Whether you call them Mother-in-law’s Tongue, Snake Plant or Viper’s Bowstring Hemp, Sansevieria (Sansevieria trifasciata) has become super trendy over recent years and potted Sansevieria features prominently in modern landscape and interior design. They’re very hardy, are slow growing, require minimal maintenance and will tolerate low levels of light, making them ideal for growing indoors. They’ll also help improve air quality so having a few around the house and office is very beneficial.

How to grow mother-in-law's tongue in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 200mm wide (or larger, depending on the size of you plant). Position in a well-lit spot, out of direct sunlight. It will also grow well in low light areas.
  2. Fill the pot with Yates Thrive Indoor Plants Potting Mix.
  3. Remove the plant from its container, gently tease the roots. 
  4. Position the plant in the middle of the new pot. Sansevieria can be grown very effectively in small pots. Fill in around the plant with potting mix and water well. You can feature sansevieria in a mixed outdoor pot of succulents or it also looks stunning on its own in an indoor display.
  5. Water on a moderate basis in the summer but cut back in the winter when plants require less moisture. Allow the potting mix to dry out almost completely before re-watering.
  6. Feed fortnightly from spring to autumn with Yates Thrive Indoor Liquid Plant Food or use a Yates Thrive Indoor Plants & Ferns Dripper which feeds for 4 weeks. 


Growing tips

  • The plant can suffer if the soil or pot / potting mix is poorly drained or it is overwatered .

  • Snake plants can be propagated by dividing clumps or taking leaf cuttings during the warmer months. 

  • Will probably need transplanting after a couple of years to keep it thick and green.

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