The Ultimate Guide to Propagate Snake PlantLike an Expert

Propagating snake plants is quite easy and you can choose from different methods the one that is more appealing to you.

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April 19, 2021

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Snake plants are one of the prettiest succulents, in my opinion, it has even more of my heat because it’s easy to take care of and to propagate. A little something I like to do is to propagate it and give it to friends as a gift!

Propagating snake plants is easy and it can be done using 4 different techniques. The first one is propagating in the water, the second one is on the soil, the third one is dividing it, and the fourth one is by rhizome.

Propagating in the water

Propagating Snake Plants in the water is an easy process that will take patience more than anything else. Once the roots are out it’ll take only about 3-5 weeks to a new Snake Plant.

To propagate in the water you’ll have to choose a healthy leaf that’s not too old. Once you chose it, cut it from the mother close to the soil and make a v-shaped cut on the bottom end of it, divide the leaf into sections of 2 to 3 inches, always marking the bottom with v-shaped cuts.

After the cutting is done, place it in the shadow and let it dry out to callus. This is important because if the cut doesn’t callus the leaf won’t be able to regenerate, creating a new plant.

Once this happens you’ll take all the cuts and place them in a glass container with water covering slightly above the v-shaped cut and keeping your leaf section above the bottom of the container, you can use any kind of clips for that.


This v-shaped cut is important to increase the surface where your plant’s root can grow and will help you to know which side is the bottom side of your cutting when placing it in the water.

It’s really important to place the cut in the same position as it was in the leaf, if you don’t your snake plant won’t grow.

Snake plants grow slow so it may take a while for you to see the first roots coming out of the cutting, but when you see you can choose to grow your snake plant in the water or keep the step-by-step with me and grow it on the soil.

Once the roots are at least 1 inch long, plant the leaf as deep as the water was on the leaf. After this, you just need to wait a little more until a brand new Snake Plant starts blooming. The old one won’t bloom anymore and you can even remove it from the soil when the new one looks strong.


Change the water every time it’s cloudy or seems dirty

Propagating in the soil

Propagating Snake Plant in the soil is a one-step process, this is its biggest advantage when compared to the propagation in water since propagating in water ends up in planting the new plant on the soil.

Cut the leaf close to the soil and make sections of if, each of them with 2-3 inches. Make the v-shaped on the bottom of all of them and let them callus. Just like when propagating in water.

When the cuts callus, pot them directly in the soil covering the v-shaped cutting. To this kind of propagation keeping the soil lightly watered is critical.

Propagating by division

Dividing a Snake Plant is the fastest way to have a new one. The method consists of unpotting the plant and dividing the roots, leaves, and rhizomes.

The first thing to understand is that in order toed, the plant should be mature. A baby plant won’t be able to bear losing part of its roots and will probably die. However, if this requirement is fulfilled we can keep going.

To divide a Snake Plant you’ll un-pot it gently and look at the roots, use a sterile scissor to divide the root clump. Keep in mind that each of them should have roots and leaves. After this re-pot them immediately.


To have sterile scissors you just have to boil water for a couple of minutes and then dip the cutting end into the water for about 10 minutes.

Propagating by Rhizome

Rhizomes are plant stem that stays on the underground sending out roots. Snake Plants can easily grow from them.

To divide by rhizome you need to gently un-pot your Snake Plant, then you’ll look at its rhizomes looking for one that won’t affect so much your plant when you take it from there. Once you find it, you’ll cut it carefully. Wait for it to callus and plant.


  1. What mean if the leaf is brown on the water? A&58; This means you probably didn’t dry properly before moving it to water.

  2. Do I need to fertilize my Snake Plant? A&58; It is not necessary to fertilize, but if you feel like doing so for the plant, use a half dilution of houseplant food once a month during the growing season


Something worth mentioning is that if you intend to keep the pattern of the mother plant the only method that guarantees that is the dividing one. The others can result in a variety of leaves that may not be the ones you’re waiting for.

If your Snake Plant is overwatered you can re-pot it in new soil and it’ll probably save your plant. If it’s too bad you can also try to divide the good parts of it and start over with a brand new plant.

Snake Plants can be propagated in many ways and all of them are somehow easy. Since they are popular plants you can have a lot of fun propagating your Snake Plants and gifting them to your friends.

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By Jimena Bolívar

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My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!



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