Hello everyone, I'm hoping someone may be able to help me with a problem plant please that I have just inherited from a deceased relative.
I should begin by saying I know nothing at all about plants, I have been told that is a variety of the Mother-in-Law's Tongue plant but every picture that I see on the internet seem to be of individual leaves growing
from the base of the plant where mine is more like a very long tube of leaves that follow the malformation so i’m not sure.
I’ve always known of this plant in the house when I visited my uncle, it was a talking point obviously! and now its mine, scary thought, and it has been badly neglected for at least 25 years. It used to be straight, and about 7 years ago was half the size it is now. It has had a bit of a mad growth spurt in the intervening years. It did flower
once about 15 years ago when I was a kid and the flowers
matched those that are on the net for M-I-L plants.
It’s actually growing
at an almost 45 degree angle now, and then bends back over itself with two more curves until the tip points vertically upwards. The problem is (apart from the obvious already stated!) that it is very unstable and i’m scared its going to snap at the root base if I don’t do something soon. I’ve uploaded some pictures as I’m probably not explaining all this very well.
It has lived as long as I can remember on a windowsill facing the sun and I’ve put it in a similar situation. I moved it for the photo, it doesn't normally live on a kitchen worktop, it has to be propped against a wall for support or it will snap under its own weight. I think thats how it became bent as it hit the wall and it began to grow upwards last summer.
It would be far too tall if I staked it straight so I will need to cut it down if that’s at all possible but I have no idea how to do this. I really don't want to kill it.
Searching for information led me to a few sites on the internet and I've posted out a few appeals for help. If anyone could help with advice on what I can do to improve the poor things situation I’d be very grateful. Thank you in advance.