I hope you had a lovely weekend. 2015 is just flying by and I can’t quite believe it’s August already! This month, as part of my Houseplant of the Month series, we’re going to take a look at Mother-in-Law’s Tongue.
Intrigued by how it got its mildly entertaining name, I decided to do some research. Apparently, it gets its name from the sharpness of its sword-like leaves. Ouch!
Back in the 1970s, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue was a very popular addition to your home. Check out this fab photo and see if you can spot some. With the 70s influence on fashion at the moment and the return to retro, this houseplant is well on its way to making a comeback!
Resilient and requiring little maintenance, it has a reputation as being one of the toughest houseplants of all. It’s easy to grow and will tolerate a range of conditions, from bright light to partial shade. And if you’re really lucky, it may even give you flowers, if it gets a long, warm summer and good light.
Known in the States as Snake Plant, its botanical name is Sansevieria. The most well-known is the Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’, which has green, long leaves and golden yellow edges.
With regards to looking after your plant, you’ll find it’s pretty indestructible unless it’s overwatered. So, it’s best to water it when the compost is dry and less over winter.
Temperature wise, they like being in bright light, but avoid direct sunlight. And wipe the leaves clean with a damp cloth.
Did you know that Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is one of the most recommended plants for improving air quality?
P.S. If you love Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, you may like to visit The Joy of Plants website.
P.P.S. If you’re a florist and would like more information, simply visit The Flower Council of Holland website.
* This post is brought to you in collaboration with The Flower Council of Holland. All the words are my own.
(Images : The Flower Council of Holland)