Sansevieria Moonshine (Snake Plant)
Mother-in-Law's Tongue (also known as Snake Plant) is one of the most carefree house plants you can grow. It thrives in just about any light. Prefers dry air and soil. Rarely needs repotted.
This succulent house plant grows stiffly upright variegated leaves.
Clusters of small, white flowers sometimes grow at the base of a plant when it is a few years old. It rarely blooms indoors, and it may go years between flowering, so it's a nice surprise when it does.
Mother-in-Law's Tongue is ideal for beginners, but seasoned gardeners also love this accent plant's dramatic, sword-shaped leaves. Slow-growing, it will live for many years with good care.
Origin: South Africa
Height: 2 ft (60 cm)
Light: Bright light to full sun. Will tolerate low light.
Water: Keep soil lightly moist in the growing season. In winter, water just enough to prevent the soil from drying out. Take care not to water the center of the rosette of leaves because they'll rot easily if kept wet.
Humidity: Average room (around 40% relative humidity). Mother-in-law's tongue will tolerate dry air, but keep it away from air vents or drafts.
Temperature: Average room temperatures 60-75°F/16-24°C. It will tolerate fluctuating temperatures, but not extreme cold.
Soil: Soilless or cactus potting mix.
Fertilizer: Feed monthly spring through fall with fertilizer for succulent plants.
Propagation: Division or leaf cuttings. Sansevieria is easy to divide because it has shallow roots. Simply turn the pot on its side and pull out the entire plant. Use a sharp knife to cut through the thick roots and pot each clump separately. To propagate Sansevieria by leaf cuttings, cut leaf into 2-inch (5 cm) pieces and place them right side up (the way they were growing) in moist perlite or cactus potting mix; they will grow plantlets around the base of the cuttings.