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CeliRuiz
Nov 4, 2017 9:05 PM CST
When I got my snake plants from an anonymous person they were in some mason jars and only water. Both had there roots and looked fine. Then I read more about them and knew they aren't supposed to be in just water but in soil. Anyways I repotted them in potting soil and they kept turning brown on some sides and drooping. I thought I was over watering and the soil would not dry fast so I stopped watering. Now they don't have there normals roots and come out of the soil by just pulling on them. I found out cactus soil was better for them so I repotted them asap!. Now I only water them when they are 2 inches dry from the top. One of my snake plants seems to be better then it used to but the other one keeps on turning brown and crisp on the sides and the little baby leaves have all died. What am I doing wrong please help!!!
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Paul2032
Nov 4, 2017 9:51 PM CST
I remember hearing once that the roots that form in water are different from ones which grow in soil or a potting mix. Your plant may be trying to grow different roots......
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Christine
Nov 5, 2017 6:41 AM CST
I would cut off 1/2 " from the bottoms, let them harden off for a few days and then plant in a good potting soil & perlite, I always use 50/50
Paul is right, I've heard the same thing and that applies to other plants as well
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WillC
Nov 5, 2017 2:53 PM CST
The cell structure of roots that are grown in water is different from cell structure of roots grown in damp soil. It is possible for the water grown roots to make the transition to the soil, but it is a delicate process and not easy. The watering has to be nearly perfect while the roots are making the transition. There is little margin for error. Older Snake Plants do well if the roots are deprived of water but recently propagated Snakes cannot withstand either drought or constant moisture. It is a delicate balance.

I suggest using the potting mix that Christine recommended and use a very small pot to reduce the possibility of the soil staying too moist for too long.

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CeliRuiz
Nov 6, 2017 1:34 AM CST
Thanks guys I will do that and see if it works for them!! I'm guessing cutting off 1/2 of the bottom of the plant? It won't kill my plants since its the root right? I thought these plants needed the soil since I researched and I saw no snake plants in just water. Does this mean maybe water it more or keep on letting the soil dry up a bit. You know research says these are the easiest plant to grow but in reality for me they have been the hardest!! Thank You! Crying Crossing Fingers!
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Christine
Nov 6, 2017 7:33 AM CST
Snake plants will rot if the soil is to wet, less is more when it comes to watering them, sometimes I just mist the soil so as not to over water. After your pieces have calloused over bury only 1/2" into the soil and water slightly, it will take a while for it to develop roots but I'm sure it will be fine, and do as Will advised, use a smaller pot Thumbs up

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