Houseplants forum: My Snake plant/Sansevieria problem

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Mar 18, 2019 6:17 AM CST
So i have had same snake plant for many years. haven't changed anything.
I have always quite randomly taken care of and watered it, and it has been fine. It even produced new plants in the pot. So clearly it has been sort of happy at least.

But now, something is happening.

First i noticed some leaves were not so stable, falling. Didn't first think it is anything special, just supported them, because they looked healthy, green. But later i noticed that even the leaves looked healthy green, actually the bottom part of leaves was whittered, dried. It has happened gradually to many leaves.

So i'm puzzled, too much water? Too less water? Something else? I've got couple of photos attached here.
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Mar 18, 2019 9:49 AM CST
Mine do this when I overwater, especially in the winter time. I'd back off and water every 20ish days until spring.
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Mar 18, 2019 12:16 PM CST
Both under and over watering can cause wilting or saggy leaves. In general Sansevierias will not be in very active growth during winter so will normally not need as much water. On the other hand yours looks very dry.
It's normal for some leaves or rosettes to gradually decline due to aging, but your plant looks like it has several very dry leaves.
Also what is it planted in? Does that container have drainage holes? You should be watering thoroughly until the water comes out of the bottom then discarding any excess. Then water again when the top couple of inches of compost feels dry.
Can you post a photo of the whole plant?
Sansevieria are tough plants but over time with incorrect treatment they will suffer.
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Mar 18, 2019 3:13 PM CST
Another possibility, old leaves do die of old age.
Mar 19, 2019 5:59 AM CST
Hello, you every nice people replied in here :)

So, first of all, i took photo of the whole plant.
Was little bit tricky with such a tall plant.
I attached the photo down there.

The pot i use. I'm not sure how those are called. (i'd like
to know the term, if someone knows, please Smiling )
It has sort of water container inside bottom of the pot,
which you fill from top, the fill hole seen in one of the photos.
So there's no exactly drainage holes.

BUT, i misuse the pot. I don't use the container, i just
pour some water on the soil. So i suppose, if i overwater,
the excess water goes into the container. But i'm pretty
sure, i've never watered so much that the water would have
reached the bottom part of the pot.

Could this kind of pot / usage of the pot be bad for the plant?

I tried the soil, and it felt quite dry.

But i also noticed one leaf of the biggest plant is bit pale.
I think that one is going to wither sooner or later as well.
It is visible on the photo too, the most right-hand side leaf.
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Mar 19, 2019 10:59 AM CST
I would observe it some more, do more watering intervals if ambient conditions seems cooler still.

I try to avoid self watering containers with any succulents. It is good for the more tropical plants, but not with succulents that wants faster dry out time at root zone.
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Mar 19, 2019 12:26 PM CST
Shakti I would take it out of that pot. Put it into a terracotta or plastic pot with a drainage saucer underneath so that you can control the watering much easier.
It's a lovely plant.
Mar 20, 2019 12:10 PM CST
Okay, thanks for the advices :)


I'll keep on observing, and testing with the watering.

And the pot, i'd like to try to change it but currently i don't have right size of pots. Found couple of plastic ones with drainage but little bit too large for my windows sill. That black pot is perfect in size but i'll try to get another more suitable one :)
Name: Heather
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Mar 21, 2019 8:38 AM CST
If you're not watering until water runs from the bottom of the plant your soil will build up salt and minerals that become toxic to your plant. Watering until the water flows from the drainage holes flushes out this build up.

Snake plants grow from rosettes, when watering try to prevent getting water into these rosettes, the trapped water can and will cause the stalks to rot.

Also if it has been in it's pot for awhile, it is possible that the plant may be root bound and not have much soil left. This causes the plant to dry out quickly after watering and can starve individual stalks of water and nutrients. I recently turned my snake plant into 3 plants for this very reason, previously it was moved to a larger pot last spring. Snake plants readily send up "babies" and can fill a pot with roots rather quickly.

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Mar 29, 2019 3:07 PM CST
I'm quite starter still on room plants knowledge,
so that's interesting, thanks for the reply too :)

Huge amount of roots in that pic! Though seems like
there's also some more plants than i do have :)

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Mar 31, 2019 8:39 AM CST
Shakti, does the black pot have a reservoir tray that can be pried off?
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