Mother-in-Law's Tongue: How to Care for and Repot This Plant
What You Should Know About Mother-In-Law's Tongue
The mother-in-law's tongue (sansevieria trifasciata) originates from West Africa. An evergreen with long, stiff, and vertical leaves that are dark green with light green bands, this is a beautiful plant to grow. It is sometimes called the snake plant, but don't confuse the two (Nassauviaserpens)!
Mother-in-law's tongue is a very popular house plant. Here are a few reasons why it could be:
- Warm weather is its friend. It can be kept outdoors in warm climates.
- If you live in a cooler part of the world, it's best as an indoor plant.
- It is very tolerant to low light levels but equally as happy in sunlight.
- Frequent watering is not required.
- Absorbing toxins such as nitrogen oxides, it's great for improving indoor air quality.
- Beginners can work with it, as it doesn't require much maintenance and grows quite quickly.
- Occasionally this plant will come out in small white flowers usually when it is a few years old. How beautiful!
Learn how to split and repot your mother-in-law's tongue plant, along with a few general care tips to make your growing endeavors a success!
How to Split Your Mother-In-Law's Tongue
Mother-in-law's tongue is easy to split when it gets too big for the pot. Follow these three simple steps:
- Remove the pot-bound plant. You will likely discover more young shoots hidden underneath the earth.
- Pull them apart by the roots, and don't worry about being rough with them. I haven't killed any yet!
- Depending on how big your plant is and how many new pots you want, you may want to do one of two things: plant each individual stem in a separate pot or plant some of the biggest ones in a large pot together. I have done both because I like some on the floor and the smaller ones on the window ledges.
How to Care for Mother-In-Law's Tongue
Be warned, as these plants grow very quickly when they are happy. I have had to throw quite a few of them 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 this plant will rot the roots and eventually kill it. Watering once a month works for me. It's far easier to bring a dry plant back to life than an overwatered one.
- Here is one word of warning: This plant is toxic if eaten, so it is best kept away from young children and pets.
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