Plant Care Ox Tongue

Ox Tongue

4.7 out of 5 (56 experiences)

Ox Tongue has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Ox Tongue has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Lawyer's Tongue and Laywer's Tongue


Gasteria obliqua

How to care for Ox Tongue


How often to water your Ox Tongue

Water needs for Ox Tongue
0.5 cups
every 12

Ox 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 Ox Tongue

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Ox Tongue in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Ox Tongue: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Ox Tongue may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Ox Tongue in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Ox Tongue

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Ox 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 Ox Tongue after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for Ox Tongue

Ox Tongue

Ox Tongue

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Ox Tongue has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 44
Ox Tongue has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 25
Ox Tongue has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 11
Ox Tongue has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 7
Ox Tongue has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 5
Ox Tongue has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 5
Ox Tongue has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Ox Tongue has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Sarah avatar
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 253 XP
globe Kelseyville, California

Very cool looking succulent, and sprouts flowers.

Survivor Survivor
Michaela avatar
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 520 XP
globe Joplin, Missouri

This plant has been through so much trauma and still yet stands tall.

Survivor Survivor
Andoplasm avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 147 XP

It’s very pretty and has done well even with me being neglectful sometimes

Keira avatar
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 159 XP
globe Christchurch, England

I’ve had this plant for about a year now. I have constantly worried I haven’t looked after it as I didn’t do much research. However, despite my sporadic watering schedule and weeks with little attention it’s produced LOADS of little pups and is healthy :)

Survivor Survivor
Num1mun avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 197 XP
globe Montclair, New Jersey

It’s really hard to kill him and I totally neglected him because his soil is weird and i never know if i should actually water him. He’s actually thriving

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Luizaosam avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 117 XP

Gastritis Duval is a very cute and easy to care plant 🪴

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pythophilia avatar
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 255 XP

This plant was given to me as an “air plant” in a 1 inch container. I repotted it & it now lives in a 4 in pot.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Laura avatar
leaf-1 95 Plants
xp 2,199 XP
globe Lake Jackson, Texas

Love watching the new leaves pop out of the middle of this little guy. Such a fun plant!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Echosmum avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 82 XP
globe Whitley Bay, England

Easy to look after and is very cute🥺

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Maen0193 avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 64 XP

Bought and repotted in new pot 3 days ago and already has 2 sprouts coming off!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Kylie15 avatar
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 193 XP
globe Harrah, Oklahoma

Easy to care for

Lemons84 avatar
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 1,328 XP
globe Opelika, Alabama

Really easy to care for. Just leave it alone! Lol!

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Ashinbyalex avatar
leaf-1 75 Plants
xp 3,331 XP
globe Vallejo, California

Simple. My easiest plant.

Deanna avatar
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 429 XP
globe Kansas City, Missouri

Wort likes to be ignored and blessed me with 3 wee babes. I haven’t tried to remove the wee babes to give them to friends because he is so fun to look at 👀

Kaleena avatar
leaf-1 76 Plants
xp 3,687 XP

I rescued this lil ox tongue from an end of season sale at our Kroger. He was only $1! I bought about 30 plants and he is one of the maybe 5-10 that have made it, and he’s also one of the 2-3 that are thriving and doing well. He’s content just to hang out on a desk or sit in a window sill. He has nice thick leaves and has really seemed to like his pot. He has given me a new appreciation for succulents and makes me feel like I’m not the worst plant parent ever. 9/10 recommend!

Survivor Survivor
Apb0168 avatar
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 958 XP
globe Hamilton, Ontario

I like how it actually looks like a tongue. The markings are an added bonus!

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Colinm avatar
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 559 XP
globe Phoenix, Arizona

Looks weird! Grows like a weed! Nearly indestructible! And if you’re the propagating type, you ox tongue is likely to push up lots of babies you can move to new pots.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Blueplantlady avatar
leaf-1 63 Plants
xp 2,598 XP

Despite being painted when I was first gifted him, he has grown fast! I can tell because of the paint.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Allie avatar
leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 1,138 XP
globe Simcoe, Ontario

Cute fleshy leaves, the variegation is my favourite. Easy to care for just don’t over water

Survivor Survivor
Ames94 avatar
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 2,201 XP

This is the first succulent I have been able to keep alive! So easy and doesn’t overwater as easily as some other succulents I’ve had. It has gotten significantly bigger since I got it 6 months ago and grew through the winter without grow lights.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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