Sansevieria Cylindrica Complete Care Guide

Sansevieria Cylindrica is an imposing plant and would look great in any room. It’s also super easy care, but let’s find out the details in this article.

Scientific name: Dracaena Angolensis

Also called: African Spear, Spear Sansevieria, Cylindrical Snake Plant


*It was shown that sansevieria is actually a dracaena. I’m still struggling with this name so I’ll stick to sansevieria for this article 😅

If you prefer video over words, we also have this article in a video format heheh:

care meter: 9/10

Sansevieria Cylindrica thrives in neglect. Highly recommended for travelers and busy people.


Better to choose a bright place for your Sansevieria Cylindrica. It’s gonna reward you with a lot of pups if it’s kept in bright indirect light.

It can survive a few days with bad light, but it’s not ideal. Sansevierias have a reputation of low-light plants, but this myth should be debunked. There is no such thing as low light plant, please take care of them.

If you don’t have the right conditions for it, you can help it with grow lights. I used them for Sansevieria Cylindrica and they grow well.


Sansevieria Cylindrica needs less water than other plants. Those strong build leaves store enough water to not need it for longer periods of time.

I water my plant once a month, but if your place is warmer, you can do it once every 3 weeks with no problem.

Check the soil before watering, it should feel completely dry.

If you overwater your Sansevieria Cylindrica, it will start to get yellow and mushy or wrinkly (below is one example).

deceased Sansevieria Cylindrica leaf


Average is great. Anything between 18-25°C or higher will suffice for your Sansevieria Cylindrica. Don’t let it under 15°C for too long, or the leaves will get mushy and die off like in the picture above.


Average to low. Sansevieria Cylindrica should be treated more like a succulent. It needs 40-60% humidity to grow well.


I fertilize my plant once a month during growing season. If your plant has pups, you can fertilize during winter as well. If the plant keeps growing, feeding keeps on coming as well.

I use a NPK ratio of 10-10-10 or 20-20-20 to give it the right amount of each nutrient.


Sansevieria Cylindrica needs an airy soil. The mix I use contains cacti soil, perlite and coco fiber (in equal amounts). This mix should help water drain fast.

Don’t just use regular potting soil since it could be too heavy and compact for the plant. The roots are very tiny and fragile and excess water from the compact soil can damage them.

Sansevieria Cylindrica roots

plastic versus terracotta

I had them in both terracotta and plastic pots. It’s a very great plant for both. Chose something that fits your needs, this plant will not give you any problem.

Sansevieria Cylindrica in terracotta


Sansevieria Cylindrica needs repotting when you want to separate the pups.

I find this plant to be a little different than other Sansevierias. The root system is not that well developed. This is because, in order to look like tall strong cylinders, they are propagated that way (The mature leaves are cut, helped with hormone powder and planted into soil)

Pups will grow better roots than the mother plants. These can be repotted when they’re strong enough (just to ensure total success).

Sansevieria Cylindrica harvest


This plant will give you plenty of pups over time, that will look completely different from the mother. New growth is not cylindrical, this will develop over time.

Best way for propagation is by division. “Clean” your mother plant from new offsets and you get new plants.

successful propagation by division on Sansevieria Cylindrica


Sansevieria Cylindrica rarely gets any pests, so no need to worry about that too much. Worst case scenario could be scale, but that is very unlikely to happen also.


Sansevieria Cylindrica is not pet friendly, so please be aware of any curious little pet.

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