Learn how to propagate snake plant at home.
You definitely need more snake plants in your life and around your home. Snake plants, also known as sansevieria or mother-in-law’s tongue, are a popular, and especially easy to grow houseplant. But you don’t have to go out and purchase new snake plants, because snake plant propagation is an easy way to grow new plants from cuttings.
They are incredibly easy to propagate, which means you can multiply your beautiful Sansevieria plants for your home and as gifts to share with friends!
About Snake Plant
Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) is one of the most common and low-maintenance houseplants. Also called Sansevieria plants, these succulents can grow from six inches to twelve feet tall. Snake plants have dark-green leaves that are sword-like in shape and often feature color variegation of yellow borders and light-green streaks.
The plant is a member of the Asparagaceae family—as in the vegetable asparagus—first cultivated in China. Snake plants make excellent indoor plants in part for their air purification qualities: They absorb pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene.
Although not deadly, snake plants contain toxins that can affect people and pets if consumed.
How to Propagate a Snake Plant
You can propagate snake plants by planting leaf cuttings directly into the soil. Follow these steps for a DIY guide for propagating snake plants from soil-rooted cuttings:
Make a cutting. Cut a single leaf from the original plant near the base using a pair of gardening shears or a sharp knife.
Prepare your cutting. Leave the cutting in a dry place for a day or two so that the cut end becomes callused. Use a rooting hormone on the cut end to encourage new growth.
Plant the cutting in soil. Plant your callused-over cutting in a small pot filled with a well-draining soil mix made of coarse sand or peat moss and water it immediately. Your cutting should develop roots within a few weeks.
Monitor for growth. New leaves are an indication that your cutting has developed its root system. You can also gently tug on the baby plant to check whether the roots have developed.
Why You Should Grow More Snake Plants?
Propagating snake plants is a wonderful way to grow as many new plants as you like. It’s fascinating to watch the cuttings start to grow roots and develop into young plants. My kids really enjoy helping me propagate and look after all my houseplants, and watching the new plants grow.
Another reason to grow snake plants is that they are easy to keep alive. These plants thrive on neglect, and if you can nurse them past the cutting stage they will live long and healthy lives to bring beauty to your home.
The last reason to propagate snake plants is to share them with friends and family. Who wouldn’t love this beautiful and hard to kill plant? Follow these easy directions to enjoy your snake plant – and many more – for years to come.