How to propagate: Snake plant (Sansevieria)

Just like its care, propagating a Sansevieria is easy. The most difficult thing about propagating the Sansevieria is having patience. The cuttings can easily survive themselves, there is almost nothing you have to do.


  • Sansevieria (Snake plant)
  • Scissors or knife
  • Disinfectant
  • Glass, vase(s) or mug with water
  • Optional: rooting hormone

Propagating a Snake plant in 4 steps

Step 1: Disinfect

First clean the knife you might be using.

Keep the knife under hot water and clean them well. This prevents you from unnecessarily transferring bacteria during the propagation.

Do you happen to have disinfectant or pure alcohol? Disinfect the tools after using hot water. Let's get away with those bacteria and fungi!

Step 2: Take cuttings

You can propagate a Sansevieria in two ways: by cutting or tearing. We prefer to use scissors, because then you have less chance of damaging the mother plant.

Cut a healthy leaf close to the ground. You can also tear, but do this carefully.

If you want more then one cutting, you can cut the leaves into pieces of about 2.5 cm.

Then make a notch at the bottom of the leaf. This is done by cutting a reversed V from the underside of the leaf.

Step 3: Apply rooting hormone

Do you happen to have rooting hormone at home? Then you can apply the rooting hormone to the ‘open wound’ of the cutting. Let the powder dry well!

Don’t have any rooting hormone? No problem. You can also easily propagate without. Although the use ofrooting hormone can stimulate root growth. So it is an interesting option to consider.

Step 4: Taking care of the cutting

Let the cuttings dry at first. Drying is recommended for a better chance of root growth. As soon as the leaves have dried well, you can position the cutting(s) in water.

If you want you can also put the leaves in fresh potting soil. Pour a good splash of water on top of this.

Place the cutting on a sunny spot. After about one month the first roots will appear.

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