Mother-in-Law's Tongue - Futura Superba

English name:

Mother-in-Law's Tongue - Futura Superba

Latin name:

Sansevieria Futura Superba

About me:

Like all members of the Sansevieria family, I am almost indestructible. I look similar to the Laurentii, but you can tell me apart because my leaves are short and wide, and grow in a rosette shape. I am sometimes called a bird's nest sansevieria.

Useful to know:

Origin

Tropical West African Region.

Height/Growth

I shouldn't gain much more than 20cm in this pot, but could keep going for a while if you repot me.

Light

I am best in moderate to bright, indirect light but I can adapt to low light conditions too, so I'm a good choice if you have a difficult environment.

Water

During spring and summer months, keep my soil lightly moist, but not wet or I'll get root rot! This should be about once every 10-14 days. Over winter, allow it to dry out completely before watering moderately (around once a month or so).

Temperature

I'm happy anywhere from 15-23°C and can be in temperatures as low as 10°C for short periods.

Feeding

Apply a weak dose of cactus or general-purpose feed once a month at most during the growing season, but I don't want much.

Grooming

Remove dust by wiping my leaves with a soft, damp cloth.

Care

Don't repot me in anything too big, when I outgrow my current. I thrive — and may even go into bloom — when my roots are crowded.

Toxicity

I can cause stomach upset if eaten by pets or humans, so I'm best kept out of reach.

Fact

I may sit quietly for months and years at a time, but then one day, I'll throw a surprise at you, throwing out a slender flower stalk – straight up from the soil and covered in buds. After several days, creamy white lily-like flowers will open, with the most pleasantly sweet fragrance. If this happens take pictures because it may not happen again for years!

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