Mother In Law’s Tongue

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Asked by Anonymous on November 27, 2010
Mother-in-Law Plant

We have a plant at work that looks like a mother-in-law plant. It has been there for years. Today we noticed that there reddish-orange leaves or flowers developing. Is this a mother-in-law plant, the rest leaves are all green. This is the first time that this plant has the reddish-orange leaves/flowers on it. Why is this happening?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

These plants do flower, but typically the flowers are a white or cream color. You may have another kind of plant or the plant may have a disease.

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Asked by Anonymous on April 5, 2011
How to Root Mother-in-Law Tongue

I want to multiple my mother-in-law tongue. How can I grow roots from a clipping?

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Nikki
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Asked by Anonymous on April 10, 2011
Mother-in-Law Tongue

How do I get rid of it? It has overtaken our yard, and I want it gone! Can anyone help?

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Heather
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Asked by Dilsmore on May 24, 2011
Mother in Law Tongue Flowers

I have a Mother-in-Law tongue that is 41 years old and it is flowering for the first time! Does this mean I need to repot it again, as it has 20 plants in the pot now? The leaves of some of the plants are 4 foot tall and it looks very healthy.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

No, you do not need to repot it. The flower just means the plant has reached flowering maturity, which for this plant can take decades. Congratulations on keep the plant alive and cared for for so long!

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Asked by Anonymous on June 3, 2011
Flowering Mother in Law’s Tongue

I have had this plant for six years and it is now flowering! I am delighted! How rare an occurrence is this?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

These plants, also known as Snake plants, definitely flower when kept moderately potbound and are given good light. The tiny flowers look a bit like cauliflower and are attached to a long flower stem that grows to about a foot tall. Not too rare an occurrence.

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Asked by Anonymous on July 2, 2011
How Do I Transplant Mother-in-Law Tongue

I would like to know how to separate and transplant mother-in-law tongue. Can you please help me?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can divide in spring either by breaking the root ball apart or, if that is difficult, using a sharp knife.

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moosmom

if you are trying to make a 2nd plant you can just cut off some of the plant and stick it in moist soil,wait til mostly dried out before you rewater.

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Asked by Anonymous on July 27, 2011
Sansevierias

I would like to know the maximum age to which the Sansevierias can live up to. I understand that there is a plant in east Asia whose life is unknown/indefinite, running to centuries and passed on to generations as gifts. Can you tell me the name of that plant?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Common names for this plant include: mother-in-law's tongue, devil's tongue, and snake plant. It is one of the most popular houseplants and has a long history filled with folklore, especially in Asian cultures--where the plant is symbolic of the virtues from the Eight Gods (longevity, prosperity, intelligence, beauty, art, poetry, health, strength). As for its lifespan, it is said to have a long one, though typically this varies anywhere from 20-30 years on average. However, some people have been fortunate enough to acquire "hand-me-downs" of the plant from their grandparents--some as old as 80 plus years.

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