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Questions About Mother In Law’s Tongue

Asked by
Anonymous on
November 27, 2010

Q. 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?

Answered by
Heather on
November 30, 2010
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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

Q. How to Root Mother-in-Law Tongue

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

Answered by
Nikki on
April 6, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 10, 2011

Q. 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 on
April 21, 2011
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Asked by
Dilsmore on
May 24, 2011

Q. 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.

Answered by
Heather on
May 26, 2011
Certified Expert
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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

Q. 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?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 3, 2011
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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

Q. 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?

Answered by
Nikki on
July 3, 2011
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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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Answered by
moosmom on
July 4, 2011
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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

Q. 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?

Answered by
Nikki on
July 28, 2011
Certified Expert
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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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