Is there a specific mix of soil I should use to pot mother-in-law’s tongue (Dracaena)?


The Dracaena species known as snake plants or mother-in-law's tongue were until recently considered a separate genus, Sansevieria, but have been reclassified following molecular examination.

Your mother-in-law's-tongue or snake plant  likes to be root-bound and can stay in the same pot for several years, while replacing some surface soil annually. Repot once the plant is close to bursting its pot. The proper, quick-draining, soil, however, is essential. Potting soil with one third sand or perlite and up to one third peat added works well.

Commercial cactus mixes are reasonably good, if not ideal, and readily available. Avoid those that have food already in the mix; the nutritional needs of your plant vary during year and fertilizer in the soil doesn't allow you to feed your plant the right amounts at the correct time. Your pot must have a draining hole at its bottom.

For more information about caring for your mother-in-law's-tongue, see our Guide to Snake Plants.

Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service

  • Last Updated Feb 17, 2024
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  • Answered By Leslie Coleman

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