Propagation is the easiest and fastest way to grow your snake plant even more, without having to buy it back. As a plant lover, we guess that you really need more plants, especially snake plants around your home as you’ll enjoy seeing them if there are many.
Sure, to propagate your snake plant, there are plenty of methods that you can take. One of them is to propagate them in water by cutting off the healthy leaves and regrow them in water. However, this method is useful for those ‘off’ leaves which fall over and bend or break.
Moreover, cutting off them in water is a gorgeous way to use those extra leaves which you prune away from your snake plant when you wish to adjust how it looks. So,let’s see our ways for propagating your snake plant in water.
Here’s How to Propagate Snake Plants in Water!
The tools you will need:
- Sharp knife or scissors
- Heavy glass, jar or vase
- Rooting hormone (optional)
Step-by-step to propagate your snake plant in water:
Make sure to use very clean and sharp scissors and knives. However, the sharper and cleaner the cut will give you the best result.
Cut off the snake leaves which are near the soil carefully. Once cutting the leaves, you can also dip your cutting into root hormone. Then, put the bottom portion of the leaf in water. Ensure it’s covering about 25% of the leaf with water.
Make sure to cut a leaf off as close to the soil as you can. If your plant leaves are large, you’re able to cut the leaf into sections and then put each section into water.
Keeping the leaf in the same orientation as it was when it was in soil is a must for you. In this case, your snake plant’s leaves will be highly polar, so roots will only grow if the tips of the leaves closest to the soil are placed in water. Otherwise, if the leaf’s orientation is wrong, of course the leaf will not grow new roots.
Another cutting way also influences for successful growth where a ‘V’ shape in the bottom of the cutting can improve the success rate of the snake plants’ cuttings and also has a number of purposes. The ‘V’ shape cutting will increase the surface area of the cut edge to the water. It can also prevent the cut edge from pressing against the bottom of the glass or vase. So, it will ease you to identify the bottom end of the leaf.
Your snake plant leaves probably can be top heavy. So, a larger pot, vase, or glass is required during the propagation process.
Keep the snake leaves in a warm room with a lot of indirect light. Make sure to change the water in the glass or vase per week or any time you see the water looking cloudy.
Here, the waiting period begins. You should be patient for a quite long wait to see root develop. Don’t worry if your waiting period has been a month, but the root has not appeared yet. Well, it’s a normal situation. In this case, you may need to wait another month for roots and even longer for leaf pups to grow.
After the root sprout, wait until the roots are at least an inch before you plant it up into well-draining succulent soil. In the way of placing them in soil, make sure to plant them as deep as the water line was on the leaf. Don’t worry about the small shoots as they will pop right up through the soil when they are ready. Additionally, it’s better for you to mix in some perlite or pumice for better drainage.
Even though this method is easiest, however, it will take the longest steps, especially if your plant does not receive much indirect light.
Why Would You Propagate Your Snake Plant?
At least, there are a bunch of reasons why you would propagate your snake plant. However, it also depends on what you face when you find your snake plant unwell growth. Aside from that, you may also want to save your money to not purchase the snake plant again by utilizing your previous-purchased snake plant.
Here are a few reasons:
- You may accidentally have overwatered your snake plant and now your plant has root rot. Well, if you think that it’s not too bad, certainly you can still save your plant by cutting the parts which are still healthy.
- You can also reuse a damage leaf with sunburn marks or the leaves which get too tall and bend or break.
- Probably, you just wish to adjust the overall look of your plant a bit by removing a few leaves.
How Are Your Cuttings Not Growing?
Please, don’t panic! Sometimes, transplanting the cuttings will cause them to go dormant for a period of time. However, it will last weeks or even months. So if your cutting is not dead, don’t try to throw it away. What you should do is just wait it out and ensure you’re providing great conditions for your cuttings.
You will identify your cuttings are dead if you see the leaves turning yellow, mushy and the roots are also mushy. If you find them still green, it means that your plant may still be viable. You can also cut away the dying parts of your snake plant and repot it.
Moreover, you also know that snake plants are slow growing plants. Then, you may not find growth for a long period of time as your plant just grows more slowly than a lot of other plants.
Another reason why your snake plant lacks growth is because they are growing roots under the soil. Sometimes, the cuttings have to place down a large amount of roots before you find the growth above the soil. If your cuttings progress has been stalled for several months, you just have to wait and see if the plant is still alive by checking the root growth.