Snake plant propagation*


Hello. I am propagating a snake plant in water. I have 6 long leaves in water, which are starting to form roots. When I pot these leaves, can I pot them all in the same pot, as if it was one big plant, or does each leaf need its own pot?


The snake plant, is known botanically as Dracaena trifasciata (formerly known as Sansevieria trifasciata). This plant was a very pretty popular houseplant in the 1920’s and 30’s. It has thick fleshy leaves that are 1-4 feet tall and up to 3 inches across. It’s also very easy-to-grow. The leaves have interesting patterns that somewhat resemble a snake’s skin, hence the common name. There are several other varieties with different patterns such as S. trifasciata var. laurentii,  also called mother-in-law’s tongue. Plants grown in high light will be well-patterned, but plants grown under low light conditions may be almost solid green.

Congratulations on managing to propagate some baby plants. The roots of Sansevierias are pretty strong, and some varieties will fill a pot rapidly with their quickly spreading rhizomes, sometimes breaking the pot. How many you decide pot up in one container depends on the size of the pot and how many plants you wish to own.  One leaf  in a pot might not be aesthetically pleasing to look at, so it may look better if you plant two or three together. Remember to use a good potting medium and keep the soil moist when you pot up.

Here’s an interesting fact: the snake plant is among the top plant’s tested and added to a list by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) for removing, benzene, formaldehyde and other harmful toxins.

Here is a link that provides added information on the snake plant.

Snake Plant: a forgiving, low maintenance house plant