Snake plants are flexible about lighting and humidity, but they are particular about the amount of water that they get.
It thrives in small pots with crowded rhizomes and has few pest or disease problems.
The only thing that will kill a mother-in-law tongue is overwatering.
The plant does not necessitate fertilization but if you want to do something nice for it…
…try a half-diluted granular houseplant food once or twice a month during the growing season.
Plants like this are very valuable for air cleaning and beautifying your home with tropical beauty.
Propagating snake plants is a great way to spread the love and give a valuable gift to your friends.
Joe have a story about his mother saving the snake plant long time ago.
So let us hear Joe’s story
I have a story about my Father’s Favorite plant.
It was back then in 2001, when I was just a small child with pigtails,
my mother would always tell me how she had rescued the snake plant from her neighbor’s garden.
She said that it had been left to die in the dirt and rain.
But one day when she went over to visit her neighbor she saw something that made her heart break:
An emaciated snake plant on its last legs.
My mother knew what needed to be done and so she took pity on it…
Pulled out some of her own roots and carefully transplanted them into the soil next to their old house.
So every morning I wake up lying in bed listening for the sound of my father watering his
….favorite plant by my window sill.
“I love propagating, especially easy to care for plants like a snake plant. That way I can share with all of my friends, even those who are notorious for being plant serial killers,”says Kierslyn Kujawa, Earth’s Ally brand ambassador and founder of PlantedinPots.
So what’s next?
Which Method Is The Best?
The snake plant, Sansevieria trifasciata has been covered in the past.
But we’ve never delved heavily into snake plant propagation and it’s long overdue.
Therefore, we will explore today the various methods used for starting new snake plants.
The pros and cons of each are different but you will end up expanding your sansevieria selection!
Choosing The Technique
With snake plant propagation you can grow lush green foliage in your garden.
In the first step in your rooted journey choose what method to use.
There are a number of ways to propagate plants and some methods are more reliable than others.
The pros and cons of each method will be discussed along with how they can best be applied.
In no time you’ll be starting a bunch of new plants!
Leaf Cuttings into Soil Media
A cactus-type potting mix is used as a rooting medium making it the most common method of rooting.
Start by selecting a thick leaf that is healthy.
Make sure the one you choose is healthy with no signs of cosmetic damage.
Despite the fact that healthy leaves usually produce a healthier plant meanwhile…
…damaged leaves can grow from using roots. A few millimeters above the soil cut the leaf off with sterile shears.
Measure out leaf segments of 2-3′′ length using a ruler. Take care to cut them apart leaving a clean cut edge.
On each segment make a dot at the part nearest to the bottom of the original leaf using a pen.
So you can plant the end you want.
After drying for a couple days remove your leaf segments.
The cut edges will dry out which will reduce the risk of rot.
Once they look dry, it’s time to plant them.
Prepare small pots with your cactus mix making sure it is moist to the touch.
Next, dip the bottom of each leaf segment into water and then into rooting hormone .
This will help the roots to grow. Carefully insert the segment into your pot about half an inch deep.
Keep your cuttings in an area with bright indirect lighting.
The soil should be checked every day or two and when it is nearly dry it should be watered again.
Drain the excess water out of the pot once it has drained and remove any plant trays.
However, some cultivars will lose some of their unique characteristics if propagated in this way or by watering them.
For example cultivars like “Golden Hahnii” lose their golden color and transform into “Hahnii” cultivars.
“Moonshine” often reverts to its earlier form of “Robusta”, so if you’re growing an unusual variety…
…you might not get an exact copy of your parent plant.
Leaf Cuttings into Soil Water
Snake plant cuttings can be rooted in water.
It can be more dangerous for your cuttings to do this but it is possible.
A larger cutting will be needed than if you were rooting in potting medium.
You should aim for a segment of 4-5′ from the leaf tip.
Using the same technique you would use in a soil propagation process let the cut heal for a day or two.
After it’s ready place an inch or two of clear room-temperature water into the jar or the glass.
You want it to be tall enough to support your cutting without falling out.
Ensure the cut end is in the water when adding your cutting.
Keep your jar of water fresh by changing the water twice a day.
Cleaning the container itself once a week will help ensure your container isn’t getting too dirty.
Your cutting should be kept in a location with indirect, bright light.
As soon as roots form at the cutting’s base they should reach a length of at least two inches.
Once you have moistened the potting mix, you can transplant.
The biggest disadvantage of this method is that your cutting might start to rot.
Let only the lower part of the cutting sit in the liquid, keeping most of it out of the water.
It is essential to keep pests away from your young cuttings as pest damage can be fatal during this fragile time.
Here’s the interesting part
Dividing Snake Plant
Plant roots can ‘accumulate’ or become too crowded if sansevieria plants are kept too tightly in their available space.
It is during this period that snake plants are generally repotted.
Then why transplant when you can get two or more plants from one plant?
Begin by removing the snake plant from its pot.
The root tangle should be examined.
Are the roots spiraling around the pot intertwined with other roots?
If so, now would be a good time to divide your plant.
You need to examine the plant itself. Dividing the piece into sections that would look good when planted separately would help.
Typically, the plants should have at least two healthy-looking stalks per clump along with a few leaves.
Put your fingers around the base of the clump you want to separate and gently pull it away from the main mass.
The goal is not to damage the roots but to separate as many as possible.
Once the tissue has mostly separated use a sterilized knife to chop the remaining part away.
It is now possible to plant this segment into the same prepared potting mix that it was previously planted in.
If it were a larger plant the leaves would need some support until they get accustomed to their new surroundings.
You can support the tree well with a wooden stake or two.
The benefit of division is that the plants tend to be true to type regardless of whether….
…they propagate through cuttings. After all, you aren’t just taking a small part of a plant but a whole plant itself.
The result is that if you have unusual cultivars this is your best option for propagating those.
Last but not least
Using Seeds, Is It Worth?
Although snake plants can be produced from seed, is it worthwhile to do so?
Most of the time, the answer is “no”.
Most cultivars can only stay true to type through rhizome and root division.
Most seeds will tend to produce exact plants from which they were breed rather than the hybrid itself.
Seeds are also unreliable for germination rates.
A very low germination rate is generally characteristic of snake plant seeds.
It’s possible to get a plant to grow but if you need a lot division or cuttings would be better.
Make sure you get your seeds from a reputable seed supplier if you decide to start one from seed.
It may cost you more but you’ll have a better chance of getting germination if you purchase seeds from an established company.
Sellers that offer seeds through individual sellers may not have harvested them correctly.
Furthermore, there are a lot of seed scams out there.
A lot of money and time will be wasted because of those seeds as they won’t germinate for any reason!
If I were to recommend a surefire way to propagate snake plants, it would be division.
Splitting one plant into two or three clumps is usually the best way to go and they recover quickly.
Hopefully the information you’ve read will be useful to you in the future when searching
for snake plants!
So to sum up all of this, Snake plant is a good houseplant and have good resilience sad for extreme situation.
Meanwhile propagation of Snake plant can be done in various way.
By using water medium or soil medium
And the result is depend and for the record,
If you do the propagation process with water media
The result of the propagation will not be exactly the same as the parents plant.
Snake plant is a good plant that can be propagate easily. No need to be expert to do this.
The result will become various results if it’s done.
Using water media but overall snake plant is a good choice.
For you as a houseplant. Well it’s a wrap, so that’s all. What do you think? You have any questions for this article?
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