Sansevieria Night Owl Care

sansevieria night owl

Last updated on August 1st, 2022 at 09:45 pm

The sansevieria night owl is a beautiful flowering plant that can be found in many homes. It is an interesting plant because it blooms at night, which makes it perfect for people who work during the day and want to enjoy its beauty when they get home from work.

The sansevieria night owl is a type of sansevieria that comes from the southern African region. This sansevieria does well in shady areas and thrives on low light conditions. They can be grown indoors or outdoors with success, but they typically prefer indoor growing conditions.

Sansevieria night owls are a unique sansevieria variety that is native to the tropics of Africa. They have been bred for their dark green leaves and ability to thrive in low-light conditions. These sansevierias make excellent house plants because they don’t require a lot of sunlight or water, but still, look good enough to be on display at all times.

In this blog post, we will talk about how sansevieria night owls care differs from other sanseveria varieties and show you just how easy it can be to care for them!

Origin and description

sansevieria night owl

Sansevieria night owl is a succulent plant that comes from the tropical rainforest of Africa. It belongs to sansevierias, more specifically to the group of plants called ‘snake tongue’ because its leaves look like snakes tongues. The Sansevieria family has about 70 species and subspecies; some are very rare and some are extremely toxic.

Sansevieria night owl is a ‘climber herb’, it can grow up to 100 cm high with relatively thin leaves (only about 0.25 thick). It has pale green color on the top of its leaves while its bottom side is dark gray-green; this looks very nice when planted in a hanging pot.

Sansevieria night owl may look quite simple, but it is actually very difficult to grow and maintain; in fact, most people give up after a few weeks because this plant requires specific conditions: very bright light (but not direct sunlight), warm temperature around 70°F and moist soil with lots of drainages.

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In the rest of the world, however, this plant can grow outdoors during summertime as long as you provide enough sunlight and heat.

Sansevieria night owl propagation

sansevieria night owl

You can cut off a leaf and place it in water to create another plant. However, the process takes quite some time so you may want to try other methods for propagation such as dividing or bulb offsets instead.

Bulb offsets are used for propagating plants with a bulb-like structure. To propagate this way, you should allow the offset to dry out slightly before planting it in good draining soil at the same level as the parent plant. This will encourage root growth and branching of new leaves similar to those on sansevieria night owl. Given enough time, your new plant should develop a healthy root system.

Sansevieria night owl care

sansevieria night owl

Sansevieria night owl care is very easy. Here are some tips for growing your plant:

Light requirements

Sansevieria night owl needs bright, indirect sunlight. Do not place the plant in direct sun or near a window where it will be exposed to hot afternoon sun, it will get burned.


The pot you use for sansevieria night owl should have ample drainage holes in the bottom. The soil used to grow this plant needs to be well-draining, but still moist enough that it doesn’t completely dry out between watering. A soilless mix is ideal because they hold moisture without being too damp or soggy. If you are using potting soil, make sure it is not heavy with water-retaining mulch or fertilizer.


Sansevieria night owl is a slow-growing plant that requires only moderate amounts of fertilizer. Unless you are using an organic mixture, which does not contain them at all, it’s best to avoid fertilizers with high nitrogen content because they encourage leaf production rather than stem growth.

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However, too little nitrogen will cause the leaves to turn yellow. Use a balanced (20-20-20) liquid fertilizer once every two weeks during the growing season and cut back to monthly feedings in winter.


Sansevieria night owl needs moderate watering, but too much will cause the leaves to turn yellow and fall off. Water thoroughly so that water runs through the drainage hole for about a minute before stopping. The soil should be moist at all times without being too wet or soggy.


Sansevieria night owl thrives in average household temperatures of 70-75 ̊F. Temperatures below 50 ̊F will cause the leaves to turn yellow and fall off, while exposure to high heat or direct sunlight may also cause them to fade and drop. If you plan on moving your sansevieria night owl outside for the summer, wait until all chance of frost has passed and moved it into indirect sunlight. Bring them back indoors when temperatures drop below 50 ̊F at night.


Humidity is not a requirement for this plant, but if you live in an area with high humidity, it will appreciate 50-60% relative humidity. If the leaves are exposed to dry air they may turn yellow or fall off.


sansevieria night owl

Sansevieria night owl doesn’t require much maintenance; however, you can prune off the top portions of your sansevieria to control its size or rejuvenate the plant if it gets too tall.

When to repot

You should only repot your sansevieria night owl when it becomes root bound or pot-bound. This usually occurs after about three years, but the growth rate will vary depending on how much you water and fertilize it.


In cold winter regions, Sansevieria night owl will go dormant in the late fall and early winter. In warm climates, it’s best to keep your plant indoors when temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Flowers & Fragrance

Sansevieria night owl has small, white flowers that bloom at the ends of long stalks during certain times of the year. They are fragrance-free and only last few days.

Growth rate

sansevieria night owl

Sansevieria night owl is an extremely slow grower. Its growth rate is less than 0.25 inches per year. It’s also a long-lived plant that can live for several decades if properly cared for.


Sansevieria leaves contain saponin which has a bitter flavor and may cause vomiting if ingested. The chemical can also cause dermatitis in some individuals.

Sansevieria night owl is toxic to cats, dogs, and probably other pets or animals if ingested. If your dog or cat eats sansevieria plant material, watch them closely for vomiting, diarrhea, drooling/foaming at the mouth, and unusual sleepiness/lethargy. If you see any of these symptoms, take your pet to the vet for treatment right away.

Don’t try to make your dog/cat vomit as this may harm them and do not use an emetic like mustard or castor oil. Your veterinarian will probably give your pet activated charcoal if ingestion is recent; otherwise, supportive care is given.

USDA Hardiness Zones

Sansevieria night owl is hardy in USDA zones 11 to 12. It’s best grown in moist, humus-rich soil that does not stay constantly wet or waterlogged. Areas with mild winters are preferred.

Pests and diseases

Sansevieria night owl is somewhat resistant to pests and diseases. Some common growing problems include root rot, stem rot, or leaf spot.


Sansevieria night owl is one of the most popular plants in the succulent plant family. Although it’s hardy, you should take care to protect your sansevieria from frost and freezing temperatures.