Tips to care for tiger tongue tree

Tiger tongue tree is easy to take care of, releasing oxygen at night, so it is popular with many homeowners.

Tiger tongue (scientific name Sansevieria trifasciata) originates from West Africa, characterized by long and pointed leaves, including more than 70 different variations in color and size. Tiger tongue is known as “the plant that cannot die”, but if you want the tree to grow well, the owner still needs to pay attention to some points.

Tiger tongue is a popular ornamental plant by homeowners around the world. Photo: The Spruce


Tiger’s tongue is a plant you can place anywhere indoors or outdoors because they tolerate low light conditions. However, the best location is still near a window or a place with natural light that is not too harsh.

If there is no natural light, you can take the plant out 1-2 times a week on dry days and combine watering.


Tiger tongue likes loose and well-drained soil. The less light the plant is placed, the more aerated the soil must be.

The pH of the soil for growing tiger tongue should be from slightly acidic to slightly alkaline.


Tiger tongue does not need and does not like constant watering. You can water once a week in the hot season and once a month or less in the winter. Ideally, you should only water when the leaves are slightly soft, droopy, wrinkled and the entire soil below is completely dry.


Tiger tongue adapts to many different living conditions. In general, the plant can tolerate an environment of 15 to 30 degrees Celsius.


Apply NPK fertilizer with a high N ratio when seeing new leaves or young plants growing to promote growth and make leaves stronger. Note, do not fertilize in winter because this is when the plant is “hibernation”.


Tiger tongue leaves contain toxins, so they can be harmful to dogs and cats if they are ingested.

Minh Trang


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