How to Grow Snake Plant from Cutting
There are many plants that you can grow from cuttings, but a snake plant is one of the most popular and easiest. Snake plants are unusually tough plants that can survive in low light, dry air, and neglect. They have fleshy leaves that range from variegated to solid green. The snake plant belongs to the genus Sansevieria and is also referred to as Mother-in-Law's Tongue.
The snake plant has an upright, grass-like appearance with a thick stem and long dark green oval leaves with white edges. The leaves have a sharp spine at the top for protection against predators, hence the name "snake plant."
This article will show you how to grow snake plants from cutting.
Requirements for growing snake plants from cuttings:
- A cutting that is at least 4 inches long and 1 inch wide, with a healthy section of stem.
- Potting soil or potting mix that has been well-watered and has drained for a few hours, or perlite and vermiculite mixed together
- A semi-shaded location with indirect sunlight - near a window with an eastern exposure is ideal
- Soil temperature should be between 60°F to 80°F (15°C to 27°C)
Cut off a 3-inch section of stem and make sure that it has at least two leaf nodes on either side. Place the cutting in some potting soil or perlite, then cover the roots with more soil and water well. You may want to add some fertilizer if you are planting the cutting inside or outside.
It will take a while for your cutting to start growing, but once it starts, it will grow quickly into an adult plant within several months.
Maintaining snake plants
The snake plant is one of the easiest plants to care for. However, it does require maintenance to thrive. To maintain a happy and healthy snake plant, you need to keep these things in mind:
- Water the plant with clean water twice per week or as needed. If the leaves are drooping and the soil is dry, it is time to water!
- Place your plant in a sunny location indoors; make sure that it does not get too hot or too cold.
- Give your plant enough room for air circulation by rotating its pot periodically.
- Feed your snake plant once per month with a liquid fertilizer diluted with water or an organic dry fertilizer (like "Miracle-Gro").
Benefits of having snake slants
The snake plant is often used in offices to help minimize indoor air pollution, improve indoor air quality, and create a better work environment.
Its benefits do not stop there, though. It also helps with the symptoms of asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis by removing harmful gases from the air that aggravate these respiratory problems. They are also toxin free and sometimes require less water than other plants.