Would you like to expand your Sansevieria collection?
Then it’s time to start propagating. Among the easiest plants to grow are snake plants, which are versatile and easy to grow. In a mild climate or indoors, they will thrive.
As a guide, we listed a couple of tips that will help you with the growing process, as well as the most practical propagation techniques for a new snake plant collection.
Let’s get started! Find out how to propagate snake plants in three different ways.
Choosing A Propagate Technique
You can create lush foliage through propagation. To begin your journey, you need to choose your preferred propagation technique.
Plant propagation can be done in a number of ways, just like most other plants.
There are some techniques that are easier than others. It’s important to consider the pros and cons of each option to decide which is best for you.
These are the simplest methods of propagating snake plants.
- It is common for someone to complain that propagation didn’t work because they didn’t wait long enough. Sansevieria needs time to grow. Just for the roots to sprout, it can take anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks. A further two to three months will be required for full development.
- You can speed up the process by using healthy leaves. Choose those who are not too old.
- The cuttings must be kept in exactly the same direction as they used to be on the plant. The leaf won’t root if it is turned upside down.
- Make a V-shape notch on the bottom of the leaf when you cut it. New roots can grow in this space.
Propagating A Snake Plant In Water
You can cut the leaf at the base of the stem with sharpened cutting shears. The cutting should be pretty long.
Thus, you should choose a segment that is four to five inches wide. After that, let the leaf rest for a day or two to allow it to heal. You can begin propagating the plant once the rejuvenation process is complete.
Fill a glass (or jar) with clean water at room temperature.
It is important that the glass you choose is tall. In this way, it can support the leaf’s weight without falling over. Put the cut with the V-shaped notch in the water.
Every two days, change the water. This is to prevent algae buildup and provide a clean environment for the leaf.
Keep the container clean by scrubbing it every week. Place the glass in a bright spot with indirect sunlight. When the roots begin to grow, let them reach a length of about 2 inches.
Finally, you are ready to transplant the cutting.
Put it in a moistened potting mix like this one. A perfect substitute for garden soil or potting mix, it works well in in-ground containers. The main advantage of this growing method is that you can keep a close eye on your plants. You can see the entire growth process if you keep the cutting in a clear container.
You can see the entire growing process if you keep the cutting in a clear container. Thus, you don’t need to worry about what’s happening to the roots.
On the other hand, there are plenty of drawbacks to consider. The leaf will rot if the water is not changed regularly or if it is left in the liquid too long.
In addition, the young cuttings can be damaged by pests if you propagate them outside. Leaf damage of this kind can be fatal. It’s best to keep an eye out for pests and place it inside.
Propagating Leaf Cuttings In Soil
There is a good reason why this method is so popular.
A cactus-type potting mix is needed for this technique. Mycotone is added to enhance aeration, helping retain moisture and boost aeration. As a rooting medium, this mix will be used.
Choose a leaf that is thick and healthy before you begin propagating. Your cutting should be robust and perfectly shaped.
While a damaged leaf can take root, a healthy one will create a healthy plant. This is exactly what you need when propagating this succulent.
Using sterile shears, cut the leaf around 1 inch above the soil. Before you cut, measure about 2 to 3 inches in length.
Add a dot to the section closest to the bottom of the original leaf with a pen. This will help you figure out where the end of your cutting is.
Before propagating the cuttings, let them dry for a few days. It will eventually scab over and dry, so there is less chance of it rotting.
Once the cutting is dry enough, you can plant it. Add the cactus mix to a pot.
The surface should be moist enough to touch after spraying it with water. Dip the bottom of the leaf into rooting hormone and then submerge it in water.
Our favorite rooting hormone is this one. It helps moisten the plant and promotes healthy root growth. Put the leaf in a pot with the dipped ends facing down. Leaf depth should be around half an inch.
Drainage holes are necessary in the pot in order to provide for the best growth conditions for the plant. After you have finished, place the pot in a bright place with indirect sunlight.
Regularly water the plant. Check the soil to determine when to pour some water. Water it as soon as it becomes nearly dry.
Moisture should be present in the soil, but not standing water. Drain the excess water from the pot. In terms of advantages, soil propagation seems to be the most straightforward method. It just takes a little patience for the plant to grow.
There is a possibility that the plant will lose some of its unique characteristics if you propagate the cuttings in soil.
It has been observed that the “Golden Hahnii” species loses its golden color and reverts to “Hahnii.”
This can also be seen in the “Moonshine” cultivar, which may revert to “Robusta” in its earliest form.
When you propagate a plant in soil, the chances of getting an exact replica of the parent plant are high. When choosing propagation method, keep that in mind.
One more method of gardening is the division.
When grown too close together, snake plants can become tightly packed and root-bound.
It is precisely for this reason that people repot their snake plants. However, you can easily create multiple plants instead of transplanting one. When beginning the division process, carefully remove the plant from the soil with its roots intact.
Take a look at the tangle. Snake plants can be divided if they intertwine with nearby plants or spiral out of the pot.
Pick the healthiest stalks with a few leaves per clump. The leaves of just one or two plants will do, but if you want more, remove a few more.
Wrap your finger around the clump’s base and slowly pull it away from the primary mass.
Don’t damage the roots by pulling them apart. Depending on the plant, you may have to separate them to the extent possible without damaging it. The remaining roots can be cut after the roots are separated to a large extent.
Add a potting mix to a brand new pot. Plant the clump in the soil. To support a cutting that is too long, you can use a wooden stake. Division is great because plants that don’t propagate very well from cuttings will thrive with the division method.
Therefore, you don’t have to worry about the plant dying. In addition, you don’t just pick the leaf; you pick the plant itself. Therefore, during the entire process, the plant is able to maintain its nutrients.
Growing from it, the plant is identical to the parent plant. Color, variety, and hue remain intact. However, the drawback is that you need a larger plant to divide it. A smaller plant cannot achieve this.