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Rez
Jan 27, 2017 10:38 AM CST
I've planted snake plant stem cuts in large pots and they had no problems with it. They are tolerant of over or under watering to a good extend and can endure not getting abundant light.

However a bird nest snake plant that I've got has already lost two of its leaves (they dried out). I put it near a west facing window but not much has changed. Maybe I'm over watering it (watering thoroughly every week).
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Jan 27, 2017 10:41 AM CST
I have a lot of the smaller ones. It does sound like over watering to me. I am very casual about them, and they respond well to neglect. I water mine maybe every 2 weeks, and it's not a lot of water. They continue pushing out offsets and blooms. Mine are indoors in all types of situations. Many are not even near windows.
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tarev
Jan 27, 2017 11:21 AM CST
Hi Rez, as with your other plants in other threads..you got to adjust/lessen watering frequency. Always remember in winter, light levels are lower. Though we may have heaters indoors for warmth, it is not as optimal levels these succulents really are much happier to grow in. That is why some growers have to augment their lighting with artificial light, or if they have space, they are moved to a greenhouse.

In really tropical areas, where temps are sustained, not going lower than 70F and temps rising to 90F everyday, these plants can take as much rain it can..even flooding actually. But once it is lower than that, especially in winter, it will slow down in growth temporarily, so it has not much need for water. It will have enough moisture in its leaves to sustain it. But they do need some light, after all, they are still doing photosynthesis.

Drying out leaves of succulents can either be over or underwatering..it manifests the same. So knowing it is winter, and you are still watering too often, then it is getting overwatered.
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Philipwonel
Jan 27, 2017 5:34 PM CST
Hi there REZ 😁
It took me a long time to figure out how to not overwater cati and succulents. I dont know how many i drounded. 😭 I learned from brother. This snake plant. I got from him over 20 yrs ago. Maybe someone will give me name of it.
I'll tell you how i did it. Its in east facing window. Gets very little sun in morning throgh the old fashion wood shutters. The rest is dissfused light. She made her 1st baby last year. Which i picked in Dec. Last year and rooted for my great neice Eve who was born on Dec. 24th. Hence her name.😁 Since then, she has 4 babies on her now. The soil i have her in. Is 1 part potting soil mixed with 1 part washed sand.
I only bottom water her. Put her in bigger pot of water for 20 to 30 minutes. Dont let water go on top of soil. Let water wick-up. Brother said best way to prevent problems.
AND !!! Drum roll !!!!
She gets a soaking. Thats what i call "bottom watering". Every six weeks !!! Thats ! Year round ! nodding I treat my potted ones outside. The same ! nodding
The thing with cati or succulents is. That ! When they need water. They will let you know !!! They will start to shrivel. There not dead, they gest want some water. Ownce you figure out how long it takes for them to start to shrivel. Then you will know how often to water them.
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purpleinopp
Jan 28, 2017 5:51 AM CST
Philip, your plant looks like a Gasteria or Gasteraloe. Not a Sansevieria.

I have a few of those, blooms often, pics here:
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Rez, are you able to add a pic of your plant?

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tarev
Jan 30, 2017 10:18 AM CST
I do agree with Tiffany, it seems your plant Philip, is more of a gasteria.
The middle set of leaves on your plant reminds me of the texture of my Gasteria a bit.



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Philipwonel
Mar 3, 2017 12:28 PM CST
My dearly departed brother gave me the plant some 20 yrs ago. He knew the fancy names. I dont. All i remember is, it is a miniature mother-in -law tongue. Shrug!
It has newer bloomed. Probably because it gets just a little morning sun through the wood shutters. Butt !! Shes happy where she is... So im not moving her. Maybe i'll take a baby and try it somewhere else. Thumbs up
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