Plant Care Ox Tongue

Ox Tongue

4.7 out of 5 (68 experiences)

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

About Ox Tongue

Ox Tongue is a super popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs very little water to thrive. They do best in abundant sunlight ☀ and should be less than 3 feet from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as being a survivor and a fast grower with a whopping 2069 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Ox Tongue likes soil that is extremely well-draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.


Gasteria obliqua

Also known as

Lawyer's Tongue, Gasteria bicolor and Gasteria bicolour

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.

Difficulty Level

Ox Tongue is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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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 53
Ox Tongue has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 29
Ox Tongue has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 12
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 4
Ox Tongue has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Stringplayer avatar
leaf-1 80 Plants
xp 8,010 XP
globe Placerville, CA

Easy to look after; a slow grower. I water only after the soil has become dry. It’s growing season is winter so I shorten the interval between watering then, but still wait until the soil has become pretty dry. Pups will emerge at this time. During the summer months it becomes dormant, so I water less.

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 988 XP
globe Calgary, Alberta

Really easy plant to take care of. Looks very pretty as well.

Survivor Survivor
Quaynicole avatar
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 1,681 XP

I absolutely love this this plant. I water it once a month and it has grown so much! Definitely thinking about adding more!

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 113 XP

cute plant

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 285 XP

lovely little plant that i found at the farmers market!! easy to take care of once you know what to do, and stays very healthy.

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 1,426 XP

Very cool looking succulent, and sprouts flowers.

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 91 Plants
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This started as one of those fridge planters with a magnet on it. I planted it last year…😳

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 871 XP
globe Joplin, MO

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

Survivor Survivor
Andoplasm avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 337 XP

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

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leaf-1 8 Plants
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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 9 Plants
xp 533 XP
globe Montclair, NJ

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
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leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 203 XP

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

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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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 94 Plants
xp 2,383 XP
globe Lake Jackson, TX

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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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
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leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 193 XP
globe Harrah, OK

Easy to care for

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leaf-1 66 Plants
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globe Vallejo, CA

Simple. My easiest plant.

Deanna avatar
leaf-1 22 Plants
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globe Kansas City, MO

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 👀

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leaf-1 104 Plants
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globe Levittown, PA

He doesn’t need water that much and does not attract pests and he’s cute as a button!

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