The Q&A Archives: Mother-in-law's Tongue

Question: Hi

I have a sick Sanseviera trifasciata (Mother-in-Law?s Tongue). I?ve just moved and it was left on the front porch in direct sunlight for 1 month. Half of the leaves, which were good and green, have now turned yellowish and have a few brown splotches on them.

I look forward to any advice you might have?

I have since brought it inside and put it up on its feet (for drainage).

I checked, and it wasn?t overly wet.

PS - It?s winter now in Australia.

Thank you

Heather Rutherford

Melbourne, Australia

Answer: Although Mother-in-Law's Tongue can grow in full sunshine outdoors, if yours was kept inside and then subjected to direct sunshine, it is natural for it to rebel a little. I suspect the affected leaves have suffered from sunburn and they will eventually wither up and die. Now that it is back indoors again, it should recover. Expect the side that received the sunshine to show the worst symptoms. You can cut away the affected leaves and new foliage should be produced later in the year. Best wishes with your plant, and with your new home!

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