Propagating a Snake Plant (aka How to Make Plant Babies)

snake plant

This big guy, fondly known as Danny, has been with me for about 3 years now.  He was my first indoor plant in my dark apartment, which is why I chose a snake plant to start off with. Snake plants are notoriously low maintenance, not demanding much light or water. In the winter they should be watered once every month or more – only when the soil is dry.

snake plant

There are a various types but Danny here is what they call a Sansevieria trifasciata.  The striped, slightly twisted leaves add an interesting, sculptural look to a room.  To top all the benefits off, this type of snake plant was also studied by NASA as being one of the top plants for cleaning air quality. This is one of the most perfect plants for starting off an indoor plant collection for anyone afraid of being able to keep them alive.  Since I’m so fond of Danny, my newest experiment is propagating him – taking a clipping and growing it in another planter.

*Please note that snake plants are mildly toxic to cats and dogs if consumed.

How to Propagate a Snake Plant

  1. Fill a small to medium sized pot with potting mix.
  2. Cut one of the leaves from your plant in an inconspicuous place as close to the root as you can get.  In this case, my pot is on the smaller side so I chose one of the shorter leaves.
  3. This is the most important step to remember. Cut the leaf into pieces 3-4 inches long but keep it organized so you know which side of each piece points to the root.  As I cut mine I arranged it on the floor exactly how it laid before.  This is crucial, if you stick the opposite top end in the soil it will not grow roots.
  4. Insert the pieces, root side down, into the soil. Keep the plant in indirect sunlight and water to keep the soil moist but not soggy.  In about 3-4 weeks it should sprout roots but it will take some time after that to really begin growing.

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I’ll keep you updated on Danny Jr.’s progress! Have you had luck propagating any other plants before?


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