Mother-In-Laws Tongue: How To Care For And Re-pot Your Plant
About Your Mother-in-Laws Tongue
- The Mother-In-Laws tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata) sometimes called the Snake Plant. Don't confuse this with the Snake plant (Nassauviaserpens). It is an evergreen which has long stiff vertical leaves which are dark green with light green bands. It originates from West Africa.
- It is a very popular house plant which can be kept outdoors in warm climates but if you live in a cooler part of the world it's best kept inside. It is very tolerant to low light levels but also equally as happy in the sunlight and doesn't require much watering. Over watering will cause root rot.
- During a study, it was found they are really good for improving indoor air quality as they absorb toxins such as nitrogen oxides. It is an ideal plant for beginners as it doesn't require much maintenance and grows quite quickly. Occasionally this plant will come out in small white flowers usually when the plant is a few years old.
Splitting Your Mother-in-Laws Tongue
- It is extremely easy to split the plant when it gets too big for its pot.
- Simply remove the pot bound plant and you will discover more young shoots hidden underneath the earth.
- Pull apart by the roots don't worry about being rough with them I haven't killed any yet.
- Depending how big your plant is and how many new pots you want you might want to plant each individual stem in a separate pot or plant some of the biggest ones in a large pot together. I have done both as I like some on the floor and the smaller ones on window ledges.
Caring For Your Mother-in-Laws Tongue
- Be warned these plants grow very quickly when they are happy I have had to throw quite a few away in the past because I didn't have room for them all.
- The best way to look after this plant is to ignore it most of the time it seems to thrive on neglect.
- Constantly watering will rot the roots and eventually kill it.Watering once a month I have found works for me. It's far easier to bring a dry plant back to life than an over watered one.
- One word of warning this plant is toxic if eaten so is best kept away from young children and pets.
For more easy to care for houseplants
- Easy care houseplants for busy and forgetful people
A guide to easy care house plants for busy people.
© 2012 Ann-Christin