Step-by-step guide for successfully propagating a Sansevieria Snake plant

Step-by-step guide for successfully propagating a Sansevieria Snake plant

If you’ve ever admired the unique beauty of a Sansevieria Snake plant and wondered how to grow one of your own, you’re in luck. Propagating this plant is a fun and rewarding experience that can be done in a few simple ways. Whether you want to expand your collection of Sansevierias or give them as gifts to your friends and family, propagating the Snake plant is a technique that anyone can master.

One of the best ways to propagate a Sansevieria Snake plant is through leaf cuttings. Simply choose a healthy leaf from an existing plant and cut it into smaller segments. Be sure to sterilize your knife beforehand to prevent any potential diseases from spreading. Place the leaf segments in a tray filled with sandy soil or moist moss, and keep it consistently moist. In a few weeks, you’ll start to see new roots forming, and soon enough, a new Sansevieria plant will start to grow.

Another method to propagate a Sansevieria Snake plant is by dividing the plant itself. Carefully remove the plant from its pot and separate the rhizomes into smaller sections. Make sure each section has at least one healthy root. Plant these sections in a well-draining potting mix, such as a mixture of sandy soil and perlite or a soilless mix like LECA. Keep the soil consistently moist and place the planter in a warm and bright location.

If you’re looking for a quicker way to propagate a Sansevieria Snake plant, you can also do so by soaking the leaf sections or rhizomes in water. Fill a container with water and place the leaf sections or rhizomes in it, making sure they’re fully submerged. Keep the container in a bright location but avoid direct sunlight. After a few weeks, you should start to see roots forming, and you can then transfer the propagated plants into pots filled with well-draining soil.

When choosing a propagation technique for your Sansevieria Snake plant, it’s important to consider the size and health of the plant you’re working with. Leaf cuttings and dividing the plant are best for smaller plants, while water propagation can be used for larger, more established plants. Whichever method you choose, be patient and give your newly propagated plants the care and attention they need to grow and thrive.

5 Fun Sansevieria Propagation Methods Snake Plant

If you’ve been growing Sansevieria, also known as Snake Plant, for a while, you may have noticed that they are one of the easiest plants to propagate. In fact, there are several fun and effective methods for propagating these plants!

  • 1. Division: This is the most common and straightforward method. Simply remove the plant from its pot and separate the rhizomes into smaller sections. Each section with roots can be potted separately to grow into a new plant.
  • 2. Leaf Cuttings: Another popular method is taking leaf cuttings. Cut a leaf into smaller sections, making sure each section has a piece of the original leaf and a bit of the stem. Plant these sections into a pot filled with moistened soil and wait for them to root and form new plants.
  • 3. Crown Division: This method is applicable to Sansevieria varieties that grow a central crown. Carefully separate the crown from the main plant, making sure each section has roots. You can then pot these sections separately, and they will grow into new plants.
  • 4. Leaf Petiole Propagation: For this method, you will need a leaf that still has a part of the petiole connected to it. Plant the petiole in a pot filled with damp moss or LECA (lightweight expanded clay aggregate). Keep the moss or LECA moistened, and roots will develop from the petiole, eventually forming a new plant.
  • 5. Seeds: If you’re up for a challenge, you can try propagating Sansevieria from seeds. This method requires patience, as Sansevieria seeds can take months to germinate. Start by purchasing seeds from a reliable source. Sow the seeds in a pot filled with well-draining soil, keep the soil moist, and provide bright indirect light. With time and care, the seeds will sprout, and you’ll have new Sansevieria plants.

Each propagation method has its own benefits and downsides, so choose the one that suits you and your plants the best. Whether you want to share your Sansevieria with friends or just expand your collection, these propagation methods will help you create more beautiful and healthy Snake Plants!


Sansevieria, also known as Snake Plant or Mother-in-law’s Tongue, is a popular indoor plant with many varieties. It is a robust plant and is able to propagate easily through various methods. If you’ve just purchased a Sansevieria plant and want to benefit from its multiple growing tips, or if you have a mature Mother plant and want to expand your collection, propagation is the way to go.

1. Leaf cuttings: One of the simplest methods of Sansevieria propagation is through leaf cuttings. Take a sharp, clean knife and cut a leaf into 2-3 inch segments. Allow the cut ends to dry for a day or two. Plant the segments in a pot filled with a well-draining potting medium and keep it moistened. Soon, new growth will emerge from the planted segments.

2. Rhizome division: Sansevierias have rhizomes, which are thick, horizontal stems that grow beneath the soil. Starting from the outer edges, separate a segment with a sharp, clean knife. Each segment can be propagated as an individual plant. Place the segment in a vessel with water or soil and wait for new roots to develop.

3. Leaf twistings: This method is applicable for Sansevieria varieties like Sansevieria cylindrica and Sansevieria masoniana. Take a mature leaf and twist it gently until it breaks off from the mother plant. Place the broken leaf in a container filled with water or soil. It will absorb moisture and initiate new growth from the base of the leaf.

4. Division of offsets: Sansevieria plants produce offsets, also known as pups, around their base. These offsets can be gently separated from the mother plant and potted individually. They already have their own roots, so they can be planted directly in a pot filled with fresh potting medium.

5. Leaf removal: This method is frequently used for Sansevieria hahnii. Gently remove a leaf and let it dry for a few days. Once dry, place the leaf on the potting medium and press it down to ensure good contact with the soil. The leaf will soon send out new shoots and roots from the leaf base.

Propagation of Sansevierias is relatively easy and the success rate is generally high. Just make sure to use proper techniques and avoid any damage to the mother plant. Keep the medium moistened and provide adequate light, and you’ll soon have multiple healthy plants growing from your propagated Sansevieria.

1 Crown Division of an Existing Plant

One common method of propagating a Sansevieria Snake plant is through crown division, which involves separating the plant into multiple sections. This technique is beneficial for several reasons, including creating new plants and rejuvenating an overgrown specimen. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to propagate a Sansevieria Snake plant through crown division:

Step Description
1 First, carefully remove the entire Sansevieria Snake plant from its pot or planter.
2 Inspect the roots and plan where you would like to make your divisions. Look for sections of the plant that have healthy growth and good root development.
3 Using a clean, sharp knife or shears, cut through the rhizomes (thick underground stems) to separate the plant into individual sections. Make sure each section has at least one growing point.
4 Allow the cuttings to dry and callus over for a day or two. This helps prevent rotting when they are planted.
5 Prepare a potting mix by combining equal parts of well-draining soil and sphagnum moss.
6 In the prepared pot or planter, insert each cutting into the soil, ensuring that the roots are covered and the plant is stable.
7 Place the newly divided Sansevieria Snake plants in a location with indirect sunlight and water them lightly. Be careful not to overwater, as this can lead to rotting.
8 Within a few months, you should see new growth emerging from the cuttings, indicating successful propagation.

By following the steps above, you can easily propagate your Sansevieria Snake plant through crown division. This method is a reliable way to create new plants and maintain the health and growth of your existing specimens. Just remember to use clean tools, provide the right growing conditions, and be patient as the cuttings develop into independent plants.

2 Leaf Cuttings in Water

If you’re looking for a simple and common way to propagate your Sansevieria Snake plant, leaf cuttings in water can be a great option. This method involves using two leaf cuttings to grow new plants in a vessel of water. It’s a popular and easy technique that can help you increase your plant collection and share the gift of snake plants with others.

To start, you’ll need to select two healthy and mature leaves from your existing sansevieria plant. It’s important to choose leaves that are robust and free from any signs of disease or damage. Using a clean and sharp knife or pair of scissors, cut the leaves into segments of about 5 inches in length. Make sure each segment has at least one leaf node, which is a small protrusion where the leaf meets the stem.

Once you have your leaf segments, fill a vessel with water. You can use a glass jar or any other container that is large enough to hold the leaf segments and allow their lower ends to be fully immersed in water. To prevent any risk of microbial growth, it’s a good idea to lightly sterilize the vessel and the tools you’ll be using.

Insert the lower end of each leaf segment into the water, making sure that the leaf node and a small part of the stem stay above the water. The cut end of the leaf should be fully submerged. You can use a plastic or wooden stake to hold the leaf segment in place if needed.

Place the vessel in a spot where it’ll receive bright but indirect light. Avoid exposing it directly to the sun, as this can lead to leaf scorch. Keep the water level consistent by topping it up whenever it decreases. You should also change the water regularly to prevent any buildup of bacteria or algae.

Over time, you’ll start to see roots developing from the submerged part of the leaf segments. This is a good sign that the propagation process is working. Once the roots are well-developed, you can transfer the leaf segments into a pot filled with a well-draining soil mix. Make sure to plant them at the same depth as they were in the water.

It’s worth noting that not all leaf segments will produce new plants. Some might fail to root or develop weak plants, while others may produce robust and healthy offspring. If a leaf segment doesn’t show any signs of growth after several weeks, it’s best to discard it and focus on the ones that are thriving.

This leaf cuttings in water method is a great way to produce new snake plants and increase your collection. When done correctly, it can be a simple and effective way of propagation for sansevierias. Just keep in mind that there are other ways to propagate snake plants, so don’t discount their other methods if leaf cuttings don’t work for you.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.