The Q&A Archives: "saving" A Plant With Root Rot

Question: My snake plant (very large - 2-3' high) has unfortunately been overwatered (by me) and I have uncovered a severe case of root rot. I dumped the soggy, rotted root ball and planted the fronds and remaining (very moist) root base in dry soil. Will that bring the plant's root system back?

Answer: If the base of the plant is mushy it is probably too rotten to survive. It is, however, possible to root cuttings taken from the leaves by cutting off a tip and setting the cut end an inch or so down into a barely damp soil mix. In time, it should develop into a new plant for you.

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