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joank
Feb 24, 2018 1:31 PM CST
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These snake plants were given to me. I was told they are over 70 yrs old! They seem healthy, but as you can see, the leaves are flopping over so much that the pot can tip over if it's moved away from the wall! Do I re-pot them or trim off the leaves? I don't want to harm the plants. Thanks for any advice.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Feb 24, 2018 1:48 PM CST
Hi and welcome to NGA!

Those are awesome! I'd trim the leaves. Won't hurt the plants at all. Also, they both look like they could use larger pots and possibly divide them and share them with your family.
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Christine
Feb 25, 2018 7:29 AM CST
I dont think they are getting enough water, I'd wait til the end of May and re-pot them, (only go 2 sizes up in the pot size), Snake plants like their roots compacted, if you do divide be very careful because I think that it will be one massive root ball, personally I would not divide I'd be afraid of disturbing the root ball, I agree with Anne I'd cut off the falling leaves.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Feb 25, 2018 9:15 AM CST
Snake Plants are tough and in my experience have no problems with being divided at all - I've divided and even trimmed roots with no plant shock that I can see.
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

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Baja_Costero
Feb 25, 2018 9:25 AM CST
The glass pot looks like it has no holes at the bottom, which is generally a risky situation for most succulents unless you are very careful when you water not to leave the roots swimming in a bottle of standing water.
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skits
Feb 25, 2018 11:48 AM CST
My experience with my 45 year old snake plant is nothing can harm it (other than too much water). I do sometimes cut off the floppy leaves. You can sink the cut offs in dirt and they'll likely sprout roots and give you another plant. I put it on the deck in the summer (has fast drainage). In winter indoors it suffers through very little light and little water. The only problem I have with mine is squirrels chomping on it and it getting too large. The one thing that has change over the years is the yellow stripes down the sides are gone. I'm not sure why. I have had it bloom for me a couple times. Sort of orchidy type flowers.
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joank
Feb 25, 2018 12:14 PM CST
Thank you for all your replies, I appreciate them. I will re-pot them in the warm weather and trim the floppy leaves at that time.
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Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Feb 25, 2018 1:35 PM CST
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You like em big ? Get a wider shallow pot.
She'll fill it in for you.
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