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Mother-in-law's Tongue      

I have had this plant for many, many years. It is a cutting off of a plant that mother brought back from Alabama from Grandma Cottles’ house. It likes being rootbound and will fill up any container it is put in. Starting new plants is as easy as snapping off one of the little “babies” that pop up and putting in in soil. Keep moist until it gets established but these plants do not like to be over watered. They prefer moderate light to shade. In direct sunlight I have seen them get brown burn spots.

This plant is the ultimate low maintenance plant for people who claim they can’t grow anything. There are stories on the web about plants living in the same pot with little or no care for 20 – 30 years. They also talk about them blooming. Since I have never seen that, it is my new challenge with this plant. Let’s see if I can get it to bloom!

WARNING: This plant is poisonous if eaten. My cats have no interest in it at all.

This planting is in the House Plants garden .

Planted.

Latest Milestone Repotted

Quantity: 1

Plant Snake plant Sansevieria trifasciata 150

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Care Instructions

Snake plant normally tends to reach to a mature height of 1.20 metres [imperial: 3.90 feet] so ensure you have enough space in your garden for this plant.

Try to apply water fairly sparingly.

Your garden's USDA Hardiness Zone (8) is not within the ideal known range for Snake plant. The recommended range is between Zone 10 and 11. You may have to reassess this planting for suitability in your garden.

Snake plant ideally needs a soil ph of 6.1 to 7.8 (acidic to alkaline soil), so check your soil acidity regularily.

More information about Mother-in-law's Tongue is available in the Folia gardener's wiki. All Mother-in-law's Tongue Care Instructions have been kindly provided by our members.


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Comments

Very nice, good luck with getting it to bloom, I remember my moms blooming when I was a kid.

Posted on 11 Jan 09 (over 8 years ago)

I have one that is doing quite well. It was given to me as a house warming present three years ago. When you say snip off a new one, do you mean dig it up or cut it off at the base?

Posted on 12 May 09 (almost 8 years ago)

Sorry for taking so long to see your post, I’m still catching up from being out of town over mother’s day. These plants have tuber like root systems and they are all kind of connected together. To start another plant you must have a good piece of this tuber. I kind of work my hand spade around a small “baby” and snap off the tuber from the main grouping. If you’ve ever repotted one you can see what I mean. Wash the soil away from the roots and you have a mass that you can separate into individuals almost like snapping beads. They are very forgiving. Just give the roots water and dirt and they will regrow. I thinned some out last summer and had to put them in the trash because they kept growing in the compost pile.

Posted on 18 May 09 (almost 8 years ago)

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