Mother-in-law's tongue, also known as snake plant or Sansevieria, is a popular and hardy indoor plant that is perfect for those who want a low-maintenance houseplant. Here are some care tips to keep your mother-in-law's tongue healthy and happy:
LIGHT: Mother-in-law's tongue can tolerate a wide range of light levels, from low to bright, but it prefers bright, indirect sunlight. It can also tolerate some direct sunlight, especially in the morning or evening.
WATERING: This plant is very drought-tolerant and can survive for long periods without water. Water it thoroughly, allowing the soil to dry out almost completely between waterings. It's better to underwater than overwater, as the plant is susceptible to root rot.
NUTRIENT: Mother-in-law's tongue is a slow-growing plant and does not require a lot of fertiliser. Apply a balanced, water-soluble fertiliser every 2-3 months during the growing season (spring and summer).
TEMPERATURE & HUMIDITY: Mother-in-law's tongue prefers average room temperatures 16-24°C and can tolerate cooler temperatures in winter. It doesn't need high humidity, but it can benefit from occasional misting or being placed near a humidifier.
SIZE: Depending on the variety, mother-in-law's tongue can grow up to 4-5 feet tall.
BOTANIC NAME: Sansevieria Trifasciata
With these simple care tips, your mother-in-law's tongue will thrive and add a touch of green to your home or office.