How To Propagate Snake Plant 2020 Guide

How To Propagate Snake Plant. Discovering, knowing and learning how to propagate Snake Plants is actually simple, effortless and easy. It is also cost-effective.

How To Propagate Snake Plant

If you overwater Snake plant can kill it, rooting a Snake plant in water is one feasible method of propagating. To propagate Snake plant in water is a good choice.

Rooting the Snake plant from cuttings is also possible, but if you want fast results, divide it.

The Snake plant that grows out from rhizomes is being multiplied as the plant gets mature. This method is similar use on perennials in the garden.

You can choose one method of Snake plant propagation.

Let’s talk about how to propagate Snake plants. Snake plants are the best plants to propagate. The practice is easy, and there are 4 methods to choose from.

By rhizome, by division, by cuttings rooted in well-draining soil, and by cuttings rooted in water.

How To Propagate Snake Plant

1. Propagating Snake Plants by Rhizome Cuttings

The first method to propagate Snake plants is by rhizome. A rhizome is a continuously growing horizontal underground stem that puts out shoots and roots at intervals. They are the whiteish root-like stem structures. It connects the mother plant to its new babies.

The rhizomes spread above or below ground and stimulate the sprouting of new plants. They look like garlic. To propagate a Snake plant by rhizome, prepare a clean, and sharp knife.

Cut off the rhizome from the main plant. Let it sit to heal for 2 to 3 days prior to planting it. Be careful not to damage the roots around it.

Once a callous has formed or heal, plant the rhizome in a new pot. Watch and wait for about 3 to 4 weeks until the new growth appears.

2. Propagate Snake plant by splitting a Snake Plant

Let’s say you have a very large Snake plant, to propagate the best possible way is by division. The method is almost the same as propagating it by rhizome.

A big Snake plant is so beautiful but some of the interior leaves were not doing as well.

Pull the whole plant from its container. Put them in a tarp. Brush off all the dirt.

Use clean and sharp shears or a clean hand saw to cut the base apart into different sections. With a gentle touch, separate all of the roots.

Just cut it in half unless the plant has masses of rhizomes and is mature and really old. Separate at least three rhizomes and one healthy leaf per new plant.

The best practice is to wait 3 days for the cut bottom to heal and harden over a bit.

Prepare one pot and potting soil for cactus. Plant each new section in the pot with fresh potting medium.

3. Propagating Snake plant cuttings in the water

This method is the easiest one but takes the longest time to succeed. You can the advantage of leaves that break or bend or fall over. You can also use extra leaves from pruning when you want to adjust how it looks.

What you have to prepare is a glass or jar, scissors or shears or sharp knife, and water, a pot, and cactus potting soil.

Mason jars or vases are both very good options since the cuttings can be very heavy.

Using a sharp knife or scissors, Gently snips off the leaf you want to propagate near the soil by using a scissor or sharp shears or sharp knife. If you do it carefully and resulted in a sharper and cleaner the cut, the result will be better.

Relocate the bottom part (about 25%) of the leaf in water.

If the Snake plant leaves are huge, cut the leaf into different sections, You can place each section into different jar or vases.

Retain the leaf in the same orientation as it was in the soil. Snake plant leaves only grow roots if the edge of the leaf that was nearest to the soil is put in the water.

If the orientation of the leaf is wrong, it will not grow new roots.

A V shape cutting can improve the success rate growing. The V shape cutting increases the surface area of the cut edge to the water. It also stops and blocks the cut edge from pressing against the bottom of the jar or glass or vase.

Place the leaf in a warm room with enough indirect light. Change the water in the jar or glass or vase once every week, or if the water looks cloudy.

As mentioned before, it takes a long wait to see the roots develop. Wait about 3 months or so for roots to sprout from the cutting. Expect small growths or shoots starting from the roots.

After 3 months or so, you may see the roots sprout. This is the time to plant your cutting in soil. Plant the cutting from water as deep as the waterline.

4. Propagate Snake plant by cuttings in soil

Pick two to three healthy leaves from a mature Snake plant in late spring. Healthy leaves signs are leaves with thick flesh and good coloring.

Use the scissor or hand pruner to cut the leaves near their base. Measure at least a 45-degree angle cut about 1 inch above the top of the soil.

Place and lay the leaves on a flat surface. Cut them into 3 inches of long sections. You have to make a mark that indicates which endpoints toward the top of the plant.

The other mark that indicates endpoints toward the roots. This is very important so they are placed in the container or pot with the root end in the soil.

Relocate the Snake plant cuttings in a dry and warm area with good airflow of circulation. Let it sit for at least five or more days to the cut ends to heal and callous over.

Prepare 1 gallon of plastic container or pot that has drainage holes. Fill with cactus or succulent potting soil. You can also fill the pot with a blend of equal parts pumice, coarse river sand, and potting soil. Pour at least 5 cups of water into the soil. Drain the water for 10 minutes. After that potting the cuttings.

Relocate the cuttings into the pot filled with potting soil. Insert about one-third of their length into the soil.

Put the pot near a bright window. It is also very important that the area have a very good air circulation, indirect sunlight and has a temperature of more than 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Water the new plant or cutting every seven days, just water about 1 inch of the topsoil. Do not overwater during rooting.

Check for root production after about 60 days. You can do this by gently digging around the base soil with the tip of a pencil.

When its root has developed, repot the new plants into individual 6-inch plastic pots filled with new succulent potting soil. New plants must be placed under the same light and moisture conditions as the mother Snake plant.

How to care for the new Snake plant


The site location of the new Snake plant must be in moderately bright or filtered light. Good site locations such as a spot in front of a north-facing window or in front of a bright, and sunny window covered by a sheer curtain.

The snake plant tolerates low light, but being in bright light will bring out the colors in the leaves. Avoid intense light that may cause the edges of the leaves to turn yellow.


You have to be sure the soil is dry completely before watering. Water completely until you see water drips through the drainage hole of the pot.

Let the water drain and then discard the water that remains in the saucer. Prevent the soil to become too wet and never allow the pot to sit in water. This is to avoid having root rot.


The best location for Snake plant to be is in the average room temperatures. Place the new plant far away from drafts and cold temperatures. Snake plants can be damaged at temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (or 10 degrees Celsius).


Fertilize the plant one time every three weeks during summer months. The best fertilizer for the Snake plant is a general-purpose fertilizer for houseplants diluted to one-half of the strength suggested by the manufacturer. Do not give too much fertilizer because the plant is a light feeder and too many fertilizers can cause the leaves to fall over.

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