well-draining soil mix.

Pests and Diseases That Affect Sansevieria Moonshine

If you avoid overwatering a Sansevieria Moonshine, they rarely experience any issues with pests or diseases.

The most prevalent disease amongst Sansevierias is root rot. This fungal disease is caused by overwatering or soil that doesn’t drain properly.

Insect pests that may affect a Sansevieria are mealybugs and spider mites. These are not terribly damaging, and they are easy to get rid of.

Simply wipe the pests from the leaves using a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol.

Read more: Sansevieria Silver Queen – Detailed Care Tips

Benefits Of Sansevieria Moonshine

Sansevierias have a different type of metabolism than other plants. It’s called Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM).

Instead of photosynthesizing only in the day, these plants photosynthesize at night, too, absorbing carbon dioxide from the air and releasing fresh oxygen.

Sansevierias have been shown to purify the air of harmful toxins like benzene and formaldehyde. This is why people love them as indoor plants.

Conclusion

Sansevierias truly are a dream to care for, and they look fantastic indoors or outside. If you get lucky and find this rare cultivar available online or from a plant center, do not hesitate to bring it home.

By following this simple care guide, your Sansevieria Moonshine will grow healthily for many years, bringing its beauty and elegance. Try not to overthink its care too much!

Resources:

https://plantcaretoday.com/sansevieria-moonshine.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracaena_trifasciata

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracaena_trifasciata#:~:text=Dracaena%20trifasciata%20is%20a%20species,bowstring%20hemp%2C%20among%20other%20names.