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Boston, MA
Jun 15, 2020 8:21 AM CST
I recently got some snake plant cuttings that I wanted to propagate. After reading up online, I decided to pursue the soil method of propagation. Prior to putting my cuttings in soil, I went ahead and let them callus for 3 days. I just checked in on my cuttings (they are placed currently in dry soil in a bright room, but are not getting direct sunlight) and am noticing that one is getting darker from the bottom up while the other cutting is completely darker. Does anyone know if I am doing something wrong? I've attached some photos to help illustrate my description

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Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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Jun 15, 2020 8:36 AM CST
Try using distilled water only for rooting your snake plant. Put the end of the leaf in just enough water to cover the bottom part of the plant. Change the water daily and in about 7 to 10 days you should have some roots.

The reason I like rooting in water more, is because you can see the roots grow, where as in soil you can't see them and the roots will rot easier.
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Boston, MA
Jun 15, 2020 9:11 AM CST
Thanks-- is what I have root rot? I'm not sure if I need to cut the plants again (if I can get a big enough piece).
Name: Sue Taylor
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Jun 15, 2020 9:16 AM CST
I think they're rotting. Cut back to a clean part and put them in very open gritty compost, or water if you want to go down Luke's route.

With section cuttings it's also very important to orient the cuttings the right way. If you plant the "top" part downwards they won't be a success.

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