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Jul 5, 2021 2:32 PM CST
Moosomin, Saskatchewan, Canada
Hi, my snake plant is turning yellow from the top downwards. It appears to be the larger/older leaves. The new shoots and smaller leaves seem healthy. I recently repotted it into a pot 2" larger then the previous pot with well draining cactus soil and only water once the top 1-2" of soil are completely dry. Why is my plant yellowing?
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Jul 5, 2021 3:06 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
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I see new growth coming so that's cool. But does the new pot have drainage holes?
Snake plants in my opinion like it on the dry side.
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Jul 5, 2021 4:01 PM CST
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Hi Cathymr, Welcome!

Does the purple pot that your Dracaena is growing in have drainage holes at the bottom? If not, I it's likely an issue with too much water retention at root level. There needs to be good aeration and drainage at root level or the roots will suffocate and die.
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Jul 5, 2021 5:55 PM CST
Moosomin, Saskatchewan, Canada
Yes the pot that it is in has several large drainage holes.
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Jul 5, 2021 7:02 PM CST
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I have one doing this after a repot too. I'm just assuming since they're old leaves, it's coincidental and nothing to worry about.
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Jul 5, 2021 7:42 PM CST
Moosomin, Saskatchewan, Canada
I'm hoping that the stress of repotting is the cause as well with my plant. Should I cut the yellowing leaves off at the base or just leave them?
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Jul 5, 2021 7:45 PM CST
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I'm just going to leave mine until they die completely.
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Jul 5, 2021 8:58 PM CST
Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
There is always some adjustment when greenhouse becomes your house, lol. Dry tips are probably just a sunlight adjustment to indoor conditions- which are always full shade because there is always a roof, and low humidity if you have AC oN in summer.
These plants are so tough the best thing you can do, especially welcoming a new one indoors is ignore them. Mother in law tounge is a name for a reason. They will accommodate to indoor conditions. Water every 4-6 weeks in summer, treat it like a hateful ( word deleted to protect delicate sensibilities) and it will thrive.
Give it good light and let it dry... like 3 mos without water. mine is Gigantic, blooming beautifully, And my only advice is maximize sunlight and never (rarely) water. I literally water 4 times each summer and 2x each winter. It should dry to bone,
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Jul 5, 2021 9:02 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
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Turbosaurus, there is not need for that.
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Jul 5, 2021 9:03 PM CST
Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
Be patient, let it dry, dont repot.
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Jul 5, 2021 9:07 PM CST
Name: Paula Benyei
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Apologies to Bill! .so sorry to offended uninvolved parties By explaining the origin of the term. It was never my intention to shock anyone into 2021 who doesn't want to be here.
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Jul 5, 2021 9:17 PM CST
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Hilarious!
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Jul 5, 2021 9:48 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
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Just scroll down about the rules of posting here.

I am not shocked it's just that rules are rules.
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Jul 5, 2021 9:55 PM CST
Moosomin, Saskatchewan, Canada
Thank you turbosaurus for your insight, I have certainly been over watering! I will increase sunlight and neglect it more!
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Jul 5, 2021 10:41 PM CST
Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
In what way have I not accommodated the rules, Bill. quote="Turbosaurus"]Apologies to Bill! .so sorry to offended uninvolved parties By explaining the origin of the term. It was never my intention to shock anyone into 2021 who doesn't want to be here. [/quote]
If you have an issue, please contact me via PM so the other participants ate not further embarrassed by your demands
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Jul 6, 2021 5:47 AM CST
Name: Omie
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Where's Rhett Butler when you need him?

If it were my snake plant I'd let the yellowing (older) leaves gets about 1/3 yellow and then cut them off at the base. I cut off one big leaf from mine last month because it had a little rust spot that was getting bigger slowly, and becoming a 1/4" hole. I didn't want that to spread so out of caution I cut off the whole leaf as far down near the base as I could.
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Jul 10, 2021 12:12 PM CST
Name: Nancy
North Dakota (Zone 4a)
Snake plants like to be root bound. I transplanted a very huge plant into a larger pot and similar things happened to its older leaves. It took some time for it to get used to its new feet so have patience.

(By the way, Bill is simply stating the rules and he hardly made any "demands" to be embarrassed by. That comment was unnecessary and condescending.) Sad
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Jul 10, 2021 12:16 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
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Plus everyone knows both the definition and origin of the term. It did not require an explanation by you.
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