Mother-In-Law’s Tongue is a tall, spiky plant which looks like aor succulent, but is actually of the Lily family. The thick spear-like can reach a considerable height and are very erect. They are variegated, pale and darker green. Var. laurentii also includes cream in its patterning. The are insignificant.
- Growing season 16-21 °C (61-70 °F)
- Temperature should be constant throughout the year. The plant cannot stand wide temperature changes.
Soil: A soil-less, with 10% added sand.
Where to: In a light out of direct sunlight, away from draughts and temperature changes.
Watering requirements: Lukewarm water to keep the soil just moist. Excessive water in winter is disastrous; therot at soil level and the plant dies. No spraying or needed.
General care: If it tries to flower, pinch out the flowering, as it weakens the plant. Give a very dilute liquid fertilizer once monthly. Never risk over – in winter it needs only just enough to stop total drying out. Do not over-pot. Re-pot only when the plant forces it way out. Maintain an even temperature.
Rest: There is no clearly defined rest period.
When it looks sick:
- Brown, striated areas along the edges : Scorch by strong sunlight. They may also be due to under-watering. Keep it in light shade; water if the soil is dry.
- The commonest cause of death has no symptom. Over-watering causes the leaves to rot below the soil surface. Never, never over-water this plant.