Gardening

Sansevieria: mother-in-law's language


Sansevieria, also called mother-in-law's tongue, is a plant native to Africa, used indoors and very decorative.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Sansevieria
Family : Liliaceae
Type : Houseplant

Height : 0.5 to 1.5 m
Exposure : Bright
Ground : potting soil + sand

Flowering : March

Its foliage is original and elegant and the plant is very resistant, particularly to heat.

Sansevieria exhibition

Like most plants, the correct exposure of sansevieria conditions the good growth and flowering of the plant.

Sansevieria exhibition:

The sansevieria claims good light but fear the direct sun which favors the drying out of the plant.
A too sunny exposure could indeed quickly dry out the foliage and make it yellow in a lasting way.

If the sansevieria tolerates light shade, its growth will be reduced.

So choose to install it near a window that lets as much light through as possible but avoid it being subjected to direct sunlight.

Temperature of sansevieria:

The temperature of a house or apartment is ideal because it must be understood in 18 and 21 ° all year round.

The sansevieria fears temperatures below 12 °.

Of May to September, you will be able to take the plant out without any problem, but do not hesitate to bring it in at night if the nights are cool.

Maintenance of sansevieria

Watering in spring and summer

He must be regular but moderate, Once a week approximately. The ideal is to water when the soil is dry on the surface.
Do not wait too long, especially in hot weather, as the plant may suffer.

  • Sansevieria fears excess moisture in the soil much more than a transient drought

If your tap water region is limestone, choose any spring water or collect rainwater for watering.

Prefer water at room temperature rather than too cold because the temperature difference can cause a significant stress for your sansevieria.

Watering in fall and winter

Reduce slightly watering during the period of vegetative rest.
Wait until the soil is dry for a few centimeters before watering again and with water at room temperature.

  • You will resume watering in the spring when the plant regains growth.

Repotting sansevieria

This operation is essential and should be done every 2 to 3 years in a pot with a slightly larger diameter.

Once every 3 years at most, repot your sansevieria in spring, after flowering.

When repotting, choose a pot with a slightly larger diameter but not too large and make sure that the bottom be holed.

Tip about sansevieria

This plant is extremely hardy and is resistant to most diseases.

While it is sometimes prone to attack by mealybugs, its main enemy is moisture which can lead to rotting of roots and foliage.


Photo credit © mastock

Video: Best Indoor Plants - Sansevieria. Mother In-Laws Tongue (October 2020).