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Mother-In-Law Tongue Plant Care(Snake Plant) 2021

Snake Plant (Mother-in-law Tongue Plant) Care

Snake plant ‘Mother-in-Law’ Tongue Plant Care and propagation are particularly stress-free to cultivate, and it’s so perfect that even beginners can start with this plant.

Snake Plant is also known as ‘Mother-in-Law’ Tongue Plant. It is famous for its leaf shapes which the majority of the people love, and the maintenance is so minor that almost anybody can take care of the snake plant.

As we discussed this plant is in our top 10 must-have indoor succulents which you can plant and grow easily indoors.

If you need further info on other beautiful succulents you can cultivate in your beautiful house; don’t forget to check our blog ‘Indoor Succulents’.

I am sure you will get the adequate info you need for your garden and home décor. This article will illustrate Mother-in-Law’ Tongue Plant Care,  cultivation methods, procedures, basic requirements, and some valuable resources.

Snake Plant grows well indoors, and it can grow up to 48” (120 cm) tall, and it has low maintenance or care required; additionally, this can thrive in low lighting conditions also which can give you the flexibility to locate this plant anywhere you want in your beautiful home.

Propagating Snake Plant is easy and simple; however, the factors such as watering, light, propagation, fertilizers, and snake plant care are some of the essentials we will discuss further in this article.

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How to Propagate ‘Snake Plant’ Succulents?

The mother-in-law tongue plant can be cultivated by Water Propagation and Leaves Propagation.

Water Propagation Method

  • Firstly, in Water Propagation Method, choose healthy and well-developed leaves.
  • Then cut it from the main plant with the help of a sharp knife or scissors.
  • After cutting the leave(s) from the main plant, place it into a container that can accommodate the whole leaf and additional space shall be available several inches.
  • Then pour the water into a container and place it in the indirect light.
  • Please remember changing the water after several days or weeks is extremely important in this sprouting phase.

Leave Propagation Method

  • The Leave Propagation Method requires the leaves from the mother plant.
  • First and foremost get the leaves from the mother plant and callous over some time before placing them on the well-draining soil.
  • Please note, before placing into the soil make sure that the soil has completely dried out, otherwise leaves may suffer from overwatering problems.


The snake plant can be cultivated by water or leave propagation methods; though, I do recommend going for the water propagation method.

Where to Plant ‘Snake Plant’ Succulent?

As we discussed earlier that snake plant or mother-in-law tongue plant is easy to care for with low maintenance and light requirement; you can locate this plant such as your bedroom, living room, or a place where you spend most of your time.

There is a reason for that because it has very special characteristics which enable it to purify the air by converting CO2 into oxygen.

It is well recognized as a purifying indoor plant in medicine as well.

The selection of soil is an extremely important part of the cultivation process.

  • Soil – Potting soil with crushed volcanic rocks and pumice (Well-draining)
  • Soil pH – Acid, Alkaline Neutral

In terms of fertilizer requirement, these plants do not require as much fertilizer as other fertilizer-hungry plants such as Jade Plant.

If you want to see your plant grow faster and healthy you can fertilize it in the season of spring and summer when these plants grow actively.


If soil is dried out, don’t fertilize it until you water your succulent soil as per requirement. When you fertilize the succulent with dry soil, this will directly damage the roots of the succulents.

You can use a different variety of containers; so, it would be much easier to shift them indoor or outdoor according to your preferences. I use designer containers that look so beautiful with succulents. It certainly set a beautiful look to your home and garden décor.

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Mother-in-Law Tongue Plant Care

Taking care of these Succulents is relatively stress-free. Follow subsequent easy steps and you are done:

Light Requirement

  • Indoor Plantation: at least 3-4 hours of shaded sunlight daily.
  • Outdoor Plantation: I do recommend placing this plant indoors.

Temperature Requirement

  • The zones where the temperature ranges 30 ° F (-1.1 ° C).

Soil and Pot Selection

  • A well-draining soil is ideal for Snake Plant. Moreover, a vital factor is the pot selection, where the plant finds home to them. The pot or container with holes will facilitate an easier way to drain the unnecessary water.
  • These days, a stylish container comes with such holes, which add both appearances and practical water draining functionality.

Watering Practice

  • The Snake Plant has similar watering requirements as most succulents. The  ‘soak and dry’ method works best for these species of the plant.

Most succulents grow best by ‘Soak and Dry’ watering practices. The Snake plant is no exception. In this method, soak the soil properly then allow it to dry completely. Regular watering practices may halt the development of ‘Snake Plant’ succulents, and they may not survive!

Quick Summary:

  • Plant Type – Dracaena trifasciata (Succulent)
  • Plant Family – Asparagaceae
  • 3-4 hours of shaded sunlight
  • Typical water needs for a succulent
  • The plant grows up to 48” (120 cm) tall
  • The plant grows up to 36” (90 cm) wide
  • Spacing – 48” (120 cm)
  • Maintenance – extremely Low
  • Watering – Low.
  • Soil – Potting soil with crushed volcanic rocks and pumice (Well-draining)
  • Soil pH – Acid, Alkaline Neutral
  • Temperature – 30 ° F (-1.1 ° C)
  • Propagation by water and Leaves.
  • Season – Spring, Summer, and Winter
  • Characteristics: Evergreen and Showy.
  • Toxic to animals such as horses, dogs, and Cats.



Hi there! By profession I am a Mechanical Engineer; though, I have a keen interest in gardens, plants and succulents. I hope you like my articles on beautiful succulents and plants. Happy  Gardening!!!

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