3 Ways to Propagate Sansevierias (aka Snake Plants)
Let me start this blog post out by saying this project took a little while for me to accomplish. Not gonna lie, it was a big plant and it was my very first attempt propagating something this large. It was fairly easy, but large nonetheless.
Snake plants are a new favorite in my life. I saw them on Instagram and bought one immediately. Impulse-buy much? That’s Instagram for ya. You may know them by a few other names, Mother In Law Tongue, Snake’s Tongue, Devil’s Tongue … etc. They’re known for their spikes, sword-like leaves and unique coloring. Also they're just damn trendy and I like it.
I wanted to share with you 3 different ways to propagate them, it was fairly simple!
FIRST WAY: Rooting the Snake Plant in Water
Choose any kind of container tall enough to hold the leaf cuttings up. Select a good healthy leaf that isn’t too yellow or old. Place the container in an area that gets indirect light, nothing too intense for the little dudes. Change the water every couple of days, it will get gross-looking fairly soon if you don’t. Soon you will see little roots sprouting and you’ll be so excited! (Give it 3-4 weeks) Once the roots look big enough plant those suckers in some sand or good potting soil.
SECOND WAY: Propagating from Mama Bear
Pull the snake plant from its pot and use some sharp scissors to cut the base apart into a bunch of sections. Plant every new section in a fresh pot with sand or soil, give it some water and place in an indirect sunlight location. You’ll be on your way to new (and free) houseplants in no time!
THIRD WAY: Rooting the Snake Plant Cuttings in Soil/Sand
This way is really no different than the water method, it's pretty easy to tackle. Let the cut leaf dry out for a day or two, then insert the cut end into lightly moist sand/soil in a container. Give it a couple of weeks and the plant will grow roots on its own! Once again, free houseplants are the best houseplants.
Even though these plants are tropic-loving, they thrive in our dry homes which lack humidity. Also, pro tip: propagation is best done in the spring and summer, fall is fine too, but not winter, the plants need their beauty sleep. Overall, these little guys make mighty fine houseplants!