Easy Ways To Propagate Snake Plant (Sansevieria)

The Snake plant (Sansevieria) are some pretty great plants and they have a really special place in my heart.

Personally, one of the best moments I spend in my garden is when I propagate Snake plant, I can’t seem to stop myself from planting them.

Whether it’s in my garden, my house in pots or in the ground, I always seem to have a few laying around wherever I go.

Of course, these plants are known by many different names as all plants are.

Some of you may know them as Snake plants, Mother In Law Tongue, Snake’s Tongue, Bowstring Hemp Plant, and finally, Devil’s Tongue.

No matter what you call them, they’re still the same plant that we’ve all grown to love and love to care for.

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The good thing about this plant is that it’s very easy to care for and propagate.

In this article, we will dive in real deep into how you can propagate Snake plant in 3 easy ways.

You may choose whichever way works best for you, and the results will be more or less the same.

The Snake plants (Sansevierias) grow from rhizomes that eventually root and like to travel everywhere underground.

These plants can also be grown from their seeds, but that’s the hardest way to go about planting them.

Although the Sansevierias plants are native to the subtropics and tropics, they somehow end up thriving in dry homes that lack humidity. Which is one reason why these plants can make for a wonderful houseplant.

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What You Need To Propagate Propagate Snake Plant Successfully


the plant requires bright light, but shouldn’t be faced with direct, hot sun rays.


a light medium that drains well is good for the plant. It’s recommended to use an organic succulent & cactus mix, unless you got a good potting soil, then there’s no need to use the succulent.

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the plant shouldn’t be kept wet because they will easily rot out. The soil should be kept slightly moist but NOT wet.

To propagate snake plant you should do it either indoors, or in a covered porch. That way, rain won’t mush them out easily.


it is best to propagate snake plant during the spring, but it can be done during the fall and summer as well. It’s important not to propagate snake plant during winter because that’s the time when the plants are resting.

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Methods To Propagate Snake Plant

Propagate Snake Plant From Rhizome Cuttings

You can see that the Sansevieria is creeping through the garden while attached to the mother plant in the back by the grey rhizome. You can also see there’s another, smaller plant forming to the right of it.

The rhizomes are actually a modified stem that grows either under or very close to the ground.

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What you should do is cut them off very close to the plant itself and then let the rhizome heal for a couple to 3 days before you plant it.

Sometimes, you’ll see that the rhizome has roots that are already formed and sometimes they will be just starting to bulge out.

What you can do is use a knife or a pair of pruners to do the cutting. You just have to make sure that whatever you’re using and both clean and sharp.

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In the picture above, the cut rhizome is the one in the foreground, and the plant on the left only has roots starting to swell at the bottom, whereas the plant on the right has roots that are already formed.

What’s even weirder is that these plants have been growing side by side!

Propagate Snake Plant By Division

After you dig up the plant and divide it, it will fall into pieces of its own, but you can do the dividing yourself although it’ll take quite some time.

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To do that, you can use a clean trowel, knife, pruners, and a hand fork.

The numbers of plants that you get is solely dependent on the size of the plant you’re dividing.

Propagate Snake Plant By Leaf Cuttings

This method isn’t exactly our favorite one to go for, but it has its perks. First of all, this one isn’t nearly as easy as the method we covered earlier, nor is it as fast or as successful.

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If you got Sansevierias with a solid leaf color then this is the method you should go with because any variations will be lost.

If you’d like to try this method, then make sure your knife is very clean and sharp.

Another important thing is to plant the leaf in the direction it has been growing. If you don’t plant the leaf in the right direction, then it will not grow.

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It’s also best if you leave the leaf section to head off for a few days before you plant them.

You might need to use a stake to keep the plant standing still since the soil is very lightweight and the plant itself is heavy.


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No matter what propagation method you decide to go with, it’s always a good idea to plant more Sansevierias in the house or outside.

It’s important you know how to propagate snake plant, especially if you’re moving out soon and need to take it with you if it’s been planted in your garden.

We hope you have learned a lot from this article and we wish you best of luck with your Snake plant.