Indoor Plant Care

What To Do About A Drooping Mother In Law’s Tongue?

Improper watering Mother-in-law’s tongue is a succulent plant with thick, moisture-holding leaves. This built-in watering system allows the plant to survive in its native environment – dry, rocky regions of the West African tropics. Like all succulents, the snake plant is susceptible to root rot in soggy conditions, and droopy snake plant leaves often result when the plant is overwatered.

snake plant

Lighting Some people joke that Sansevieria is so hardy it can grow in a closet, but droopy snake plant leaves may result when the plant is in excessive darkness for long periods of time. The pattern in the leaves also tends to be more bright and prominent when the plant is exposed to light.

snake plant

Repotting If improper watering or lighting isn’t the reason for drooping mother-in-law’s tongue, check to see if the plant is rootbound. However, keep in mind that snake plant generally only needs repotting every three to five years. Move the plant to a container only one size larger, as a too-large pot holds an excessive amount of potting soil that can cause root rot.


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