Plant Care: Division & Propagation


The snake plant is a low maintenance common houseplant. In warmer tropical areas they are planted outdoors. It tolerates low light but also grows well in medium and bright light. It tends to like humidity so the bathroom could be a nice place to put it. 

The height of the snake plant varies but it can grow up to 4 feet tall.


Dividing snake plants // Snake plants start growing new offsets (I like to call them babies) in the warmer months starting in May/June. You will see little shoots pop up that are attached to the mother plant. You can divide this plant by taking the mother plant out of the soil and with a sharp garden scissor or knife cut the root that connects the mother plant. You can then plant the offshoots into a new pot.

After you plant the offshoot, if you like you can put a little mulch or pebbles on top for insulation to keep in moisture. 


Propagating snake plants // Propagating is done by multiply a plant using the mother plant either by leaves or stem.  


Take an existing snake plant and choose a leaf that looks healthy and green. 

Cut the leaf into smaller pieces,  about 2-3" inches. 


Remember which side of the cutting should be planted down into the soil.



Use a pot with drainage holes and regular potting soil.

Plant with enough space in between for the new shoots to grow. 


Water the cuttings after you plant them.


For the first 3-4 weeks, put it in a plastic bag and poke a few holes in it. The plastic bag will keep the plant humid and can help it root faster. However, without holes through the bags the plant would suffocate. 


Water the plant when the soil looks dry.  


In 3-4 weeks (if you start in warmer months) the cuttings should begin to root. You will see itty bitty tiny shoots pop up and it will begin to form as a new plant on its own.  

Cuttings were taken on July 2, 2013.  

On a separate experiment, I took cuttings from a snake plant in February 2012. The plant did not develop shoots until July 2012. Propagating in warmer weather should help the process along quicker.