How to grow mother-in-law's tongue in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 200mm wide (or larger, depending on the size of you plant). Position in a well-lit spot, out of direct sunlight. It will also grow well in low light areas.
  2. Fill the pot with Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.
  3. Remove the plant from its container, gently tease the roots. 
  4. Position the plant in the middle of the new pot. Sansevieria can be grown very effectively in small pots. Fill in around the plant with potting mix and water well. You can feature sansevieria in a mixed outdoor pot of succulents or it also looks stunning on its own in an indoor display.
  5. Water on a moderate basis in the summer but cut back in the winter when plants require less moisture. Allow the potting mix to dry out almost completely before re-watering.
  6. Feed fortnightly from spring to autumn with Yates Thrive Houseplant Liquid Plant Food or use a Yates Thrive Indoor Plants & Ferns Dripper which feeds for 4 weeks. 


Growing tips

  • The plant can suffer if the soil or pot / potting mix is poorly drained or it is overwatered .

  • Snake plants can be propagated by dividing clumps or taking leaf cuttings during the warmer months. 

  • Will probably need transplanting after a couple of years to keep it thick and green.

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Scale: Grey, brown, white or pink sap sucking insect pests that appear like small raised bumps on the leaves. 

Solution: Yates Rose Gun Advanced

Mealybugs: Small white fully or cottony looking sap sucking insect pests that can gather around leaf bases. 

Solution: Yates Rose Gun Advanced