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Sadsnakeplantmom
Jun 9, 2020 10:28 AM CST
Hi! My snake plant seems to be dying :(

One of its leaves is completely bent over now and the same thing happened a few weeks ago with another leaf - is it getting too tall/am I supposed to be giving it some structural support??

Thank you
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oneeyeluke
Jun 13, 2020 1:00 AM CST
You are over watering, or your soil doesn't have enough drainage. The snake is starting to rot at the base of the plant and thats why its falling over.
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Sadsnakeplantmom
Jun 13, 2020 6:49 AM CST
Oh okay will it be fine if I stop watering for a bit or do I need to change it's soil? Thanks so much for your reply!
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Galathiel
Jun 13, 2020 7:26 AM CST
Sansevieria do not like to be overwatered, especially when in low light. Right now, your plant has barely enough light to stay alive it looks like. It probably doesn't need watering very often at all. Eventually, they can fall apart if they get very little light for a long period of time. It may only need watering about once a month if that location is as dim as it looks and may only need enough water to wet the soil down three or four inches. I have a laurentii (like yours) in my bathroom on the floor. Although there is a large west window that lets in a lot of afternoon light, the plant is probably 8 feet from the window so I consider it low light and only water it when the pot is completely dry (I also repotted it into terra cotta that allows more air flow to help dry it out and not let it stay wet so long). It is surviving, but I would hardly say it's thriving since it hasn't put on any new growth. It hasn't lost any either so I guess that's something.. I feel sorry for it sometimes, but have no other spot to move it to at the moment.
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kniphofia
Jun 13, 2020 7:35 AM CST
Sansevieria are very tough plants, but the one thing they can't tolerate is overwatering.

They will survive in lower light positions but really do much better with bright indirect sunlight.

I think the first thing you need to address is does your pot have drainage holes? If not you need to get the plant out of that one. They need an open, gritty compost which drains freely. When watering give the plant a good watering so that water runs through the drainage holes. After that wait until the top couple of inches of compost feels dry before you water again.
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Sadsnakeplantmom
Jun 13, 2020 8:24 AM CST
Thank you! It has rocks at the bottom of the pot for drainage but no drainage holes - do you think it'll be okay if I don't switch it for now? If I just let the soil dry? Or should I move it? Thanks so much
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kniphofia
Jun 13, 2020 10:35 PM CST
I would remove it from that pots asap. You can put it into another pot which will fit inside your more decorative pot if you wish to keep it in there. Plants are best left in their nursery pots and put into something which allows drainage. Or to put a saucer underneath.

I feel if it's left it will be prone to root rot. Disturb the rootball as little as possible and remove the section with the leaning/rotting section.

There is a large thread on Sansevieria on the Houseplant forum.

It's a lovely specimen so hope you can save it.

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