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Gardening in America
Mother-In-Law Tongue

by Nancy Fletcher

This is an easy house plant to grow and comes with differnet names. Mother-In-Law tongue, Snake plant, Snake skin plant. The Latin name is Sansevieria trifasciata. Here is an Url for reading about how plants are named and this was interesting to me.

The thing I like about this plant is that you can take one leaf, cut it into approximately two inch pieces, place it in potting soil, water occasionally and little shoots will come up beside it. The thing to remember is to always be sure the pieces you cut are pointing up as they naturally grow. You must be patient because it takes months for these little new leaves to appear.

The tall height of this plant is always a welcome thing for a plant arrangement. Since they are free one doesn't mind taking them to a sick friend in the hospital, for a shower or any other occasion.

This little stove is a real antique, not a reproduction. A friend closed out their farm house and sold it to me. My husband spent a month of his spare time rebuilding it so it really works. He had to cut metal pieces for the inside since a lot of it was burned through. When the weather is very cold we can build a small fire in it so it warms this back porch area just enough to keep things from freezing. The washing machine is out there and this is good for protecting that as well.

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