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May 8, 2020 8:10 AM CST

I've had a rough time with plants so far. I bought some plants on NASA's list, and I found them very nice to look at and quite interesting. They have been a nightmare to look after! My dracaena varieties have died or wilted from being too wet or too dry, my aloe has done the same and my cacti have got holes in. So all in all, it's going well...

I do have some questions however. I will post links to pictures when I can.

1) I trimmed some wilted areas off my snake plant last night and covered the cuts in cinnamon. Is this correct? How long does it need to stay on for?
2) I'm going to try and see if I can get this Aloe Vera to root. What would be the best way of doing so?
3) My marginata completely died. The roots were a mess, and the leaves had wilted and died a while ago. I've snipped the cane, so I've got three pieces I'm hoping will root. Is this likely to happen? If so, what would be the best way? I cut maybe 4 inches for each 'new' cane, left them to dry for a few hours and put them into some dry soil. What do we think the chances are for this?

Sorry for all the questions!
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May 8, 2020 8:30 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Selecting plants based on their alleged ability to clean the air is not a good idea. Select plants that have light requirements that match the available light in your home locations. If plants don't get proper light, nothing else you do will matter.

You need to determine what caused the Snake Plant sections to wilt in the fits place. It is not a fungus problem so cinnamon isn't necessary.

We need to see a photo of your Aloe cutting.

Marginata cuttings are difficult to propagate. They should not have been left out in the air nor put into dry soil. How successful you are in propagating them depends on the thickness of the cuttings. A photo would help. More importantly, you need to know why the Marginata was dying so you don't repeat the same mistake.
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May 8, 2020 8:33 AM CST

WillC said:Selecting plants based on their alleged ability to clean the air is not a good idea. Select plants that have light requirements that match the available light in your home locations. If plants don't get proper light, nothing else you do will matter.

You need to determine what caused the Snake Plant sections to wilt in the fits place. It is not a fungus problem so cinnamon isn't necessary.

We need to see a photo of your Aloe cutting.

Marginata cuttings are difficult to propagate. They should not have been left out in the air nor put into dry soil. How successful you are in propagating them depends on the thickness of the cuttings. A photo would help. More importantly, you need to know why the Marginata was dying so you don't repeat the same mistake.



Well, what's done is done. So, not much to do unfortunately.

The aloe cutting is in the images above. I will try and get some photos of the marginata. I'd say the thickness of the cuttings is an inch or just over. Wasn't a particularly old plant.
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May 8, 2020 8:38 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Discard the Aloe cutting. It's in such bad condition, I didn't recognize it!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
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May 8, 2020 9:04 AM CST

WillC said:Discard the Aloe cutting. It's in such bad condition, I didn't recognize it!


Ouch. Not worth attempting to even get roots from it?
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May 8, 2020 9:06 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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There is no healthy tissue remaining on it. Why are you so desperate to save it?
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
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