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Mother-in-law's tongue

Sansevieria spp.

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This striking plant is often seen as an indoor plant in colder climates or as specimen plants in desert gardens. There is great variation within the genus of more than 60 species. They range from succulent desert plants to thinner leafed tropical plants, that are usually stemless, xerophytic, rhizomatous evergreen perennials.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Spring

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Division
Divide clumps in spring.
Suckers
Remove suckers in Spring and replant immediately.
Cuttings
Root leaf cuttings with bottom heat during summer.

Special features

Drought resistant
Can tolerate dry periods
Pot plant
Plant in 2 parts loam based compost and 1 part course grit, water moderately, decreasing water in winter when growth slows down.
Indoor plant
Grow indoors in bright filtered light to indirect light.

Geography

Origin
Africa, Madagascar, India, Indonesia

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Personality

Family
Asparagaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
None

Problems

Susceptible to vine weevil grubs

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