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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
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JB
Apr 27, 2017 12:41 PM CST
How do you trim back snake plants? I have two that I will have to poke holes in the ceiling if they keep growing. Please either send me a link or tell me what you do. Thanks In advance.
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plantladylin
Apr 27, 2017 1:00 PM CST
JB, I've seen some tall Snake Plants (Sansevieria) but never one as tall as yours souds! You can cut the leaves off, let them dry and root them but then you'd have a rather strange looking, sheared mama plant. I hope you will consider uploading a photo or two to the database before you chop her back! Smiling
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Apr 28, 2017 8:40 AM CST
Yes, please share a pic of that!
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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Apr 28, 2017 11:02 AM CST
You will have to enlarge the picture and scroll down. I could not get it all on the picture. Sorry. There are two smaller ones on the big long one. I am not sure where to cut her off. How long do you leave it seal before planting?


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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 28, 2017 11:08 AM CST
Hi JB, you can certainly cut it but be aware, it will not grow taller at the cut off point, so it will be a decision at what level you will keep it.

You can replant the cut part, typically callus it, just watch the fresh end dry off, dab some light cinnamon if you want as fungicide, and just lay down on top of the soil or a new container with new soil and stick it there.
Name: Ed
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herrwood
Apr 30, 2017 6:14 AM CST
tarev said:
You can replant the cut part, typically callus it, just watch the fresh end dry off, dab some light cinnamon if you want as fungicide, and just lay down on top of the soil or a new container with new soil and stick it there.


Tarve, The cinnamon you use for a fungicide is that what you would buy at a supermarket ?
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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Apr 30, 2017 8:55 AM CST
tarev said:Hi JB, you can certainly cut it but be aware, it will not grow taller at the cut off point, so it will be a decision at what level you will keep it.

You can replant the cut part, typically callus it, just watch the fresh end dry off, dab some light cinnamon if you want as fungicide, and just lay down on top of the soil or a new container with new soil and stick it there.


Thanks Tarev. I doubt I will bother saving the cuttings since I am not a fan of snake plants. I had these and a few others given to me and I honestly find them kind of boring. This one is so happy I am not sure what I am doing to keep it that way. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Apr 30, 2017 9:11 AM CST
herrwood said: The cinnamon you use for a fungicide is that what you would buy at a supermarket ?


That's what I use, the least expensive ground cinnamon that I can find at the grocery store. I keep a container of it with my gardening supplies, specifically to use for my plants.

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purpleinopp
Apr 30, 2017 10:03 AM CST
I thought my snake plant was boring for the first 15 yrs or so, until it produced a bloom. One sniff & I was & will always be a huge fan. If not for the scent, I would have never known about the bloom. The way it was situated, it was behind a leaf against a wall, so I had to turn it to find it, which I did because I was trying to figure out why my bedroom suddenly smelled so good. LOL! Not that it had a foul odor before that, hopefully no odor at all, but suddenly it was noticeably floral! As far as my experience with house plants that can perfume a room goes, snake plants are on my list.
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Name: Fiat
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fiat
Apr 30, 2017 12:51 PM CST
May be it seems boring to some people... to me snake plants give me good air to breathe especially at night when I am sleeping. To me they grow, feed my eyes wonderful artistic leaf form, and release precious oxygen in my house. For all that I wouldn't say they are boring... and may be, just may be I'll be able to wait long time for their flowers coming. Just my 2c.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 30, 2017 4:23 PM CST
Hi Ed, yes as Lin said just that cinnamon in the supermarket. I also use it to derail the conga line of some ants Big Grin

Sansevieria has different cultivars, so before I only got the typical sword-like leaves which are really common. But I came across other types, really interesting shape and growth habit so I am liking them even more! But I don't keep a lot, since I grow other succulents as well. I just like the Sans since they ably survive indoors without much fuss.
Name: Ed
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herrwood
Apr 30, 2017 4:35 PM CST
Tarve/Lin thanks for the info on the cinnamon, its on my shopping list.

Reading this thread has me interest in this plant and while looking at the database I found one called sansevieria cylindrica which seems to fit its name looks more like a snake.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 30, 2017 4:54 PM CST
Ed, these are my other Sans: Sans are such low light plants, but they do seek it, so my plants grow in an awkward direction. It does make its own statement. Big Grin

Sansevieria francisii
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Sansevieria cylindrica patula- I used to have this by our sink, but it is getting too long and pointy, so have moved it further indoors, still gets some glimmer of west sun and some light from the very distant north windows:
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I will be doing some repot tomorrow, they are getting too top heavy, just going to use a bit heavier container. It would be interesting to see the condition of the roots.
Name: Ed
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herrwood
Apr 30, 2017 5:15 PM CST
Tarve, nice plants the one by the sink the Sansevieria cylindrica patula is similar what I was looking at in the database. Could be my next purchase.
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plantladylin
Apr 30, 2017 6:30 PM CST
tarev, I really love the looks of your Snake Plant (Sansevieria francisii). I've never been a huge Sansevieria fan; I like the small birds nest types because they don't seem to grow very fast.

Snake Plant (Sansevieria hyacinthoides) is listed as a Category II non-native invasive here in Florida; http://lee.ifas.ufl.edu/Hort/G... but Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) is the most common type I've seen and it has a tendency to take over too. I remember seeing someones yard covered in them years ago.



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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
May 3, 2017 10:18 AM CST
purpleinopp said:I thought my snake plant was boring for the first 15 yrs or so, until it produced a bloom. One sniff & I was & will always be a huge fan. If not for the scent, I would have never known about the bloom. The way it was situated, it was behind a leaf against a wall, so I had to turn it to find it, which I did because I was trying to figure out why my bedroom suddenly smelled so good. LOL! Not that it had a foul odor before that, hopefully no odor at all, but suddenly it was noticeably floral! As far as my experience with house plants that can perfume a room goes, snake plants are on my list.


Oh my, I had no idea they ever bloomed. I have never seen one bloom. Thanks for the information. I now have some research to do to see if I have one that may make my house smell good. Thumbs up
Name: tarev
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tarev
May 3, 2017 12:12 PM CST
Repotted some S. cylindrica yesterday, hubby wanted to bring the one in the white container to his work, and I have one to be given to my good neighbor. I am going to keep the one with two stalks in the container. Big Grin

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Stush2019
May 11, 2017 11:33 AM CST
JB, It is rare for your snake plant to grow over 4 feet. It looks to be Sansevieria trifasciata, the mother plant to all cultivars of the trifasciata clan. I have one called Sans. tri. Futura which stays about 14 inches tall and grows many leaves. I have the colorful one called 'Asahi', which I think most people love.

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There is a whole group called bird nest sans, Sans. tri. Hahnii, that only get to 6 inches most.

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Check out our other post here.
Name: Ed
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herrwood
May 18, 2017 5:45 PM CST
After reading this thread I decided I needed a snake plant so I got one last week. I have noticed 2 of the tips are becoming yellow to brown. Is there a problem ?

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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
May 18, 2017 6:10 PM CST
To me it indicates overwatering somehow. Is that container with drain holes?

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