A common and popular houseplant in temperate regions, with Sansevieria trifasciata the most widely sold.
Common name : Mother-in-law's tongue
Scientific name : Sansevieria spp.
Family : Agavaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Sansevieria - Mother-in-law's tongue, devil's tongue or snake plant - is a genus of about 60-70 species of flowering plants native to Africa, Madagascar and southern Asia. Species range from succulent desert plants such as Sansevieria pinguicula to thinner leafed tropical plants such as Sansevieria trifasciata. Plants often form dense clumps from a spreading rhizome or stolons, with leaves typically arranged in a rosette around the growing point, although some species are distichous. There is great variation in foliage form within the genus. with species divided into two categories, hard leaved - from arid climates - and soft leaved species from tropical and subtropical regions.
The sansevière is a perennial with rhizomes and thick leaves, it is persistent, in clumps, variegated, marbled or not. There are dwarf and giant species, between 15 and 180 cm, which bloom after several years in fragrant clusters.
Plant my mother-in-law's tongue
African plant, your sansevieria must be planted in pot, and kept inside.
Plant it in a pot or a planter, in a mix composed mainly of compost / potting soil and in a minority of sand that you will spread at the bottom. Place it in non-burning light.
Water my mother-in-law's tongue
The sanseveria does not like humidity, so water once a week in season, and once a month in winter, without wetting foliage.
Take care of my mother-in-law's tongue
In dry weather, do not hesitate to clean the dust on the leaves.
Prune my mother-in-law's tongue
When a leaf turns yellow, which is normal in the life cycle, cut it at the base with a sharp and clean tool.
Repot my mother-in-law's tongue
Every 3 or 4 years, at the end of winter, transplant your plant carefully to a slightly larger pot than it's current, adding a mixture of sand, fibrous compost and clay balls at the bottom.
Propagate my mother-in-law's tongue
Throughout the year, you can pick up the new shoots that grow on the edge of the plant with a clean knife, also taking the roots. Replant and grow in pots as an adult subject.
Put outside my mother-in-law's tongue
Your sansevieria will be delighted to take its summer quarters outdoors as soon as temperatures are mild. Gradually acclimate it to full sun.
Shelter my mother-in-law's tongue
Sanseveria does not tolerate a temperature below 7 ° C, so get it in before the first frost.