Sansevieria (Mother-in-law’s Tongue)



Sansevieria, commonly known as Mother-in-law’s Tongue, or snake plant, is a versatile and robust indoor plant with upright, sword-like leaves. They bring lots of visual interest to the environment and are very low-maintenance, making them ideal beginner plants.

LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Sansevierias thrive in a variety of light conditions, ranging from low to bright indirect light.  While they can tolerate a spot in low-light environments, they will adapt well to brighter settings. Avoid direct sunlight exposure, as it may scorch the leaves.

WATERING: Sansevierias are known for their drought-tolerance. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings, and water sparingly. Overwatering can lead to root rot. (Root rot is when the plant stays wet for too long and the roots begin to rot). These plants are well-suited for those who may forget to water occasionally. Just note that sansevierias do not like their leaves to be wet, so when watering, pour the water on the soil and try to avoid getting any water on the leaves.

SOIL: Use a well-draining potting mix for Sansevieria. A cactus or succulent mix is suitable, as it prevents waterlogged soil.  Adding a scoop of Perlite is a wonderful addition if you’d like to maximize the soil’s aeration. Also ensure that your pot has drainage holes to allow excess water to run out.  This promotes healthy root conditions.

FERTILISER: Feed Sansevierias with a balanced liquid fertiliser during the growing season (spring and summer). Dilute the fertiliser to half strength and apply every four to six weeks. Avoid over-fertilising, as Sansevierias prefer a more restrained feeding schedule.

REPOTTING: Repot every two to three years or when the plant outgrows its current container, ideally during the spring or when new growth begins. 


  • Overwatering: Be cautious not to overwater, as Sansevierias are susceptible to root rot.
  • Pests: These plants are generally pest-resistant, but inspect for spider mites or mealybugs and treat if necessary.

SPECIAL NOTES: Sansevierias are excellent air-purifiers, removing toxins from indoor spaces. They are an ideal choice for beginners and those seeking low-maintenance greenery.

(Note: The information provided in this article is based on general guidelines for cultivating Sansevierias. Individual plant care may vary, so always observe your plant’s specific needs and adjust your care accordingly.)
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