Are you seeing new shoots on your snake plant?
Snake plants are among the most popular indoor plants in the world.
The plant is low-maintenance and doesn’t require much attention from the owner. During its lifecycle, it produces many pups and grows quite rapidly.
However, what is the best course of action when you find snake plant shoots?
As part of today’s guide, I am going to share some insights about this topic.
Let’s get started with the guide and not waste any more time.
What Are New Shoots?
Snake plants are beautiful succulents that produce new shoots from the soil.You get to see these cute little shoots emerging from the plant after it reaches a certain age and size.
This is what the mother Snake plant’s offspring look like. Snake plants produce pups as do Aloe Vera and other houseplant species.
You should feel great if you see something similar in the pot.In addition, it signifies that your plant has been well-cared for. Snake plants will not grow new shoots without proper care and growing conditions. Therefore, it’s a great sign when you see something like this in your garden!What are you going to do with these pups?
In the following section, we will find out.
How to Grow Snake Plant New Shoots at Home
Okay, let’s see what we can do to grow the new Snake plants:
During the First Few Weeks, Let the New Shoot Grow
Yes, that’s right! You don’t have to do anything when you see new shoots around the mother plant.Natural processes should be allowed to run their course.It will take a few days or weeks for the shoots to reach a certain height.Wait until they get a few leaves, at least. In the meantime, you can enjoy watching how the small shoots begin their journey into this new world.
Regularly Water the Plant
New shoots in the pot will increase the need for existing water resources.A relatively large amount of water will be required by the plant.If you don’t supply enough water to the plant, it may suffer permanent damage, including pup loss. Nonetheless, avoid overwatering at all costs. Wet conditions are not conducive to snake plants, so you should also watch out for that.It is fine to skip watering a plant after watering it previously and noticing that the soil is moist.Check the soil’s surface every few days to see when you need to water the plant again.
Provide Decent Sunlight
Watering schedules are important, but the sun is equally important. Snake plants, as you might know, belong to the succulent family. It is known to thrive when it receives a decent amount of sunlight during the day. In this regard, its new shoots are also subject to the same rule.When the shoots are exposed to enough sunlight each day, they will develop into baby pups. For a faster growing plant, move it to an area of your home that is well-lit. It doesn’t have to be in direct sunlight, though. New shoots might be more stressed by the harsh sunlight. Plant it near an East-facing window so that it receives gentle natural light in the early morning hours.
Remove the Snake Plant Shoot from the Pot
A couple of leaves have formed on your shoots?Is everything okay with them? Just take a moment to examine these new plants. You will see significant growth in your plant after a few more days or a week if it hasn’t already started. Let’s get started on removing the shoots from the ground.
- Before removing the plant, you should thoroughly water it. The loosening of the soil is ensured by this method.
- Next day, try digging the soil with a small spade or shovel from a little distance. The edges of the tool should not touch the plant, as they could damage the fragile root system and lower stem.
- Keep the plant aside after gently pulling it up. In the soil you can also use the same procedure for any other pups.
- The main pot can be refilled with freshly-mixed soil if you have any.
All that is needed to remove the new shoots of the Snake plant from the soil is to pull them out.
Transplant It into a New Pot
Next, we need to take action and do it as quickly as possible.The new plants shouldn’t remain outside the soil for too long.It may not survive even if you put it back in the pot after a while.Make this task as quick as possible.A fresh soil mix should always be used when transplanting plants.If possible, avoid using soil from another pot. After you have transplanted the plant, you should water it. Pouring water on the leaves, however, is not recommended.If the tiny leaves remain wet for a long time, they will easily attract fungus or bacteria.As there won’t be much heat in the evening, you should perform this task then.Plants will be less stressed during repotting in low heat environments.
Do Not Fertilize New Pups
At this point there is no need to add fertilizer. Using the available potting soil mix will be fine for the new shoots. You can fertilize the young plants after they grow more in a few weeks. Young plants can be burned by fertilizer. It makes sense to allow the plant to grow naturally, especially during its early stages.
How to Encourage New Shoots in the Snake Plant
Here are a few tips for encouraging new shoots in the snake plant:
If you have indoor plants, there is no point in watering them a lot. Remember that the less water you give to the plant, the better it will grow overall.When it comes to overwatering, it’s the root cause of many plant problems. If the other issues arise, the plant will automatically go into survival mode and stop producing pups.Try to set up a watering schedule for your snake plant.
Make Sure There Is Enough Sunlight and Fertilizer
Sunlight and fertilizers are just as important as water to the plant.
In the absence of these two essential elements, you shouldn’t expect pups around the mother plant.
Keep your plant near a window if you have been keeping it away from natural light.
This one change will do wonders for the plant, and I’m sure you’ll see new shoots emerging from the ground.
Neglect the Plant
Even though it sounds strange, it has worked for me several times!
Usually we spend a lot of time caring for our favorite plants.
For whatever reason, our plants do not grow and do not produce pups despite receiving adequate water and fertilizers.
It is better to leave the plant alone for a while in such a situation.
There are many external factors involved in the process of producing pups, including favorable weather conditions.
Therefore, don’t think too much about it.
In some time, you should see new growth if the plant is doing well in the pot and has enough space around it.