Sansevieria Silver Flame Complete Care Guide

Sansevieria Silver Flame is not also good looking, but also steady and reliable. In this article you’ll find out everything we do to keep this plant thriving.

Scientific name: Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Silver Flame’

Also called: Sansevieria Whitney, Silver Flame Snake Plant


*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

Sansevieria Silver Flame is one of the easiest plants out there. Low maintenance and great for new plant parents.


Whitney snake plant likes bright indirect light and this is shown on the leaves. If Sansevieria Silver Flame receives great light, I noticed the edges change color to gold. I don’t know if this is the case with any Silver Flame, but ours did that. With regular to moderate light, the edges have the regular Trifasciata pattern.

In case of low light conditions, Sansevieria Silver Flame can be helped with grow lights. I help mine with at least 10h every day and it does well. For better results, you can leave the lights on for 16h, but not 24/7. Plants need rest too.


Sansevieria Silver Flame doesn’t like water much. Water once every 2-3 weeks during summer, and once a month during winter.

Make sure the soil is dry every time you water your sansevieria. Too much water leads to root loss and eventually root rot.

However, if you let your plant thirsty for too long, the leaves will become wrinkly and extreme cases of dehydration will affect the roots as well (If this happens, you might want to grow back your roots in water)

wrinkly Sansevieria Whitney leaves caused by underwatering


Sansevieria Whitney likes it average. Anything between 20-25°C should be okay. Please don’t let it drop below 15°C, this does damage to any plant long term.


Sansevierias are not fans of high humidity. I keep mine in a room with average humidity, something between 40-60%. If it gets too humid, it can cause fungal infections and that’s not fun to deal with.


Fertilizing is expected during growing season. Once a month is usually the norm. During winter you can fertilize your Sansevieria Whitney every time you water it since it’s gonna be less often. A more diluted solution should do the trick.

I use an NPK of 10-10-10 to help them. But really, anything you have at your disposal should be fine with the right dosage.


The substrate for Sansevieria Silver Flame should be airy and lightweight. I like to mix equal parts of cacti soil, perlite and coco coir to achieve a great pH balance. It also helps with drainage, since these plants don’t like water.

Please don’t use just regular potting soil, since it’s too heavy on the roots. And most times, you can’t find one that is lightweight enough to do the job. If you don’t have any alternative, use more perlite to help with the drainage.

Sansevieria Silver Flame in a proper lightweight substrate

plastic versus terracotta

I had Sansevieria Silver Flame in both plastic and terracotta and it did great in both. Depending on your style, you can definitely go for terracotta. Just make sure to check the soil more often because the water evaporates more quickly in terracotta.


Repot your Sansevieria Silver Flame when the roots are coming out of the pot. Other than that, you can keep your plant in the same pot for a very long period of time. Them roots like to be crowded, so you can postpone repotting until is 100% necessary.

Use a pot slightly bigger than the previous one and gently separate the roots. Repotting during warmer periods of time is preferable. The roots will regenerate faster during growing season.


“unsuccessful” Sansevieria Silver Flame propagation by leaf cuttings

Don’t try to propagate this plant by leaf cutting. Leaf cuttings will not grow as Silver Flame anymore. Rather than that, you’ll end up with what’s in the picture:

Leaf cuttings revert to Sansevieria Trifasciata. I experimented with leaf cuttings on LECA as well, but ended up with the regular Sansevieria instead. The gorgeous edges Silver Flame has, do not exist on the new growth.

Best way to propagate Sansevieria Whitney is by division. Wait for your sansevieria to grow new pups and separate them from the mother plant. Propagation by division is guaranteed to give you new Silver Flame growth pattern, since the new pup comes directly from the rhizome.


Sansevieria Silver Flame is not the type to get pests. Scale or mealy bugs can be the culprits sometimes, but if you check the plant every time you water it, you should spot them in time.


Sansevieria Whitney is not pet friendly, and it should be kept away from any lovely pet friends.

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