Sansevieria Sayuri: Top Tips For This Rare Plant

The Sansevieria Sayuri is a popular houseplant with grey-green tropical foliage and is famous for its resilience and attractive blade-like foliage. The upright-growing light green to silvery-gray color combination is what earns this plant its nickname of Sansevieria Metallica. Moreover, the Sansevieria Sayuri is one of few plants hardy enough to survive equally well in a range of light conditions, making it a perfect addition for indoors. 

Sansevieria Sayuri is hardy, with light green and grey variegated foliage. It accommodates various light conditions, average humidity, and temperatures of 60 to 85°F. Only water the Sayuri once the soil completely dries out; then, fertilize the plant monthly during its growing season.

Although pretty uncommon, the Sansevieria Sayuri is just as beautiful as its cousins! However, despite its “tough skin” and hardy nature, there are a few other specific care requirements that need looking into, so let’s jump in!

Sansevieria Sayuri Characteristics

Native to the rocky, dry habits of the tropical areas in Southern Asia, Madagascar, and Africa, the Sansevieria Sayuri is an almost indestructible snake plant species. This resilient plant features slim and upright blade-like foliage in streaky light green to silvery grey variations.

The Sansevieria Sayuri is hardy to zones 9 to 11 and matures 2 to 3 feet tall with an upright growth habit.

Although the Sansevieria Sayuri rarely blooms, it produces sweetly fragranced flowers growing as clusters on tall vertical spikes in greenish, creamy-white colors. Additionally, the Sansevieria Sayuri’s fruits are small berries in reddish-orange colors. 

More so, while the Sansevieria Sayuri is mildly toxic to humans, causing throat numbing effects and swelling in the throat, it is highly toxic for animals. Therefore, be sure to keep the Sansevieria Sayuri away from your pets to avoid serious health issues, including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Lastly, the Sansevieria Sayuri, including all members of the snake plant family, is pretty well-known for its air-purifying properties; this means that the Sansevieria Sayuri can remove harmful toxins in the air.

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How To Care For Sansevieria Sayuri

Sansevieria Sayuri is the epitome of easy-to-care-for houseplants, perfect for any black thumb or novice owner.

With little to no care, the Sansevieria Sayuri is close to indestructible! However, the exception to this statement is overwatering.

The care requirements of the Sansevieria Sayuri are pretty similar to most other Sansevieria species. They require temperatures between 60 to 85°F, well-drained soil, and deep watering once the soil dries out.

For more detail, continue reading on how to care for the resilient Sansevieria Sayuri.

Temperature Requirements For Sansevieria Sayuri


Although adaptable to most average temperatures, the Sansevieria Sayuri typically prefers warm temperatures ranging between 60 to 85°F.

Moreover, even though the Sansevieria Sayuri is somewhat cold-tolerant, it has a relatively low tolerance to frost. Therefore, temperatures below 40°F typically damage the plant’s foliage.

So, if you live in climates prone to frost or with winter temperatures that tend to drop below 40°F, consider bringing the Sansevieria Sayuri in for the winter. 

Humidity Requirements For Sansevieria Sayuri

The Sansevieria Sayuri generally does not require any additional moisture to thrive. As a result, it thrives comfortably in areas with average or moderate humidity; 40% to 50% is usually ideal.

More so, the Sansevieria Sayuri tolerates arid conditions above areas with high humidity; high moisture levels may lead to leaf rot and fungal infections.

As a result, the Sansevieria Sayuri ideally prefers average household humidity, making it a suitable plant for most rooms in your home.

Light Requirements For Sansevieria Sayuri`

The Sansevieria Sayuri is a well-adapting snake plant that easily tolerates most lighting conditions, high to low, direct or indirect sunlight, or artificial light.

However, the Sansevieria Sayuri grows best in moderate to bright natural light for optimal and vigorous growth. Still, you’ll need to be aware that copious amounts of direct sunlight can burn the Sansevieria Mikado’s leaves, leaving sunburnt scars on the tips of the foliage.

If you plan to keep the Sansevieria Sayuri outside, consider placing it out in the bright shade during the summertime.

Additionally, the Sansevieria Sayuri prefers 6 to 8 hours of bright, indirect light if you keep it indoors. Therefore, placing the Sansevieria Sayuri roughly 10 feet away from a west-or-south facing window is an ideal spot for a flourishing plant.

Lastly, if you prefer to keep the Sansevieria Sayuri in the basement or office, consider placing it under a grow light for approximately 12 to 14 hours.

Soil Requirements For Sansevieria Sayuri

Soil requirements for Sansevieria Sayuri

Overwatering is probably the only place you can go wrong with regarding caring for the Sansevieria Sayuri; this is because its soil conditions go hand-in-hand with overwatering- compact, soggy soil quickly leads to root rot and fungal infections.

Sansevieria Sayuri is a hardy, drought-tolerant plant that prefers gritty, loose, well-draining soil with a slightly acidic to slightly alkaline pH.

The Sansevieria Sayuri typically thrives in a combination of loose or sandy soil with a high-quality cactus or succulent soil. In addition, you can also stick to a soilless potting mixture with a sprinkling of perlite to ensure well-draining conditions.

Watering Requirements For Sansevieria Sayuri

The best way to describe the Sansevieria Sayuri’s water preference is to state that less is more! The Sansevieria Sayuri is a hardy and drought-tolerant plant with minimal water requirements.

 You’ll want to deeply water the Sansevieria Sayuri only once the soil dries out completely.

The watering frequency will depend on the plant’s light, temperature, and humidity conditions. However, a general watering estimate is about once every ten to fourteen days in the summertime.

Note that you’ll need to decrease the Sansevieria Sayuri’s watering schedule during colder weather; once every third to the fourth week is enough for the Sansevieria Sayuri to thrive during the fall and winter.

Fertilizer Requirements For Sansevieria Sayuri

Although the Sansevieria Sayuri is hardy and resilient to extreme atmospheric conditions, a light, monthly feeding will encourage the plant to remain vigorous and healthy.

Using a diluted general-purpose fertilizer for houseplants or a small amount of cactus fertilizer once a month during its growing season is enough to encourage vigorous growth.

Lastly, do not fertilize the Sansevieria Sayuri during the fall and winter. The plant is dormant during the fall and winter, and fertilizer will burn the plant’s roots.

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Pruning Guide For Sansevieria Sayuri

The Sansevieria Sayuri is a notoriously hardy plant that rarely requires frequent pruning.

The most common reasons to prune Sansevieria Sayuri are to remove dead, discolored, or damaged foliage, maintain a desirable size, and improve the general appearance of the plant.

To prune the Sansevieria Sayuri, be sure to use a clean, sterilized pruning shear and remove the dead or damaged foliage by cutting the leaves off at the soil line. Be sure to discard the pruned leaves to prevent them from re-rooting in your garden.

Pro Tip: It’s best to prune the Sansevieria Sayuri while actively growing in the spring or summer to reduce the stress level as much as possible.

Potting And Repotting Sansevieria Sayuri

Repotting material

Sansevieria Sayuri grows well in pots, but it’ll need frequent repotting due to its fast-growing tendencies. The best option is to plant the Sansevieria Sayuri in a terracotta pot with drainage holes.

Terracotta pots will help wick away the excess moisture, aiding in root rot and fungal infection prevention.

Try to repot the Sansevieria Sayuri during the spring or summertime while the plant actively grows; this will help reduce shock and stress from repotting.

When repotting the Sansevieria Sayuri, always ensure that you use a fresh cactus potting mix or potting soil.

Lastly, if your Sansevieria Sayuri has not outgrown its pot within a year, it is still advisable to change the potting mix; this is because, after a while, the soil tends to become compact and nutrient deficient.

Sansevieria Sayuri Propagation

The two viable methods to propagate the Sansevieria Sayuri are through root division or leaf cuttings.

Note that the best time to propagate the Sansevieria Sayuri in the spring or summer (its growing season) is to reduce the severity of stress.

Propagating Via Root Division

Before you start, you’ll need a sharp, sterilized knife, a clean pot filled with fresh cactus, or succulent potting mix.

You’ll want to start by slowly removing the Sansevieria Sayuri’s root ball from its pot and gently brushing away the additional soil from the plant’s root structures.

Now, use a sterilized knife to divide the Sansevieria Sayuri into sections while taking caution to keep its roots intact.

Then, replant the sections into the new container, place the plant in bright, indirect sunlight, and mist the soil.

Propagating Via Leaf-Cutting

Propagating the Sansevieria Sayuri is possible, but it takes up to four months before a new plant begins to form, making this option the least favored among the two.

As usual, it’s best to sterilize your pruning shears or knife before cutting off a healthy leaf from the mother Sansevieria plant; this will prevent the spread of bacterial or fungal infections.

Then, submerge the cutting in a jar of clean water to root it. Place the leaf-cutting in a partially sunny spot and replace the water every second week to prevent bacterial growth.

Plant the root end into well-draining potting soil once small roots develop to about an inch or two. Water the leaf-cutting and place it in a spot with bright, indirect sunlight.

Alternatively, skip the water-rooting process and leave the cutting outside to form callouses 24 to 48 hours. Then, pot the leaf-cutting, cut-end down, in fresh cactus or succulent potting mix.

Sansevieria Sayuri’s Common Pests And Problems

Like most other snake plants, the Sansevieria Sayuri is famous for its hardy nature and extreme resilience, making it less prone to diseases and pests.

The most prevalent problems that Sansevieria Sayuri suffers from are joint issues, over-watering, and water-logged soil. More so, a less severe case includes overwintering and stunted growth from placing the Sansevieria Sayuri in temperatures below 40°F.

In addition, the most common pests that seemingly bother Sansevieria Sayuri include mealybugs, aphids, and spider mites. Regularly cleaning the Sansevieria Sayuri to keep it dust-free will be enough to keep the pests at bay.

However, if you find that plant is infested with pests, use soapy water or organic neem oil to remove them.


The Sansevieria Sayuri is famous for its light green and slivery-grey foliage, hardy nature, high resilience, and tolerance to various light conditions.

To ensure a healthy plant with vigorous foliage, ensure that you provide arid, well-draining soil and preferably bright, indirect light.