This dwarf snake plant only grows 15 – 20 cm tall and up to 15 cm across. It makes an excellent choice for groundcover or smaller apartments.
Under ideal conditions, it can achieve 30 cm and remain as small as 7.6 cm in poor conditions.
The variegated foliage ranges from light yellow with vertical green stripes to grey-green with dark green bands and a creamy yellow margin, depending on the amount of light it receives.
These leaves form a tight rosette resembling a cross between a rose and a bird’s nest, lending to one of its monickers and sometimes causing it to be mistaken for a bromeliad.
Flowering and Fragrance
When the dwarf snake plant becomes overcrowded or stressed, it will flowers.
The flowers are small, sterile, and greenish-white.
While the flowers are hard to spot and produce seedless orange berries, they give off a pleasant fragrance.
Light & Temperature
‘Gold Hahnii’ prefers direct sunlight or bright, indirect light.
The amount of light directly affects its variegation. More light equals a more attractive display.
However, it will tolerate low light conditions at the cost of vibrancy and size.
Gold hahnii grows best in USDA hardiness zones 10-11 but grows indoors in temperatures kept between 60° and 73° degrees Fahrenheit.
Some owners report that Bird Nest tolerates outdoor cultivation in Zone 9. It can only survive for short periods when exposed to temperatures around 50° degrees Fahrenheit.
While this plant loves a moderately humid environment, it will still enjoy normal household humidity levels.
Avoid keeping it near vents or other drafts, and give it a water dish if you feel it isn’t getting enough air moisture.
Avoid misting this plant, as it tends to leave water spots on the foliage.
Watering and Feeding
This succulent only needs watering when the soil becomes completely dry, usually every 14 days or so.
Water thoroughly and allow the plant to drain.
This plant doesn’t require fertilizer, but you may choose to give a small dose of general fertilizer in the spring and mid-summer.
Soil & Transplanting
Just about any soil type or quality will do for your bird’s nest snake plant, as long as it’s well-drained.
You may also choose to mix equal parts cactus and standard potting soils.
Adding in perlite or coarse sand can help improve drainage if needed.
This sansevieria variety doesn’t mind being root-bound and should only be repotted every 2 to 5 years at most.
Fresh soil annually will allow the plant to thrive without additional repotting or fertilizing needs.