How To Regrow A Snake Plant- 4 Easy Regrow Technique


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I have been thinking of regrowing my snake plant for a long time. But I could not do it due to lack of time. That day has finally come. 

Well, there are various reasons behind my decision. Snake plants (dracaena trifasciata) have many virtues, and I wanted to share them with my friends and family. Additionally, it’s cost-free and easy to do, and this is a great way to multiply their numbers. 

How To Regrow A Snake Plant

Many like me want to regrow their snake plant, especially beginners. But they don’t know how to regrow a snake plant successfully.

If you are beginner or doing it for the first time, you should know about the essential materials and proper step-by-step instructions. 

Don’t worry; this article was created only to solve your problem. So, keep patience and dive into the article.

Main Facts:

  • Divide pups or cut leaves for regrowing your snake plant.
  • You can share new plants with friends and family by regrowing them.
  • You can regrow your snake plant anytime, but regrowing in spring or summer is best.

Why Do You Need To Regrow The Snake Plant?

Snake plants are very popular houseplants. They are not only aesthetic but also have lots of benefits. They can purify air by removing harmful toxins. 

These tough succulents are known for their resilience and low maintenance needs. However, there are several reasons why you might choose to regrow your snake plant:

Why Do You Need To Regrow The Snake Plant

For Aesthetics:

  • Rejuvenate a leggy plant: Over time, snake plants growing in low light can become stretched out and lose their compact form. Regrowing from healthy leaves allows you to create a fuller, bushier plant.
  • Fill out a pot: If your snake plant has outgrown its pot, it looks sparse. Regrowing provides new plantlets to create a more visually appealing display.
  • Share the love: As I said, snake plants are popular for their air-purifying qualities and stylish looks. By regrowing, you can share new plants with friends and family.

Practical Reasons:

Cost-effective benefits:

  • Free new plants: Regrowing allows you to multiply your existing plants for free. Propagating snake plants can save you money on new ones.

Overall, regrowing a snake plant is entirely optional.  However, it’s a rewarding and low-effort way to enhance the look of your existing plant.

When You Should Regrow The Snake Plant?

Many people want to know when to regrow snake plants. They say my cuttings don’t produce roots. 

Snake plants are native to West Africa, particularly countries like Nigeria and Congo. They thrive in warm environments. So, you have to choose the right time to regrow your snake plant so that it can mimic their natural habitat. 

I always prefer to regrow snake plants during early to midsummer and spring. At this time, your plants can get longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures, mimicking their natural habitat. Also, this is essential to promote faster root development and overall growth.

Along with that, snake plants naturally experience a growth spurt at this time. Also  Warmer soil temperatures encourage root growth. Spring and summer naturally provide this advantage.

You can also regrow outside spring and summer. But it might take longer for roots and new growth to develop. You might need to provide additional warmth. You can use a heat mat under the pot to maintain ideal soil temperature, especially during colder months.

When Snake Plant Can’t Be Regrown?

Snake plants are known for their resilience to deer and other animals. However, regrowing them cannot always be successful. Such as:

You should not regrow if the majority of the leaves are curled, mushy, or brown. In such cases, regrowing attempts are unlikely to yield healthy new growth.

And then avoid regrowing when the rhizome itself is mushy, black, or emits a foul odour. It signifies extensive rot. The rhizome is the heart of the snake plant. Unfortunately, without a healthy rhizome, there’s no viable material for regrow.

In these scenarios, it’s best to discard the affected plant. It is necessary to prevent the spread of disease. You should focus on acquiring a healthy snake plant for regrowing.

How To Regrow A Snake Plant?

Regrowing a snake plant is a relatively easy process. Even a beginner can successfully regrow it. There are various methods of regrowing snake plants. For example, 

How To Regrow A Snake Plant
  • in soil
  • in water
  • From roots

All of these are easy processes. But you need to know the proper way. Now I will explore all of these step-by-step: 

How To Regrow A Snake Plant In Soil?

This is also called regrowing snake plants from root cuttings. If you don’t know how to regrow a snake plant from cuttings, then follow these steps: 

How To Regrow A Snake Plant In Soil
  • Step-1: Choose a perfect leaf for cutting. 
  • Step-2: Use instruments
  • Step-3: Prepare for planting
  • Step-5: Choose a pot prepare soil, and plant the cutting. 
  • Step-6: Provide care and keep patients. 

Step-1: Choose A Perfect Leaf For Cutting:

You must choose healthy, dark green leaves. Avoid any yellow or brown leaves. Pick mature leaves located towards the outer base of the snake plant. These leaves are typically thicker and have more stored energy reserves than younger, thinner leaves.

Step-2: Use Instruments: 

Use a sharp scissor or pruners. Hold the base of the chosen leaf firmly with one hand. Then, straight cut across the leaf at the base to be as close to the soil line as possible. Avoid sawing motions that can damage the leaf tissue. 

Step-3: Prepare For Planting:

If your leaf is large and you want to create multiple propagations, you can cut the leaf horizontally into sections of at least 2-3 inches each.

For a perfect snake plant propagation leave the cutting in indirect light for 1-2 days. This allows a callus to form over the wound, preventing rot.

Step-5: Choose A Pot And Prepare Soil, And Plant The Cutting: 

After that select a pot with drainage holes slightly larger than the width of snake plant leaf cutting. Prepare well-draining soil to avoid waterlogging. 

You can purchase a commercially available succulent or cactus mix. Or mixed cactus mixed, parlite, coarse sand, and orchid bark in 2:1:1:1 ratio to make your own soil. 

Now, make a hole in the middle. Insert the calloused end of the leaf-cutting into the hole. Ensure at least 1/3 to ½ of the leaf depth is buried. Gently firm the soil around the base of the cutting.

Step-6: Provide Care And Keep Patients:  

Finally, place the new pot in a bright place. Ensure it can get bright indirect sunlight for 6-8 hours. Also provide 1-2 glass of water only when the top inches of soil feels dry. Avoiding overwatering are essential for encouraging root clump growth and new shoot formation from the leaf. 

Be patient, as this process can take some time.  With proper care, you’ll soon be rewarded with a thriving new snake plant!

How To Regrow A Snake Plant In Water?

Yes, it may sound odd, but regrowing in water is possible. It isn’t hard to so if you know how. Here is how it should be done:

  • Step-1: Choose a healthy outer leaf from your snake plant
  • Step-2: Choose a clean glass jar of water or container
  • Step-3: Place the snake plant cuttings in water in the container
  • Step-4: Provide care and keep patients
  • Step-8: Transfer the newly propagated plant to a pot
How To Regrow A Snake Plant In Water

Step-1: Choose A Healthy Outer Leaf From Your Snake Plant:

Similar to regrowing in soil, the first step involves selecting a healthy leaf and making a clean cut. Callousing the cut end is an optional step. It can potentially reduce the risk of rot.

Step-2: Choose A Clean Glass Jar Of Water Or a Container:

To consider regrowing in water, you have to use a transparent jar or container. Transparency allows you to monitor root development. You should use filtered, distilled, or rainwater. Avoid using tap water high in chlorine or fluoride. This can harm the cutting.

Step-3: Place The Snake Plant Cuttings In Water In The Container:

Then, carefully place the cutting in the container. Ensure only the bottom 1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm) of the stem are submerged in water. The majority of the leaf stem and all the leaves should remain above the water line.

Step-4: Provide Care And Keep Patients

Then locate the container in a warm location with bright light. Avoid direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves.

Plus replace the water in the container every 3-4 days. It will ensure fresh oxygen and prevent bacterial growth.

Root development can take several weeks or even months. So be patient and observe for signs of new growth. Such as tiny white roots emerging from the base of the leaf cutting.

Step-8: Transfer Newly Propagated Plant To A Pot

Once healthy roots emerge, you can eventually transfer the propagated snake plant to a pot. Use well-draining soil for continued growth. This is all about how to regrow snake plant in water.

How To Regrow Snake Plants from Roots?

Snake plants have underground stems called rhizomes. This acts like a central root system. These rhizomes store energy and have the potential to sprout new growth. So, how to regrow snake plant roots?

First, carefully remove your snake plant from its current pot. To ease the plant out, tap the sides of the pot gently or loosen the soil with a tool. 

Gently, remove the excess soil and look for the rhizomes(snake plant roots). You’ll also see pups (baby snake plants) growing around the base of the rhizome. 

Then, identify healthy pups with some roots attached. Using a sharp, sterile knife, carefully separate the pups from the mother plant. Ensure you make clean cuts to minimise damage to both the pup and the parent plant.

Healthy snake plant roots are a testament to the thriving nature of these resilient plants, but do snake plants like to be root bound? For more insights, delve into our informative article.

How To Regrow Snake Plants from Roots

Now, choose a pot with proper drainage holes. Consider filling the pot following the same process I explained. 

After that, place each separated pup with its roots in its individual pot. Ensure the pup’s rhizome is positioned slightly below the soil surface.

Now you have to take care of your plant properly. Don’t provide too much water. You can water them once a week. And place them in a spot where it can get at least 6 hours of indirect light. 

By following these processes, you can successfully regrow your snake plant from its roots. 

Dos And Don’ts While Regrowing Snake Plant

Choose a healthy, mature leaf from the outer base of the plant.Use weak, damaged, or diseased leaves for propagation.
Make a clean cut with sharp, sterile tools.Saw or tear the leaf, which can damage the tissue.
Optionally, allow the cut end to callous over for 1-2 days before planting.Skip callousing if short on time, but be mindful of potential rot.
Use a well-draining potting mix specifically for cacti or succulents.Use a regular potting mix, which can retain too much moisture.
Water moderately and only when the soil feels completely dry to the touch.Overwater the plant, which can lead to root rot.
Provide bright, indirect light.Place the plant in direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves.
Change water regularly (every 3-4 days) when propagating in water.Use tap water high in chlorine or fluoride. Opt for filtered or rainwater.
Be patient! Root development and new growth can take weeks or months.Expect instant results.
Separate healthy pups with some roots attached when dividing a mature plant.Use pups with no roots or damaged root systems.
Repot separated pups in pots with drainage holes and well-draining soil.Overcrowd pups in pots that are too small.

Care Tips For Regrowing Snake Plants

Regrowing snake plants is easy if you know the right way and tips to do it. I follow the tips given below. You can also follow these tips if you want to make healthy new plants: 

  • Pick healthy leaves: Choose firm, mature leaves from the outer base of the plant.
  • Sharp tools, clean cuts: Use sharp, sterile pruners or scissors for clean cuts to prevent infection.
  • Well-draining is key:  Use a pot with drainage holes and a well-draining soil mix to avoid root rot.
  • Water wisely: Water only when the soil feels completely dry to the touch.
  • Bright indirect light: Provide bright, indirect light for optimal growth.
  • Patience is a virtue:  Be patient, root development and new shoots can take time.
  • Change water regularly (water method):  Refresh water in the container every 3-4 days for fresh oxygen.
  • Separate healthy pups (division): Choose pups with established roots for successful separation.
  • Right pot size (division): Repot pups in pots with drainage holes sized for their root ball.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ’s)

Can You Reroot A Snake Plant In Water?

Yes, you can reroot snake plants in water! It’s a fairly simple process that involves taking a leaf cutting and placing the cut end in clean water. 

Why Are My Snake Plant Cuttings Rotting In Water?

There are a few reasons your snake plant cuttings might be rotting in water. The culprit is often stagnant water. Another reason could be using a dirty container or having the cut submerged.

Is It Better To Propagate Snake Plants In Soil Or Water?

Propagating snake plants in soil is generally considered the better method. Soil provides better support for the cutting. It can reduce the risk of rot that can happen in water. 

Last Words

Today I explored why you might want to regrow a snake plant. Also, how to regenerate snake plant? And the ideal timing for propagation, and different methods for success. I also cover essential dos and don’ts to optimize your regrown efforts and important things to keep in mind.

For example choosing healthy starting material, proper watering techniques, and providing the right light conditions. Get in touch with Planttrick for more update.

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Meet Rayna Trick: Your Indoor Plant Whisperer! With her roots in environmental science and a passion for exotic succulents, she’s the Green Thumb of the Year. Rayna’s here to be your plant companion, sharing her expertise and nurturing your green oasis at PlantTrick. Let’s make your indoor space bloom, one leaf at a time, together!

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