droopy snake plant please help!

TwoOfHeartsApril 21, 2012

My snake plant, which had thrived for the past 5 years, is now very droopy. The leaves do not stand up straight anymore. i was only watering it every 2-3 weeks (at most). I cannot tell if I was over or underwatering it. Can someone please help me identify the problem and suggest what to do? Thank you! I cant figure out how to attach a picture to this posting??

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

When was the last time you repotted your plant?

You know, only you can really tell if you are over or under watering. As you know, this plant should be allowed to dry out quite a bit in between waterings. However, you should water the heck out of it on watering day! If it's been a very long time since your plant has been 'booted up' and repotted, that could certainly cause problems. Also, it might be that insufficient light might play a factor.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 11:25PM
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TwoOfHearts

Thanks for your advice! i just repotted it and found that it was soaking in water! i was only watering it once a month (or so) so i dont understand why there was so much water in the soil. it sits in pretty good light. when you say "water the heck out of it," doesn't that run the risk of the water not properly drying out because there is so much in the soil? i feel like i might have overwatered it when i actually did.

thanks for your help!

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 12:29AM
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brodyjames_gw

Does the pot have drainage holes in it? If so, then the next time you water, water until you see it coming out of the holes aka "water the heck out of it" and then don't water the plant again until you can poke your finger in the soil and have it come out dry. If your pot does NOT have drainage holes, then I suggest repotting (again) into a pot that does.
What kind of soil are you using? If regular potting soil, you should mix in up to 75% perlite and/or some kind of other inorganic material such as chicken grit to make the soil more gritty, thus facilitating better drainage.
Snake plants are a succulent and can go for months without watering and be none the worse for wear. Mine haven't been watered since January. They are pretty tough plants and a 2nd repot shouldn't hurt it. Also, when you repot a succulent, you should always wait a few days before watering it.

Nancy

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 2:59AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

In a fast draining, porous potting mix, all of the excess water will drain from the container promptly. Watering thoroughly should really never be a problem. It's giving little sips each time that can cause issues.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 11:52AM
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TwoOfHearts

thank you all for your advice. i repotted the plant but am wondering what to do with the long leaves that are drooping and bending over. will they ever stand up straight again or should i trim them? will they grow back?

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 5:27PM
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Johnsp(6b)

Did only a few leaves collapse or more and did they begin to yellow? Snake plants-Sansevieria species are lilies native to central and southern Africa commonly found growing in seasonally dry areas. When you repotted the plant did you notice if the roots were healthy where the color is tannish higher up in the root with ends being white-they should also have been firm not mushy? If mushy or soft and dark then sounds like root collapse which would cause the plant to collapse. Though these plants are known for their ability to survive in low light best care is an area with bright light even direct sun if grown inside. If you are not growing the plant in area with bright light inside I would move it to such a spot for best growth. Without seeing a picture of the roots I can't be certain if this happened due to lack of light and/or too much water but if the pot you hade it in had no drainage holes and sat in water especially in the winter when growth is slowed or stopped I would suspect the latter.

Scott

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 6:09PM
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brodyjames_gw

Hi Two,

Odds are the drooping leaves will never stand back up...they'll most likely stay green for a while and then begin to yellow. You can tie them up to keep the look of the plant, or you can trim them. The cut leaves, if in good health, will continue to grow, but they won't regain the pointed tip and will have a blunt edge.

Nancy

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 11:36PM
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elichka(6b)

Please go to Sansevieria Forum. it has lots of info how to care about this plant.

Inna

    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 1:10PM
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TwoOfHearts

THank you all so much for your advice. ok i did it...i trimmed the droopy leaves off. it was rather severe and it looks like i gave the plant a drastic hair-cut. I will wait and see if the leaves grow back. I sure hope they do! i repotted it in a perlite mix soil and watered it slightly. I will leave it on my balcony for a while (where there is more sun). Can someone tell me how to post photos on this forum? i cant figure it out and would love to show you all what i am experiencing.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 1:27AM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

If it hasn't had direct sun, pls. expose it gradually (a few hrs. a day), so it doesn't burn.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 7:36AM
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Johnsp(6b)

Two of hearts go to the hosta forum scroll down to the bottom and click on next page day-previous postings in that section you will see very detailed instructions on how to post pictures. If you have problems finding it let me know.

Scott

    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 2:47PM
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Stush2049(Pitts., Pa. 6)

Too late to help. I use tomato cages to support my sans. They are 4 feet tall. Also supported leaves will regain strength and support themselves in time. The main problems must be corrected first. The information you got here is correct and should help you. As far as the leaves are concern, you should get plenty more new ones.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2012 at 9:04AM
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norma_2009

This is the one I have in my bathroom, I pretty much ignore it. It is getting several new leaves, and it is really healthy. I also have a taller one, 4.5

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 11:22PM
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norma_2009

And this is the tall one. Guess it is not to bright, but it is 4',5"

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 11:26PM
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