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Name: Office planters Heflin
Kokomo, Indiana
Apr 15, 2017 6:20 PM CST
I've had my snake plant a year. When I would water it, the water ran straight through and the soil was half an inch down from where it started. So I googled and Google said it might be root bound. So I re-potted. But when I did the snake plant only had one big root, one medium root and just a few tiny ones. What did I do wrong that my snake plant has grown any roots?
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Apr 15, 2017 7:42 PM CST
It's one of those plants that takes in nutrients through the leaves from the air. So it really doesn't need a whole lot of roots, just enough to hold it upright. It's good to have it fairly root-bound in a pot since this will help it to stand up.

You could try spraying the leaves with water maybe once a week, and once in a while put a tiny amount of soluble fertilizer in the spray water. This will encourage it to put up both new leaves and more roots.

They grow here as landscape plants, so they do like humidity and will tolerate a lot of water as long as the drainage in the pot is good. In winter it goes weeks without any rain, but in summer it rains almost every day and really pours.

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