Houseplants forum: New to gardening- what is this plant and why is it dying? :(

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Deepargh
Mar 19, 2019 10:44 AM CST
Hey guys!!
I'm very new to getting houseplants and caring for them, so I'm not sure what the best way to care for them is.

Unfortunately I'm not sure what this plant is called as I just bought it from a supermarket!
I've been watering my plant every 4-5 days so as not to drown it because it's winter but it's withering away and dying!
I'm just not sure what I'm doing wrong Confused

Any help will be much appreciated, thank you in advance! 😁
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Mar 19, 2019 10:55 AM CST
Hi Deepargh, Welcome! Your plant is a variety of Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) One for comparison is Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata 'Black Gold')



I think your plant is probably root bound, at least from the photo it appears to be quite large for the container it's planted in. One issue with watering every 4-5 days is that the container doesn't appear to have drainage holes in the bottom and the roots of the plant may be saturated to the point of rotting. Sansevieria are succulent like plants and they are fairly drought tolerant. I'm sure others who grow these interesting plants will be along soon to offer advice and suggestions.
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gasrocks
Mar 19, 2019 11:09 AM CST
Lin is right as usual. Put it into a bit larger pot with drainage. Sand/soil mix. Give it more light.

Deepargh
Mar 19, 2019 3:23 PM CST
Thank you so much for your help everyone! When I bought the plant about a month ago it was healthy and alive and was still in the same pot.
I just can't believe that it started dying so quickly.
I'll transfer it to a bigger pot, is it possible for the plant to be a potted plant or is that not recommended?

Thanks again!
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KelliW
Mar 19, 2019 3:36 PM CST
I have one of these I've had around for almost 4 years now, and I've probably watered it three times ever. Even with the heat of the summer! I've also left it in a windowless bathroom for months. I've never changed the original pot it came in either, its made tons of babies in the same pot.
Maybe just ignore it! Hilarious!
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gasrocks
Mar 19, 2019 4:17 PM CST
There is a separate thread in the houseplant section on just Sansevieria. Might want to read some of it.

Deepargh
Mar 19, 2019 5:08 PM CST
KelliW said:I have one of these I've had around for almost 4 years now, and I've probably watered it three times ever. Even with the heat of the summer! I've also left it in a windowless bathroom for months. I've never changed the original pot it came in either, its made tons of babies in the same pot.
Maybe just ignore it! Hilarious!


This is something I can definitely do nodding just feel bad for the little guy haha! Feel like I'm neglecting a pet or something Hilarious!

Deepargh
Mar 19, 2019 5:09 PM CST
gasrocks said:There is a separate thread in the houseplant section on just Sansevieria. Might want to read some of it.


Fantastic, thanks so much for your help Gene, I'll have a look for the thread Smiling
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tarev
Mar 20, 2019 12:04 PM CST
It can certainly do a size bigger container, but make sure it has drain holes and use well draining soil. Also remember glazed containers will hold water longer. It is okay to use, but have to observe good watering intervals and get excess water flushed out properly. Your plant still has good potential of recovery.

Good luck!

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