I often acquire plants from unusual sources. Plant cuttings from yard sales, restaurant window sills, and thrift stores always come with an added challenge – keeping the plant alive from dire living situations. Such was the case with this (initially) very sad Sansevieria. This Sansevieria came from a hospice shop in Ukiah, CA. In the back of the dimly lit store past all the cluttered isles of treasures and knick-knicks, I found this plant on the sheer end of its existence. I knew it was a type of Sansevieria, but I had never seen a weeping Sansevieria before. It had the same Snake Plant variegation, but all the leaves were drooping over. It was in a plastic pot with no drainage holes, and the soil was only about 1 inch deep and soggy. It hadn’t seen light in weeks, and it had absolutely no root mass. For $1, I had to rescue it! At first, I researched what kind of variety of Sansevieria has a weeping growing habit. Turns out, only a dying one.
When I got home and took it out of the pot, I saw that it had no roots at all. Poor thing. So I immediately put it in water, and hung it in a brightly lit spot. After about 3 months, it started to grow the tiniest of roots.
After these little roots starting wrapping around the fishbowl, I planted them in soil. The outer leaves were very droopy, so I cut them off. It slowly began to grow new, upright growth. As the middle filled in with new growth, I was able to keep pruning off the previously deformed leaves, until it looked like a real plant again. There was no fixing the old bent leaves; I just had to wait for the new leaves to emerge full of life.
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(It’s probably the nicest one I own!)
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Sansevieria plants are hard to kill. They are among the easiest of house plants to take care of. You can keep them in the darkest part of your house (within reason), and they will still thrive if watered and provided adequate drainage. Whoever neglected this plant before it fell into my hands must have left it to rot in a closet somewhere. I may not be a doctor for humans, but I certainly feel like a doctor for plants. I wish this plant patient could provide a testimonial, but I’m just happy it can stand up straight and proud again, with dignity and grace.
This is one of the plants on my Top 7 Houseplants that are Completely Indestructible list.
It now lives with me at work.
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