How To Care For A Mother In Laws Tongue
How To Care For Mother In Law's Tongue Plant: In this video Mike from Camden Garden Centre in London shows you how to care for a Mother In Law's Tongue plant. Learn how and how not to water it, and learn how to apply time release fertilizer tablets that will feed the plant year round.
Hello, I'm Mike, and welcome to Camden Garden Centre. I'm going to give you some help with some gardening advice. Hi I'm Mike from Camden Garden Centre in London, and I'm going to show you how to care for a Mother In Law's Tongue plant, that's the common name, and it's Botanical name is Sansevieria.
What we need is the plant itself, some water, and some fertilizer. And here what I'm going to use are controlled release plant food tablets. As you see on the package down here; these feed for six months.
Now in Britain, and in more northernly latitudes of the world you don't feed house plants in the winter months because they're resting. So a lot of these only feed for six months and in fact, it feeds for the entire year in as much as you apply these in April when they've been used up in September or October when they become exhausted, the plant doesn't need to be fed anyway. If you look on the back of the container it tells you how many tablets to use depending on the diameter of the pot.
Now this pot is about 15 centimeters in diameter so I'm going to use just one of these pellets. When you look at the pellets, the fertilizer is contained within each of these little balls, and these balls are coated with a resin and this allows the fertilizer to be released from the tablets in a controlled fashion. They're very easy to use; just make a hole in the compost about an inch deep, push the pellet in, and then cover it up with soil again.
Every time this plant's watered from now on, water will flow over those tablets, nutrients will be released and flood the entire root bowl with fertilizer, and that will keep your plant happy and healthy. When you're watering plants it's important to do it correctly. I'm going to pour water on this now and I want to make sure that I wet the entire root bowl of the plant.
So I let one lot of water pass through, then give it some more, and you want to put on sufficient water for that water to wet the entire root bowl of the plant. Don't just put a little bit of water in because if you only put a little bit of water in that will saturate the top layer of the compost and yet leave the rest of it dry, and a lot of amateur gardeners that's the mistake that we made; we give a little bit of water regularly. The way to do it is to give a lot of water but not to water them that frequently.
But this is a succulent, and like it's close allies the cactai, they don't need to be watered frequently at all. Now I'm going to lift this up, and I can tell that pot is fairly heavy because it's got so much water in it, it's still not thoroughly saturated. Now you see the excess water is draining out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the plant.
Wait until all that water is drained away, then you can replace this plant back on it's plant saucer indoors. Mother In Law's Tongue plants like quite brightly lit conditions not that direct sunlight but brightly lit conditions. They are grown for their attractive leaves although this particular specimen is starting to show flowers, the flowers haven't opened yet, they're little white flowers, but here they are in bud and the plant's actually exuding excess sap and you see these tiny little glistening droplets and that's the sugars from the plants exuding out of the tissues.
Mother In Law's Tongue plants are very easy plants to grow and they're very tolerant; they'll tolerate cool conditions, hot conditions, bright conditions, shady conditions - so they're a very easy plant to grow if you've never cared for house plants before, and that's how to care for Mother In Law's Tongue.