Mother-in-Law's Tongue - Zeylanica

English name:

Mother-in-Law's Tongue - Zeylanica

Latin name:

Sansevieria Zeylanica

About me:

I am similar in height to my cousin the Laurentii, but my leaves are fully green, with horizontal rippled stripes that alternate in shades of silver and greyish-green.

Useful to know:

Origin

Tropical West African Region.

Height/Growth

I could grow to be as tall as a meter, but I am quite slow growing.

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 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. Sansevieria are low maintenance plants and do not require a lot of supplementary feeding.

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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