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Why are the blades on my Sansevieria curling?

Your Sansevieria can go weeks between watering, so overwatering is extremely common. Overwatering and improper drainage will cause leaves to fold but generally not curl. Curling can occur when the plant is underwatered and left dry for too long.

Soil dry for too long

Your Sansevieria is very drought-tolerant, but that doesn’t mean you can forget about it completely. Be sure you’re not over or underwatering your plant. Keep a consistent watering schedule–water when the top 50% of the soil is dry.

 

If you accidentally leave your Sansevieria’s soil completely dry for too long, you may see leaves go limp, droop, and possibly start to brown and curl. If the soil is extremely dry all the way through the pot, a thorough soak is in order. 

 

Here’s how to soak-water your Sansevieria:

 

  1. Place your plant in your sink or tub without the saucer. Fill your basin up with about 3-4″ of water. Make sure the water isn’t hot! 
  2. Allow your plant to soak up water through the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot for at least 45 min. 
  3. Feel the top of the soil after your plant has been soaking–has the water reached the top 2-3” of soil?
  4. If not all the soil feels saturated, water your Sansevieria lightly from the top of the soil to help speed up the saturation.
  5. When your plant’s soil is evenly damp, drain the sink/tub and allow the plant to rest while it drains thoroughly. Place the plant back on its saucer and back in its proper spot.

Sansevieria

Architectural and sturdy. This plant is easy to care for and highly adaptable.
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We're confident your Sansevieria will be back to normal in no-time, but if you've followed the steps above and things just aren't improving you can contact us here.

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