How to support floppy mother in law leaves?

by Bobbieterry

Many leaves flop downward instead of standing upright. Please help establish support system.

  18 answers
  • Suzette Suzette on Oct 07, 2018

    Hi Bdt, I don't think they should be drooping. Here's a link that may help:

    Good luck!

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Oct 08, 2018

    It looks like your mother-in-law might be getting too much water. It's a succulent so too much water will cause the leaves to droop . make sure the soil is almost completely dry before thoroughly watering again and it only needs water every 2-6 weeks depending on how warm your home is. Hope she comes right

  • Craft Invaders Craft Invaders on Oct 08, 2018

    I've never seen a droopy Moth in law tongue plant either - I think Michelle is right - too much water, they thrive on neglect :)

  • S S on Oct 08, 2018

    I am going to suggest to low lighting might be an issue, as well. If it spends all its time in, from the photo, an interior location, the low light level coupled with too much water will cause this to happen. In the meanwhile, while you adjust water and light, find something long and strong, stab it in the pot and tie the the plant up. You can try for an obvious support look, say raffia bow or use the thinnest gold thread. If it is really floppy, you might need two bands.

    alternatively, cut it all off, put it in brighter light, be patient and let it dry out, water it only when the soil feels dry, and it will sprout away. It has a true desire to grow, and it will!

  • Pam Finch Jacobs Pam Finch Jacobs on Oct 08, 2018

    Too much water and it need to be in a larger pot.

  • Judy Judy on Oct 08, 2018

    I had received one of these as a gift in a planter in 1979. It grew to 4 foot tall and a lot of the leaves that were older would lean more outwards. The newer ones would just stick straight up. The watering is the key. Let dry completely and then water well. I finally had to cut it up and grow new plants as it was getting too big to keep in my dining room. Sentimental value made me nervous about chopping up, but it worked and now I have 4 new plants and have given several away.

  • Chris Gignac Chris Gignac on Oct 08, 2018

    Yes I would agree too much water. I believe also you have way too much dirt in your pot. You should fill that pot about 3/4 of the way full with the plant in it. Be sure to use a cactus mix for better drainage.

  • Sandra N Leon Rollins Sandra N Leon Rollins on Oct 08, 2018

    Mother-in-law's Tongue thrives in strong sunlight and drier soil. If you want to support the leaves, use green plastic plant stakes and/or purchase a plant support cage similar to a tomato plant cage but shorter! Last year my large pot began to "droop" around the edges - it was time to divide! I began by breaking and cutting the roots apart. This year I have three five-gallon buckets of plants; two of them stand tall while the 3rd is full of the healthy droopy leaves which looks kind of exotic in the garden. Good luck and enjoy propagating new plants to share with friends!

  • Sono Arima Sono Arima on Oct 08, 2018

    This Works! : This is what I've done to all my droopy plants and over time it corrects the problem: pull the leaves to an up right position and tie a string around them in ponytail style, just make sure the string is not too tight nor too loose. Correctly place and care for the plant as prescribed, wait a month or so then check to see if the leaves stand up on their own, if not re-tie and wait and check every other week or so. This Works!!

  • Cheryl Richards Cheryl Richards on Oct 08, 2018

    agree with too much water and need light from above the plant for it to “reach” for

  • Karen Cox Karen Cox on Oct 08, 2018

    I use rubber bands to attach them to stronger leaves, once they are strong I take them off. I also need to transplant and I may be over watering.

  • Karen Schrantz Karen Schrantz on Oct 08, 2018

    I have a mother in law that is almost 40 years old. Of corse it has been repotted & seperated several times through the years. I use a quality potting soil & mix it with sand ( 2 parts soil, 1 part sand ) . It is important to use an oversixed pot & only fill it 2/3 full. The pot will hold them up straight.

  • Mic21145843 Mic21145843 on Oct 08, 2018

    It's a mother in law plant. You need a larger pot, plant a little deeper.

  • Eunice Nettles-Piggott Eunice Nettles-Piggott on Oct 08, 2018

    Use a tomato cage , or three bambo sticks and tie with string .

  • Diane Coverdale Diane Coverdale on Oct 09, 2018

    Check to see if it isn't root bound. If yes, you'll need to transplant it. Do you have a drain hole in the pot to allow for the water to drain?

  • Yucca wren Yucca wren on Oct 15, 2018

    I was also having droopy leaves. I moved my plants to my west-facing screen porch (I live in southern New Mexico) and they are thriving. Another thing I discovered is that you can cut off one of the droopy leaves, stick it in a new pot, water some, and wait. It will root and give me a new plant! Good luck,.

  • Kimberly Kimberly on Mar 07, 2019

    were would you cut off dropped leaves