Why Are My Snake Plant Leaves Falling Over?
Are the leaves on your Snake Plant toppling over? Do you have any mind to stake snake plant? We’ll explain why in this section. I’ll also show you how to use leaf cuttings to prune and propagate snake plants. Mania with Snake Plants I’m sure I’ve got it. What are your thoughts? Sansevierias or Mother In Law Tongues are other names for them. Whatever you call them, they’re one of the toughest and most straightforward houseplants you’ll ever come across.
I’m not referring to a large number of leaves; just one or two every now and then. It’s probably due to overwatering if you notice a lot of the snake plant leaves falling over. Water is stored in the leaves, roots, and rhizomes (the underground horizontal stem by which they spread). The leaves will mush out at the base, crease, and eventually fall over.
What can you do about falling leaves?
It’s quite straightforward. All you have to do now is prune and propagate. If you prefer, you can cut the leaf into smaller sections, but I always go the route outlined below.
Getting Ready To Propagate
To avoid a jagged cut and/or infection, make sure your pruners are clean and sharp. I removed the bottom 5–10′′ of the leaves. The amount depends on how thin the leaf bases are. You’ll want to get rid of the weaker lower half of your body. Make sure your cuts are straight and clean. If you want, you can always propagate the lower leaf sections. Simply put the ends that were growing out of the soil into the propagation mix, not the other end from which you cut the top portions off.
After a portion of the bottoms have been cut off, the Zeylanica (L) and Laurentii leaves. The lower portion of the leaves is thin and curled in here. Above that part of the leaf, I make the cut. I let the bottoms of those leaves heal for two days before planting because they contain a lot of water. Anywhere between 3 and 7 days is acceptable.
While propagating, you want the stems to heal so that the cut ends callus over and protect them from rotting. Because it’s so hot in Tucson right now, I only needed to heal mine for a day or two. By the way, I let the leaves heal for a month or so before propagating them. You won’t notice any roots growing. After they’ve been planted, they’ll form.
What Causes The Leaves To Fall Over?
I’ve been asked why a leaf will fall over at random and what to do about it. Because this was happening to two of my plants, I decided to strike while the iron was still hot, just in case you were wondering. It doesn’t happen very often to my Snake Plants, perhaps once or twice a year.
This occurs in my experience with the taller growing varieties, such as my darker Sansevieria trifasciata “Zeylanica” and the yellow-edged Sansevieria trifasciata “Laurentii” shown here. Because the leaves grow tall (some can reach 5′), the weight of the middle and top parts of the leaf pulls it down if the base cinches in. This wonderful plant’s nature is to have random leaves fall or lean over. Back in the corner, a leaf has completely fallen over.
Time To Propagate
Propagation is best done in the spring and summer. I do it by putting the leaf back in the pot with the mother plant, which is the one it came from. If you want, you can put it in a separate pot with succulent and cactus mix or propagation mix.
What Can We Do If It Wont Stay Still?
This is the recipe I use to make my own succulent and cactus mix. In either case, you’ll probably need to stake the leaf to keep it upright until the roots form and it can stand on its own. I let the mixture dry for 3-5 days before watering it. Plant the Zeylanica leaf, stake it, and tie it to the mother plant.
Stake Snake Plant!
Staking Indoor Plants for Support
Indoor plants like the Spruce / Letcia Almeida are quite common. Plants are exposed to wind and competition from other plants in their natural habitats, both of which encourage them to grow quickly and develop strong support structures. Plants that are kept indoors, where there is little wind, frequently outgrow their support system and develop weak stems. It may be necessary to stake your plants in these situations.
Indoor houseplants aren’t just for the sake of rapid growth. Some plants are naturally top-heavy and, in order to be grown as upright plants, they must be staked even outside. One such plant is Bougainvillea. Other plants, on the other hand, are natural climbers and require support to thrive. This group includes many of the most beautiful philodendron species, as well as ivy, jasmine, and tropical plants like monstera. The type of plant you’re growing determines how you should stake it.
How to Fix the Snake Plant Leaves
The outer leaves, I’ve discovered, are the ones that fall over. If the middle leaves are densely packed, they can support each other. As your Snake Plant matures, it may fall over a few times a year.
Depending on how tall and heavy your leaf is, you may need to tie it to the stake to keep it anchored. Jute string is one of my favorite materials because it is durable, inexpensive, and unobtrusive.
Simple Straight Stake
This is the most basic type of staking, and it’s best for single-stemmed plants with a lot of top weight. Flowering plants and plants that have quickly outgrown their stems are examples. This method of staking involves simply tying the plant to a single stake, which is usually a bamboo rod pushed into the soil. Be careful not to tie the plant too tightly when tying it off. As the plant grows and the tie cuts into the stem, this can cause injury. Use a stretchy tie, such as nylons or special plant ties, to avoid this.
Wire or Shaped Support
This is ideal for creepers or plants that need to be trained into a specific shape. Indoors, jasmine, which grows with long branches that flower profusely but can’t support their weight, is a good example. A simple piece of wire, or even a wire coat hanger twisted into a loop, can easily be used for this type of staking. Place both ends of the wire support in the soil and loosely tie the plant to it as it grows. This has the added benefit of producing a beautiful and sculptural hoop-shaped support.
This is ideal for multi-stemmed plants that are too heavy at the top with blooms or foliage to stand on their own. This type of staking can be done in a variety of ways. A simple wire cage can be used to surround the plant, or several stakes with twine strung between them can be used to form a support system. In these cases, tying the plant to the support is usually unnecessary because the cage will support the plant’s weight. Rather, ensure that the plant has enough space to spread out within the cage.
When to Stake a Snake Plant
It’s best to stake the plant when it’s still young and actively looking for support, regardless of the type of stake you’re using. Also, rather than placing the stake in the pot’s center, it’s a good idea to place it near one of the pot’s edges. Instead of letting the plant grow wild, this will give it more room to grow and make it easier to display the plant with a “good” side. Finally, most staked climbing or vining plants will need to be trimmed on a regular basis. Check individual plant profiles to see if yours needs to be pruned. To back up the facts in our articles, The Spruce only uses high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies.
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