I have a confession to make: I really over loved my Snake Plant. Like really love over loved it. And by over loved, I mean of course, over watered. That’s the dumbest thing i have ever did. If this has happened to you, don’t despair! Here is one way to try and save face, along with your rotting plant friend.
Snake Plant Having Root Rot
Sansevieria or (san-se-vi-ah) in the Lily family, also known as one of the world’s most popular plants.
On the basis of molecular phylogenetic studies, Sansevieria has been included in the genus Dracaena…
…which is native to tropical Africa in particular, Madagascar, and southern Asia.
The 70 or so species formerly placed in the genus have been known by many common names…
…including mother-in-law’s tongue, devil’s tongue, jinn’s tongue, bow string hemp, snake plant, and snake tongue.
According to the APG III classification system, Dracaena is a member of the family Asparagaceae…
…subfamily Nolinoideae (formerly the family Ruscaceae). It has also been placed in the family Dracaenaceae.
With its durability, the Sansevieria makes an excellent choice for apartment dwellers who typically have difficulty…
….with houseplants due to limited lighting. They should take a good look at snake plants.
As the most tolerant of all decorative plants, Sansevieria can survive the harshest growing conditions, abuse and neglect.
Simply put, sansevieria is a tough houseplant to kill. Snake plants are versatile, classic houseplants with sword-like foliage.
The great thing about this plant is that it’s a great plant for forgetful gardeners and it’s an excellent air purifier plant for indoor environments.
Despite being a resilient succulent that can grow from 6 inches to several feet, snake plants have a number of health benefits.
Household plants are often strategically placed for decoration and to maintain good feng shui.
But did you know that some of these same plants also have some health benefits?
You might be surprised to learn that snake plants bring both health benefits and beauty to your home.
Keep reading to discover the snake plant’s benefits, how to care for one, and how to keep it alive.
Here we have story from Jamie about having and root rot issue on snake plant.
Let us hear Jamie’s story
I woke up to the sound of my snake plant dying. I knew it was time for a change.
I pulled out my phone and typed in “Rooting om Snake Plant” into Google, but there were only seven results…
….so I figured this one out myself. It’s basically when all the roots are dead and we need to replace them..
...with new ones or else risk losing our plant altogether. After that I rapidly saving my snake plant before its too late…
…with al long of struggle finally I can save it and after 4 weeks it growing to better and healthier.
The most commonly seen problem with Snake Plants is root rot, caused by overwatering, especially in the winter months. The roots then die back due to lack of oxygen or the overgrowth of a soil fungus.Andrew, author and owner of smartgardenguide.com
Here’s the main thing…
Why Choosing this plant? Is it worth?
Well, this plant is one of the famous houseplant that you will ever had. Recognizable and easy to care!
Isn’t that great? The snake plant is native to Africa’s tropical western region, from Nigeria to Congo…
…where she goes by the scientific name Sansevieria trifasciata; however, she goes by a variety of other names.
She is most recognized as “snake plant,” or “mother-in-law’s tongue” because of the shape and the sharpness of her leaves.
In Brazil, they call her “Espada de São Jorge,” because she is associated with the sword of Saint George, and in Japan…
… they call her “Tiger’s tail”. Like all famous people, the snake plant suffered criticism.
She was associated with bad luck. This is just a rumor. In fact, the plant was cherished in ancient times…
..and was believed to bring good luck in several countries.
In China, people who possessed this plant were subject to receiving eight virtue gifts from the Eight Gods…
..which includes Prosperity, Beauty, Long Life, Intelligence, Health, Art, Strength, and Poetry.
This plant will attract positive energy and good luck to your home, giving you a feeling of well-being and a feeling of security.
Snake Plant Basic Care
Snake plants do best in bright, indirect light, but they can thrive in low-light spaces and sometimes tolerate direct sun.
The amount of water your snake plant needs is relative to how much light it gets, so take that into consideration as you choose its place.
More light means it’ll need more frequent (but still rare) waterings, while plants in dimmer areas will need less water.
Fertilize your snake plant every two to three months.
They can be repotted during any season, though they can go three or four years before repotting in a larger vessel with fresh soil.
Now back to the main topic, is it possible to save your rotting snake plant? Esepcially the leaves?
Yes it is! Here’s Im gonna told you about saving rotting rot from snake plant!
So sit back, relax, and read this and say no more to rotting of your snake plant.
Snake Plant Overview
Step 1 : Preparing The Tools
- a clean pot & saucer- appropriate for the size of your leaves*
- utility scissors or garden sheers
- peat moss or vermiculite
- container to mix the two soil ingredients
- big wooden spoon
Step 2: Make a Clean Cut
In order to say goodbye to the rotten ends of your leaves, cut the bottoms off well above the ‘melty’…
…and yellowed ends. You want to make a straight cut across in what looks to be a healthy section.
I chose to leave my leaves as long as possible to maintain the ‘look’ of a plant while they try to take root.
If you prefer to ere on the side of caution, cut them even shorter.
NOTE: There is always a chance that a fungus or bacteria has entered the plant’s system as a result of the rot and there’s no way to know if that’s happened, but I always think it’s worth a try to save it. If it doesn’t work, then I’ll throw it out and get a new one.
Let your cut leaves sit for 24 hours to callus over before moving on to the next step.
If you have any cinnamon in stock, you can also sprinkle a bit on the ends as it’s an anti-fungal. (I was out!)
Here’s the main thing…
Step 3: Mix Your Soil Mix
Now, in a mixing container, add 2-3 cups each of perlite and peat moss (50/50).
The perlite will offer good aeration while the peat will retain a bit of moisture, without staying too wet.
We don’t want a rot re-run, don’t worry about making too much, just take a guess.
You can always save what’s left and use it later for other plant biz.
Stir in enough water so that the mix is lightly moist, but not wet.
Last but not least
Step 4: Fill the plant
Spoon the mix into your pot to about 3/4″ below the rim. Pat it down gently with the back of your spoon.
Take each leaf and press it gently, and deeply, into the mix so that they stand up on their own.
Press the mix around the leaf bases gently with your fingers.
Once you’ve inserted all the leaves, put the pot in a warm spot in your house with good, but not direct light.
A North facing window works well. Keep the mix moist, but not wet.
If the roots are in too dry of an environment they will shrivel and die, but too much water isn’t good either.
Use your judgement and your testing finger! And finally, put your hands together and say a little prayer to the plant gods.
If the propagation is successful, each leaf will take root (and eventually become it’s own individual plant) in about 4-6 weeks.
You can test them by pulling very gently on the leaves to see if there’s resistance.
Once they have started growing roots (positive thinking!), they will eventually start growing new leaves.
At that point you will have to move each new cluster to their own pots…
…and dismantle your ‘fake’ rescue plant arrangement. Finger crossed!
See having Snake plant is good choice for you to have! It’s cool, its famous, it’s easy to have and care!
What else do you need? In this pandemic time like this, is a good choice for you to have an new activity…
…and having snake plant is a good choice for you to have!
Last thing for sure. This plant need to be care carefully, remember plant need the “love” too.
Alright that’s all for today! Do you have any questions about all of this?
Or do you want to add some good method for saving snake plant from rotting?
Let me know your recommendation from the comment below.
I hope you can now take care your snake carefully and grow it big!
Thanks for reading this article! Bye!