Snake Plant Propagation by Leaf Cuttings in Water

Snake plants (Sansevieria) are relatively easy to propagate through leaf cuttings in water. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to propagate snake plants using this method:

Materials you will need:

  1. Healthy snake plant leaves
  2. A clean, sharp knife or scissors
  3. A container or jar
  4. Water
  5. Optional: Rooting hormone (not usually necessary for snake plants)

How to propagate a Sansevieria (Snake plant)


  1. Select a healthy leaf: Choose a mature, healthy snake plant leaf that doesn’t have any signs of damage or disease. Look for a leaf that is at least 4-6 inches long.
  2. Prepare the cutting: Use a clean, sharp knife or scissors to cut a leaf into sections that are about 2-3 inches long. Make sure each section has a straight cut at the bottom and a slanted or diagonal cut at the top. The diagonal cut helps you remember which end should go into the water.
  3. Let the cuttings callus (optional): Some people prefer to let the cuttings sit out for a day or two to allow the cut ends to callus. This can help prevent rot when you place them in water. However, snake plants are relatively resistant to rot, so this step is optional.
  4. Place the cuttings in water: Fill a container or jar with water and insert the cut end (straight end) of the leaf cuttings into the water. Make sure the diagonal end is above the waterline. You can place multiple cuttings in the same container, leaving some space between them.
  5. Change the water: Change the water every few days to keep it fresh and prevent rot. You can also rinse the cuttings under running water to remove any bacteria or fungi that may accumulate on the cut ends.
  6. Provide indirect light: Place the container with the cuttings in a location with bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can encourage algae growth in the water.
  7. Wait for roots to develop: In a few weeks to a few months, you should start to see roots growing from the bottom of the cuttings. Once the roots are a few inches long and the cuttings have developed a healthy root system, they are ready for transplanting.
  8. Transplant the rooted cuttings: Carefully remove the cuttings from the water and plant them in well-draining potting soil. You can plant them individually in small pots or multiple cuttings in a larger container. Make a hole in the soil with your finger or a stick and insert the cutting, covering the roots and part of the stem. Water the soil lightly after planting.
  9. Provide proper care: Place the newly planted snake plant cuttings in a location with bright, indirect light, and allow the soil to dry slightly between watering. Over time, they will grow into mature snake plants.

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