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Posted by Breens Florist on February 20, 2023 | Last Updated: February 22, 2023 Blog

Three Easy Ways to Propagate a Snake Plant

Snake plants are hardy, low-maintenance houseplants that are easy to share among your friends and family. By propagating your snake plants for others, you can spread the bounty (and fabled good fortune!) of these green beauties. There are three simple methods for propagating snake plants that are quick and simple. 

It’s not nearly as scary as it sounds, and propagation allows you to give your friends the gift of green for free! Take a look at the advice provided below from the experts here at Breen’s Florist to learn about the world of plant propagation and how to grow these hardy, low-maintenance houseplants.

How to propagate a snake plant

1. Snake Plant Division Propagation

You can re-pot parts of your snake plant into new containers by separating individual blades with the rhizomes attached. Rhizomes are hardy, bulbous root systems that resemble new potatoes. This root system is the source of snake plants’ growth. 

To use this propagation method, you must separate individual snake plant blades while keeping them attached to their rhizomes. We recommend removing the plant from its pot and shaking off some of the soil. 

When re-potting these blades with their rhizomes attached to a new container of sandy soil or peat moss, maintain a minimum of three rhizomes and one healthy blade together.

2. Snake Plant Propagation in Water

Water Propagation is the easiest and best method for propagating snake plants! 

For this technique, you will need a cut snake plant blade, a container to hold water, and tissue. 

First, use clean, sharp shears or scissors to trim the healthy leaves from your snake plant. Then, place the leaves in a container with a tissue at the bottom. Display the container in an area with indirect sunlight and add just enough water to cover that tissue. Every few days, replace the water, and you’ll soon see the development of a network of fresh roots. 

Once the roots seem robust and resilient, you can plant your new snake plant in sand or peat moss.

3. Directly transplant snake plant cuttings into the ground

Directly transplanting snake plants is comparable to water propagation, but it skips the wait time for roots to grow in water. This makes spreading love even simpler and faster! 

After cutting a leaf with clean, sharp shears or scissors, allow it to rest in the air for a day so the cut edge can develop a callous or hardened area. Then, the cutting should be planted in a pot of lightly moistened peat moss or sand. It will be able to root on its own in a few weeks. 

Remember that with this method, you won’t be able to see the roots developing, which is frequently a key aspect of the wonder of propagation.

With a plant like a snake plant, your propagation options are virtually limitless.

Try all three approaches or master whichever one suits you best! Share your passion for plants with your friends and family, and compare your results. Always remember to tag us here at Breen’s Florist when you get your new plants growing.