Once you get obsessed with Snake Plant, There is no doubt that you need more of them around your house and in your life.
The good news is that you don’t have to buy new snake plants and spend your hard-earned money. Meanwhile, you can propagate new plants from cuttings as I did.
I even gifted one of them to my friend who was working remotely. He had never been so happy with the blend of work and some greenery on his desk.
Houseplants like snake plants, or sansevieria, are one of the most common and easy houseplants that can be propagated in water, soil, and through rhizome and division at home with little love and effort.
The best part is this beautiful plant can even survive for months without water so that you can stay months away from a home without worrying about it.
Here are some tips on growing snake plants in your home and around your friends. Once you are familiar with all of these options, you will choose one that works best for you.
- Snake plant propagation in water: You can propagate a freshly cut healthy leaf in water.
- Snake plant propagation in soil: You can place a freshly cut leaf into the ground to propagate.
- Propagation of Snake plant by division: Propagation of snake plants by division. These plants are
easily divided in half.
- Propagation through the rhizome: Rhizomes can form new snake plants under the right
Let’s go through it briefly. I want you to get the results you wanted.
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Root cuttings in water are the easiest but most prolonged method of propagating snake plants. That’s why you must have patience.
If you have some wonky leaves you want to snip off, this method is a great use.
Furthermore, if you ever had an idea of how the plant should look, you’re optimistic. The extra leftover leaves can be of great help.
Materials you will Need
- Sharp knife or scissors for cutting,
- Heavy glass, a jar or vase
- Rooting Hormone (optional)
Prune the leaf you wish to propagate with a sharp knife or scissors near the soil. Be careful; a cleaner and more brilliant cut will yield better results.
You may also add a Rooting hormone which helps to develop roots quickly. Now, cover about 25% of the bottom portion of the leaf inside the jar.
If your snake plant leaves are large, you can cut them into sections and place each of them into water.
Do not forget; you should keep the edge of these leaves in the same orientation as when it was in the soil.
These leaves are highly polar and develop roots only one way from the nearest edge to the soil. That’s why you won’t get the results if you place it upside down.
If you are wondering how to cut the leaf, I have an idea. Cutting the leaf in a V shape at the bottom can help in many ways.
The cut increases the leaf’s surface area to the water, which eventually prevents friction against the vessel’s bottom. Hence, the roots grow with joy from the v-surface within about two months.
Moreover, you might get mismatched with the top and bottom. A V-shaped bottom might help you with this confusion.
As soon as the roots of the cutting sprouts, you can plant them in soil and keep them moist. Putting a little pressure on the leaf-cutting with a gentle pull will cause some resistance.
Roots are beginning to spread from the cutting! It won’t be long before new growth sprouts.
- Generally, it would take two months for roots to sprout from your cuttings.
- Keep changing the water in your vase once a week.
- Don’t put your snake plant in direct sunlight. Your plant needs a lot of indirect sunlight.
Snake plant propagation in soil
Alternatively, you can propagate snake plants in the soil with a single leaf.
Choose the leaf you want to snip off and cut it off near the soil line with a clean and sharp scissor so that you will have more of it.
Now, cut the leaf into a couple of inches long pieces, as shown in the video.
Do not forget to cut the bottom end on V-shape. Because you need to wait a couple of days for the leaf pieces to callous over, this will keep soil bacteria from getting into the leaf and causing rot. Otherwise, it can get hard to track the bottom end of the leaf.
Finally, put the bottom end into the soil and leave the rest of the work to mother nature.
Now in a month or so, the leaf will develop some roots. However, you can’t see the progress made inside the mud, which might disappoint you. Finally, in another month, new growth will sprout.
Leaf cuttings cannot propagate a variegated snake plant. To be specific, the margins of the leaf with yellow margins lose their variegation.
To maintain variegation, propagation by rhizomes or division is needed. So, let’s go through them.
Snake Plant Propagation By Division
If you have a huge snake plant, you might like the propagation of the snake plant by division. A huge snake plant can be lovely in the living room; however, the plant stops growing. Therefore, why not take advantage of its size.
The division is the process of separating a single plant into two or more plants. Propagation by division is also the fastest way to propagate and grow the plant.
For this, gently take the entire plant out of the pot. Meanwhile, you might not like your living room covered with dirt. Simply put down some paper or do this process in your backyard.
Now, you will find out the plant is connected by rhizomes. A very large rhizome can even yield more divisions.
You may need a handsaw to cut the plant into sections as per your need. And each section must contain some good healthy leaves and roots to survive.
Do not forget; a small snake plant cannot grab attention in the living room as it did before.
Subsequently, put each separate snake plant into a fresh pot with succulent soil. Water your plants one by one, then wait until the soil has completely dried off.
Propagating Snake Plants By Rhizome
Rhizomes are underground stems that grow horizontally. Rhizomes of snake plants produce new shoots called pups, which can develop into new plants.
In case you do not see these young pups, don’t worry! You can still use the rhizome to grow snake plants.
So now slide off your snake plant out of its pot. You will see some rhizomes near the root system. They look pretty broad and white like garlic cloves.
Make a clean, sharp cut on the rhizome from the plant’s base. Ensure that the roots around the plant are not damaged. Let the rhizome callus over for a few days.
Finally, the callus might have formed. You can plant the rhizome in a brand new vase.
Take a deep breath! Your work is over.
Caring Propagated Snake Plant
You may also need some tips to care for the propagated snake plant. Rooting and the emergence of sprouts is just not enough to grow the plant into a magnificent ornament.
It usually takes a year of care to see the results you wanted. So let’s discuss the things you should consider immediately after the sprouts.
You can also grow snake plants by planting seeds.
Snake plants need to be watered every two to three weeks. Ideally, the soil should remain moist at all times without becoming soggy.
A dry soil results in broken leaves, which can ruin the appearance of your plants. Eventually, the leaves will turn yellow and die.
However, too much water causes plants to rot and catches the disease, eventually killing the plant, making it harder to regrow.
Consider temperature, humidity, wind, and soil drainage to judge how often to water. Anyway, it is best to keep the surface layers dry on their own, keeping the bottom of the soil wet allowing roots to absorb enough water.
Snake plants do well under bright light but do not prefer direct sunlight. You can place the snake plant near a window where it can get some sunlight in the morning and evening.
Make sure it’s not exposed to the hot noon sun.
A lot of light will fade the variegation. In addition, the leaves will lose their luster. Meanwhile, a dim light slows the growth and kills variegation.
Snake plants require pollution-free humid air to thrive. Dust and impurities can interfere with the steady growth of the plant.
Snake plants purify the air by converting CO2 into oxygen at night. Polluted air will make these processes inefficient.
However, do not forget to close the window; otherwise, the wind will suck humidity from the air.
The air conditioning can also suck the moisture; keep the plant away from the vents.
Snake plants thrive in warm, humid climates. Ideally, the temperature should be between 70°F(21°C) and 90°F(32°C).
Meanwhile, it can still survive up to the range of 50ºF(10ºC) to 100ºF(37.7ºC) as long as the variation is not severe.
Snake plants will look beautiful if you provide ideal conditions for them. For example, variegated variants prefer bright light, whereas you would like to keep dark-leaved variants in low light condition.
You cannot see any visible growth of roots and shoots till months. You might be wondering whether the plant is dead or alive even after following the ideal procedures.
Do not forget the old proverb,’ The fruit of patience is sweet.’ You will dance with joy once you see some signs the plant is growing.
Occasionally, snake plants and their cuttings will go dormant after being transplanted. Unless you are sure that it is dead, could you not throw it away? Just be patient and make sure you provide the best conditions for your cuttings.
Unless the leaves have all turned yellow and mushy, you still have hope. If there is green on the plant, it may still be viable if you cut off the dying portions and replant them.
Growing roots beneath the soil can also prevent the plant from growing. Before you see growth above the soil, snake plant cuttings form a root system, which is essential.
You may want to check for root growth if your cuttings have been stalled for several months. Otherwise, you just have to wait.
Snake plants grow slowly. Last but not least, snake plants grow very slowly compared to many other plants.
Improper lighting and watering, poor soil conditions, and temperature can retard the plant’s normal growth rather than die.
Feel free to check the conditions of your plant if it doesn’t grow fast enough. Unless you notice new sprouts emerging out of the soil, you have not successfully propagated it.
Watching the cuttings develop roots and begin to grow into young plants is fascinating. You can grow as many new snake plants as you like.
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