I have the plant in what I call a *transitional area* in the garden. It not full sun, but it gets more sun than the, uh, shadier areas of the garden. It's also on a slight slope, with free-draining soil, and has its own dedicated watering head (hidden back there behind the rocks). It never got sunburn last summer, although you could have fried an egg on the ground next to it, and it didn't suffer any frost damage during the recent cold snap, which got to below freezing. I did put socks on the tips when it was really cold, but since it's planted under an overhang of an olive tree, it looks like that wasn't even necessary. The elephant food there at the lower left, was uncovered and didn't get any frost damage, while the elephant food that was out in the open was killed by frost.
|Socks protecting the tips of a Sansevieria Cylindrica from frost|
If you look very carefully in front of it, you can see a pup forming. Since these are not easy plants to buy, I will cultivate the pup with care, and transplant it in warmer weather. Like agaves, my personal preference is to not have a lot of pups (offshoots) around, so I trim them off regularly and plant them elsewhere. I really don't like clumps of plants, as to me it looks messy and neglected. My garden is tamed!
By the way, my expert tells me that in the wild, these plants grow so big and thick that are called *rhino stoppers* - even rhinos won't go through them. Good to know!