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Mother-in-Law's Tongue

English Name

Sansevieria

Scientific Name

Description

There are several different kinds of Sansevierias, but the most popular is Sansevieria Trifasciata Laurentii. This plant has tall, spiky leaves with black markings in the centre and a yellow stripe at the edge. To maintain the yellow stripe, propagation must be by division.

Ethiopia

Origin

Agavaceae

Family

55°F - 82°F

Temperature (°F)

1' - 3'4"

Height (feet/inches)

Maximum: 3'4"

Spacing (feet/inches)

Perennial

Life Cycle

Color

Watering

Water once a week in Summer and every 3 weeks in Winter. Never over water the plant.

Feeding

Apply an all purpose fertilizer at half strength monthly from Spring to Autumn.

Repotting

Re-pot when the plant breaks the pot in which it is growing. Add 1/3 of perlite and 2/3 of soil-based potting mixture and put some clay pot pieces into the bottom of the pot.

Propagation

Cut out 8 inches offshoots with rhizome in Spring to mid Summer and pot in cactus and succulent compost. The green species can be propagated from leaf cuttings 2 inches sections across the leaf.

Cultivation

Keep Sansevieria in warmth, on the dry side and in good light.

Tips

Sansevieria is useful to clean indoor air pollution.

Care

It grows better when it is pot-bound. Sponge the leaves once a month with tepid water.

Decorate

It is useful in centrally heated rooms. It is also suitable for dining rooms, lounge or office.

Humidity

Sansevieria likes dry atmosphere. Do not spray.



Did you know?

Most plant cells look like little boxes full of green disks. The disks are called chloroplasts. Other organelles inside a plant cell include a nucleus (where the DNA is kept), a large central vacuole (where water and other materials are stored) and a complex internal skeleton or cytoskeleton made of various proteins.