Sunday, October 28, 2007

Snake Plant propagation by leaf cuttings

sansevieria, Snake Plant, Snake Plant propagation
Sansevierias are easy houseplants that are commonly called "Snake Plant" because of the leaf color or "Mother-in-law's tongue" because of the sharpness of the leaves. This plant is native to Zaire and requires moderate watering in the summer and very little in the winter-too much water will cause your plant to start rotting. This low light houseplant can easily be propagated by splitting the offsets from the main plant or taking leaf cuttings.

Snake Plant propagation by leaf cuttings is very simple but is best done with the solid-green variety. Taking cuttings of the variety with the white-yellow edges (variegated forms) will revert and produce plants with all green leaves. The variegated Mother-in-law's tongue is best propagated by making divisions of the rhizome if you want to keep the variegated leaves.

Choose a healthy and green leaf from your Snake Plant to propagate. Cut the leaf into 3-4 inch segments making sure to keep track of which side was the top and which side was the bottom of the cutting. Insert the cuttings into fresh potting soil making sure you have your pieces right-side up. If you accidentally insert the cuttings upside down the cuttings will not strike and grow into new plants. Keep the pot in a bright and warm area away from direct sunlight making sure the soil is moist without getting soggy. In about 3-4 weeks the roots of your snake plant cuttings will start to form but it may take a few months for the leaves of the new plants to start growing. With more time and proper care your Snake Plant can even begin to flower, the flowers are a whitish green color.

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kate said...

I'm glad that I came upon this since I have a snake plant that is old and languishing. Now I can start some new ones easily.

MrBrownThumb said...

Hi kate,

Good luck with the propagation. Though you may have better luck if you hold off and do it in the spring.

ClaireWalter said...

Ditto. I don't water my snake plant very off, but my husband and my neighbor who watches the house when we're away, has been overzealous. The plant is in bad shape, but enough good leaves have survived for cuttings. I will rescue it and re-propotage. Thanks.

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