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New York
Dec 1, 2019 10:58 PM CST
I bought this from Home Depot about a week ago and noticed this leaf was a little off but it has progressively gotten worse.

It's mushy song the edge. What Is it? What should I do? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Name: Sue Taylor
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Dec 1, 2019 11:49 PM CST
It could be cold damage. Wet and cold is a bad combination for Sansevierias at this time of year.
Keep it fairly warm and dry for the next few weeks. You will most likely lose the affected leaves.
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Dec 2, 2019 2:46 AM CST
On the second photo you will notice the soil pulled away from the container and there is a gap. That is a indication that you are not watering enough to make the soil fully expand. Water around the inside edge of the pot to keep the leaves dry, and then allow the pot to drain freely.
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New York
Dec 2, 2019 9:07 AM CST
Thanks guys. So I will water it and place it closer to a heat source. The reason I don't water it enough is because I'm afraid to overwater. So I check the soil every day and it feels damp to me. Maybe it's just a sticky soul type? I love this plant so much!
Name: Jayce
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Dec 2, 2019 10:36 AM CST
From personal exp. Snake Plants do not need alot of water or light. And to be honest your soil for this plant looks extremely! wet.
Name: tarev
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Dec 2, 2019 12:19 PM CST
The media looks too dense. Got to do longer watering intervals for it. Your plant is still acclimating from the transfer to your area and from the cold temps it got as you transported it to your home. Give it time to adjust.

Continue your watering intervals. Better to keep it drier at this time of the year. You can use bamboo skewers to test the soil. Poke the soil, if stick comes out wet, continue to delay watering.

I keep my Sans drier at this time of the year. Sans are quite slow growing plants, so reaction time to changes is also slow, so got to be very patient with it.
Name: Will Creed
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Dec 3, 2019 10:59 AM CST
Don't overreact to a single leaf dying back. That will happen from time-to-time. If you start to lose more leaves soon then it is probably a watering issue, as others have pointed out. Just don't try to fix something that may not be broken.
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