How to Care for a Mother in Law’s Tongue

Mother In Law's Tongue Care

Mother In Law’s Tongue or Sansevieria is a low-maintenance, easygoing houseguest. Prospering with little care, this tall-leaf beauty likes dry soil and air which makes it most comfortable in indoor environments.

Hardy, with sword-shaped dark green variegated leaves, the purifying properties of Mother In Law’s Tongue will help clear the air; at home or work.

Ideal for beginner gardeners or forgetful green thumbs, this plant is highly recommended for improving air quality.

Here’s how to care for your Mother in Law’s Tongue.

Mother In Law's Tongue Care


Chilled out and easy-going, the Mother In Law’s Tongue does well in all conditions. Partial to full sun, dappled light or a dark corner, its ideal situation is bright indirect light. While you can place them outside, be mindful they can burn in the harsh sun.


When it comes to watering your Mother In Law’s Tongue: less is more. This water-wise wonder prefers dry soil and is best left alone. If there’s one thing you need to watch out for, it’s overwatering, especially in winter, so allow the soil to dry out between drenchings. Do a moisture check by dipping your finger into the soil; if the soil feels dry, it’s time to water. Soak the soil thoroughly, and allow the water to drain. Remove any excess water from the saucer as sitting in it can cause root rot.

Temperature & Humidity

The Mother In Law’s Tongue will tolerate cool to warm temperatures in our homes or offices. These versatile plants don’t mind the dry air or even the high humidity found in kitchens and bathrooms.


Keep the leaves clean and glossy by gently wiping them down with a damp cloth.

Fertilise your Mother in Law’s Tongue once or twice in the warmer months with an all-purpose liquid fertiliser.

The Mother in Law’s Tongue can easily be propagated which means you can replant a section of it, or use the cutting from a leaf to keep them growing. Spring is the ideal time to get planting. Because it prefers drier conditions, use a well-draining soil like a succulent or cactus mix in order to prevent root rot.

The Mother In Law’s Tongue prefers to be root-bound which means you rarely need to re-pot them. If you notice the pot becoming lopsided or overcrowded, you can re-pot, or propagate and split the plant into a few new pots.