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Friday, May 26, 2006

Snake Plant Care


Common Name: Snake Plant
Scientific Name: Sansevieria species
Lighting: Moderate to Bright Light
Watering: Low to Moderate

Snake Plant
The Snake plant is the ultimate for those without a green thumb. This house plant is one of the hardest to kill. A Snake plant contains heavy, sword-like leaves which shoot up from the base of the dirt. They will grow in a clump like style. Smaller shoots will eventually grow as well. Another common name for this plant is Mother-In-Law's Tongue.

The Snake plant is said to prefer moderate to bright light, however my experience is you can put it anywhere and it will grow. I had mine in an upstairs room with the blinds shut for weeks and it still was beautiful and it is still growing over 4 years later.

This houseplant prefers to be watered once every 7 - 10 days thoroughly, allowing the soil to dry in between waterings. If the foliage begins to droop, you are probably over watering. On the other hand if the foliages begins to wrinkle or bend over you are not providing enough water. This houseplant prefers to be pot bound, so avoid repotting unless the current pot is too small to keep upright.

On a special note, this houseplant is toxic when eaten. It is one of the many poisonous houseplants, so please keep away from pets and children.

Like I said earlier, this plant is really hard to kill, it's one of the easiest houseplants to grow. View my easy to grow houseplants list for other hardy choices.

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164 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

whats going on if the plant developes white scales??

8:36 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

Scales are sap sucking insects that will attack houseplants. The best way to fight them is catch them early and spray your plant with a soapy dishwater mixture. Basically just mix some water with dish soap and thoroughly cover the plant twice a day for about a week.

Please let me know if you have further questions.

Thanks,
drayas

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is wrong if the leaves rot out at the root?

12:52 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

Most of the time, root rot is caused by overwatering or improper drainage. Try watering your plant less often.

You may want to repot the rest of your plant in new soil to prevent the root rot from spreading to the other leaves.

Thanks,
drayas

9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In your introduction you say: "If the foliage begins to droop, you are probably over watering. On the other hand if the foliages begins to wrinkle or bend over you are not providing enough water."

What is the difference between "begins to droop" and "begins...to bend over?" If drooping is caused by over watering, and "bending over" is caused by under watering, I'm at a loss as to how to correct the problem. Can you clarify please?

11:37 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

Sorry for the confusion. When the plant droops, the whole stalk will become weak and droop over.

Now if stalks are cracking and completely bending over, an actual almost 90 degree bend you are probably not providing the plant with enough water.

Hope that helps.

Thanks,
drayas

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently noticed that my snake plant had several yellowed leaves. So I repotted it in a larger pot with fresh soil. A month later almost all the leaves have turned yellow and I'm scared the plant may die. What is causing the yellowing leaves and how can I save the plant.

10:42 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

Are the leaves standing straight up or are they falling over? Yellowing typically means a watering issue. How often and how much do you usually water the plant?

Also, when you repotted the plant, what did the roots seem like? Were they mushy or more solid? I'm hoping it doesn't have root rot.

Let me know,
drayas

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My snake plant leaves are splitting and spreading out. What can be causing this? Could it be that it is under a forced hot air vent? And when the heat comes on it blows on it.

5:25 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Hello,

Today I adopted a Snake plant; one of my former co-workers left here upon thier departure. I have never owned a plant and I have no clue how to save it. The entire plant is slumped but there are a few piece that I might be able to re-plant can you please HELP! Do I need new soil, what can I take out - leave in????

3:34 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

The splitting is probably because of the heat vent. I had this problem with my Snake plant when we moved to our new house and the vent was the culprit. Be sure the plant is also receiving enough water, that could also cause the splitting.

Please keep me posted.

Thanks,
drayas

8:34 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Melissa,

The Snake plant likes to be pot bound so I wouldn't repot. Try providing it with adequate water and light (see above care information). Also give it some houseplant food as directed on the bottle to give the plant a little extra nutrients.

I have found Snake plants to be extremely tough plants, so I'd have to say it should come back. I tortured mine with little light and water for almost a year and it's still here.

Please keep me posted on progress.

Thanks,
drayas

8:35 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Thank you for the help. I also noticed after reading some other posts that the plant also has root rot and 75% of the leaves are dead with the remaining having some white covering which I assume is a fungus. Can I cut the remaining good roots out and re-pot them? The soil also has what looks like bread crums on the surface what is that; just old soil?? Thanks in advance for all your help.

Melissa

10:09 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Melissa,

Yes, you should be able to cut the good roots out and repot in new soil. Chances are the soil got fungus or mold from the overwatering so you don't want to use it again. Rinse the roots off in cool water really good before repotting.

Thanks,
drayas

9:38 PM  
Blogger wendy said...

its about my snake plant that I had for about 20 yrs. It was in a med. pot. my sister took it home to repot it. when I got it back, it seem find for about 2weeks. Then it started to droop. she put it in a big big pot with outside dirt. maybe I water it to much.I pull on the leaves and they came right out. I push them back down but that didn't help. So I took the leaves out and cut the end off and stuck it in some water hoping that they would root. was this a wrong thing to do. should I just put them back in dirt and they will root on their own? HELP

6:46 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Wendy,

First off, Snake plants like to be root bound so for future references you don't need to repot until the plant stakes can't stay upright due to lack of space.

If the foliage is drooping, but seems wrinkled or cracked, then you are underwatering the plant. If they are simply drooping you are overwatering the plant.

Typically you would be able to just pull the stakes out. Snake plants have very shallow root systems.

I'm confused on your statement about cutting the ends off the leaves. You cut their current roots off?

With a little more clarification, I can try and help more.

Thanks,
drayas

10:31 PM  
Blogger wendy said...

Hi ,
IT is the lady about the snake plant again. Yes I really did cot off the bottom. There wasn't roots really left on the leaves. It was all soft So yes I did cut it.Now its in a vase of water. Should I just put it some dirt in a nice size pot? I do have another snake plant. a LITTLE SMALLER BUT IS IT DOING EVER SO WELL.About 9 six inch leaves. WHAT SHALL i DO?

12:32 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Wendy,

From what I've read you can stick them in dirt instead of water to try and generate new roots. I personally have never tried this. I usually just take new offshoots if I want more plants. I would try some of both. Put some in water and some in dirt.

Let me know which way works better.

Thanks,
drayas

8:27 AM  
Blogger wendy said...

Thanks drayas,
You have been very helpful.I will take your advice and put the snake plants leaves in some dirt and water. And just wait to see what happens.I am thinking about taking the snake plant that doing so well and put it into this big big pot that I had took the other ones out.I will stir the dirt around to make sure thier is no fucus in it.And a little plant food. In any case I will let you know. I am very glad for this web site.Wendy

1:15 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

My snake plant has something that looks like rust on some of the ends and on the other side it looks like a web is pulling the ends together.. what is that???

11:05 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Chuck,

You have got some kind of pest. Spray the plant twice a day with a soapy dishwater mixture. If after 3 - 4 days it doesn't seem the pest is disappearing, go to your local garden center for something stronger.

Thanks,
drayas

2:41 PM  
Anonymous wendy said...

Hi drayas,
I really don't have much to report yet about how my sanke plants are doing. You know one in water and the other in dirt.I stuck two leaves in a vase with leaves from a roadenrean plant I know I did not spell that right. But anyhow T he snake plant leaves are still very hard they aren't soft.I have'nt pull it out to really see. The one in dirt I stuck it in with the other small sanke plant.It have'nt droop or anthing yet. We will see THANKS WENDY

12:06 AM  
Anonymous Linda said...

Hi - love your articles - they are informative. However, could you clarify fertilizer for my Sansevieria. Just brought it home today and put it in a new pot one size bigger than it was in and gave it a good water. Now I am concerned about fertilizer. Are you talking Miracle Gro, or a 10-10-10, or what do they like best? I have been changing house plants to a more low maintenance type and I have always wanted a "Snake" in the house. Now that I have one I would like to know what fertilizer is best for "her" to eat.

Linda

7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This page is very helpful, thank you, Drayas.

I just bought a large snake plant (with several plants in one pot) and want to re-plant each plant ito its' own pot to put them in different rooms.

I will appreciate any advice you have on my course of action.

thanks in advance.

Ire

2:29 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Linda,

I just use Miracle Gro's houseplant food once a month. I think the bottle says you can do it more often.

Thanks,
drayas

11:48 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Ire,

The only tip I have is that Snake plants have very shallow root systems, so be extra careful when moving them so they don't get damaged.

Thanks,
drayas

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Wendy said...

Linda, Well my snake plant did not die. I did put a little grow foodin the water as well when I started trying to see if it would root and it did. Like drayas said It would take a lot of mis care for the snake plant to die.I plan to put those two leaves with another small snake plant in one big pot AND I am sure it will do well.
Thanks Wendy

10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just repotted my 30 year old snake plant. It is too tall and I wondered if you could cut the leaves down to a better size? Thanks.
Mary

7:36 PM  
Blogger HorTkuLchR said...

this comment is to "wendy" about the snake plant.
If you cut the plant be sure to remember which end is up and which is down so that you can root the cuts.To root snake plants you first cut the stem horizon...
Let stem cut dry(allow stem cut to harden a little)then find "rooting hormone powder"(ACE or local store)
Wet end of stem cut then dip in powder(tap off the extra powder)
Then place into any type of rooting medium/loose well draining soil and in awhile you see off chutes!

4:10 PM  
Blogger Brent said...

I used to Live in Tennessee and had a large snake plant it was busting out of its Wal-Mart plastic pot I then moved to Indiana and took it with me shortly after I made two plants out of it, giving my sister one to replace the one my mother gave her (she grew it in to a beautiful specimen before it burned down to the dirt in her house fire). I then kept the other half for myself. The half I gave my sister is very big now she has a knack for growing them.... My half was looking pretty sad for a couple years because I never potted it out of the old pot until I took a new interest in it and re potted it out of the Wal-Mart pot and into a new plastic pot and fresh dirt but once again I moved this time to Toronto Canada Sadly I had to leave it and all my other plants with my mother in Michigan.... My mother has always had a snake plant and I have been around them all my life so of course they are one of my favourites now that I'm settled down I have a new one and I'm proud of it..... It has had gnats flying around it and after reading on here to spray it down with soapy water it seams to be working well I've only done it for a day... I also noticed that it had spider mites the soap spray should kill them but just wanted to share my long story with no real point other then the fact that I love it and want it to be a giant like the one I spotted shopping at a local RONA of Canada store it was priced for like $50.00 because of it's great size so I bought some plant food and hope to nurse it back to health and watch it grow big :)other then the bugs it has dead scab like spots that look like bug bites so I hope it's not scabs but I'm sure the bug problem came from Home Depot here, I put it in the next size pot and gave it fresh dirt but because the dirt from the store looked good I kept it and added new dirt to fill the empty spaceā€¦.. but I'll keep on top of it and reach my goal wit a beautiful monster Snake plant hehehehe. Any way this has all been very helpful. Thanks very much,
~Biz~

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Biz,
About the snake plant. Keepup the good work I'm sure your snake plant will do well. I was surprize to see that my snake plant started to root when I put it in a vase of water. I put three leaves in it together. And I check it about 3 weeks ago and you should see the roots on it.I have a big big pot that I will use to put the 3 pieces in and I have another sanke plant in a smaller pot. I'm sure it will turn out nice. I will let you all know ok Thanks Wendy

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is wendy again. I just wamted to say that I didn't have to put anything on the end of the snake plant I just put it in the water and it started to root. The one that I stuck in the dirt is doing find as well.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Brent said...

Very glad that your snake plant is doing well Wendy.... the soapy water spray didn't do much for the gnats but I read that if you let the dirt in my house plants dry out they couldn't live in dry soil and because the snake plant can handle being dry I think I'll try that now that I've tried soapy water and a store spray for it..... A lot of the leafs have splits I think it was a problem before I got it hopefully it will not be a problem later.... the warfare on the gnats has turned the tips of a few leafs brown I hope I can rid the plant of the gnats before I kill the plant....
~Biz~

10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,
I have a new snake plant in my office (no natural or fluorescent light) and would like to know the best way to care for it. I'm concerned about how to water and how often.

I've already killed two (either over-watering or under-watering)... I'm I about to kill a third? Thanx

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I'm Amanda and I was given a snake plant and love it, seems to be doing well other then gnats. I read the other posts here and I think Brent has the same problem. He said that he tried the soapy water and it didn't get rid of the gnats. I'm worried I won't get rid of them either. I have one leaf that has a few spots that look like dried kinda light in the center, rusty around the edge, 2 or 3 on the edge of the leaf, 1 in the center. I do think that has always been there so I don't know if it's caused by the gnats. I haven't watered mine in several weeks so the soil is already dry, I read that Brent was going to try to dry out his soil to see if it helps, I don't think that it has helped mine, there seem to be more gnats now then before. Please help, I love this plant and don't want to loose it.

11:09 AM  
Anonymous wendy said...

You don't have to do much to a snake plant.Med. light water it when you feel the soil and it feels a little dry that a good time to water it.Just don't soak it though.I have one that I lot I lost but I save it. It was 20 or 25 yrs. old and my sister took it because it was getting so big. well that shock it I was only able to save 3 leaves. And they are doing great. thanks wendy

12:45 AM  
Anonymous wendy said...

I was thinking,, this is for amanda about your snake plant What climate do you live in? I wonder sometimes if this has anything to do with the gnats. I never had them on my snake plant. And I had mine for yrsssss. about 25. AND mine almost die. But I save it. I just stuck one of the leaves in water and it rooted I just started over. Or just water yours every 2 wks. and add some plant food. If that don't work take the leave out and put in water. that me know how you made out wendy

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was recently given 2 snake plants. I'm not really knowledgable in their care. I usually water them when the soil seems dry to the touch. I've noticed that a couple of the leaves have started to split and crack. What is causing this to happen? What can I do to prevent this from happening?

6:24 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

The splitting and cracking is from the plant not receiving enough water. Water the plant more often. I usually water mine once a week.

Thanks,
drayas

5:19 PM  
Blogger Ray_GTI-R said...

Hello. Just found this blogger page.
I live in the UK and have a sansevieria of unknown age. Currently it is a massive 20" tall, very heavy, single center stem with nice clean, full, relatively short, healthy leaves and it's given me everything ... stem side-shoots, underground shoots and a huge 16"+ flower stem with about a dozen short-lived pink flowers with a yellow center. All the offshoots have done well and here's the problem ... everything is doing rather too well! The original sansevieria is so massive it has to be propped-up against a wall to support the top 60% of the stem, but it's bent at an unsightly 45 degrees to the vertical. It just can't be moved without risk of toppling out of the pot. Without the wall for support it would have toppled out long ago. One of the ''babies'' - a currently 12" tall echo of the parent - is going the same way ...
Here is the question:- can my unweildy sansevieria be pruned back i.e., 60% of the single stem simply lopped off? If so, what pre-/post-pruning precautions should I take?
I can provide pics of the parent in bloom if that helps anyone.
Cheers, Ray

7:32 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Ray,

I've never cut my Snake plant. It too is tall like yours however so far has been able to stand on its own.

Can any of my readers give us a hand? Any solutions to a very healthy, large Snake plant?

Thanks,
drayas

8:35 AM  
Blogger Dulci said...

I too have a very tall plant, actually two stems in one pot. One is 32" and the other is 26" I currently have it propped up in a corner. I came across this site hoping to find out if there was a way to get it to stand on it's own, and see there are others looking for the same answer.

10:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed this morning that my snake plant is going to bloom again. It hasn't bloomed in several years. A year ago we(my husband & I) moved into his parents house(now ours). We had been living in a trailer for 20 years next door. It grew, but would not blossom. Before that,we lived in a farm house, which is where it had bloomed last. It sits on the floor next to the front door, but we don't use that door. There are windows each side of the door. It faces east. It doesn't take a lot of care. I water it once a week or when I happen to notice the dieffenbachia sitting next to it is a little droopy. Two new shoots are also growing. I think it definitely likes where it is. God Bless.

8:44 PM  
Blogger Ray_GTI-R said...

Hello.
Thanks for considering my plight!
I have since read elsewhere that it's OK to prune succulents so I'm going to try it out on the 12" tall, single stem baby and cut it down to 3". Will let you know how it goes.
Cheers, Ray

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My snake plant has a variegated brown patch running through the middle of one leaf. Also a couple leaf ends turned brown. I feed it and water it when it is almost dry. What could be causing these brown areas?

9:41 PM  
Blogger Ms. Marcy said...

We have several Snake Plants roughly 4 yrs old. We recently added soil to cover some exposed roots and now a strange looking mold forming on the top of the soil in one of the pots. Also, in that pot, several leaves have turned yellow. How can we get rid of the mold-like substance and can it spread to other pots/plants?

9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello,

I have 3 questions about this plant.

1. Why do some of the leaves have a yellow boarder (it looks like it's the color of the leaf, not like the leaf is dying) while some are the regular color? I thought maybe I had bought two different types of this plant, but I noticed the yellow ones offshoots are varied in their appearance.

2. Is it good to let them stay outside in the summer?

3. How often can you expect them to flower? What conditions encourage this? I had one flower 1 1/2 years after I bought it while being in front of an east window whose sun was blocked because it's view was enclosed in a carport. Also it was hardly ever watered. I had a few of these plants of this one was one that I kind of forgot about and neglected. Since then I've been taking them outside for the summer and keeping them in lots of light and they've never flowered since.

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a snake plant that is a couple years old and doing well..there is a section that looks like new growth/ like a clustr with a bulb like base...is this a "baby" and do you just take it off kind of like you would do with a spider plant? THANKS!

10:22 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

It sounds like you do have a baby plant. I leave mine, because then the plant gets more full since you have new shoots. Or you can transplant it into another pot or if you really want to, you can simply pull it out and throw it, but I really suggest you keep it or give it to someone.

Thanks,
drayas

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something is eating holes in our snake plant outside in our screened lanai by the pool. Is this a beetle or snails or what??

Thanks,

10:38 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

I have no real experience with outdoor pests. Can you see any snails or anything on the plant?

Any of my readers give us a hand?

Thanks,
drayas

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I've just received almost a 20-something old snake plant and I'm wondering what to do about broken leaves that bent 90 degrees in the move. Should I trim them off at the "hinge" or leave them be? Same question for drooping leaves, is it okay to trim them off and thin it out? Please let me know. Thanks!

6:39 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

I typically cut the broken spears from the bottom. If you cut them off where it's bent, the tops brown anyway so I just cut them off right at dirt level so I can cover them up.

Thanks,
drayas

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello,
i have a snake plant in my basement sweet and it has white fuzzy stuff growing in the dirt around the roots, and now there are yellow mushrooms there, i can pull them out but do you know what they are and why they are there??

8:23 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

The white fuzz is probably a mold. You are probably over watering the plant thus causing the mold and mushrooms. Also, how moist, is your basement? An extremely high humidity level may be causing the problems as well.

Thanks,
drayas

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My plant is doing very well in our Carolina Room, plenty of sun and TLC. Recently I noticed along stem with what looks like flower buds, growing fron the center of one of the clumps. It grows about 2" a day but no flowers yet! What have I got here??? Should I avoid contact with the stem since the plant is poisonous???

10:27 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

Hello,

It sounds like your Snake plant is going to flower. YEAH!! The plant is only toxic if you eat it as far as I know.

Snake Plant Poison Details.

Keep us informed.
-- drayas

3:37 PM  
Blogger snakedry said...

How much water for my snake plant? I need help,it seems to be dry but i just watered it. Should the soil be moist at the top.

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Snake plant seens to be dying,leaves are yellow. I just watered it but it seens to be dry. I water every 3 months.

8:40 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

snakedry,

I usually water mine every 1 1/2 to 2 weeks.

Thanks,
drayas

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Summer said...

Hi, over the summer i received some mother in law tongues, that were propogated from a larger one. All but one have a little tiny baby on them, but they aren't really growing. I could put them in more light, but they do get light, and i water about every 1 or two weeks through the bottom. They have a drainage hole. Is there anything i could do to promote growth on it!?

6:57 PM  
Blogger James Mortensen said...

Hello,

I was wondering if you could help me with some snake plant questions. The plant was given to me originally by a friend a few years back. An offshoot formed a few months into me owning it and there became 2 plants. A few years ago, they survived a move from the midwest to the west coast. Some leaves were sunburned and became hard and yellow as a result of my stupidity in leaving it in the hot car. You can see that the stalk has remnants of the hard, crispy, yellow leaves in the photos.

The plant has done quite well on the west coast for the last few years, until recently.

About 6 weeks ago, before Christmas, the leaves on one of the plants began to turn yellow. The leaf's texture felt just like the others, and there was no cracking or anything noticeable in the texture. I think I started overwatering it because it went so long without water. The leaves on the sick plant started turning yellow one by one.

I repotted the plant, thinking that was the problem. The two plants were very crowded in the small pot, about 4 inches in diameter. I read that snake plants like to be pot bound, but the lady at Home Depot insisted I should go with the larger pot and some cactus soil.

When I repotted, I noticed that the sick plant had root rot. After repotting, the leaves on the sick plant continued to turn yellow one by one until only one or two green leaves remained.

Sensing impending doom, I cut the remaining leaves and planted them in the smaller pot in hopes that I could propogate some new roots. You can see in the picture of the small pot that the leaf segments are beginning to turn black and that my experiment is a failure. I don't think they are going to make it.

In the pictures of the large pot, you can see that the healthy plant is leaning on its side. Is this because the pot is too big? Also, just a few days ago I noticed one of the leaves starting to turn yellow, and it's really loose, as if it's detached from the plant. The texture is the same as that of the yellow leaves on the other plant, except the leaf feels loose, like it's softer near the stem.

In the pictures -- 0173 -- you can see a shot of one of the leaves beginning to yellow. What is causing this to happen, and what can I do about it? Is it because the pot is too big? Why is it leaning? Most importantly, why are the leaves yellowing one by one and what can be done to stop this, if anything?

Please email me at savethesnakeplant@opensourceopportunities.com if you have any tips or advice, thanks!

Below are links to the pictures. If they don't come through properly you can email me for the links.

Leaning plant 1
Leaning plant 2
Leaning plant 3
Yellowing leaf 1
Yellow leaf 2
Yellow Leaf 0173 (best quality)

Thanks,
James

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have two questions for you if you can help me.

1. Is it okay for it to be in a hot apartment that has very little air flow? We also have little natural light. Will this harm it?

2. Will it hurt the plant to put it outside, if the above will affect it negativly?

Thanks,
Crystal

8:08 PM  
Anonymous wendy said...

THIS IS FOR JAMES ABOUT YOUR SNAKE PLANT. WELL I HAD ONE JUST LIKE YOURS. AND WHAT I DID I TOOK WHAT WAS LEFT OF THE SNAKE PLANT AND TOOK IT OUT OF THE DIRT AND PUT IT IN A DARK COLOR VASE A SMALL VASE. AND PUT WATER IN THE VASE AND PUT WHAT YOU HAVE LEFT OF YOUE SNAKE PLANT PUT IT IN THE VASE AND IT WILL ROOT IN THE WATER. I DIDN'T THINK IT WOULD WORK BUT SOMEONE MENTION IT TO ME AND I DID IT NOW IT HAS STRONG ROOTS ON THE END OF IT. AND I STILL GOT IT IN THE VASE OF WATER. I HOPE THIS HELPS WENDY

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Susan said...

HELP A wonderful friend of mine gave me a Snake Plant with about 5 stems about 2 feet tall I placed it outside in my garden and it looks like an animal sat directly on the middle of the plant breaking all of the stalks. How can I get some of these stalks to root so I don't lose the entire plant?

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello drayas,

First I want to say I enjoy your helpful hints and comments by other concerned plant owners! My Question is I left my snake out to long in the cold and I think it is dying ? It was a beautiful specimen and now it is drooping to one side and the leaves look dark and bent over...I don't know what exactly to do? Does it have root rot? can I save it by changing the soil and using the root starting powder? or can it come back from it's present state by just letting it dry out and warm up??? Or am I the one person you know of in a long time that has in fact killed the snake plant (LOL)!M

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had my snake plant in my kitchen which has no heat. Have had some very cold temps (pipes-froze-cold), and with lack of watering my plant isn't looking so hot. Brought it upstairs where there is heat, watered it, too. 90% of leaves are drooping now. Any chance it will survive this? should I do anything else, or just give it some time? thanks in advance!

8:22 PM  
Blogger JoAnn said...

I recently bought a Snake plant at Walmart. The leaves look just fine, but the SOIL is full of gnats of some kind. When I water the plant, the gnats go crazy and crawl around in the soil Can they eat the roots? They do not bother the leaves at all. How do I get rid of these pests? I am afraid the gnats will attack other houseplants.

4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this site is so helpful! but i can't even keep a snake plant alive. it droops AND wrinkles at the same time. it grows spindly, not wide like a tongue. then it has trouble staying upright. new growth all the time is nice. but always growns spindly floppy and wrinkly tops even when it doesn't seem like the soil has dried out enough. killed off my last plant. clay pot retained too much water and it rotted. this clay pot is glazed inside and out. help?

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i killed off the last one. please help me from killing this one. leaves are long, spindly, floppy but also wrinkled if i don't water. always new growth. always grows skinny and flops over. never wide like a tongue. help?

2:58 PM  
Blogger Stoney Jonez said...

gnats are often found in newly purchased plants as they result from a greenhouse environment of warmth, high humidity and an abundance of peat in the soil mixture. Solve this problem by isolating the plant from other house plants (a diff room) and spray the plants with a mild soapy solution daily for 4 consecutive days. On the 5 day I like to place the plant in the bathtub and run the shower on it (room temp water) for about 10 minutes. After the plant has fully drained, I return it to its isolated room and wait a week before checking to see if the gnat problem has been solved. If not, repeat the process in another 2 weeks to allow the plant to dry thoroughly between the heavy watering. Gnat WILL spread to other houseplants which is why you will want to isolate the infected one. Hope that helps. = )

5:49 PM  
Blogger Stoney Jonez said...

So much has already been covered here. Snake plants are slow, everything about them takes time, sick snake plants got sick slowly, they recover the same way. If you have a plant with root rot, I have found it best to gently remove the 'mushy' parts, allow the firm part to dry overnight, dust it with a fungicide/root hormone combination and then 'replant' the root just below the surface of the potting mixture, in time, the remaining live root will send up new leaves (small at first).
About flowering: snake plants are solar collective (just like african violets), that is , when the leaves collect enough sunlight, the energy stored in the roots releases a specific enzyme that triggers flower production. Usually, in established plants, a single flower stalk bearing many small unremarkable flowers will ensue. One point of interest is the flowers are nocturnally fragrant and a single bloom results in an unusually intoxicating sweet aroma that disappears with the dawn.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a snake plant in a terarium environment where my anole lizards live. It is too tall for the tank. Can I trim it shorter, or should I pull it out, repot it and buy a shorter one for the tank?

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Drayas~ I took some leaf cuttings late summer last year. Got good roots, but now that they are potted up in their own pots, there is not alot happening in terms of growing another plant! Root systems are still good and strong. Does it usually take this long? Thanks.

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'VE HAD MY PLANT FOR 31 YEARS. YES 31 YEARS. AND IT HAS FLOWERED SEVERAL TIME OVER THE YEARS. CAN ANYONE GIVE ME ANY INFO ON WHAT MAKES IT FLOWER?

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a snake plant over 40 years old . Its flowered once to my knowledge. I would also like to know what makes them flower...Also, My leaves are begining to take on a rolling shape like a tube. What causes this?

5:59 PM  
Blogger Magic said...

I have had two snake plants for about ten years on for seven one for three reppotted the seven year one about three years ago. AND HAD NEVER HAD ANY OF THEM BLOOM. They get watered once a month in the shower, and that is about it. The leaves are stong and upright some of them three foot tall,baby leaves spring up all the time. How do you get them to bloom?????????

8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm repotting my houseplants and there are no roots! What should I do?

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a kid 10 years old and I have a snake plant about 1 year old I got at IKEA. My plant was outside for a week or two and when it came in it had this weird, yellow, papery, patch in the middle of one leaf. What is it? Can it be cured?

2:44 PM  
Anonymous plant loving kid said...

I'm the one who asked about the patch. I also wanted to know if I can transfer it outside?




~Boto

2:52 PM  
Blogger drayas said...

I've had mine for 10 years now and no flower. Another reader commented above that lighting is the reason they flower. Worth a try!

plantlovingkid - I don't have any experience with outdoor plants. Maybe one of my readers can help us out.

Thanks,
drayas

11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My snake plant bloomed! It grew a spike-like stem (just a little shorter than the leaves) and attached to it were small, very fragrant white flowers that looked like they were covered with a transparent, sticky substance. The flowers themselves resembled clover flowers that grow in lawns. What am I doing right? Has anyone else ever experienced this?

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,

Something is happening to my snake plant. I noticed 1 of the foliage was turning yellow. then today it started to drop.when touched its feels like a 'blister', when pressed it feels like its all watery inside.also it produce a weird smell. what can be the problem??

10:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can anyone tell me if this plant attract flies (big black flies like horse flies?)

9:57 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

Giving a "mother in law" plant to new husband in the family has been a long long tradition in our family. I actually never knew it as a "snake plant" till I read your post. I am now getting ready to give a start to my future son in law. I am not a plant person so the snake plant is definitely one that is easily maintained.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My plant(the one with the patch)is worse. An edge of it is cracked a broken and I'm afraid it will rot out the whole plant! Got any advice?

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Phyllis said...

Hi,

My snake plants are dyings. the roots are all mush. Tomuch water? Can I cut the stem and make new roots.I need your help , these plants are thirty years or better.
Can I replant them with no roots or can I root them in water

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO ALL THE PEOPLE WITH KNATS.....

knats generally only thrive in nice moist soil. I have had this problem with other plants in the past, though not my snake plant because it does not need to be watered often.

If you have knats you are probably over watering. you need to let the plant dry out completely between waterings, as the knats will die without a water supply. Plants soak up more water anyway when they are watered thouroughly, less often.

Since snake plants are so tolerant, its often hard to tell if they are over watered or not. be sure the pot ensures good drainage. if its one of those pretty decorative pots with no holes, just drill some in the bottom!! or just place your ugly well draining pot that it came in into the pretty pot. lol. dont forget over watering also causes mold, which kills the plant quickly, and makes your house smell weird.

Sometimes when my plants grow too large, or are top heavy, they start to fall over. i find a good way to fix this is to just put it in a much HEAVIER pot. (like a heavy decorative terra cotta one, vs the cheap plastic one it came in) just balances it out a little. You can also put a layer of gravel/rocks on the bottom to keep it heavy. Also helps with drainage.

I do both, with many of my plants. also helps from children and pets from knocking them over!!

Good luck guys, and enjoy your plants!

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, just found this site and it is very informative. I grew up with a snake plant and really don't like them. But this one that my mom had bloomed only once and I have a photo of it, which is actually lovely. I too would like to know why they rarely bloom. Thanks for great info.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, I think my snake plant is fairly healthy, but it recently had a shoot growing off horizontally and out of the pot. The plants leaves are about 4 feet tall. Since it flowered a year and a half ago (from what my Grandmother has told me...they only bloom when well root bound) and therefore I assumed it is root bound, I repotted it. The problem is now the leaves fall diagonally and the plant looks like a giant fan or peacock tail. Should I add soil? Will that choke the plant? Is it alright to stake the plant or make use of something to tie the leaves together? With leaves that long, the plant now literally takes up half my dining room! Any suggestions?
Thanks, lynx

4:19 PM  
Anonymous KCY said...

I've been having these plant in the garden n covered terrace of my hse for abt 3 yrs--growing nicely. 1 of my friends say this wud be a good plant to put in the office as it is suppose to give out lots of oxygen. Is this correct? Any special care if I pot it in my office?

10:06 AM  
Anonymous rattlebear said...

I have two snake plants. One has leaves that are 53 inches tall and the other pot has leaves that are 46 inches tall. Both flower all the time. They are both root bound with new leaves growing off them continually. They are potted in two identical plastic pots, 8 inches diameter in the bottom, 15 inches at the top and 12 inches high. They both sit in front of our south facing deck doors. We ignore them, brush the cats and their hair falls into them from their perches. My wife waters them when she feels like it. She is the best plant killer I have known, and yet, these two snake plants continue to thrive. Now, because the leaves are so tall and want to fall over (we tied string around them to keep them straight up) she wants me to thin them out by pulling out the outside leaves. I came to your blog to check out how to do this but after reading all the stories, it sounds like I should just leave them alone. Do you have any thoughts on this? We live about 200 miles north of Toronto on Georgian Bay. I have photos if you are interested. In the photos you can see where the flowers have come and gone on both plants. We have had the plants for years. Your comments will be appreciated.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

Thanks for all of the wonderful words. I have a snake plan which I absolutely love. It was doing perfectly for months. Now I notice a brown almost transparetn spot on two of the leaves. This is a large... almost rectangular spot. Hmmm. Any ideas?

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Ginny in CT said...

My husband recently brushed against my Snake plant which resulted in one of the clusters of leaves to break off. How do I save the cluster so I can grow a new plant? One of my older houseplant books says to let the root dry, yet in another section it says to keep the root moist. The book also says to use "potting compost". I had never heard of it so I inquired at my local Agway store. They had never heard of "potting compost" either and suggested that maybe it means a mixture of peat moss, potting soil, and cactus soil. Any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated. I'd hate to lose any part of the plant as I inherited it from my mother 25+ years ago.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello,
I bought a snake plant a few months ago, as my first house plant. I water the plant every 3-4 weeks, or pretty much when the soil feels on the dry side. When I water it, I give it about 1 cup of water from a measuring cup (trying my best to evenly distribute the water around the soil). I keep it on the floor next to my window, where it gets a medium amount of light.

Most of the leaves are very strong, however, a few have died. Two grew very mushy and were easily torn out at the root, which I attribute to over watering... but then two more are growing very dry from the top down, which I would guess would be underwatering. Any suggestions for how to keep more leaves from dying?

Also, just today I noticed that while the top of the soil is dry, the soil poking through the drainage holes at the bottom is very wet, and a few tsp of water have leaked out into the plastic support container. Is this normal?

Thanks,
Eric

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed a shoot growing up in the middle of one of my snake plants, and these little green balls were growing on this shoot. All of them fell off, or were eaten by birds, except one. The remaining one has turned orange. It looks like a tiny tomato! Anyone ever hear of this?

GeekLady

1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello,
I planted two snake plants in large pots a few weeks ago. THey are outisde, get morning shade and arvo sun. I was told not to overwater them, but have noticed that the tips are browny/yellow. they dont look too good! I don't know if i should leave it and water them or if i should just pull out the stakes hoping new ones will grow. Any advice would be appreciated greatly!!!

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi!

My snake plant is over 60 years old, having come to my family after my grandmother's funeral in 1949,and has survived in some very difficult conditions. It's good that snake plants enjoy being root-bound and dry, since that's how it was maintained, quite inadvertently, throughout the years. I recently took up an interest in it (small but hardy as it is), repotted it into a larger pot, and put it on the shower ledge, thinking that it would like the more tropical conditions. It seemed to be doing fine, until someone dropped the shampoo directly into the middle of it. Now it's flat, and looks pitiful. I moved it out of the shower into the kitchen, where someone there flattened it again!! The plant may be trying to grow new leaves to continue its survival (hope so). I have tried to root some of the leaves that came off it, without success so far...they just get mushy and rot in a glass of water...I am going to try cutting the leaves across the bottom, letting them dry, and then putting them into some more soil, as HorTkuLtuR suggested, to get them to root. It would be a shame to lose this 60-year old extremophile!

1:16 PM  
Anonymous plant loving kid said...

hi, my snake plant is over the patch thing (the whole top half of the leaf just fell off!) but it grew a baby who is now even taller than it's parent and it now has another tiny shoot growing out if the bottom! the pot isn't really a pot anymore, it's too cracked and destroyed by the babies! I want to repot my baby snake plant and mabye give it away but I don't want to damage it! How do i repot it?

10:19 AM  
Blogger Mesha said...

My snake plant looks perfectly healthy, but then it started getting some rusty looking mold(?) at the base of some leaves. One leaf turned yellow and shrivled now a couple others are. the leaf that displayed the rust first still looks fine, but i woke up this morning with that fine looking leaf on the floor. It was standing tall a few hours ago. It still looks fine except for the rust at the bottom and the fact that it's not attached to the rest of the plant anymore. the very bottom looks fine. should I put it in some water? My mom used to work at a nursery and has part of my plant(they grew in the same pot). she couldn't figure out what the rust was since plants don't rust...

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a small clipping of a snake plant. I took it from the root of my sisters plant and I have had it in water for a month now. It has plenty of roots and I have grown snake plants before but I have always went out and bought the plant. For some reason every time I plant my clippings they die (spiders,wondering Jew) and more. So if I plant this snake plant clipping will it grow? Thanks Holli

12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Drayas,
I got one of these guys over a year ago and he hasn't grown that much. A shoot that was just showing is now five inches tall and his buddy is 3 inches tall. He is lighter that the original which is only 2 and 2.5 inches tall.
How do I get this guy to flourish. My other plants are doing great!
Thanks
Dubs

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do I do when the ends of the plant start to turn brown and dry?

2:02 PM  
Blogger Cricket24 said...

I love your blog. I found the philodendron entry to be very useful, and I love your large philodendron by the clock. It's beautiful!

I just bought a small snake plant that's in a plastic pot about 4" by 4" or less, surrounded by a ceramic pot to catch water. The blades aren't more than 6" high and 2" wide at this point. I want to bring this plant back to school with me, but I don't want to bring a bigger pot or extra potting soil.

Some of the other snake plants sold were a few feet high and seemed to be bursting out of their own foot-wide pots. The tag says my snake plant is slow growing. Will mine outgrow the 4" pot in the next few months, the next year, ever? Is there something I can do to prevent it from getting too big while I have limited space in my dorm room? (I don't mind if it gets tall, though it will probably tip the pot over.)

Thank you.

4:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drayas,
Can you please tell me what makes a snake plant bloom? I just got mine today and I'd like to it flower.

thanks,

Owl lover

12:45 PM  
Blogger jimmyswify said...

hello i have a 3 ft snake plant. His shoots are a nice pretty green with a yellow edges.I recently transplanted him to a much bigger pot cause he was falling out of the old one. He seems to be ok his roots are solid and his shoots are firm. but i noticed some white patchy stuff on the dirt which im assuming is mold?? And i also noticed a few knats in there as well.My plant has never flowerd, so i also found on the top of the dirt was what appered to be maby seeds??? they are small and yellowish in color i took 2 out and cut them in half with a blade one was filled with a white liquid and the other was alittle more solid.. so im just alittle confused seems how he has never flowerd?? are they seeds?? or bug eggs i donno im lost can any help with any advice im not the greatist gardner but my mom gave me the plant and i dont want to kill it

12:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, my mother-in-law plant is almost 6 feet tall, but recently, I have noticed that a lot of the leaves are getting puffy & mushy & flopping over. Too much water?
Signed, Oh-So-Mushy

12:32 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Hello,
I have a recently adopted snake plant. It has symptoms of both being over and underwatered, according to above postings ... help?

Several leaves started to turn yellow and then fell out. They were firm and upright from tip to soil, but near the root they were white and mushy. I assume this is rot. However several of the leaves from adjacent sprouts have mid-stalk 90 degree bends. I put a bamboo stake in the pot to help keep them upright.

I am worried the rot is spreading as other leaves are turning yellow, but I am in Boston and it is very cold so re-potting doesn't seem like a good idea.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Krista said...

Help! I was given a snake plant that my grandfather started from a cutting before I was born. It's over 50 years old and was taller than me when I got it. Unfortunately, I'm down to about 4 stalks that may live, and they are about 3 feet tall and drooping. I thought I was overwatering it, so I let it dry out and then watered it from the tray in the bottom (per professional advice), but no luck. Then I thought it wasn't getting enough light, so I moved it, but I think it was too cold near that window. I repotted it, but I think I may not have buried the roots deep enough (I've noticed that if you try to start a cutting, the leaf just gets soggy). Now, the pot that it's in is WAY TOO BIG, so I'm going to repot it again and keep my fingers crossed. How deep should the roots be? Should I include cactus soil or rocks to make sure it doesn't get too much water? Any advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated. This is the only thing I have of my grandfather's and I'll be heart broken if I "kill" it. All of my other house plants are doing spendidly, by the way.

12:44 PM  
Blogger doctorgraz said...

I have a huge snake plant that is a good 40+ years old that was in my late husband's family. It has been doing well up until now when I gave it a thorough watering (it had been 2 weeks since the last watering) a few days ago and some of the water drained out into the bottom saucer and stayed there until I just noticed it. Many of the leaves were bent over and yellow and I removed all of the ones that came out with a slight tug. I soaked up all of the standing water but the rest of the leaves are leaning and not standing upright. Can I save this plant? I feel just terrible that I might have killed a plant that survived 35 years in a dry NYC apartment! Can I put it outside ( it has been in a heated garage by the window all winter) as I live in N. Carolina and it will be 75 degrees for the next few days. Can it go into the direct sun to help the soil dry out? The soil is very soggy but there is no mold or musty smell; just a lot of dead leaves. Please advise me as to what to do . Thanks!

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got a variegated snake plant about two years ago. Last year, I put it outside in filtered sunlight, and it bloomed! I have another regular snake plant that I have had for about 35 years--I've tried all kinds of light, but it has never bloomed.

12:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My plant is starting to turn pink. It looks like it is coming from the center, but some of the tips are also pink. Do you know what could be the cause?

12:00 AM  
Blogger robbus5 said...

I bought two snake plants today. I have no idea about plants but wanted some low maintenance plants for the bathroom and heard snake plants were the best.

When I bought the plants there were brown patches on the leaves and some of the leaves had broken. The sales assistant advised me to but the leaves. I have done this but worry I've done the wrong thing? Will this damage the plant or is it normal to cut back the leaves?

7:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought a large snake plant about 6 months ago. I took it out of the pot provided by the nursery and put it into another decorative ceramic pot. I took some of the medium size and smaller shoots off of the main plant and repotted which now gives me 3 seperate potted plants. Most of the shoots that I removed I just plucked right out w/ no roots or anything attached, and stuck directly into the soil. I have lots of new growth on all 3 plants. I do NOT have a green thumb but these plants are doing very well in my dimly lit living room. I water about once a week and wait for the spoil to dry before watering again, as suggested. These are so easy to take care of and I love the way they look. If I can do it ANYONE can!

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello. I was given a snake plant that was a baby off-shoot of a larger snake plant. I've had it for over a year, and it has now started to have "babies" of its own. I just tried to take 2 of them off... the centers came off, but the leaves that were attached came loose. One of them has a few roots with it, the other only has one root. Should I put them in water to grow more roots or place them right in the soil? Also, any tips on how to succesfully remove the babies when there are more? Thanks.

Nicole (leetchyfan@hotmail.com)

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello my snake plant is doing wonderful but noticed it had a long steam growing with what seems like closed flower buds and seems like it has sap, what is it?

7:28 AM  
Anonymous Galewynd said...

About 5 yrs. ago in late fall/early winter, I noticed my neighbor had a snake plant outside (Maryland) & there was a warning of 1st frost. When I called to tell her to bring it in for winter she told me I could have it. Ever since this plant loves my house & is flourishing. I slipped the whole thing (it was very dry) our of the florist plastic container & set the whole thing in a terra cotta pot of the same size. It has doubled in height, has put out new shoots (its now about 18" tall, & now has a slender stalk growing out of one leaf that looks like it is going to be a flower. I can't wait to see the flower. All I do is keep it in a well lit place & only water when it is dust dry.

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi! my name is michele and i have a snake plant that's growing so tall, it's about to breach the ceiling. my question is..
do i pull the longer leaves out as they grow too tall or should i cut it? i hate to cut it because then it will look odd with squared off edges, but i don't want to damage the structure of the plant by yanking pieces out.
thanks,
michele

5:25 AM  
Blogger Piper2 said...

Hi ... my snake plant has white fuzzy spots on the leaves what is it and how do i get rid of them? Thank you! =)

1:14 PM  
Blogger mattthew said...

Hi Dryas, I have several different types of plants in my home- I really have a green thumb... Anyways I have recently repotted my snake plant with a pothos in the same pot. I have them outside for the summer. They seem to be doing well together in the same pot. The snake plant has nice green new shoots that are tall. My question is, How come the older ones in the center are brittle and lack of luster and color? should I cut them out or leave them be? thanks for the help.

10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can a snake plant live outside or does it have to stay indoors as it is getting in the way inside?

Thanks

4:44 PM  
Blogger Kandi said...

Is there anywhere on this site that I can post a picture of a plant that I have that has a very long orange/red spear-like flower with yellow petals coming out of it? My neighbour says it is a Mother-in-Law's Tongue, but of all the pics I have found online, none look like it.
Thank you.

2:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found this board while trying to find out if I can safely top my snake plant - the leaves are almost 3'tall. I find a lot of people asking the same question but no answer here, can anyone speak to this issue? Thanks.

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I feed or fertilize my snake plants? And if so, what should I use? Thanks!

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

drayas- my snake plants are doing awesome (they get lots of light and therefore grow a lot). My problem right now is that several of them are sending out new plants (growing a green knob out the side that will eventually turn up to become a new plant) directly into the side of my pots and forcing the original stalk sideways/down!!! should I cut off this new shoot to save the original? I have repotted 2 plants last fall that cracked the pots they were in, dividing them up into 8 seperate pots (some have been given away as that was too many for me!) But now they are growing gang busters again!!

8:25 AM  
Anonymous Knuxs said...

No one should be cutting the plants heads off IMO!!

If you want it to stop growing you need to damage the growing tip... a small bash from above or a tiny snip with some scissors should do the trick. The energy will go back to the roots and produce more "shoots".

Flowering is quite easy... I've got mine to flower twice a year, the smell is so nice! Its very like Ylang Ylang.

1) Needs to be pot bound
2) Needs to be at least 4 years old
3) Needs to be in a sunny spot for at least part of the day
4) Needs a WARM LOCATION

1:54 PM  
Anonymous David said...

Wow,who know there was an entire thread on the snake plant. I feel obligated to leave a little note. I have two lovely plants both almost 10years old. One I recently took to work and is doing well. the second has stayed at home. the second is the superstar and flowers every year with its largest leave almost 5 ft tall! Its totally root bound, as I understand it likes, I water it when it looks dry (its in a glass container) and I have no idea why it blooms (started blooming 3 years ago). So there it is!, I enjoyed reading all the post and rock on to my snake plant groupies, especially the lady who grew the plant from a leaf in water.

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

Seems to me that even though they say it is really hard to kill this plant, all of the comments show the plant has some problems, making a snake plant kind of hard to grow. I guess the tricky thing is the watering. I think I killed my nice snake plant, either by over watering (didn't know their watering needs) or underwatering it. I did buy it after reading you can't kill it. I don't really believe that comment about leaving the plant in a dark room with little or no water. I just bought another larger one and now have the question, it came in the plastic container I want to put it into a nicer pot. Should I just put it into a pot about the same size without transplanting it?

1:00 PM  
Blogger Karli said...

How much water should you give one of these plants. im new to this and would like to know.

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Lacey said...

I have had my snake plant for about 6 years now. It its a giant bugger. My husband and I want to make it a giant monster bugger. My problem is that about 5 months ago we re-potted it into a much need bigger pot, the roots would starting to grow out of the old pot. However, I was not with my husband when he bought the new soil. Many of our house plants were re-potted with this soil. The top of all the dirt in all the pots developed this yellowish powder. I scraped it off the tops of the soil but then the dirt started to grow mold. I pulled the plant out and washed all the old dirt away then replanted it. However, the snake plant did not get better. Lots of the stalks have edges that are now white, dried out and hard. Many of the edges are about half an inch on the stalk. It's still developing new sprouts that look just fine. What I am wondering is, can I cut the edges off? Should I just cut the whole stalk away? What could have been the cause of this problem?

7:30 PM  
Anonymous peggy said...

Hello drayas,
I live in rio grande valley of south texas, where the zone is 9 to 10 for plants. I have two kinds of sansevierias, one with the yellow edge and the other with out, they both are potted, and in my well lighted porch, but none of which is directed, and the location isn't over 90 degrees. The yellow stripped is cracking but not length wise, it is across, and I don't find the need to water it as much as the other, the soil tends to stay moist, which has me curious, now the other plant is splitting length wise, and I find that it needs to be watered at least every 2 to 3 days, water just runs right through it. What would you suggest? Your response would be greatly appreciated.

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see this thread has started in 2006, so I hope I can still get an answer ~ I took a snake plant from work to separate and re-pot into 3 pots as it was bursting from it's original plastic pot. These new pots are bigger and with the one "plant" now made into three plants- will they still do okay? I keep reading they like to be root-bound, but if you want to separate into more plants and to have room to grow into a large 'plant'
...just curious. Thank you!

9:34 AM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...

Hello,

Yes, though not as active as I wish I could be, I am still trying to answer some questions.

Snake plants, though like to be root bound, will do fine separated. These houseplants are extremely tough so you shouldn't have any problems. The smaller plants will soon be root bound with proper care!

Thanks,
drayas

9:20 AM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...

To all of my readers!!

I mentioned this earlier this year, but comments I'm receiving are not seeing it. I'm honored that my blog has gotten so popular, however I am having an extremely hard time answering all the comments. I will try my best to answer, but will not be able to get to everyone. I am a mother of two children under the age of 6 and work full time. I apologize for not being able to answer everyone. I truly wish I could. I am still here, and I do publish all the comments.

Thank you for reading and I enjoy all of you who love plants as much as I do. I just wish I could help more people out!

Thank you!
drayas

9:20 AM  
Anonymous V-Queen said...

Hi Dreyas! Hi have a huge problem! Something has eaten a large hole in one of my baby's leaves!!! Any idea what could have done it? Have not seen insect activity of any kind near her.The hole now looks healed,but it is still a hole! Does this hurt her in any way?! She is an indoor plant,if that helps.Do not know how old she is,but she is about a foot,foot and a half tall,in otherwise good health.She is sitting in a west window,she seems very happy there.(has mostly closed blinds,so she will not get singed)By the way,I had no idea snake plants COULD flower,till I read it on your post!I will be looking forward to seeing if my baby blooms! (:

5:49 PM  
Blogger Amy Romero said...

To those asking about flowering, mine flowers - here's what I do & when it flowers...
* I take it outside after the last frost of the season. In VA, that's around April. I have it on my screened in back porch.

* I water it once a week - I do not soak it.

* It gets indirect light for most of the day. The porch is enclosed and there are trees in my yard as well. So, I think it's a result of indirect light & humidity since VA springs & summers are humid :)

* It is a nice bloomer right in the middle of the summer for me.

Hope this helps!

10:05 AM  
Blogger lmbest said...

My small snake plant was doing great in relatively low light with watering every 2-3 weeks, and then about a week ago a couple of leaves turned yellowish. I easily pulled them off and threw them away (we have other plants that shed leaves so I didn't think much of it).
It was looking fine, and then yesterday it was suddenly collapsed... all the outer leaves were 'opened' and lying flat against the sides of the pot. A few small inner leaves are standing, but they also look a little rotted and thinned. I'm guessing from the symptoms it's root rot. Is it worth trying to repot it in fresh soil? If so, should I repot the sickly leaves with it? There aren't any un-sickly leaves! It's been moved to a place with more light- should I leave it to see if it can recover at all on it's own, or try to transplant it right away?

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi- I recently bought my first Mother-in-Law's Tongue plant. Most of the leaves on the plant were completely straight, but some were slightly twisted. Over the last week, those leaves have become increasingly twisted. I have read that there are some varieties designed to twist, so I don't know if this is normal. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated! - Greg

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Jen said...

I froze my snake plant. I accidently left it out on the porch for several vreezing nights. Can it be saved?

8:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there,

I had saved a snake plant 2 years ago and after removing all of the dead leaves (they looked like hay) I got 2 big plants. they "out grew" their pots (quotes because they didn't really) the leaves where very long and very droopy after i removed the dead leaves. anywho...i potted them into a tall pot to help them support and put it in a dark corner in the basement next to the fish tank and it is growing like wild fire!!! but when i was replanting the 2 back into the one tall pot, a few leaves were yellow and dried out on the bottom and green, firm and healthy on top. so i cut off the dead and placed the healthy parts into soil to reroot them. most of them are big and beautiful, and because of the winter months, i have not been watering it at all. the leaves are big firm and strong, but i've noticed a few big firm strong ones are starting to get a little mushy on the bottom. I haven't been overwarter...they don't show signs of underwater...what could be the cause?

Thanks!!!

Nik

1:23 PM  
Blogger catscradle said...

What temperatures can the plant tolerate? I live in So. Fl. and recently was given a plant. It's newly potted and had started to fill in with new shoots within a short period - two months. We recently had a cold snap and now some of the leaves have turned white in the middle of the stems and the leaves are bending over at those places. But perhaps it's a watering issue.... Thanks for your comments!

7:51 PM  
Blogger 4_isenough4me said...

I just have a question. In my Snake plant, the soil smells of mold. What should I do? The plant is still growing. Just the other day I watered it, and it the smell came out almost immediatly. Help.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a snake plant in a pot that started out with only one sprout that was fairly well developed with two or three leaves. I have had it for two or three years now, and I will admit I have not been giving it the best of care (mine only got watered about once or twice a month and was so pot-bound that it would have fallen over if I did not put the pot in a mug) but it now has two very tall, well-develped shoots and one smaller baby one, even though I just found out yesterday that it was a snake plant. I had been on this website before to check out the care tips for jade plants (those are very helpful, by the way) and I had looked at the snake plant tips before out of curiosity. I saw it on the list of easy-to-grow houseplants and even saw the picture but I did not realize that it was my "mystery plant". Anyways, thanks so much, this has been very helpful for me and I am hoping that I will be able to take better care of my snake plant as I have been able to take better care of my jade plant.

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just recently learned that my plant is a snake plant and I saw your picture. Your plant has sprouts growing scattered randomly around the pot, but mine do not grow like that. Mine are all growing in a straight line, or, as my math teacher would say, they are co-linear (can be connected by a line). Will this stop? I have threee already and they are arranged from newest to oldest, like this (one is the youngest, two is the middle, and three is the oldest):

1 2 3


I do not want all my sprouts to be in a straight line. Is this supposed to happen? Am I doing something wrong? Please help!

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous who said:

hello,
i have a snake plant in my basement sweet and it has white fuzzy stuff growing in the dirt around the roots, and now there are yellow mushrooms there, i can pull them out but do you know what they are and why they are there??


Reply to this post:


I looked this up in my handy-dandy plant book (it is really useful, it's called "What's Wrong With My Plant (And How Do I Fix It)" and is extremely handy with visual diagnosis charts and easy organic remedies) and it said that honey-colored mushrooms growing around the base of the plant is a symptom of armarilla root rot. Other symptoms of this condition include: white, fan-shaped fungal knobs growing beneath the bark at the base of the stem, and if you cut the stem, white patches are present. You may or may not have this condition, this is just a suggestion because I do not know for sure, but that is my best guess. I have no other idea about what this might be. According to my book, this conditon is not curable, so you could try propogating your plant by cutting a leaf off and putting it in dirt or water until it grows roots. This may or may not be the case with you. Also, the book could be wrong and theis conditon is curable, I have no idea.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a snake plant that I have had for about three years. The first year I had it, it bloomed in the summer or spring. It has not bloomed since. Will it ever bloom again? It grew out a stem that sprouted white flowers, but when the flowers all shriveled up and fell off, the stem dried up and turned brown. Recently, maybe six months ago, I decided that the stem was not an attractive feature of my plant and snapped it off. It was very brittle and came off easily, but now I am not sure if I have just prevented my plant from blooming ever again. What am I doing wrong that it is not flowering? I am worried that I hurt the plant, although it seems to be doing just fine.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Jo Martin said...

I thought it would be nice for my two large snake plants to get some outside air and light. Unfortunately they both got a bad sunburn. Are they 'saveable'?

11:40 AM  
Blogger Simon said...

Do I leave it or split it? My Mother in Laws Tongue is 35 years old, has now moved to Switzerland with me and obviously likes it.

It has flowered four the first time in ten years and growth has gone superhuman, or should that be superplant? My three tallest leaves measure 1m 43cm (56 inches) from soil to tip.

So, the question is do I split it, or leave it in its prime and just enjoy it?

2:39 PM  
Blogger Cindy Witter said...

My snake plant grew 5 spikes and bloomed for me! I know they only bloom if they feel like it (!!) so I must have a very happy plant ;) But now that all the flowers have bloomed should I cut the spikes? Or will new 'fingers' grow again. Not sure what to do next. Thanks!

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had snake plant for several years which continues to grow with new shoots. I have had flowers several times from this plant. However, several of my leaves have started to droop and I currently have them staked. Can these drooping leaves be cut down at the bottom or if I have them staked, will they eventually stand straight on their own?

10:13 AM  
Blogger sue said...

from sue in england

hi i was given a snake plant about24 yrs ago it has about 20 spikes ranging in height from 30 to 40 inches and has 4 to 6 leaves to each spike and is in a 9 inch clay pot i have never repotted it and i get a 1 or 2 new spikes a year it has never flowered and the middle leaves are just green and about 3inches wide and the new ones are bright green and white
i use a cane to hold the plant up i checked the roots when it began to fall on lifting the plant the root ball was quite small and it was not pot bound so changed the compost and left it
is there anything i can do to get it to flower?
and the plant is in a window and it has grown so big the leaves are growing across the top of the window will this do it any harm as i do not want to start cutting it?

4:06 PM  
Blogger AQ said...

Hello, I have little flying insects in my house and on the snake plant, think it is because o the plant. They look like fruit flies ( very small). i have tried spraying with insect relellant for plants 1x week but they still exist.anyobe have a suggestion?

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Carren said...

I have had a snake plant for over 30 years. Some of the leaves no longer stay upright. The leaves lean right over. A lot of the leaves were yellowing as well. I know the plant likes to be root bound. I put in a new pot not much bigger than the one it was in. I took out the yellow leaves and some of the leaves that were leaning. What causes the leaning and what can I do once a leaf will no longer stand up straight. I read that you can just cut the leaf at the bottom and a new one will sprout. Has anyone done that.

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Grandma gave me her snake plant when I was 18. I still have it....40 years later. She had it for over 30 years. When she gave it to me she said it would bloom every 18 years. It did bloom when I was 36!!! I am so surprised to hear from some of you that it blooms yearly...or more!!! As far as what to do when it leans over.......I put a sturdy stake in the middle of the plant (as tall as the plant when pushed to bottom of pot). Then tie a nice ribbon or light weight cotton rope around the plant. Not to tight, though!

5:41 PM  
Blogger June Pina said...

My snake plant has several yellowed leaves. What is causing the yellowing? I've had this plant for over 20 years, it stands over 5ft. tall (the longest leaf is 68 inches) and I don't want it to die.

About a month the ago I noticed the plant had become top heavy and was beginning to topple over its current pot... it was standing in a corner where it was supported by the two walls. At that time, I repotted it into a brand new slightly larger heavy duty ceramic pot with fresh soil. I did notice then that some of the leaves in the center of the plant were yellowing. I thought the yellowing was caused by lack of sunlight reaching those particular leaves. During repotting, the roots were nice and firm with no type of distress. After repotting, I returned it to the same corner where it was happy, and has bloomed every year. Again, the yellowing stalks are only in the center area of the plant. All of the leaves stand straight and tall, but some have faded to a muted yellow then just fall over (still straight and firm, not mushy or shriveled).

After repotting I gave it a hefty drink, but maybe that was not enough. Maybe I should have REALLY soaked it. Yesterday, about a month after repotting, I cut out the muted yellow leaves [at the base] that I could get at (the plant stalks are closely grown and hard to get to). I also gave it a really good drink until the water came out of the bottom into the saucer. I can't think of anything else to do except to wait and watch. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Additionally, I accidentally broke a leaf off my snake plant during repotting. I put it in a vase on my window sill, and it has finally developed two little roots. At that same time, I also included a leaf from my Mother-in-laws tongue (snake plant with the white border), and it too has developed a root. I read somewhere that the Mother-in-laws tongue would loose the white border if propagated from cuttings. I wonder if it will loose the border when propagated from an actual leaf stalk rooting the way that I have done? Also, in the same vase, I included a branch from my Christmas Cactus... it has developed roots AND a flower bud.
Thanks, June (11/18/2012)

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Help. I have had my snake plant for 7 years. It has always done great. I don't water it very often. Maybe once a month. It isn't in direct sunlight. It sits in the foyer of my house with high windows. It is about 4.5 feet tall and thick. Yesterday, the whole thing was leaning slightly to one side. I watered it and turned it. Today, it was worse. They seem to be leaning right out of the dirt. Should I repot with more dirt? Is it getting to tall for the dirt to support it?

2:14 PM  
Blogger Jen Vasquez said...

Hoping you can help. Mine was doing great but oh like maybe 3-4 months ago I was helping a diff department at work and didnt water it enough. I have been back by it but I cant get it to perk back up. Do you suggest I cut off the leaves?? This is from my grandma that passed and I really want to save it. I know she had cut the tops off before. I know it never looks as pretty but I also thought of putting a stick and holding them up that way. Or is it a lost cause?? Thanks!!

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a snake plant that was 15 years old when I transplanted it to a pot 1 inch bigger than the old and with all new potting mix that had built in plant food it ended up flowering . A large strawlike stem came from the middle of the cluster and had tiny white flowers on it they dripped clesr sappy liquid from thier petals. The plant gets southern exposer light most of the day. Sadly it was left behind in the divorce.

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello!

I started caring for a snake plant in november. This is my first house plant.

As the growing season is coming in, I want to provide optimal conditions. This is how I did it:

-grow box made of black cardboard for heat insulation.

-Lined the inside of the growbox with mylar

-Cut a large hole in the growbox for light access

-covered the hole with plastic to keep in heat radiation

So that takes care (inefficiently) of heat insulation and light. Now my problems turn to the soil. I have a suspicion that it stays too damp and the soil clumps, stopping aeration to the roots. From what I read online it seems that the more aeration and drainage, the better.

I've decided to add wine corks i have to the soil, hoping they will work similarly to the clay balls you see in hydroponic systems.
My reasoning is that the corks are impermeable to water, and insulate heat, killing 2 birds with 1 stone.

Please feel free to contribute any ideas and criticism that may help the plant grow. Thank you!

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Lokee said...

I got starts off my mom's plant about 4 years ago, and they were wide leaves, very sturdy, standing straight and tall. Well, the plant has been sitting in low light on top of a shelf in a room with west facing window with curtains. I have recently taken notice that most of the new growth (what has grown from the original starts in the last few years) have very skinny stalks and although they grow straight up, they are drooped over at the top, and the taller they get, the more they droop. Is this because the plant has not gotten enough light the past few years?? I would really appreciate any help because I love all my plants and want them to be healthy and happy. Thanks!

10:20 AM  
Blogger Sandy Holly said...

CAN I GROW MY SNAKE PLANT IN A VASE OF WATER?

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I hv recently bot a snake plant & all is looking gd till 2 wks later I found 2 leaves soften & filled w water. I cut off 1 of the leaf & it had a foul smell. Wat do u tink happened to my dear plant? I'm v worried. Kindly help. Many thanks

6:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My 20+ yr old plant will flower once sometimes twice a yr. Is this common? Also, it's time to repot as everything I've read here tells me it's time.
Very useful info.
FK

10:47 AM  
Anonymous AC said...

The leaves on my snake plant are starting to droop over. I pulled an entire single leaf out and the bottom was soggy and yellow. I assume this is overwatering, but I water it very litte noe. Somebody said to never water it from the top but to only put some water in the overflow basin. What is happening. Thank you.

7:37 PM  

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