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How To Propagate Snake Plants

So, you’ve got a snake plant and want more of them. Or maybe you want to share your love of snake plants with others. Either way, propagating snake plants is a pretty easy process that anyone can do. Let’s take a look at how to propagate snake plants using two simple methods. Ready to get started? 

What You’ll Need

Snake plant or Sanseviera laurentii plant in coconut fiber pot on wooden background
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Before you try to propagate your snake plant, make sure you have the right tools first.

  • Healthy Snake plant
  • Potting soil
  • Pot
  • Gloves
  • Sharp knife or shears
  • Water

Step-By-Step Guide On How To Propagate Snake Plants

First, let’s talk about the different ways you can propagate snake plants. The two most common methods are via division or rooting leaf cuttings.


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The division is one of the easiest ways to propagate snake plants. It’s a great way to increase your collection without having to buy new plants.

Step One- Divide 

To divide a snake plant, carefully remove it from the pot. Be diligent, as the plant roots tend to be delicate.

Step Two- Cut

Using a sharp knife, cut the root ball into three pieces, making sure each piece has at least three leaves.

Step Three- Plant 

Plant the divisions in individual pots filled with well-draining potting mix.

Step Four- Water

Water them well and place them in a bright location out of direct sunlight. Keep the soil moist but not soggy and within a few weeks, you should see new growth.

If you’re looking for a fast-growing plant, snake plants are a great choice. You can easily propagate them by division, and they will quickly fill in a bare spot in your home. With their striking architectural shape and bold colors, they make a dramatic addition to any landscape and room. So, if you’re looking to add some instant impact to your yard, propagation by division is the way to go!

Rooting Leaf Cuttings

Snake Plant
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Rooted leaf cuttings are a bit more work, but they’re also a great way to get new plants that are clones of your existing plant.

Step One-Cut

Cut a healthy leaf from the mother plant at a 45-degree angle using a clean, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Make sure the cutting includes a small section of stem.

Step Two- Patience

Place the cutting in a small container with water and put it in a warm spot with indirect sunlight. Be sure to change the water every few days. When you see little roots, it’s time to move on to potting.

Step Three- Prep Your Pot 

Fill a pot with well-draining potting mix with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. Then, create a small hole in the center of the soil with your finger a few inches deep.

Step Four- Place Your Cutting 

Gently insert the cutting into the hole, making sure that the cut end is buried, and the stem is pointing upwards.

Step Five- Water

Firm the soil around the cutting and water it well.

Step Six- Keep Your Plant Warm 

Place the pot in a warm, bright location out of direct sunlight and keep the soil moist but not soggy as snake plants are drought resistant. 

Step Seven- Enjoy! 

After a few weeks, you should see new growth developing from the soil. Once the plant has established itself, you can begin watering it less frequently.

Some Cool Facts About The Snake Plant

Snake Plant
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The snake plant is a popular houseplant that has been around for centuries. The snake plant is native to Africa and and is also known as the mother-in-law’s tongue or viper’s bowstring hemp.

It was first brought to Europe in the late 16th century. It quickly became a popular houseplant due to its easy-care requirements and tolerance to low light levels. Snake plants can tolerate neglect, which makes them a great plant for beginners.

It gets its name from its long, slender leaves that resemble snakeskin. The leaves are dark green with white stripes or markings and can grow up to three feet long. The snake plant blooms infrequently, but when it does, it produces small white or yellow flowers.

If you are looking for a plant that is easy to care for and doesn’t require a lot of attention, then the snake plant is a great choice.

There You Have It!

So, there you have it – two easy ways to propagate snake plants. If you’ve never done this before, don’t worry, it’s very simple. All you need is a pot, some soil, and a little patience. Just be sure to keep an eye on your new babies as they grow, and soon, you’ll have more snake plants than you know what to do with!

Do you have any tips or tricks for propagating snake plants? Let us know in the comments below!