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Tiznow
Jun 2, 2017 11:50 AM CST
I have a question on the snake plant. I am a male, 67 years old. I enjoy plants. There was a funeral years ago and afterwards they gave the plants away to people they thought would care for them. I got one. It had a number of plants in one pot. Eventually I ended up with just a snake plant. I repotted it and it had been in that pot for many years. This year I decided to repot it. I watched a number of Y-tube videos on the subject and then went about repotting it. It easily separated into four different plants. So now I have four of them. They are out on my porch now and in the winter they will be indoors. The porch gets a little sunlight in the morning. They were all great at first but now three of the four are starting to lean. Other snake plants I see around town are always reaching straight up for the sky. Can you tell me how to deal with this? I have been conservative regarding watering them.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jun 2, 2017 12:09 PM CST
To me, it seems to be reaching out for more light. That particular one as I have seen it elsewhere can take full sun if already acclimated to the weather.

Can you move it further out to get more light?
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WillC
Jun 2, 2017 2:15 PM CST
This is a plant that prefers to be moderately potbound. When it is not, it has a tendency to lean, as you described.I would have recommended leaving the four plants together so they would support each other, but too late for that. Provide as much sunlight as possible so their root sytems develop faster. Allow the top half of the soil to get very dry in between waterings. Add enough water so that they reach that level of dryness every 7-10 days.
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 2, 2017 8:46 PM CST
I agree They prefer to grow in a clump rather than as individuals. You could put a stake in the pot and tie it up until it grows some friends to keep it straight.
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Tiznow
Jun 3, 2017 9:54 PM CST
Thank You! Thank you much for the advice. I will try the stake and dry it out each time before I water it. I read up on it lately and learned its positive characteristics and its strange characteristics. The fact that it likes to be dry and crowded seems illogical.
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 3, 2017 10:13 PM CST
nodding Yep, tell that to your plant, though. Plants adapt to their native conditions in a lot of weird ways. I have a neighbor who has a whole "hedge" (really a border) of snake plants, some of them are 4ft. tall. It's really pretty, completely easy care and the weeds don't stand a chance because the snake plants grow so close together.
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