Mother In Law's Tongue

Snake Plants

Zone 27023 | jvj175nc added on November 14, 2016 | Answered

Snake plant, specifically mother-in-law's tongue. What is the proper method to prune them back when they get too tall? I have a pot full of them (indoors and out) that is about 4.5 foot tall and they are falling all over the place. Help. Jerry.

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Answered on November 15, 2016

If you cut an individual leaf shorter, it will never look its best and will have a scar where you cut it. Therefore, the best way to prune this plant is to cut the tallest or floppiest leaves all the way back to the base, cutting up to 1/3 of the leaves at a time. New leaves will grow in, gradually reducing the height.

Also, plants grow too tall and "leggy" if they're not getting enough light. Try increasing the light level to promote shorter, stronger leaves.

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