I need help saving a mother in law's tongue that was a gift from my mother. My sweet DH watered it to death I think. The leaves were either fallen over and dry and yellow or where they should've gone into the dirt were soft and mushy and gooey.
I plucked out the few green stalks/leaves remaining (though they were more yellow than green) and carefully cut off the gooey bits. They are sitting in the kitchen to 'heal' the cuts. I took the root ball out of the pot and gently rinsed it through to check it. All the root seems healthy. No mush or smell or slimey stuff. I repotted the roots with gravel in the bottom of a new same size pot, good dirt with a little of the small gravel mixed in and the perlite or vermiculite mixed in the soil. (I used african violet soil). I gently watered the dirt and set the roots/pot on the front porch as it is warm and sunny here today.
I hope to pot the leaves, or cuttings from them in a day or two after dipping in root powder using same gravel/dirt combination, but I realize plants from the cuttings won't have the wonderful coloration and stripes I had on the previous plant. I'm hoping the root system will send up new plants given time.
Is there anything I'm doing wrong? Is there anything else I can do to help insure success? This plant has a LOT of sentimental value as it was a wedding present from my mother. Any and all help is greatly appreciated!