How to Propagate your Snake Plant | Dracaena Trifasciata

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How to Propagate your Snake Plant | Dracaena Trifasciata

How to Propagate your Snake Plant | Dracaena Trifasciata

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Have you ever wanted to propagate your own snake plant?

Snake plants which are evergreen perennials are one of the easiest houseplants to grow and propagate. They’re also known as the Sansevieria trifasciata, St. George’s sword, viper’s bowstring hemp or mother-in-law’s tongue. But what does it mean? Well, they’re named after their sharp leaves that resemble a snake’s tongue. And if you want to know how to do it yourself, then this guide is for you!

If you want an easy way to create more plants without spending too much time or money on them, then propagating your snake plant from cuttings is the perfect solution for you! It doesn’t matter whether you have a green thumb or not – follow these simple steps, and soon enough, there will be plenty of new baby snake plants growing in your home!

They also make great gifts for friends and family who love gardening. So let’s get started with our guide on how to propagate a snake plant today!

Can I propagate a Snake Plant?

Yes, you can propagate a Snake Plant!

Many people are nervous about propagating their snake plants, but it is pretty easy! There are many different ways to propagate a dracaena trifasciata. The most common propagation methods include division, stem cuttings and leaf cuttings. If you want to know how to do any of these methods, keep reading!

How to propagate a Snake Plant in Soil?

Step One – Preparing Your Tools & Removing Leaves from the Cutting Board!

Before taking your cutting, it’s essential to have clean tools that will not spread any diseases or pests to your new cutting. To clean your knife or secateurs, dip them in some water and then wipe them off with a paper towel.

Next, remove any leaves from the cutting board that will be below the soil level when you plant your cutting. This will help prevent rot from occurring on the part of the cutting that is buried in the soil.

Snake Plant Leaf Cuttings

Step Two – Taking Your Cutting!

Once your tools are clean and ready to go, it’s time to take your cutting! First, look for a healthy stem on your Snake Plant about six inches long. Cut the stem at an angle.

Step Three – Dipping your Cutting in Water!

Now that you’ve taken your cutting, it’s time to dip it into some water. This step is done simply for hydration purposes before planting the snake plant cutting. You can place all the cuttings you have prepared into a cup of water, making sure they are all standing upright.

Step Four – Placing your Cutting in Soil!

Once you’ve allowed your snake plant cutting to hydrate for about an hour, it’s time to place the stem into some soil and cover it with more soil or potting mix. Press down on the soil around the cutting to help secure it in place.

Step Five – Watering your Cutting!

Now all you need to do is water it regularly. About once a week should be sufficient, but make sure to check the soil’s moisture level before watering. Too much or too little water can be harmful to your cutting.

That’s it! By following these simple steps, you can propagate a snake plant from a cutting and create a new, healthy houseplant. Enjoy!

Snake Plant Propagation in water

Snake plants are very easy to grow. They can be grown from leaf cuttings, and will propagate easily in water. The only thing you need is a good sized healthy leaf with a small V size notch taken off the base of it. Place this leaf into a jar of water that has been slightly raised from the bottom by adding rocks or marbles below it so that there’s extra space for new roots to develop.

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After 3-5 weeks, you should start noticing some roots growing along the underside of your leaves and tiny white pups sprouting up near where your original stem was cut off at the base (the notched V shape). Once this happens, all you have to do is transplant these little pups into soil and they’ll continue growing like normal. If you’d like, you can keep them in water and just change the water regularly to keep it clean – this is a great way to propagate lots of new plants without having to use any soil!

How long do I have to wait for Snake Plant roots?

Snake Plant roots will grow anywhere from one to six months after being propagated. Snake Plant propagation in water is a great solution for those who want instant gratification!

It is not only the easiest method but also provides faster results than others! While Snake Plants are fairly easy to propagate, the roots of Snake Plants can take a long time to form.

What are Snake Plant benefits?

The snake plant, commonly referred to as dracaena trifasciata, is a succulent that can grow between six inches and several feet tall. In addition to providing a bit of ambience, dracaena trifasciata has a number of health benefits.

  • Snake plants are natural air purifiers, removing toxins such as formaldehyde from the air.
  • They’re also great for filtering out xylene and toluene, two chemicals that can be found in paints, solvents, and other industrial products.
  • The leaves of snake plants change colour depending on how much light the plant is exposed to.
  • They also help balance humidity in a room, making them perfect for bathrooms and kitchens where there are lots of steamy appliances.

How to take care of a snake plant?

The snake plant is a succulent, meaning it stores water in its leaves. Because of this, the snake plant doesn’t need much water to survive and can even go for long periods without being watered.

However, when you water your snake plant, make sure that the soil is completely dry before watering again. Overwatering a snake plant can cause root rot.

Snake plant care is very important. We talk further about their care in our detailed guide. To summarize, these are hardy and easy to take care of, making them a great choice for your home or office space!


The Snake Plant, also known as the Sansevieria trifasciata, St. George’s sword, viper’s bowstring hemp or mother-in-law’s tongue, is a popular houseplant because of its easy care and a wide variety of leaf shapes.

There are many different varieties of Snake Plants, but all have one thing in common – they are very forgiving plants that can adapt to a wide range of growing conditions.

Snake Plants are also one of the few plants that release oxygen at night, making them a good choice for people who want to improve the air quality in their homes.

These plants propagate easily from cuttings, so if you have a healthy Snake Plant in your home, you can easily grow more by propagating new plants from stem cuttings.

See our other propagation guides.

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Scientific Name

Dracaena trifasciata

Common Name

St. George's Sword, Viper's Bowstring Hemp or Mother-in-laws Tongue & Snake Plant


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