Sansevieria trifasciata 'Golden Hahnii'

Sansevieria trifasciata 'Golden Hahnii'


Sansevieria trifasciata 'Golden Hahnii' (Golden Bird's Nest Sansevieria)

Sansevieria trifasciata 'Golden Hahnii' (Golden Bird's Nest Sansevieria) is a dwarf cultivar of the familiar houseplant Sansevieria. It is…

Sansevieria trifasciata Golden Hahnii – Indoor Plants

Sansevieria trifasciata Golden Hahnii is an evergreen herbaceous perennial indoor plant. It can up to 8 inches tall and its foliage is arranged in an attractive rosette, the leaves are darker green with a mix of marginal and internal creamy-yellow stripes of variable width and length which are parallel with the veins of the leaf. It also has a little bit of silver in the leaves. Blooms in summer or autumn with sweetly fragrant greenish-white flowers. Birds Nest Snake Plant an excellent plant for purifying the air and removing toxins. Birds Nest Snake Plants are mildly toxic if eaten. Keep away from children and animals.

Scientific Name: Sansevieria trifasciata Golden Hahnii
Common Names: Birds Nest Snake Plant, Golden Bird’s Nest Sansevieria, Golden Hahnii.

How to grow and maintain Sansevieria trifasciata Golden Hahnii:

It requires bright, filtered light and can stand plenty of direct sunlight but will adapt to low light conditions too.

It thrives best in well-drained, sandy soil enriched with peaty compost.

Water your plant regularly during the growing season and always keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. Allow the topsoil to become slightly dry between each watering. During the winter months, reduce watering.

It prefers an average to warm room temperatures 65 – 75 degrees Fahrenheit / 18 – 24 degrees Celsius. It will endure fluctuating temperatures, but not below 55 degrees Fahrenheit / 13 degrees Celsius.

Fertilize monthly during the active growth periods in the spring and summer, with a liquid or water-soluble fertilizer. Try not to fertilize during the winter season.

It can be easily propagated by dividing up overcrowded clumps of leaves. Separate clusters of leaves from rootstock with a sharp blade or knife when the leaves are six inches long. Most clusters will have some roots attached and can be planted directly in the normal potting mixture. Also can be propagated by leaf cuttings.

Re-pot the plant during the spring season, only when plants get crowded and need dividing.

Pests and Diseases:
There is no serious pest or disease problems. Watch for bugs, spiders, and mealybugs.

Sansevieria Hahnii Care

Size & Growth

The bird nest “Hahnii” snake plant looks like a heavy-textured, open rose that grows slowly, with a dense rosette of dark green leaves with gray-green crossbands

Hahnii Sansevieria is a short, stubby member of the family. It grows no taller than 12″ inches with 6″-8″ inches being the norm.

Give a plant a 3″ to 6″ inches to spread. When the plants become overcrowded, separate them and give each their own pot or container.

The variety “Golden hahnii” has variegated leaves with two or three broad bands of yellow and several longitudinal yellow stripes. The 6″ to 8″ leaves grow in a rosette manner and is sometimes mistaken for a bromeliad.

Never allow water to stand in the center of the plant as this causes rot. Sansevieria does very well when kept with cacti and succulents as its needs are very similar to those plants‘ needs.

You may sometimes experience snake plant leaves falling over or snake plant leaves curling.

Flowering & Fragrance

The evergreen Sansevieria birds nest snake plant is grown for its foliage. When overcrowded or stressed it often sends out a stalk of small, inconspicuous but very fragrant greenish/white, tan or yellow flowers.

Most Sansevieria flowers are sterile and produce orange berries but no seeds.

Light & Temperature

Sansevieria tolerates low light, does best in bright light to full shade. and can stand almost any sort of abuse.

Sansevieria can survive very challenging circumstances. But, it is not the best situation for the plant.

Plants suffering from too little light and water and tolerating inconsistent temperatures become stunted and weak and may lack vibrancy in qualities such as variegation.

For bird nests Sansevieria plants to thrive and reach its full potential, keep your plant in bright indirect sunlight at comfortable, consistent room temperatures.

Watering & Feeding

Water thoroughly from below or at the base of the plant when the soil becomes dry.

Don’t allow water to stand on the leaves. Be careful not to overwater.

When fertilizing, use an all-purpose liquid houseplant food once in the spring and once in mid-summer. But feeding is not required.

Hahnii plants do well without fertilizer. Because they spread quickly, you will probably find yourself providing fresh soil annually.

Fresh soil should provide plenty of nutrients.

Soil & Transplanting

Hahnii Sansevieria tolerates all kinds of soil conditions. It is not finicky about pH requirements and does well in soil ranging from slightly acidic to slightly alkaline.

The plant likes a medium quality, well-draining soil amended with gravel, coarse sand, perlite or other light, airy material providing good drainage.

A standard cactus or succulent mix combined 50/50 with regular potting soil is an excellent choice for potted plants.

Many gardeners allow Sansevieria to become pot bound and do not transplant more often than once every two to five years.

Not repotting doesn’t hurt the plant. For a better-looking plant and not bothering with fertilizing, transplanting we recommend adding fresh soil every spring.

Grooming & Maintenance

Over time the tough leaves become dusty and dingy looking. Wipe the leaves with a damp paper towel.

Do not mist your snake plant because it leaves water spots on the leaves.

If leaves weaken or naturally die, trim them back. If your plant throws a flower spike, trim it off after it finishes its meek bloom time.

Sansevieria Species, Bird's Nest Snake Plant, Good Luck Plant 'Golden Hahnii'

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Sansevieria (san-se-VEER-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: trifasciata (try-fask-ee-AH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Golden Hahnii
Additional cultivar information:(PP1224)
Hybridized by Hahn
Registered or introduced: 1953
Synonym:Sansevieria craigii
Synonym:Sansevieria jacquinii
Synonym:Sansevieria laurentii


Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant suitable for xeriscaping

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USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

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All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Gardeners' Notes:

On Feb 2, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- We have tried Sansevieria trifasciata hahnii Golden both in the ground and in pots. It did survive in-ground for about 3 years, with winter protection, but it did poorly and eventually died. We find that in pots it is a touchy plant, very prone to rot. Our pots come inside (or into a pop-up greenhouse) in winter and get full or mostly-full shade in summer. We water them sparingly in summer and seldom in winter.

On Feb 18, 2008, JerusalemCherry from Dunellen, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

Sansevieria trifasciata is called Golden Hahnii or Golden Birdnest Sansevieria. This plant has attractive yellow/golden leaves with a combination of marginal and internal green stripes of variable width/length which are parallel with the veins of the leaf. Discovered by a grower named Sylvan Hahn, Golden Hahnii was issued a plant patent (Plant Patent Number 1224) back in 1953.

Treat this Snake Plant (Hahnni type) as you would the standard type, just make sure this plant gets more light than the green types and take care not to over water.

On Dec 11, 2005, CastIronPlant22 from Lompoc, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Have this one as a house plant in a west window. It is growing pretty fast. I have it in a 4-inch pot, I keep the crown of the plant dry, otherwise it will rot out. Doesn't take a lot of water. Very, very easy. It also has a little bit of silver in the leaves. Its really awesome!

On Jan 31, 2005, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:

Have it potted, so not invasive. Will rot easily if overwatered.

On Nov 17, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant is invasive in south and central Florida from zone 9a southward! It grows rapidly outside in full sun, reproduces rapidly and spreads everywhere - can even grow through some small spaces! This is a miniature form of the common Mother-in-Law's Tongue, 'Laurentii' - and it is just as or even more invasive than the former! This plant is hardy in the U.S. from zone 9a southward outside. Best to KEEP IN ITS POT SO IT DOSN'T SPREAD!

MORE FACTS - Easy to grow grows quickly and spreads. A groundcover, unlike the tall common Mother-in-Law's Tongue or Snake Plant, it's parent, which can grow up to 3-4 feet tall. Loves full sun but grows well in shade as well. This is a good houseplant like most or all Sansevierias. Dislikes and dies from overwatering. Please don't plant o. read more utside in Florida! INVASIVE!

On May 31, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Never seen this plant grown in the ground, so no idea what its hardiness is. Tends to rot easily if watered too much. Very tolerant of low light situations, but benefits from brighter light.

On Feb 16, 2004, kniphofia from (Zone 8a) wrote:

A real beauty, but trickier than most sans in my experience. Care must be taken with watering in winter.

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