Starfish Sansevieria Care Guide for Beginners: How to Grow

Do you also love growing succulents? Then you should try starfish sansevieria. Starfish sansevieria are succulents with starfish-shaped appearance. This article will provide information about Sansevieria Starfish plants and how to care for them.

What is a Starfish Sansevieria and How Do You Define It?

Starfish Sansevieria “Boncel” plants are rare, but worth looking for. These plants are a compact hybrid of Sansevieria Cylindrica or snake plant, which is a less common succulent. The leaves are fan-shaped and light green with concentric circles of dark green from the tip to the base. The young “pups”, which spring from the base, can easily be transplanted to make new plants.

Starfish Sansevieria Care


Starfish sansevieria can be grown and cared for in the same way as common snake plants. It is easy to care for and prefers bright sunlight, but can tolerate lower levels of light. Starfish can be grown in regular succulent potting mixture. Starfish sansevieria can be used as a houseplant and is suitable for USDA zones 10b through 11. 

Starfish sansevieria should be watered only after it has dried completely. It is succulent and collects water in the leaves. Overwatering can cause it to rot. Starfish sansevieria should be kept in an area with a moderate temperature. 

It should also be protected from drafts and temperatures below 50°F (10 C). The general all-purpose houseplant food should be fed to the plant every three weeks.

Starfish varieties are not as tall as standard snake plants. The distinctive hand-shaped spread of the starfish can be used to identify it.

These are some common names for starfish sansevieria.

  • Boncel snake plant
  • Spear Orchid
  • Skyline spear
  • African spear plant

– Light Requirements

Starfish Sansevieria doesn’t seem too pretentious when it comes to light. It can tolerate both full sun and partial shade. It is best to place it in an area that receives indirect, bright light for optimal growth. It can be exposed to direct sunlight in the morning, but it is best not to expose it directly to the afternoon sun. The plant likes natural light but can be grown with lights in the winter.

Starfish Sansevieria

A windowsill in an east-facing room is the best place to keep your Starfish Sansevieria. It can be kept in a room facing southwest or south, but you should use sheer curtains to keep the leaves out of direct sunlight.

Rotate the pot every other week to ensure all sides get sufficient light. Starfish Sansevieria may become very top-heavy with age. The plant can become too heavy as the leaves face the sun, which can lead to it becoming too heavy.

Starfish plants can be used in rooms that have very little lighting, but it is important to remember that they cannot grow in darkness. Succulents, which are desert plants, need at least 10 hours of sunlight per day in their natural habitat. Starfish Sansevieria is tolerant to some shade but will suffer from leaf discoloration and stunted growth if left in full sun for too long.

– Temperature Requirements

Starfish Sansevieria is a desert plant that thrives in hot and dry environments. However, it can also be grown in homes with an average temperature. Your plant will thrive if the temperature is kept within the 60-80 degree F (15 to 26 degrees Celsius) range.

Don’t expose your Sansevieria houseplants to extreme temperatures. The plant will struggle if the temperature reaches 85 degrees F (29 degrees C). The roots can also be killed by temperatures below 50 degrees F (10 degreesC), and may not recover.

Starfish Sansevieria is an outdoor plant that can be grown in USDA zones 10, 11 and 12. It is a wonderful addition to succulent gardens and can be used in a xeriscape gardening design. Keep your Starfish plant indoors if temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) at night.

– Water Requirements

Starfish Sansevieria can withstand drought and only need to be watered when the soil is dry to the top. The succulent, thick leaves can retain a lot of water and are sensitive to excessive watering. Starfish plants, like all succulents, are susceptible to root rot or other fungal problems due to excessive water.

Starfish Sansevieria can be watered using the “soak and dry” method. The water should be poured slowly and evenly to ensure that all roots are reached. Continue this process until water begins to flow through the holes in the bottom of your container. Let the pot drain in a sink before putting it back on the tray. Be sure to drain any water from the container dish.

The time of year will determine the watering requirements for Starfish Sansevieria. In summer, this succulent can be watered once every two weeks. You can water the succulent once per week if temperatures are extremely high. However, make sure the soil is dry to the touch. Winter is the best time to reduce watering frequency and water your plant only once a month.

– Humidity Requirements

Starfish Sansevieria, a desert plant, doesn’t require humidity to grow. This plant can thrive in homes with humidity levels between 30% and 40%. The thick leaves are great at keeping the plant’s moisture.

Starfish Sansevieria should not be misted. Spraying water on leaves can make them soft and spotty.

Starfish Sansevieria

– Fertilizer Requirements

Starfish Sansevieria, a succulent, is a very light feeder. This plant thrives in poor nutrients and sandy soils. This houseplant is slow to grow, so its fertilizer requirements will be lower than those of other houseplants. Starfish Snake Plant can become wilted and root burnt if it is fed too much.

You can give the Starfish Sansevieria a succulent fertilizer once per month, from spring to autumn, to promote healthy growth. To avoid burning the roots, dilute the fertilizer solution by half. Organic fertilizers are preferred, as synthetic fertilizers can cause soil salts to build up.

It is better to give Starfish Sansevieria less fertilizer than it gets. Winter will cause the plants to slow down so it is best not to fertilize them until spring.

– Starfish Sansevieria’s Best Soil

Starfish Sansevieria requires a well-drained, light soil. Succulents have a shallow root system. They are extremely sensitive to soils that remain wet for too long. Overwatering problems and the wrong type of potting mixture are closely connected.

Too dense and heavy soil can retain more water than it needs, restrict airflow and ultimately suffocate the roots, leading to rot.

Cactus soil can be used to make Starfish Sansevieria. It can also be amended with pumice or perlite to improve drainage. You can also substitute African violet soil, but you’ll need to reduce it by half using perlite or coarsesand.

Mix 2 parts garden soil and 1 part coarse sand to make your own Starfish Sansevieria potting mix. You can also combine 2 parts garden soil, 2 pieces peat, 2 portions sand and 1 part perlite.

Starfish Sansevieria

Repotting Starfish Sansevieria

Starfish Sansevieria is slow growing and should be repotted only once every two years. This plant is a bit rootbound so it’s best to keep them in the same pot for as long as possible. It’s time for Starfish plants to be repotted if roots are visible through the drainage hole.

Choosing the Right Pot

Choose a pot that is 1 size larger than your older one or 2 inches (5cm) wider. Clay or terracotta are the best materials for Starfish Sansevieria containers. This allows for better air circulation and allows the soil to dry faster. Plastic pots retain more water than the plant requires, so they are not suitable.

How to Repot Starfish Sansevieria

Pot your Starfish Sansevieria in spring or summer during its growing season. Gently lift the plant from its base.

Root rot can be detected by inspecting the roots for signs such as blackened or brown roots or mushy roots. Repot the plant with a well-drained soil mixture.

After repotting Starfish Sansevieria, it is best to wait before watering. After waiting a few days, you can check the soil by using your finger. You can water your repotted plants if the soil feels dry.

– Pruning, Maintenance

Starfish Sansevieria doesn’t require pruning. The thick leaves should not be cut. This will cause more growth and leave the plant with calluses. The plant will also take longer to heal and produce less new growth.

Some older leaves can be removed from the bottom. However, this is only possible if they have turned yellow or brown. If you wish to propagate Starfish Sansevieria, you can trim the side growth in spring.

Starfish Sansevieria

If the conditions are right, mature Starfish Sansevierias can produce flowers. The star-shaped, tubular blooms are displayed on a long stem that can reach nearly 3 feet (90cm) in height. These flowers are usually white or light pink, and enhance the plant’s ornamental appeal.

Starfish Snake Plant Diseases and Pests

Vine weevils are one of the most common pests that attack this plant. How can you tell if there is a weevil infestation in your home? You should look out for an adult vine weevil if you see the edges of the leaves eating away. If you notice it in its early stages, spraying the soil and plant with neem oil can save it.

Starfish sansevieria starfish care is often plagued by root rot. Root fungal infections can be caused by prolonged exposure to water, and leaves will turn yellow.


  • Remove slimy, blackened roots
  • Use fungicides
  • Between watering, let the soil dry completely
Starfish Sansevieria

Starfish Sansevieria vs. Cylindrical Snake Plant

The only difference between the cylindrical snake plants and starfish sansevierias is their growth habits and size. Starfish sansevieria plants have a fan shape and cylinder-shaped leaves.

Starfish sansevieria can be cultivated in a compact form. It grows from a basal roseette into a star-shaped leaf with stiff, cylindrical leaves. The cylindrical, plump and fleshy leaves can only grow to 20 inches (50 cm) in length. Starfish sansevieria plants are similar in leaf markings as the larger cylindrical snake plant.

There are many varieties of flowering succulents that can be grown from all types of cylindrical snake plants including starfish sansevieria. Starfish sansevierias can produce one flowering stalk that is up to 3 feet (1 m) in length under ideal conditions. The flowers are small, pinkish-white tubular flowers that grow horizontally from the stem.


My snake plant Sansevieria Cylindrica is dying.

The most common cause of starfish death in Sansevieria Cylindrica is overwatering. Soggy soil can cause root decay, causing the tubular leaves to droope and wilt. You can revive starfish sansevieria by waiting until the soil dries.
You may have to repot your succulent in order to refresh the potting mixture and remove any decaying or dead roots. It may not be possible to save the fan-snake plant if there is severe root damage.
Winter can bring on fungal infections by allowing too much soil moisture and colder temperatures. Winter is a time when plants are dormant. You should only water sansevieria starfish plants when the soil has dried completely. This could mean that you only water the plant once a month.

Why is my starfish sansevieria leggy?

Starfish sansevieria plants without enough light can become leggy. Succulents can live in the shade but they require light to thrive. Move your starfish succulent if it has become sluggish.

How can I stop my starfish sansevieria from curling its leaves?

If your starfish sansevieria leaves curl, it could be a sign that they are suffering from severe water deficiency. Starfish snake plants can tolerate drought but need moisture to survive. Water sansevieria plants should be watered by the “french-and-dry” method, especially in summer.

Is Starfish Sansevieria Poisonous?

The Sansevieria starfish plant is poisonous for cats and dogs. The ASPCA states that saponins are found in Agavaceae plants. Dogs and cats can get nausea and vomiting from eating parts of sansevieria plants.

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