Dwarf Sansevieria Complete Care Guide

Sansevieria Trifasciata Dwarf is no different than a regular snake plant. This plant stays petite and cute.

Scientific name: Dracaena Trifasciata ‘Dwarf’

Also called: Dwarf Sansevieria, Bird’s Nest Sansevieria, Dracaena Trifasciata Hahnii


*it was shown that a sansevieria is actually a dracaena. I’m still fighting to accept this name so I’ll stick to sansevieria for this article. 😅

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care meter: 9/10

Dwarf Sansevierias are super easy care. Highly recommended for beginners and busy humans.


Light should be bright and plenty. Sansevieria Dwarf grows pups easily under the right light. I also tried to put mine outside during summer and did great in partial shade. I wouldn’t let it outside in harsh sun, but gentle afternoon sun will do the trick.

If your home is lacking light, you can help your Sansevieria Dwarf with an artificial light source. I experimented with that as well, and the plant did okay. Depending on the amount of light it gets, it grows new pups more or less rapidly.

Sansevieria Trifasciata Dwarf in a pretty pot


Water less for happy roots. Sansevieria Dwarf needs water once every 2-3 weeks. Like most sansevierias, this one doesn’t like excess water.

The soil should be completely dry before watering, so it’s better to check it every time. I had dwarf sansevierias rot in the past because of too much water. So it’s better to underwater than to overdo it.


Sansevieria Dwarf will live happily in the same temperature as you do. 20-25°C should be great. Don’t let it drop below 15°C, this can cause mushy leaves and a lot of damage.

same plant, different lifestyles


Low to average humidity does wonders. This is not a plant that needs misting or a humidifier, so something between 40-60% should keep it happy.


Fertilizing can be done once a month during growing season. I usually stop fertilizing during winter, but that doesn’t mean you should stop as well. I do it because of colder temperatures in my room. But if the plant is visibly growing, I fertilize once every two months with more diluted fertilizer.

The NPK ratio that I like to use is 20-20-20 alternated with 15-30-15. The first one is for balance and the second one promotes the root growth.

new offset growing from a Dwarf Sansevieria mother plant


Sansevieria Dwarf needs a lightweight soil that will help drain the excess water quickly. This can be achieved with a mix containing equal parts of cacti soil, perlite and coco coir.

Whatever you choose, please make sure to add some perlite. Regular potting soil alone can be very dense for these types of plants. And just peat moss can be too acidic and it needs to be balanced within a mix of substrates.

plastic versus terracotta

There is no need to worry about this, Sansevieria Dwarf grows well in both. We tried both options and got great results.

If you like terracotta more, please check the soil a bit more often. Because it’s porous, terracotta helps water evaporate faster and your watering schedule might need adjustments.

sansevierias do great in terracotta pots


Repotting should be done only if it’s super necessary. Sansevierias in general like crowded roots, and if you see the pot reached its limit, it’s time to move out.

Chose a pot slightly bigger than the original, and gently separate the roots. It’s better to repot during summer because most plants are growing this season, but it’s not 100% a must.


Best way to propagate Sansevieria Dwarf is by division. When the pups are strong enough to be removed from the mother plant, choose a reasonable pot and you’re good to go.

Propagation by leaf cutting is more difficult and takes a lot more time than just waiting for new growth. And new growth from leaf propagation will look weak most of the times, so we advise division as the way to do it.

very stable offsets of a Dwarf Sansevieria


Sansevieria Dwarf is usually super reliable, it rarely gets any pests. The only troublemakers I can think of, can be scale or mealy bugs. Inspect your plant every time you water it and you should be able to spot them in time.


Sansevieria Dwarf is not safe for pets. Please be careful and keep it away from any cute dogs or cats.

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