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Question: I have a snake plant in my sunroom. I have it in the container I bought it in, but I put that into a decorative container. Around christmas one of the kids poured a lot of water into said container--so the snake plant sat in this for a long time. The spikes (leaves, stalks whatever they're called) pulled right out. I righted them and tied them together for stability, pushing them all down as far as I could. They look healthy--is it possible they re-rooted? What more can I do for them?

Answer: Overwatering, or allowing the roots sit in water for extended periods of time, can actually suffocate the roots due to lack of oxygen. You may have fixed the problem in time to save the plant (these are really, really, tough plants - that's why they're sometimes called cast-iron plants). It is possible they re-rooted. In fact, if they still look healthy 6 months after their near drowning, I suspect they have re-rooted. There's not much else you need to do for them. They are slow growing so it may be another few months before you see signs of new shoots from the crown of the plant, or new growth on the leaves. I'd just continue to give them good care and wait to see what happens.

Best wishes with your plants!

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