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How to Propagate Snake Plants

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I recently overwatered my snake plant. Oops. I’ve had it for close to a decade and it has seen better days. It’s grumpy. It’s surviving but not thriving and the other day a couple of the oversaturated leaves flopped over in protest. But that’s ok, because I don’t view these as plant “failures” but more of an opportunity to feed my plant curiosity – to experiment and learn.

Wanting to continue this plant’s lineage, I propagated the leaves two different ways. I cut two leaves about six inches from the top and decided to do a propagation comparison: one leaf in soil and the other in water.

I have propagated snake leaves several times and cut them down to smaller cuttings than shown here in this video. If you cut one leaf into small sections, about two of three inches long, the roots will only grow from the bottom of the cutting, which means it’s important to mark the bottom so that you plant the cutting in the right direction. Some people mark the bottom with a piece of chalk or clip the sides on an angle. You can never have too many snake plants. 😊

In Water

After I made the cut with clean scissors, I submerged only the bottom part of the leaf into water. You’ll only need about an inch or so of water. Change the water every couple of days to keep it fresh. Use a tall glass or container that can hold the leaf upright. In the video, the glass I used was a tad too short. I later moved it into a taller glass.

In Soil

This is similar to the water propagating method except the cut should be made a few days before planting. This is to allow the fresh cut to dry out and callus over as to not introduce any bacteria. I put it into potting soil because that is what I had on hand, but I would advise mixing sand and potting soil together or adding more perlite to your soil to make for a lighter medium to help the new roots to penetrate.

For both cuttings, as they (hopefully) establish new roots, I will place them in a spot out of direct sunlight. Keep in mind that snake plants are slow growers. That means a new cutting will take time to establish new roots too. This is a project that takes patience.

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  1. Would love to know what came of your snake plant propagation. Success or no? Which method would you say worked best…..water or soil?

  2. What was the result? Update that also.

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