How to take care of a Sansevieria (Mother in Law’s Tongue)

Horty Girl Snake Plant, Mother-in-Law's Tongue, the plant that loves to be left alone
Horty Girl Sanseveria, also known as a Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law

A Sansevieria, also known as a “Snake Plant” or “Mother’s Tongue, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue” is a great household plant to have in your home as it’s tough, durable and will even grow in conditions of low light or under watering.  This plant is perfect if you are someone that has a busy busy schedule, or has never had a plant before in their home.

The Snake Plant has tall, narrow, sturdy leaves that are stiff and very pointy.  The leaves can vary from pale to dark green, green edged with yellow or light green and yellow.  As the Mother’s tongue matures, the plant can produce little delicate flower spikes in a pale green or yellowish color.  This flowering is very unpredictable though, and some may never flower.

A Sansevieria is a succulent type plant, and therefore can survive with little attention as it retains water well.  These plants can live on average for 5 to 10 years, and with the proper care of following these tips they can live much longer than that – 20 to 25 years!  Don’t worry though it grows very slowly, growing to the height of 3 to 4 feet.

Caring for a Sanseveria Plant

Snake plants love the heat!The plant should be placed in a bright area, in indirect light. If this isn’t possible, it can survive in low light surroundings if necessary.

Water a Snake plant sparingly. It is better to under water than to over water. Use only about maximum 1/4 cup of water every few weeks.  Let the soil become completely dry between watering.  Always water on the edge of the base of the plant – never pour water over the leaves.

The Sanseveria will also give off warning signs of your watering habits.  If you are not giving enough water, the leaves will lean or droop and will wrinkle up.  Over watering? Leaves will turn slimy.  If you notice your leaves beginning to appear soft, greasy or slimy – pull them out immediately! This will prevent it from affecting the rest of the leaves.

*Also, as the seasons change – your water amount should adjust as well.  In the hot summer months your plants will  need more water.  In the winter months, your plant will need less water, and less frequently – once every month or two months*

A FOOLPROOF WAY to WATER A SANSEVIERIA SNAKE PLANT – Use the Horty Girl Smart Stick found with every plant.  Similar to baking, stick the smart stick into the soil, wait a second and pull it out.  If it comes out clean and feels dry then its time to water it.

OUCH! – Be careful, the leave tips are sharp! Put in a place that you won’t bump into it.  Don’t trim off the tips of the plant either.  ALSO – Do not let your loved ones eat this plant, as it is extremely poisonous!