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Name: Alli O'Cain
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aocain
Feb 4, 2015 4:25 PM CST
So, My snake plant is very tall now and my pot just can't stop it from toppling over from the weight/height.
I bought a much larger heavier clay pot but I wanted to plant a complimentary plant around it in the pot.any ideas? And do you think the pots way too big?I'm not sure if the sake plant needs tight spaces.. which if so is why I thought another plant would help.

Thank you !

We'll I can't get the upload picture to work.. 😕
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Name: Alli O'Cain
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aocain
Feb 4, 2015 4:28 PM CST
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Yay! Got it to work..
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tarev
Feb 4, 2015 5:26 PM CST
That looks good Alli!

My personal preference, I do not mix snake plants, especially those that are big like that in a container with others, their roots are so rhizomatous and really have such different watering needs than the other houseplants. They look good stand alone. Smiling Btw, that new container has drainage holes right?

Oh I have that similar container, the one with your cacti! Your cacti is so beautiful!! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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plantladylin
Feb 4, 2015 7:52 PM CST
Your Snake Plant is gorgeous! I too am curious if the new container has drainage holes in the bottom. If not, it should just be used as a cache pot to sit another pot inside or it needs drainage holes drilled in the bottom. Snake Plants are succulent/cactus like and require excellent drainage. That being said, I think your snake plant will look great in that new container. If you like the look of something else planted beneath the tall one, you could use smaller succulents/cacti; there's even a low growing Sansevieria (Snake Plant) that would look good if you had enough of them to go around. Smiling Or how about a trailing succulent that would cover the soil and trail over the edges of the pot?
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Name: Alli O'Cain
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aocain
Feb 5, 2015 7:25 PM CST
Ok.. good advice and ideas ... oh yes.. here's my drainage hole does it need more than this.. it is actually a large hole.seems smaller in the pic....now I have to find the saucer..lol
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Tarev, do you mean this cacti? I'm not even sure what it is.. just had a magical day and a lady was moving out of state and needed new homes for a lot of her cacting and succulents and I was a very lucky girl...
Lots of babies...
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Plantladylin.. I have some trailing succulents.. I would have to buy more.. to surround different I do.

Do ya'll think I should clump the leaves of the plant the snake plant close or what's naturally already separated in the pot now should be spread apart from the other piece to fill the pot out and give room to grow it's pretty tightly put together.

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tarev
Feb 5, 2015 8:01 PM CST
Yes Alli! That cacti! Soooooo pretty! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

Snake plants like to be root bound, close together, if it is not naturally separated, I will just leave them be. Again, my preference Smiling

If you can add another hole or two in that container, it would be nice.

Plantomaniac08
Feb 6, 2015 8:19 AM CST
I believe your cactus is a form of Euphorbia, which is actually a succulent. I'm not good with names though, so I'm not sure which Euphorbia you have there. But, it's beautiful for sure!

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purpleinopp
Feb 7, 2015 7:53 AM CST
Let's please put this "likes to be rootbound" myth out of its' misery!

No plant likes to be rootbound. What they like is for their roots to NOT rot, which can happen so easily in a pot with dense soils, like ground dirt, or bagged mixes of predominantly tiny particles of peat. Having very little soil around the roots makes it difficult for even the most dedicated plant-overwaterers to rot the roots of their plants. This is not ideal, just a way of coping with inappropriate "ingredients" in a pot.

A more porous, chunky soil (like cactus/palm, if one is buying bagged,) can have air in it even when it is moist. Roots need oxygen and moisture at the same time to function. When there are tiny particles of any kind in a pot, such as peat, sand, silt, clay, they filter into all of the tiny spaces in a pot, eliminating the air. "Overwatering" is the label and manifestation when roots have suffocated and/or rotted, combo of both.

There is no one thing folks can put in to make soil better, but removing tiny particles of any type will definitely help. Over time, organic bits decompose into smaller bits, so even the "best" soil, if it has organic components, will need to be replaced when this happens. The speed at which this happens depends on many variables, but on average, about 1-3 years.

When these plants are crowded, the pups have to twist and contort to find a way to get to the surface. When in the ground, the pups don't come up right next to the mama. I put Sans in the ground in spring, back to pots for winter & they grow like crazy. I gave away about 10 boxes of them this fall & kept 2 giant pots.

Contortions from growing in a pot:
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The more spread-out nature of the pups without the constriction of a pot:


The shape of that pot (smaller at the opening) is not good for planting directly into, IMVHO, hard to get plant out later. But, Since they don't mind being cut and torn apart and replanted, Sans would be my choice if I wasn't going to use a cache pot liner and just plant directly into that pot.

Though I have about 60 pots with more than 1 plant, I don't partner anything with Sans. Even if I wasn't moving them around so often, they use all of the space, as the roots pic shows. Also, I think Sans would literally pick a smaller plant up and push it out of the pot, when new Sans pups form under the smaller plant and rise to the surface. That could be cool to watch, if you are expecting it & ready to give the smaller plant a new home when/if that happens. That wouldn't bother me, I love an experiment, but don't happen to have a curiosity about this to try it. I'd just prefer to put Sans in the ground for summer, have less pots to tend, while they make tons of babies/pups!

Let us know what you decide!


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Feb 7, 2015 8:31 AM CST
Hey there. I have been reading along to learn about the Sans. Beautiful plant you have aocain! I agree that I would put more holes in the pot or, if you don't want to risk damaging the pot, at least a good layer of gravel/rocks in the base of the pot before adding the planting medium.

I wonder if you might add a companion plant by burying a small pot of something like Donkey's Tail so that the plant could trail over the edge of the pot while keeping its roots separated from the Sans? Just a thought. Shrug!

@purpleinopp, your information about..."Let's please put this "likes to be root bound" myth out of its' misery!" would make a great article; please consider adding some of that in an 'Article/Idea'.

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Name: Alli O'Cain
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aocain
Feb 7, 2015 9:50 AM CST
Lots of good info.. i think atleast for a while I am goning to use that pot for my snake
it just speaks to me..lolbut Im going to spread out the pieces that are already seperated.. and will be careful.
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tarev
Feb 7, 2015 12:37 PM CST
I would differ somehow in my understanding of the root bound plant. Because I have seen some plants that really grow well in that tight condition. What oftentimes kill them is the overwatering habit and the improper use of media. That is just how I see it. It will depend on what type of plant it is.
Name: Alli O'Cain
Cedar Park ( Austin) Tx (Zone 8b)
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aocain
Feb 14, 2015 6:22 PM CST
Shes repotted and apperently very happy.. its leaning but she does that even though i have stakes .. they arenot thick enough.. but shes growing new shoots.. Yay!!
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Plantomaniac08
Feb 14, 2015 6:37 PM CST
Stush uses tomato cages, that might help you with the leaning. Smiling

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Topazz
Jul 10, 2016 6:54 PM CST
What happens to the remaining leaf after it's been cut. Will it grow back into a point, after the horizontal cut made for the purpose of propagating??

And do far I haven't seen a pic that looks like mine.
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Topazz
Jul 10, 2016 6:56 PM CST
I meant to add that it's dark green edges with lighter green center. No snake design, or yellow. Like most pic online.

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Jul 10, 2016 6:58 PM CST

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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 10, 2016 9:59 PM CST
Hi @Topazz Welcome! Welcome! It looks like what you have is a type of Dracena, maybe Janet Craig not a Snake Plant. The pic is sort of dark but from it's silhouette it's not a Snake Plant. As far as the leaf of a dracena, it will not grow back. Otherwise looks healthy.

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Jul 12, 2016 12:28 PM CST
@Topazz, it looks like it could be this one:
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