Snake Plant

Snake Plant – Mother in Laws Tongue

Snake Plant, Sansevieria, or Mother-in Laws Tongue is one of the easiest houseplants to grow.  It’s striking, upright, variegated leaves will make a show in any room.  You cannot miss with the Snake Plant.
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The upright leaves, reaching heights of 20 to 40 inches, are dark green with bands of lighter green or yellow.  The Snake Plant is also known as Sansevieria or the Mother-in-Laws Tongue.  The Snake Plant is often selected for it’s visual impact and hardiness.  Sansevieria, often mispelled Sanseveria, is one of the easiest houseplants to grow.


Mother-in-Laws Tongue will survive in the darkest corner of the house or office, but will do better in low to medium light.


The Snake Plant will do well in normal house temperatures and will tolerate temperatures up to 85 degrees F.


Sansevieria should be grown in a sandy potting mix to provide good drainage.


The Mother-in-Laws Tongue does well in normal house humidity, but can tolerate and even thrive in very low humidity.


The Snake Plant should be watered thoroughly and then the soil allowed to dry to a depth of 3/4″ to 1 ”  before its next watering.  Never allow a Snake Plant to stand in water.  If the foliage begins to droop you are over watering, if it begins to wrinkle you are under watering.


Sansevieria should be fertilized lightly, approximately every 6 months.


Sansevieria can be propagated by leaf cuttings or plant division.  As a variegated plant will revert to all green leaves if propagated by leaf cuttings, they are best to be propagated by dividing the rhizome (the horizontal stem that grows underground and produces new roots and shoots from its nodes).

To propagate by leaf cuttings, choose a healthy green leaf from your Snake Plant.  Cut the leaf into sections 3 to 4 inches long, keeping track of which is the top side and the bottom side of the cutting.  Place the cuttings in fresh potting soil making sure to place the bottom side of the cutting into the soil.  If they are placed in upside down they will not form roots and grow.  Keep the cuttings in a bright area and keep the soil moist but not soggy.  The roots should start to grow in 3 to 4 weeks, but new leaves of your Mother-in-Laws Tongue might take a few months.

Decorating and Placement Tips

As the leaves are very sturdy and can be sharp, it is best to keep the plants out of heavy traffic areas. The Snake Plant will make a striking display almost anywhere in your home.  Because of its hardy nature, almost any area can become home to the Snake Plant.