Dracaena trifasciata (previously Sansevieria Trifasciata) division and care


My Snake plant is in a crowded container and is not looking good. Can i plant it outdoors in the summer and bring it back in in the fall? Should i thin it out and get rid of most of the shoots?


hello:  We have received your request a tad late for your Dracaena trifasciata (previously Sansevieria trifasciata) to spend much time outside this year. You may place the plant in its container in the garden for the next few weeks.  It will not mind full sun to shade at this early fall time while it is still warm.  My Dracaena trifasciata plants are in their indoor containers and placed outside in my window boxes and large planters where they act as a tall firm back drop to many more droopy colourful summer blossom like petunias, gaura and pelargoniums (geraniums).

Your pot appears to be  too small for the number of plants I see in it. Dracaena trifasciata don’t mind being a bit crowded, but if yours are not growing the clump should be divided.   This website below explains how to divide the plant by separating the ‘pups’ from the main ribosomous root.  Each pup can be planted in its own little pot for give aways to relative and friends or discarded in the compost.  The website also gives information on the type of soil to use (cacti soil, or a mixture of potting soil and coarse sand). Division

This easy care plant should be brought inside mid October before the temp drops below 10C.  Don’t overwater it, give it direct light or indirect light and a good dusting off every so often.  This website gives good information on Care