Propagating sansevieria by cutting

Sansevieria (mother in law's tongue, snake plant) may be the easiest plant ever to propagate, making it a good place to start for anyone new to working with plants. I swear I put a piece of it in water once and a root had already grown a few hours later. Basically, you can stick any part of this plant in the ground and it will grow.

1. Remove a leaf from a mature plant by cutting with garden shears. Cutting near the base of the leaf will maximize the plant material available for making new plants.

2. Cut the leaf into three or four pieces. There is no art or science to this, just make three clean cuts. In the image to the right, I've cut two pieces.

3. Fill a 4 in pot with some potting soil, then gently push each cutting into the soil. Gently press the soil down around the cutting to secure it in place.

4. Water the plant until you can see water run out the bottom of the pot.

One thing to make sure of is that you stick the right end of the cutting into soil. The basal, or lower end of the plant is the end that should go into the soil. When working with cuttings, just be sure to always keep the basal end facing you so that it is easy to remember which direction is which.

As an example, this plant was propagated as described above:

Snake plant is supposed to be great for cleansing the air inside your home, plus it adds a bit of greenery to a space and is one of the most low maintenance plants around. Simply water when the soil is dry to the touch.

What plants do you like to grow?

Photo credit for top photo: Adapted from '35 Snake Plant Botanical Garden Brooklyn NY 0939' by bobistravelling. Any derivative works licensed same as the original. All views expressed in this post are solely my own.

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