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Mother-In-Laws Tongue: How To Care For And Re-pot Your Plant

Updated on February 10, 2016
Pot bound Mother-In-Laws-Tongue Plant
Pot bound Mother-In-Laws-Tongue Plant | Source

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 Plant
Splitting Your Mother-In-Laws Tongue Plant | Source

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.

Mother-In-Laws Tongue Plant In Small pots
Mother-In-Laws Tongue Plant In Small pots | Source
Mother-In-Laws-Tongue Plant In Large pots
Mother-In-Laws-Tongue Plant In Large pots | Source

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.

© 2012 Ann-Christin

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    • poetryman6969 profile image

      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      That mother in law has a sharp tongue. Thanks for the advice.

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      Jonni 2 years ago

      Short, sweet, to the point, FR-axeEEctly as information should be!

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      Ann-Christin 4 years ago from UK

      Thost I'm glad you found my hub useful. It is rather a strange name for a plant :)

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      thost 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Can't look at these plants without thinking of my mother in law. With your advice they should thrive. Thank you.

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      Ann-Christin 5 years ago from UK

      Glad it made you laugh we all need one sometimes :)

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      harinarayan 5 years ago from Kerala, India

      very funny heading. Your topic attracts me, When I see the plant, make me laugh.voted up and interesting

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      Ann-Christin 5 years ago from UK

      I think it's called that because of its sharp tongue:)

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Great tips on planting and taking care of MIL's tongue. Wonder why it is called so.