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Mother-in-Laws Tongue Plant
House Plant Care

  


If you have a difficult time with your house plants, the Sansevieria is the plant for you. Also known as a Mother-in-Law's Tongue or Snake Plant, this plant is great for a medium to high light situation and will do well with minimal attention. It is sometimes spelled Sanseveria as the extra "i" is often left out.

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Mother-In-Laws Tongue Plant Care
Mother-In-Laws Tongue Plant

You can send a house plant question but before you do, please read this information on watering your indoor plants, how to help keep your house plant's root system healthy and lighting for your house plants. These are most important for your house plant's health and this is some of the information I will refer you to when you send an email.

Mother-in-Laws Tongue is a durable plant and high light is best to keep the foliage full. It will survive in lower light provided it is allowed to dry. Temperatures need to be kept above 50°F. The Sanseveria Laurentii is the most common variety, with a broad, yellow edge on the thick, sword shaped leaves. The center of the leaf is cross-banded with pale markings.

Sanseveria has upright growth and a shallow root system and is best kept somewhat potbound. It has thick rhizomes that store water for a long time. While you may be able to keep a Snake Plant that is in high-light slightly moist, in low light the roots will rot and the leaves will turn mushy and smelly. Always err on the side of less water with this plant.

Watering Mother-in-Laws Tongue - Mother-in-Laws Tongue has rhizomes that store water, so stay more to the dry side with this plant. In low to medium light, allow pot media to dry down 3/4 of the way or more. In higher lighting, allow to dry down 1/2 to 3/4 of the pot depth. You may need some type of soil probe in a really full plant to check for moisture. Please see pages on watering and lighting for your plants best health.

There are a few things to watch for with Mother-in-Laws Tongue. They are prone to scale and mealybugs and if you notice these pests they should be wiped off immediately with a cloth or cotton dipped in rubbing alcohol. Also, be careful when you do water your Mother-in-Laws Tongue that you do not pour the water in the leaf rosette as it may cause them to rot. Water the soil only and use room temperature water.

Mother-in-Laws Tongue can be found in different sizes and colors. Some are shorter, with a rosette type of growth such as the Sansevieria 'Hahnii'. Sansevieria 'Superba' is somewhat larger but with wider leaves than the taller varieties. The Sansevieria 'Laurentii' is the most common coloration. Sansevieria can be found with pale silver-green foliage as with Sansevieria 'Moonshine'. The 'Black Gold' has a dark leaf center, almost black, with a gold leaf edge. The Sansevieria 'Zeylanica' is more of a light silver-green with darker crossbands or mottling of the leaf.

With the different growth types and unusual and beautiful colorations, the Mother-in-Laws Tongue has something for everyone who enjoys indoor tropical plants. And they are easy care, too! As I said, keep them pot bound, don't over water and place them in adequate light and they should be relatively trouble free. To learn more about plant care for succulentsHouseplant Care for Succulents try one of these great books from Amazon.comHouseplant Books

When the plant does become rootbound you can remove it from the grow pot and divide the plant to make smaller individual plants. Make sure when you do divide your Mother-in-Laws Tongue, that you plant the smaller plants into pots that fit them. Remember, Mother-in-Laws Tongue is better pot bound. You can often place a cut leaf into moist sand or rooting media and get it to root and start a new plant that way. Have fun with your Mother-in-Laws Tongue.

While commonly this plant will grow to about 2-3 feet tall, I have seen them at a height of 5 feet or more. This was a Mother-in-Laws Tongue plant potted in a 14" diameter grow pot in a very good light situation. It is unusual to see them that large indoors.

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