The size of bow hemp depends on the type and variety

The size of bow hemp depends on the type and variety

Size is limited solely by the pot

Many types of bow hemp reach heights of around 150 centimeters and dense clumps, the size of which is limited solely by the circumference of the planter. In particular, the species Sansevieria trifasciata is very fast-growing, its rhizomes can, if the pot is too small, blow it up. Other species, however, especially the 'Hahnii' varieties of Sansevieria trifasciata, remain rather small with a height of around 20 centimeters. It is not possible to limit the height by pruning, as the leaves do not develop completely again. To do this, you would have to cut the leaves directly above the ground - the plant will sprout again from the rhizome. Before taking this step, however, rememberthat bow hemp grows very slowly and accordingly your cut back specimen needs many years to return to its old size.

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Use cut leaves as cuttings

Cut leaves can be cut into pieces about 10 to 15 centimeters long and stuck as leaf cuttings in cactus soil. However, it can take a few months for new plants to grow.

The right care for strong growth

If you have the impression that your bow hemp is growing too slowly or even not at all, then check its growing conditions. The lighter the plant, the faster it grows. The reverse is of course also true: Sansevieria grows even more slowly in darker locations. For healthy and vigorous growth, the plant must also be watered and fertilized regularly. Always water the plant when the substrate has dried to a depth of about one centimeter and fertilize with a cactus fertilizer about every four weeks during the growing season.


You can tell how much sun a certain type of bow hemp needs by the color of the leaves: The lighter and more colorful the leaves, the more light the Sansevieria needs.