How to Propagate Snake Plants Properly

Last Updated on July 31, 2022 by Stephanie

The leaves of the snake plants sword are often referred to as mother-in-laws tongue and Sansevieria trifasciata are an almost waxy feeling and are among the most simple houseplants to maintain.

The succulent plant is striking visually, and its easy-going to care for makes it a perfect addition to any room. They are also an ideal present with gardeners who arent so keen, since theyre very tolerant and can thrive with little effort.

One of the benefits of this easy-to-care-for home plant is the purifying properties to your home. Keep in mind that, just like it is the fiddle-leaf fig the snake plant is poisonous to cats and dogs.

Lets stop here, and explore the most effective ways to propagate the snake plant.

When to Repot a Snake Plant

A great way to determine whether the snake plant requires repotting is to grasp the plants base by gently supporting it, then flip it over. Although the tongue of your mother-in-law is known to be roots-bound, it wont perform well when its stuck with just the snake plant roots in a tiny pot.

Check out the signs that your plant requires more spaceor needs for propagation:

* These roots grow through drainage holes in the container.

The ribosomes are cutting through the plastic

* Roots are popping through the surface of the pot.

* The pot is bulging outwards, especially when its a plastic pot

The leaves appear stuck or the plant isnt able to come out of the pot with ease.

The Best Season for Repotting

The process of repotting Sansevieria Trifasciata can be done at any time during the year. If the roots begin to creep into the drain holes in the pot or when your plastic container begins to expand Its the time to plant again.

If youre searching for one particular season the best time to perform repotting of snake plants is during the growth and flowering time - the latter part of winter or in the beginning of spring.

What Do You Need to Repot Your Snake Plant?

If youve determined that the plant is in need of repotting, youll have to think about some things before you begin. Look over a few items youll require.

Choose Your Snake Plant Pot

Select a container that is suitable for your plant. Your pots dimensions will depend on the size and age of the plant itself. The diameter of the pot must be 1 to 2 inches larger than the pot that is older. Do not increase the size by too much. The additional soil could cause pockets of moisture to form and could cause root decay.

Consider the depth of the pot and its drainage system. It should include at least one drainage hole in the bottom. It is possible to purchase the pot that comes with an accompanying tray, stand, and draining saucer. You can also pick any type of material, such as ceramic containers made of plastic, terracotta or ceramic pots and more.

Snake Plant Teracotta Pot

Ensure You Have the Right Tools

In addition to deciding on the container and soil you will use You may also require tools to aid you in the process of growing and repotting the snake plant. They include:

* *Sharp shears or Pruners

* Garden gloves

* Garden trowel

Prepare Soil Mixture

It is recommended to select an easy-medium soil mix like cactus or an organic mix that can drain efficiently. The selection of a good pot soil is essential to ensure a healthy, strong plant.

To prevent your soil from getting out of the pot, you should look for cloth, mesh tape or garden gravel.

Step-by-Step Guide to Repotting Your Snake Plant

Whichever variety of Sansevieria that you own, there could be a moment when youll need to consider the possibility of repotting the snake plants.

Check out this step-by-step tutorial for the process of repotting.

Step One: Take the plant from its old Pot

If youre trying to get your plant from the pot it was in and its still not moving you can try watering it to remove the soil from the pot and roots. Make use of a sharp knife to scrape soil off the sides inside the pot.

You could also place your pot with the plant and place it on top of each other and attempt to bang on the edges until it is able to easily slide away - be Be careful not to harm the leaves or roots.

Step 2: Examine the Roots & Trim

Snake plants are susceptible to root rot, and it is important to be sure to examine the roots thoroughly after the plant has been removed. Check for indications of rotting like mushy or black spots appearing on base. If you notice any indications that suggest this, make use of a clean blade or shears to cut off the affected areas.

PSST… It could be an ideal spot to divide and propagate the plant by digging the plant up and then carefully divide it. This is possible with plants that produce suckers, tubers, and Rhizomes.

Step 3: Examine the Soil

Then, look over the soil to determine whether you want to reuse it or put in the new soil. If the soil appears to be heavy, you could sprinkle some new potting mix to facilitate drainage. It is also possible to add manure or worm-compost to enhance the soils nutrition.

Step 4: Prepare the Pot

Fill the container with it with the potting soil. It is recommended to select the right container with drainage holes. You can make use of a small mesh tape or cloth, or even add an additional layers made of stones or gravel on in the base of your container to cover the holes.

Then, you can begin filling the pot with soil. You can use a trowel from your garden to determine, or measure, the length of the root bulb to determine the proper depth at which the soil is to be poured prior to placing the plant into.

Step 5: Place the Plant Into the Pot

Finally, put your plant inside the pot, making sure that its in the same place that it was before. Make sure to keep at least 2 inches from the rim of the pot up to where the dirt is. Place soil around both sides to help stabilize the plant and keep it the plant upright.

Sprinkle a small amount of compost or decorative rocks prior to selecting the best location for it - direct sunlight.

Different Methods of Propagating Snake Plants

The first step on your journey to propagation is to select a method. As with many species, there are a variety of methods to tackle sansevieria propagation.

So, pick one of these popular methods below for snake plant propagation and lets start making babies.

Snake Plant Leaf Cuttings

The tongue of a mother-in-law propagated by cuttings of leaves is the most popular method, employing the Cactus-type potting mix to act as a rooting medium.

For the first step in the process of propagating your snake plant using cuttings of leaves, you can begin by choosing an appropriate, healthy leaf. Cut it one inch higher than the base with sterilized sheers.

Measure out the length of your leaf in inches and cut them into pieces and mark each segment in which the leaf originally connected. Cut an upside-down V at the point at the point where the plant was attached to the base. This is the point where the root will begin to develop.

The cut leaves will form a callus for a few days before putting the cut ends to the sand that is moist in a container filled with cactus mixture and the rooting hormone approximately 1/2 inch in depth. The plant will soon begin to grow by itself And voila!

Snake Plant Propagation through Division

If youd like to have more snake plants in a short time You can attempt division and propagation. This can be accomplished by splitting one plant into several.

Lay your plant on its side before slipping it out of the pot. Examine the roots of your plant carefully and observe at the areas where you can see where the Rhizomes are. It is common to remove the plant out of its pot and then use sharp shears or a knife to slice the root into pieces. It is possible to cut the plant in half, unless it is a plant with many rhizomes. In this case, could be divided the roots into smaller clumps.

A good guideline is to have at minimum three rhizomes as well as one healthier leaf for each plant. After youve divided the plant, you can then plant each part in fresh pots.

Propagate Snake Plant in Water

Choose a container with an healthy leaf. Use sharp shears to remove the leaf of your snake plant. If you are propagating the snake plant in water it is recommended to try an extended cut than if you were rooted in potting soil. You should aim at about 4-5 inches away from the edge on the leaves. It is recommended to allow the cut end to heal over one or two days similar to the propagation process in soil.

When your plant is in its final stages to be planted, place the leafs cut ends in the water just enough to cover the lower quarter in the pot. Replace the water in your container twice per day, and wash the container at least once every week to prevent the growth of algae.

The plant and the container should be placed in indirect light and youll soon see tiny roots beginning to emerge. Let your plants roots extend minimum 2 inches before you transfer it into the pot using the potting mix.

Be aware that this - propagation of snake plants through water-based methods is a little more risky than other methods. You should be on the eye out for signs of root decay. Make sure to keep the majority of your cut-offs out of water.

Footnote on Snake Plant Propagation

Snake plants are among the most durable houseplants. The spiky, patterned foliage of snake plants is beautiful and, when left to their own devices they flourish. The process of repotting your snake plant is a great project and the result is thrilling as you watch the plant grow.

Now that you have an idea of how to grow the snake plant, youre ready to start. Get your scissors and a sun hat and start working. Happy gardening.



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