Why Is My Cylindrical Snake Plant Dying? Tips for Rescuing Your Dying Sansevieria Cylindrica Plant

A tall, startling, bright green succulent, the cylindrical snake plant is a perfect plant for any home or office space. It is hardy and easy to care for and maintain, and its appearance can make it quite a conversation starter.

So, if yours is dying, you must be devastated. Fear not! We have plenty of tips and tricks to make a valiant effort to bring it back to life.

A Cylindrical Snake Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office

A Cylindrical Snake Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office

The Sansevieria cylindrica plant is a classic succulent plant, absorbing moisture and holding onto it for a nice long time, so you don’t have to pay a lot of attention to it.

It will also grow up to 3 feet tall, so it needs room to stretch out. These attributes can make it ideal for pretty much any room with enough light.

Add to these realities the fact that the cylindrical snake plant offers wonderful feng shui benefits, and you’ve got a winner!

This plant is known in eastern traditions for its encouragement of wealth, luck, abundance, and fortune in your life, so place it strategically wherever you hope to welcome those qualities most.

Signs of a Dying Cylindrical Snake Plant

The most obvious signs of a dying cylindrical snake plant are as follows:

  • Crispy leaves
  • Mushy leaves
  • Soggy soil

Common Causes of a Dying Cylindrical Snake Plant

The most common causes of a dying cylindrical snake plant include:

  • Too much sun
  • Not enough sun
  • Too much water
  • Not enough water
  • Pest infestation

Watering Needs of a Cylindrical Snake Plant

The cylindrical snake plant is highly drought tolerant and can go a long time without water. Thus, you can water the plant thoroughly so that the water runs through the bottom of the pot then wait until it dries out before watering it again.

To read more about watering your plant, look at this article on watering mistakes that might be killing your plant.

Am I Underwatering My Cylindrical Snake Plant?

You can tell your plant is underwatered, which is unlikely, by the way the soil dries up and gets packed tight. If you touch the soil, and it is hard to the touch, the plant needs to be watered.

Restoring Water to Your Underwatered Cylindrical Snake Plant

If you notice your soil has become packed too tightly, water it thoroughly then water again the next day, watching that the soil holds the moisture well. Then, get back onto a regular watering schedule.

Am I Overwatering My Cylindrical Snake Plant?

In the much more likely event you are overwatering your snake plant, you will notice the soil is soggy and the stems start to get mushy.

Restoring Balance to Your Overwatered Cylindrical Snake Plant

If you have overwatered your succulent to the point of soggy soil and mushy stems, you may need to repot the root ball.

Remove the root ball from the soil and cut away any mushy stems or roots. Lay the plant with its root ball outside in the sunlight on a screen until it dries out completely. Then pot the root ball in fresh succulent soil and get it onto a regular watering schedule.

Soil Needs of a Cylindrical Snake Plant

The cylindrical snake plant will do well in indoor houseplant soil or succulent soil. It should be a light soil that does not hold onto water excessively.

Soil Drainage Needs for a Cylindrical Snake Plant

Make sure your cylindrical snake plant sits in a well-draining soil with a pot that has plenty of drainage holes. Consider a clay pot that will not hold too much moisture.

Resolving Soil Drainage Issues for a Cylindrical Snake Plant

If you do the above and you notice that the soil is still holding water, place pebbles in the bottom of the pot, under the soil, to help it drain even better.

Lighting Needs of a Cylindrical Snake Plant

Interestingly for a succulent, the cylindrical snake plant does not need a ton of light. It can actually tolerate very low light levels, so it is perfect for a house or apartment or any space that does not have a ton of sunlight.

Resolving Lighting Issues for a Cylindrical Snake Plant

If you do notice that your succulent is lackluster and its colors seem less than vibrant, move it closer into the light. If you notice the snake plant’s stems getting crispy, you should move it farther away from the sunlight.

You may need to experiment with different spots near and farther away from windows and see how your plant performs.

Pests or Diseases that Can Cause Issues with a Cylindrical Snake Plant

The cylindrical snake plant is relatively resistant to pests and disease. Root rot is one reason you may notice pests hanging around the plant. In this case, resolve the root rot as described above then spray the plant liberally with neem oil, wiping away any bugs you see. Continue to spray the plant a few times a week until you notice the bugs are gone for good.

Fake Cylindrical Snake Plants May Be an Additional Consideration

Fake Cylindrical Snake Plants May Be an Additional Consideration

Ultimately, you might find that a live snake plant is simply too much work or worry. If this sounds like you, then you can consider an artificial cylindrical snake plant a worthy alternative.

It will give you none of the trouble and many of the same benefits. It will still be great for your mental health and bring all the great feng shui qualities.

If you’re worried a fake cylindrical snake plant is not trendy, check out my article on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky.

Alive or fake, you can’t go wrong with a cylindrical snake plant in your home or office space.

How is your cylindrical snake plant performing? Do you have any tips or tricks that have helped you keep it alive? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.

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