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Bantel’s Sensation (White Snake Plant) Care + Sale

White stripped snake plant (sansevieria Bantel’s) is a sensational houseplant type you should have indoors. It is a low-maintenance plant yet stands out. The white Bantel’s sensation, in particular, has striking visual appeal. Explore our tips on care requirements including light, watering, repotting, fertilizer, pests, and diseases.

Why Sansevieria Trifasciata Bantel Sensation? Benefits

The Bantel’s sensation snake plant originates from the West Africa tropical climate. It has a pointy and more upright growth habit. It has straight and fibrous flat leaves. This plant can grow up to three feet tall.

Sansevieria Bantel's sensation houseplant
A potted trifasciata white snake plant indoors

At a glance, these leaves appear to be lined with silvery to white stripes. They are more visible along leaf edges and run from the bottom to the tips. With a smooth feel of touch, the ‘striped appearance’ of the plants makes them hard survivors indoors. This nature also enables them to defy unfavorable conditions outdoors.

The leaves of white sansevieria Bantel’s sensation remain green. They are stalky and rigid which ensures that the plant is ever stood up.

You will also be enjoying the benefits of these houseplants. They naturally clean the air: daytime and in the dark. So, more purified indoor air to breathe.

On the downside, you don’t expect to see its flowers regularly (especially for indoor plants). However, on very rare occasions, one or more tube-like flowers can be borne on the stalks. They are creamy white. These flowers formation takes the arrangement of a bunch. Notably, the flowers are weak-scented.

Unfortunately, sansevieria snake plants are known to be toxic to pets and humans.

This is a variegated snake plant. Both the dark and white sansevieria Bantel’s sensation can serve your indoor gardening purpose for a good number of years.

Other common names:

  • Mother-in-law’s tongue
  • White snake plant
  • White Trifasciata Bantels Sensation
White mother-in-law's tongue plants
Potted white sansevieria Bentel’s snake plants

Care Tips for Bantel’s Sensation

Here are care tips for these versatile plants.

Where to Situate Your Snake Plant

Being thick-leaf plants means they can better adapt to dappled or diffused light. Situate these ones near the east or a few inches off the west-facing windows. They are quite a versatile plants, but will struggle in dimly-lit rooms.

For the darker leafed-sansevieria, go for bright but indirect sunlight. If you have to have them outdoors, ideally find rooms with dappled or shaded spots.

The problem with growing sansevierias on outdoor soils is the danger of winter frost damage. More so in cold climate zones. They will get stunted by very low temperatures.

Temperature & Humidity

Growing this sansevieria in average indoor or room temperature and humidity is very practical. Why? The fact that the leaves are fibrous means they do not lose water much faster. They can better resist the burning effect.

Both dark and white sansevieria Bantel’s sensation can adapt to temperature gaps between 60°F – 85°F indoors. They should thrive in humidity levels from 50% to 80% as well.

Fertilizing & Feeding

During the summer and spring, feeding this sansevieria is still crucial to its growth and general health. We recommend you fertilize your indoor/outdoor Bantel’s sensation once a month during these seasons. Always go for an organic houseplant fertilizer (slow-release granular type).

Feeding potted snake plants
Feeding a potted Bantel’s sensation aka snake plant

Reduce feeding as winter approaches. Worm poop is a good feed source if you are a frequent traveler.

Repotting, Soil + Pot Mix

With its good adaptative growth, we strongly advise outdoor gardening lovers to grow this sansevieria on soil type with super drainage qualities.

Trifasciata white snake plant bare roots
Bantel’s snake plant division springtime transplants

Select an area with loamy soil that is a bit sandy. Don’t give in if sandy soil is not found. You just need to incorporate pumice in the topsoil to promote aeration.

Go for an ideal potting mix when growing these plants indoors. Do not make it too heavy. It should not be a light one either. I prefer cacti potting mix as the base pot material. A little perlite and vermiculite addition improves soil drainage. Add gravel stones to the top ¼ of your pot mix.

If you are growing this sansevieria indoors, you need to re-pot after growth begins to decline. With the best care, it is wise to re-pot after the 20th month. For outdoor gardeners, we prefer transplanting after 2 – 5 years in spring or mid to late summer.

The quality of containers and pot size is a huge factor in excess water flow and root development. If you have to retain the current container, divide up your plant. Otherwise, go for containers with diameter 1.8 – 2.2 inches. Ensure they have medium size drainage holes. Don’t go for overly large pots.

Watering your Snake Plant

Watering a growing Sansevieria Bantel’s should be approached with caution. Being a drought-tolerant plant means it may still get through the warmest months.

During the dry summer weather, water your outdoor after 2 weeks from April – September.

The size and drainage system of the pots is also another aspect to consider before you approach watering. If your plant came with hydro stones, you will need to get a vessel with drainage holes. Otherwise, you’re likely to overwater as it grows bigger in size.

Reduce the water amount and frequency in winter depending on variations in moisture and temperature. Keep a watering frequency of once per month in winter.

Be patient until the top 2 inches of potting medium dry out completely between watering.

Pests and Disease

Typically, a sansevieria Bantel’s sensation is not vulnerable to snake plant pests. With the exception of very few snake plants, problems with care may lead to pests attacking your sansevieria.

Common pests are spider mites and mealybugs. The good thing is that you can rely on early treatment. Apply similar treatment to stop these two snake plant pests.

One of the main problems expected is root rot. Typically, the primary cause of root rot cases is overwatering. Identifying an overwatered sansevieria Bantel is easy. Look for signs of soft, browning stalks.

We hope the above growing care tips help fulfill your indoor gardening purposes with this one.

Misting and Cleaning

Regularly wipe the stalky leaves to rid them of dust. Misting may also help reduce foreign dirt attracted by the leaves. For indoor plants, you’ll need to mist less often and wipe regularly.

Online Purchase Tips & Plant Sale Info

You can make a better deal if you can avail yourself of the nearest plant collector or nursery or store. Buying online and placing an order is another option. Here is our handpicked online buying lead.

With online rare plant sales, you can strike good deals. You can either go get the plant yourself once it has been collected by the seller. It is still possible if you want a sansevieria Bantel’s sensation to be delivered to where you are.

In essence, go through shipping and delivery information. You will know additional items required for the ordered plant to arrive safely. When buying, the terms of service deem to have been acknowledged and accepted.

We have not quoted any price tags because of occasional sale shifts. However, these plants don’t cost much.

References and Sources

  1. Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Bantel’s Sensation’. Missouri Botanical Garden. https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?ta. Accessed online  November 2021
  2. Can a Snake Plant Improve the Air Quality in Your Home? Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/air-purifying-plants#extracare-plants. Accessed online  November 2021
  3. MAKE A SIMPLE ORGANIC FERTILIZER FOR HEALTHY INDOOR PLANTS. Garden Therapy. https://gardentherapy.ca/houseplant-fertilizer/. Accessed online November 2021
  4. Sansevieria Bantel’s Sensation Care. GREENERY UNLI MITED. https://greeneryunlimited.co/pages/sansevieria-bantels-sensation-care. Accessed online July 2022

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