Daily Blog #261: How to clone a snake plant (How to get free plants!)

Greetings and Salutations, Blog Readers!

Today we are talking about my Snake Plant again! 

As you may recall, I got a Snake Plant from Ikea, and I love it. 

I loved it so much I wanted more, but Covid has us all on a budget, so, I decided to turn my one plant into a couple of plants!

How?

Cloning, or propagating, my Snake Plant! 

Cloning is a pretty easy process, depending on the plant you do it with, something I have done many times before, with other plants, so I set about researching how to clone the snake plant. (Easy plants to clone include basil, pathos, and mint)

Before we begin: if you would like to know about the Snake Plant I bought, or about Snake Plants in general, check out my other blog post. 

Next: Please know that this is super crazy easy and you can do it!

First, gather up your Snake Plant! Also grab some scissors and containers for the cutting and filtered water. For the record, these instructions will nearly work for most other easy to clone plants, but never fear, as my indoor garden grows, I will be blogging about it so you can learn how to grow your own as well. 

So, first, I had my Snake Plant. There are a few methods you can use to clone, the main difference being the medium you put the cutting into while the roots develop. 

For me, I always use water, so I can monitor the root development, and plant in soil when they are healthy and established, and not waste the soil if the plant is never going to actually take and root. 

Anyways, select the leaf you will be cloning. You can clone a couple times off of each leaf, but I wanted the clones to look healthy and happy while the new growths came in, so I opted to take full leaf clones.

Cutting in a straight line, close to the base, I took my first cutting, and then my second, and placed each in a clear, glass container full of filtered water, filled enough to cover the bottom third of the leaf, in water. 

The instructions said to be patient, change the water every few days, and wait for a while. 

So I did. 

I waited, and kind of ignored them, other than being happy at how the glass jars of water and greenery looked in the bathroom, and overtime, became accustomed to seeing them around. 

Then, a few days ago, after the leafs had spent a few weeks in water (that I had changed out a few times, but not as often as I was told I should, like I mentioned, I forgot about it a little), I looked and saw the cutest little baby roots!

Excited, I grabbed my soil and freshly cleaned containers, and put a little soil in the container, before plunking each snake plant out of their water and nestling them into the soil of their own individual containers. 

The plants looked adorable, and were immediately happy. I gave them both a quick, light watering, keeping in mind that Snake Plants don’t love or need water like I do, and voila! Two new snake plants! One is going in the bathroom, and I think another will go in the living room.  

I will be taking a few more clones, now that I know the process better, and I encourage you to all do the same! 

Thanks for reading!

❤ 

Abbi

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