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Snake plant split and soil


I have 3 snake plants (Sansevieria trifasciata). They are all in the same location and 2 are growing really fast yet there is one that is very small compared.

They all get the same amount of water but I noticed recently the soil was looking dark for weeks and never dried. Now I have white snow flake like on the top of the soil. 

The plant has also started to split in the middle. 

From reading up this is some kind of mold but I would like some conformation. If so is this dangerous to the plant or to me?

I water once a week if hot, then every 2 weeks, but seems this was too much.

Being complexly new to this my plan is to take 50% of the top soil off and put compost soil back in. I'm just guessing though so any advise will be great,



Last edited: 08 August 2017 22:30:42


  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,074

    Hello GW !

    I have two Sansevieria in my greenhouse growing in a very gravelly soil medium (as are my cacti) ; very free draining and in full sunshine . I have found them virtually indestructible .

    I would be inclined to wash the roots completely and repot ; split if necessary and simply cut off any damaged or splitting leaves . Let any wounds callous over for a few days before re-watering !

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,074

    PS : - the white mould is nothing more than a result of being too wet for too long . They are very drought tolerant .

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