How to Grow Snake Plant from Seeds?

Snake Plant
Snake Plant (Source: Outsideland/ Reddit)

When I planned to get some snake plants for my home, the main problem was the shipping of many plants. That is why I thought germinating seeds would be a convenient and easy way to grow snake plants for myself.

Snake plants are not generally grown from seeds because of their genetic variability.

I did thorough research over the internet, but I could not find any good information on this matter.

So I decided to experiment on it and ordered some snake plants seeds from amazon. 

To grow snake plants from seeds, a moist paper towel is kept in a Ziplock bag at warmth of 65-75 degrees F, and the use of a dome increase the humidity. Then, 9 watts LED light is used to germinate the seed. The seed will have white roots in a day or two, and you can transfer it to potting soil. 

This article will go through each step to grow snake plants from seeds and all the things you need to know about it. 

Are Snake Plant Seeds available in the Market?

In general, you can not find snake plants seeds in the market because the Snake Plant seeds are short-lived (dry seed is of no use).

But if you really want to do it, you can buy fresh fruits from the nursery to extract seeds.

Snake Plant with Fruits
Snake Plant with Fruits

Sometimes, the fruit has two seeds, and you can say the luck is on your side because you will have two sprouts.

Note: You should never eat the fruit of a Snake Plant because it is poisonous. So are its leaves. If you or your pets ingest a leaf accidentally, then you might have symptoms like salivation, nausea, and vomiting.

If you have pets in your home and wondering about how toxic Snake Plants could be to your pets. Find out here: How Toxic is Snake Plants to Cats?

The Color of the Seeds and Fruits

The fruits that the nursery owner or acquaintance has given you might be orange, green, or light green. The orange one is a ripened one, while the green one is immature.

Both are appropriate for planting. The seeds of the orange ones are light yellow, and they come out easily as you peel out the fruit skin as you take out the pulp.

Do you find the pulp of the orange fruit jelly in nature? Yes, you do.

Some people rinse this pulp out with water before planting because they want a high chance of germination rate success and do not want fungus to attack the seeds. But this is not the best way because you can plant the green fruit directly into the soil in a pot. But it sprouts the best in an indoor area than in an outdoor one.

This tells you that it is a house plant. Therefore, when you plant the seeds of Snake Plant in a pot outdoor, you should do it in a shaded area.

Step by Step Guide to Grow Snake Plants from Seeds

The late winter is the best season to plant the seeds; however, some prefer planting before the rainy season. Let’s go through the step and step guide to grow snake plants from seeds.

Step 1: Preparation for Germination of Snake Plant Seeds

  • Take out the seed from the fruit and rinse them properly with water.
  • Ensure you have rinsed the seed properly, as it contains chemicals and might spread throughout the soil.
  • Take a moist paper towel and put it in a Ziplock bag. Gently transfer the rinsed seed into the Ziplock bag.
  • The temperature should be maintained at warmth of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Use the dome to increase the humidity. The use of 9 watts LED lights will germinate the seed.
  • After a day or two, you will see white roots coming out. Gently transfer the seed to the soil mixture.

Plant it as soon as possible in your garden or a pot inside your room. The reason is to prevent the seed from drying.

Keep in mind; the soil must be moist as this will enhance the growth of the Snake Plant in a favorable way.

Step 2: Planting the Snake Plant Seed in Pot

  • Transfer the seed to the pot. 
  • Depending on the effect you wish to achieve, position your plants 6 – 36 inches (15.2 cm) apart when planting.
  • You can either plant the fruit directly or the seed in the soil half an inch deep.
  • Don’t dip the seeds too deep.
  • You can also plant it in a mixture of manure and river sand, or you can do it in Coco Peat or the African Violet Soil.

After this, you need to wash your hands properly as seeds of snake plants are toxic for you and your kids.

Benefits of using Coco Peat on Snake Plant’s Seeds

  • Coco peat yields a high-end result because it has an anti-fungal property.
  • It is full of nutrients that the seeds need.
  • It has perfect moisture.
  • It is soft; as a reason, the germination will take at a fast pace.

Benefits of using African Violet Soil on Snake Plant’s Seed

  • African Violet Soil is best as it has soil that is perfect for drainage.
  • It has fertilizers that the seed of the snake plant needs for 25 days or sprouting.

However, I have seen a high rate of success of sprouting in the Coco Peat.

Planting Seed in Coco Peat
Planting Seed in Coco Peat (Source: Pexels.com)

Step 3: Watering the Seeds

  • After planting them, water the seeds and make sure they are moist enough.
  • Do not water it every day because the sprouts will absorb the water and survive without it for 7 days.
  • For the best result, water the soil till your finger reaches half an inch or two inches and finds dryness under the surface.

Overwatering will kill the sprouts.

They are drought-resistant. That’s why some growers prefer to plant the seeds in a pot that has small holes on the bottom so that extra water will drain out.

It is recommended not to plant the seed of a Snake Plant in a garden; a pot is a better option and alternative.

I have seen a fully grown healthy Snake Plant with small pots. But the disadvantage of small pots is, it is root bound, and in the future, you have to do repotting.

Step 4: Caring for the Planted Seedlings

Pay attention to details like damping off, nutrition, temperature, water, light.

Put your small coco peat inside as the sprouts grow well indoors than outdoor. However, if you prefer keeping pots outdoor, keep in mind you put them in a shaded area.

Seedlings should not be exposed to temperatures below freezing for more than a few hours or above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius) since this can inhibit root growth.

Too much water can destroy delicate roots, while too little might cause your new babies to shrink and even die.

When will you get the Result?

To turn these seeds of Snake Plant into sprouts or seedlings, you will have to wait for around 25 days.

While they change their forms, you should keep the pot away from the direct sunlight from day one.

It’s good to place the pot 4-5 feet away from the window of your room and to keep the room temperature at 27 degrees Celsius.

You will see the new young sprouts almost after 4 weeks. Sometimes, all these seeds do not change into sprouts, but most of them will.

Plants that have sprouted many seeds in the same cell or container should be thinned for a better result.

How can you Protect the Sprouts?

If you have grown the seeds in a pot outdoor, the sprouts may be vulnerable and attacked by insects. In such a case, you can use a pesticide.

You must keep the pot in a low-light area. Here the low light means in a shaded area.

Some seeds are still on the way to sprouting out when you can see their tiny leaves coming out from the soil when you compare their features with other sprouts after 25 days.

If the seeds have sprouted 100%, then you are an achiever.

The Result will Surprise you

All the sprouts do not have the same physical features.

Some are green, while others are light green, some have broad leaves, and some do not have, and some even have curly features on their blades and tips.

You will have Snake Plants with different features when they mature from the same kind of seeds. And their life expectancy is from 5 to 25 years.

After a Seed and Sprout, what is the Next?

From the above, you see the seed and the sprout are easy to grow.

You don’t have to water them every day. The most important factor is light.  Snake plants can grow in multiple sunlight conditions. It would help if you avoid direct sunlight. 

Things to Remember while Repotting the Sprouts

After 25 days, you will see tiny little sprouts coming out. Since the small sprouts are coming out, you don’t have to repot it quickly.

However, the Plants grown in peat cells should be moved to a larger pot to accommodate future growth.

When you can see roots coming out of the bottom of the cell, you know it’s time. To prevent injuring the stem by lifting the seedlings, spoon them out. Again, use nice sterile soil and water them thoroughly right away.

You have to repot Snake Plant every year for healthy growth.

Snake Plants Sprouts
Snake Plants Sprouts (Source: Sunshine Magazine)

Since this is the first year for the sprout, you have to repot in a small pot and include the following things.

  • A mixture of garden soil and sand, each 40% and 20%, should be used eggshells and tea leaves.
  • Or a mixture of soil and Pumice (40%)
  • Or a mixture of soil, peat, or coir. You can add 20 to 30 percent of Peat or Coir.
  • Or a mixture of soil and Perlite (40%)

The above-mentioned is not compulsory because you can also use a mixture you have heard from your friends, relatives, or nursery owners.

Is There any other Way you can Grow Snake Plant?

Yes, there is. They can be grown from leaves in a glass half full of water.

But first, the snake plant’s leaves must be propagated, and the base of these leaves must be underwater.

After 20 days, you will see some rooting, but more often, after 30 days.

During these days, the water will change its color. When you observe this, you will have to change the water.

After 90 days, you will see lots of roots. This indicates you have to do repotting of the leaves in a mixture that contains Coco Peat and garden soil or you can do repotting in your favorite mixture.

Read more: How to Grow Snake Plants in Water?

Conclusion

 Now that you’ve learned everything there is to know about growing snake plants, go ahead and put some in your garden. 

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