Snake plant with hollowed out center?


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Hi! Thank you for taking the time to access this with me and directing me in the rite direction. Have had this issue for a while now but don't know why or what to do.....

I have had this snake plant for a number of years. Has always been healthy n happy for the most part. About 6 months ago, I noticed that the middle of the plant base, where the roots are, is completely hollowed out and keeps getting bigger and bigger. I can't see any noticable bugs or pests on the plant. There is some mild webbing, but nothing major and not getting worse. I feel like there is something living in that hole but I can't ever see anything. I am creeped out a little bit by the whole situation, so I don't tend to get too close. Some of the leaves on the putter edge have been not looking so great!! Any thoughts or suggestions would be wonderful. Thanks so much!!!
 

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Hello, and welcome to the Forums.

It is not clear to me that there necessarily is a problem. Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata, formerly Sansevieria trifasciata) is a rhizomatous species in which separate clumps could naturally separate leaving a gap. There could be root rot situation in affect but you would have to explore the unknown to determine this. If you are willing, tip the plant out of its pot and examine the roots. For added measure, do a partial soil replacement when you re-pot it... or you could also just fill in the hole with a few handfuls of fresh potting soil and call it a day.
 
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Hi! Thank you for taking the time to access this with me and directing me in the rite direction. Have had this issue for a while now but don't know why or what to do.....

I have had this snake plant for a number of years. Has always been healthy n happy for the most part. About 6 months ago, I noticed that the middle of the plant base, where the roots are, is completely hollowed out and keeps getting bigger and bigger. I can't see any noticable bugs or pests on the plant. There is some mild webbing, but nothing major and not getting worse. I feel like there is something living in that hole but I can't ever see anything. I am creeped out a little bit by the whole situation, so I don't tend to get too close. Some of the leaves on the putter edge have been not looking so great!! Any thoughts or suggestions would be wonderful. Thanks so much!!!

Snake Plant (Dracaena Trifasciata) Indoor Care Guide​

The plant has tall, sword-shaped dark green leaves with white stripes that appear as different types of marbling depending on the variety. Many different Snake Plant varieties are cultivated for the unique marbling on their leaves. The plant gets its name from its growth pattern, which resembles an arboreal snake’s body coiling around itself. This plant is often used in offices to filter the air for harmful toxins. However, it can also be kept outdoors during certain times of year without any risk since it does not need sunlight.

 

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