Plant Care Mother-In-Law's Tongue

Mother-In-Law's Tongue

About Mother-In-Law's Tongue

Records of Dracaena fossils have been found in Europe and North Africa, near the site of the Tethys Ocean, which existed 252 to 66 million years ago. More recently, snake plant leaves and stems have been used to treat fever, pain, bleeding, and inflammation throughout many cultures in Africa and India. 🤒

Taxonomy

Dracaena trifasciata 'Black Gold Superba'
Dracaena
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

Black Gold Snake Plant, Black Gold Snake Plant, Sansevieria Black Gold, Saint George's sword, mother-in-law's tongue, viper's bowstring hemp, Golden Birds Nest and Good Luck Plant

How to care for Mother-In-Law's Tongue

💦 Water

How often to water your Mother-In-Law's Tongue

Water needs for Mother-In-Law's Tongue
0.5 cups
every 12

Mother-In-Law's Tongue needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Mother-In-Law's Tongue

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Black Gold Snake Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Mother-In-Law's Tongue: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Mother-In-Law's Tongue can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Mother-In-Law's Tongue in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Mother-In-Law's Tongue

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Mother-In-Law's Tongue: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Mother-In-Law's Tongue after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Mother-In-Law's Tongue thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Mother-In-Law's Tongue can tolerate being far from a window and light source. Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Black Gold Snake Plant Light Requirements →

Black Gold Snake Plant Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Mother-In-Law's Tongue enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Black Gold Snake Plant Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Mother-In-Law's Tongue is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Black Gold Snake Plant →

When and How to Successfully Repot Black Gold Snake Plant →


💩 Fertilizer

Mother-In-Law's Tongue grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Black Gold Snake Plant →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Mother-In-Law's Tongue to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Mother-In-Law's Tongue is native to Africa to Southern Asia and Australia.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Mother-In-Law's Tongue

Mother-In-Law's Tongue

Mother-In-Law's Tongue


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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