Are you interested in expanding your Sansevieria collection? Now it’s time to start propagating your snake plant. Snake plants are easy to grow either outdoors or indoors. They do well in mild climates or as houseplants.
To assist in the propagation process, we have listed the most practical propagation methods for a new snake plant collection, including a couple of tips that will aid in the growing process. Let’s jump right in! Learn three different methods for propagating snake plants.
Why Propagate A Snake Plant?
Propagation is the best way to increase your plant collection at the cheapest price. But there is more to it than meets the eye. People choose to propagate their plants if they have been damaged, overwatered, or they just want to change the way they look.
Using this method you can reuse leaves that have been damaged in some way, like those that bend or break and have sunburn marks at the end. Propagation can help save the healthy parts of the plant, especially if the Sansevieria has been accidentally overwatered. The water damage causes the root to rot.
Maybe you just want to make the plant look prettier by removing a few leaves here and there. Propagation can help you achieve your goals, regardless of the reason. In short, propagation lets you use the leaves that would otherwise be wasted, making it a practical, convenient, and thoughtful way to make the most of your houseplant.
Selecting A Propagate Technique
You can achieve lush foliage by propagating plants. To get started, you need to decide which propagation method to use. You can propagate plants in a variety of ways, some of which are easier than others. Nevertheless, to find the solution that is right for you, it’s important to look at their pros and cons. Here are four simple methods for propagating snake plants.
- People who complain that propagation did not work are usually not patient enough. Sansevieria takes a long time to grow, as long as 6 to 8 weeks just for the roots to sprout. And 2 to 3 months for them to fully develop.
- To have a faster result, choose fresh leaves. Make sure they aren’t too old.
- It is essential to keep the cuttings facing the same direction as the leaves on the plant. If the leaf is turned upside down, it will not root.
- Make a V-shaped notch on the bottom when you cut the leaf. New roots will be able to grow in this space.
Method No. 1: Propagating A Snake Plant In Water
Using sharpened cutting shears, cut the leaf closest to the soil. The cut should be fairly long. Choose a segment of 4 to 5 inches. Then, let it rest for 1 to 2 days to allow it to heal. After it has rejuvenated, you can begin propagating.
Put an inch of room-temperature clean water in a glass (or jar). You should choose a tall glass. This will ensure the leaf doesn’t fall down when placed in water. Place the V-shaped notch in the water.
The water should be changed every two days in order to prevent algae build-up and provide a clean environment for the leaf. Put the glass in a bright spot with indirect sunlight. Don’t forget to scrub the container every week.
You can finally transplant the cutting when the roots have reached about 2 inches in length. It can even work as a substitute for garden soil or a potting mix in in-ground containers. Miracle-Gro Expand ‘n Gro planting mix is a great substitute for garden soil or a potting mix.
This method has the advantage of giving you complete control over the plant and allowing you to see what it is doing. Keeping the cutting in a clear container allows you to monitor the entire growing process. You won’t have to worry about what happens to the roots.
There are drawbacks to this method as well. If you don’t change the water regularly, or if you let it sit in the liquid for too long, the leaf will start to rot. If you propagate the plant outdoors, pests can damage the young cuttings. This type of damage can be fatal to the leaves. This means you should keep an eye out for possible pests and place the plant inside.
Method No. 2: Propagating Leaf Cuttings In Soil
Probably the most popular method, and for good reason. This method requires a cactus-type potting mix, such as Espoma’s CA4 4-Quart Organic Cactus Mix. Aeration and moisture retention are enhanced with myco-tone, which will act as a rooting medium.
Choose a healthy leaf to start propagating. In order to propagate succulents, you need cuttings that look healthy and in perfect condition. Even though a damaged leaf can take root, a healthier one will produce a healthy plant.
Using sterile shears, cut the leaf about 1 inch above the soil. Measure the leaf length before you cut it. Use a pen to mark a dot near the bottom of the original leaf to help you figure out where the cutting ends.
It’s best to let the cuttings dry before propagating them. Over time, they will scab over and dry out, decreasing the risk of rotting. Once the cutting is dry enough, you can plant it. Take a small pot and fill it with the cactus mix.
Spritz the leaf with some water until it is damp to the touch. Dip the bottom of the leaf into water and then rooting hormone. Just like Garden Safe TakeRoot Rooting Hormone, it moistens the plant and promotes healthy root development.
Dip the leaves’ dipped ends downward and place them around an inch deep into a pot. You should make sure the pot has drainage holes in order to provide the best growing environment for the plant. Place the pot in a bright place with indirect sunlight once you are done.
Water the plant regularly, checking the soil to see when it is almost dry. If the soil is damp but not sitting in water, water it. Let the excess water drain out of the pot.
Propagation in the soil is the most convenient option when it comes to advantages. The plant can be propagated with a little patience and soil, but there may be a loss of these unique features when they are propagated in soil.
For instance, golden hahnii species sometimes lose their golden hues and revert to “Hahnii.” The same thing can be observed in the moonshine cultivar, which sometimes reverts to “Robusta.”. It is therefore likely that you will not get an exact replica of the parent plant when you propagate it in soil. It is important to keep this in mind when choosing a propagation method.
Method No. 3: Dividing Cuttings
The division of plants is another useful gardening technique. Many snake plants enter a tightly packed state with their roots bound together when grown too closely together. Snake plants are often repotted for this reason. Instead of transplanting them, you can create more from a single one.
You should carefully remove the root of the plant when dividing it to start the division process. Once you have seen the tangle, you can divide the snake plant if it involves nearby plants or spirals beyond the pot.
It’s best to select healthy stalks with a few leaves per clump, but if you want more plants, feel free to remove a few more leaves. Once you have wrapped your finger around the clump’s base, slowly pull it away from the primary mass, being careful not to damage the roots. The roots should be separated from the plant as much as possible without damaging it. After most of the roots have been separated, you can cut the rest.
Insert the cutting into the soil and fill the pot with potting mix. If the cutting is too long, you may have to support it with a wooden stake.
The great thing about division is that plants that are not propagated well from cuttings will do much better with it. In addition, you don’t just pick leaves; you pick the plant itself, so there’s no need to worry about the plant dying.
In other words, the plant maintains its nutrients throughout the entire process. The plant that grows from it inherits all of its parent’s color, variety, and hue. The downside is that you need a larger plant in order to be able to divide it. This is not something you can do with a smaller plant.
Can You Plant A Snake Plant From Seed?
Most gardeners would indicate that propagation is more likely to be worth it than seed starting. Many use seed starting instead of propagation. Seeds work more reliably, are more convenient, and are more reliable in the long run, while the former is the best choice for staying true to the original plant type.
If you are working with a hybrid plant, and you want the same qualities and appearance, this is often the best option. Snake plants do not germinate well from seeds, so propagating them by cuttings is a better option.
Therefore, any of the other three methods can be effective. If seed planting is the choice for you, make sure the seeds come from a reputable supplier, such as the Zen Garden Grow Kit. You can use it to grow a variety of plants, including Jasmine, Sage, and Snake plants.
Typical Propagation Problems
There are some problems that can occur when propagating snake plants, some cuttings may fail to produce the results you are looking for. However, if you give a leaf time, he or she can still grow, provided the leaf does not rot or become infested with pests. Some of the problems you may face are listed below.
Brown And Mushy Leaves
A rotten leaf is often missed by most people. It indicates the plant is rotting if the cutting becomes dark brown, and the surface turns mushy. This will impede the growth process.
A cutting that has that problem has not been properly dried before being placed in water. The soil may usually show signs of overwatering because of poor drainage or too frequently watering. Be sure to monitor how much water is poured on the soil. It should be damp, but not saturated.
Is your Snake plant drooping? No matter how hard you try, the cutting doesn’t look right. It is most likely because the plant is either too hot or too cold. Plants propagated in harsh climates tend to overcompensate with heat or cold. The plant needs a temperature above 50°F (10°C) to thrive. Anything below that will freeze the plant. It is also possible to damage the leaves if it’s placed under a scorching sun. So use extra care when propagating.
Even The Healthiest Plant Begins To Die
For Sansevierias to absorb moisture, their roots need to be in contact with the soil. Fill all the gaps that result from leaving plenty of air gaps when watering to prevent the seeds from drowning. This will prepare a surface that will allow the plant to develop.
Lack Of Light And Warmth
Whatever propagation method you choose, the plant will not thrive without light and warmth. Although the weather might be warm enough, it will not receive enough warmth and light. Therefore, you should not propagate the cuttings in winter and put them out in the sun.
In cases like these, it is best to place the plant inside. If you do not have adequate natural lighting, use propagation lights to extend the growing time. This provides enough natural light for the plant while replicating daylight.
Final Thoughts On How To Propagate Snake Plant
That’s it! You now know how to propagate Snake plants – choose which option seems the easiest to you. If you’re looking for a simpler solution, planting a cutting in soil is appropriate. But, if you wish to maintain the parent plant’s color and texture, it’s best to take the division route. Regardless of what you choose, you will still be able to expand your plant collection.
What was your first propagation experience like? Did it work the first time? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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