Step-by-step guide on propagating a Sansevieria Snake plant

Step-by-step guide on propagating a Sansevieria Snake plant

You’ve probably seen these beautiful, unique plants at your local nursery or garden center. Maybe you even decided to purchase one for yourself. Sansevieria Snake plants are a wonderful addition to any indoor space, with their tall, spiky leaves and interesting patterns. But what do you do if you want more of them? Well, the secret to multiplying your Sansevieria collection lies in propagation.

Propagation is the process of growing new plants from existing ones. With Sansevieria Snake plants, there are a few different methods you can use. One of the best and most popular methods is by dividing the mother plant. This works best with fully-grown plants that have multiple leaves and roots. To do this, carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently slide your fingers between the roots to separate the divisions.

Another method is by using leaf cuttings. Select a healthy leaf and cut it into 4-6 inch sections. Make sure each section has at least one leaf node. After making the cut, allow the leaf to dry for a few days to let a callus form. Then, dip the cut end into rooting hormone and plant it in a pot filled with a well-draining media, such as a mixture of potting soil and perlite.

If you have a Sansevieria Snake plant with rhizomes, you can also propagate by removing the rhizomes and planting them in their own pots. Rhizomes are thick, horizontal stems that produce roots and shoots. To do this, carefully remove the plant from its pot and separate the rhizomes from the main root ball. Then, plant the rhizomes in their own pots, making sure they are covered with soil and pointed upwards.

It’s important to note that not all methods of propagation may work for every Sansevieria Snake plant. Some plants may never produce pups or rhizomes, while others may not root properly from cuttings or divisions. If you’re not having success with one method, don’t be discouraged. Try another method or consult a plant expert for assistance.

In conclusion, propagating a Sansevieria Snake plant can be a fun and rewarding experience. Whether you choose to propagate through divisions, leaf cuttings, or rhizomes, proper care and attention to detail are key. With a little patience and the right techniques, you can watch your Sansevieria family grow and thrive.

5 Fun Sansevieria Propagation Methods Snake Plant

Sansevieria, also known as Snake Plant, is a popular and easy-to-grow houseplant. Propagating Sansevieria can be a fun and rewarding experience, allowing you to expand your collection or share plants with friends. Here are five fun methods you can use to propagate your Snake Plant:

  1. Division: This is the most common and easiest method of propagating Sansevieria. Carefully remove the plant from its pot and separate the roots into sections. Each section should have a healthy root system and some leaves. Plant the sections in well-draining potting soil and provide them with indirect sunlight and warmth. Roots will begin to form within a few weeks.
  2. Leaf Cuttings: You can also propagate Sansevieria by taking leaf cuttings. Select a leaf and use sharp scissors or a knife to cut it into multiple sections. Allow the cuttings to dry for a day or two to form a callus, then plant them in fresh potting soil. Keep the soil moist but not overly wet, and roots will develop within a few weeks.
  3. Water Propagation: Sansevieria can be propagated by placing leaf cuttings or divisions in water. Fill a container with water and submerge the cuttings or divisions, making sure that the cut end is submerged. Change the water every few days to prevent slimy growths and mold. Roots will start to form, and once they are a few inches long, you can plant the cuttings or divisions in potting soil.
  4. Tissue Culture: If you want to propagate Sansevieria on a larger scale, tissue culture is an option. This method involves growing new plants from tiny pieces of the plant tissue in a laboratory. It requires specialized equipment and knowledge, so it is best left to professional growers.
  5. Seed Propagation: Although not commonly done, Sansevieria can be propagated from seeds. Collect the seeds from a mature Snake Plant and sow them in well-draining potting soil. Keep the soil consistently moist, and germination should occur within a few weeks. Bear in mind that Sansevieria plants grown from seed may not have the same characteristics as the parent plant.

When propagating Sansevieria, it’s important to choose healthy plants and provide them with the right conditions for successful rooting. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to rotting of the roots. Sansevierias prefer bright, indirect light and warm temperatures.

If you have any questions or need more information on where to find Sansevieria plants for propagation, don’t hesitate to reach out to your local nursery or plant community. Happy propagating!


Propagating a Sansevieria Snake plant can be done through various methods. Here are five common techniques:

  1. Leaf Cuttings: This method involves taking a leaf cutting from an existing plant. Use a clean knife to cut a leaf in half, and then place it in a well-draining potting mix or sphagnum moss. Keep the soil consistently moist, but not wet, and in a warm place. Roots will eventually form, and you can then repot the rooted leaf into its own pot.
  2. Root Cuttings: Similar to leaf cuttings, root cuttings involve taking a section of the root of an existing plant. Rinse off the root and let it dry for a few days before planting it in a well-draining potting mix. Roots will start to grow from the cut section.
  3. Crown Division: If your Sansevieria has a crown, which is the area where the leaves meet the roots, you can divide it into multiple plants. Use a clean knife to carefully separate the crown into smaller sections, making sure each section has roots. Plant the divided sections in their own pots, and they will grow into new plants.
  4. Leaf Division: This method works for Sansevieria varieties that have multiple stems or leaves growing from the base. Use a clean knife to divide the leaves at the base, making sure each section has roots. Plant the divided sections in their own pots and care for them as you would for a mature plant.
  5. Seeds: If you’re starting from scratch, you can purchase seeds and grow your own Sansevieria plants. However, be aware that it may take a long time for the seeds to develop into mature plants. Start by planting the seeds in a well-draining potting mix, and keep the soil consistently moist. As the plants grow, you can repot them into larger pots.

Each of these propagation methods has its own advantages and uses. When propagating Sansevieria, remember to use clean tools, provide a warm and well-lit environment, and use well-draining soil. With proper care and attention, you can successfully grow new Sansevieria plants from cuttings, divisions, or seeds.

1 Crown Division of an Existing Plant

One simple way to propagate a Sansevieria snake plant is through crown division of an existing plant. This method involves separating the mother plant into smaller sections, each with its own set of roots, and then replanting those sections to create new plants.

When choosing a mother plant to divide, look for a healthy and robust specimen that is at least a few years old. A mature plant is more likely to have multiple crowns that can be separated, providing you with more starting points for new plants.

To begin the crown division process, you’ll need a sharp, clean cutting tool such as scissors or a knife. Alcohol can be used to disinfect the tool to prevent any potential disease transmission.

First, remove the plant from its pot and carefully brush away any loose soil from the roots. This will allow you to see the crown and rhizome, which is the thick, underground stem from which the roots emerge.

Next, locate a natural separation point or rhizome that connects two sections of the plant. Make a clean cut through this point to separate the sections.

You may need to remove some excess soil or trim off any damaged or dead roots before replanting the sections. Cutting the bottom of the sections at a 45-degree angle can encourage new root growth.

Prepare a pot with well-draining soil or sphagnum moss. Make a small hole in the soil with your finger or a pencil and carefully place the section into the hole, ensuring that the rhizome is covered and the section is secure.

Water the newly replanted sections thoroughly and place them in a warm and well-lit area. Maintaining humidity around the plants can be beneficial, and covering the pot with a clear plastic bag allows for a mini greenhouse effect.

Over the next few weeks or months, new roots will develop, and the sections will become established as independent plants. Once they have rooted and are showing new growth, you can gradually remove the plastic bag and treat them as individual plants.

It’s important to keep in mind that not all sections may survive, especially if they were not healthy or had damaged roots before division. However, with proper care and attention, many of the divided sections will grow into new, healthy Sansevieria snake plants.

In conclusion, crown division is a simple and effective way to propagate a Sansevieria snake plant. By choosing a mature and healthy mother plant, following the step-by-step process of separating the sections, and providing the necessary care, you can create new plants from an existing one.

2 Leaf Cuttings in Water

Propagating Sansevieria Snake plants through leaf cuttings is a popular and effective method. Here, we will show you how to propagate your plant using two leaf cuttings in water.

1. Start by choosing two healthy leaves from your Sansevieria Snake plant. Make sure they are long and have a vibrant green color. Using clean and sharp scissors, carefully cut the leaves close to the base of the plant.

2. Fill a vase or a jar with water, making sure it’s deep enough to submerge the bottom ends of the leaf cuttings. It’s better to use a container with a narrower opening and a wider middle section to support the leaves.

3. Place the cut ends of the leaves in the water, making sure they are fully submerged. You may use a couple of toothpicks to hold the leaves in place if needed.

4. Find a warm and bright spot for your leaf cuttings to sit. Sansevieria Snake plants prefer bright but indirect sunlight, so placing them near a window with filtered light is ideal.

5. Over the next few weeks, you should start to see roots growing from the bottom ends of the leaf cuttings. It may take some time, but be patient and let nature do its job.

6. Once the roots are about an inch in length or longer, your leaf cuttings are ready for planting. Remove them from the water and pot them in well-draining soil. The roots should be gently tucked into the soil, ensuring they are covered and supported.

7. Water the newly potted leaf cuttings sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. This will help encourage root growth and prevent overwatering.

8. Keep the potted leaf cuttings in a warm and bright location, but avoid direct sunlight. Sansevieria Snake plants thrive in temperatures between 70°F (21°C) and 90°F (32°C).

In conclusion, propagating Sansevieria Snake plants using leaf cuttings in water is a simple and effective method. With a little time and patience, you can multiply your plant collection and enjoy the beautiful foliage of this popular houseplant.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.