How to Propagate a Sansevieria (Snake Plant)

Hello. This is one of my favorite plants in my house. Can you please identify this for me? And also please tell me how if I can propogate this smaller, new plant that seems to be growing off the side?
Thank you!



Hi Kerri,


Your plant is a type of sansevieria (snake plant).

I like to remove the small new plant you want to propagate by cutting it off from the “mother plant” very close to the soil. Try to include the rhizome that it is growing out of if possible. Use a sharp, clean knife or pruners that you have wiped with alcohol. It is extremely important that after you cut off the baby plant, you allow the cut end to dry out for 2 or 3 days before you plant it. Allowing the cut to dry out and harden prevents root rot. After a few days, plant the cutting in a 4″ container of loose potting soil. Be sure there are drip holes in the bottom of the new container. Place in medium light.

You can also use leaf cuttings to propagate a sansevieria. When using leaf cuttings, cut the leaf you are using into 4″ segments. Allow the cut end of the leaf segments to dry out for a few days before planting them.

You can read all my care tips for a sansevieria in the Popular Houseplant section of the website. The picture is of a different different variety, but the care is the same.