"saving" A Plant With Root Rot - Knowledgebase Question

Forest Hills, NY
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Question by nagababian6
November 3, 2000
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 from NGA
November 3, 2000
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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