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How to Divide Sansevieria or Snake Plant

How to divide Sansevieria or Snake Plant.  Sansevieria is a slow growing plant but it can become overgrown, this is a great way to get more full grown plants quickly!

Sansevieria is a popular house plant also known as Snake Plant or the politically incorrect ‘Mother in Law’s Tongue’. 

It is one of the house plants I have listed in my Clear the Air with House Plants post as an excellent air cleaning plant.

In this article I show you how to easily divide Sansevieria or Snake Plant to get more of this power house oxygen producer!

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Why You Want Snake Plant In Your Home

There are many on the list of wonderful air cleaning plants but the plus with Snake Plant is it releases oxygen into the air at night making it a perfect candidate for the bedroom.

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Recently I had the privilege of seeing these beautiful plants used in the landscape of a mall in Southern California. I had to take a photo and obviously by the response I got to it on Instagram and Facebook many of you loved them too.

Related: Grow in the Dark, best plants for low light conditions!

Sansevieria in outdoor planter, snake plant

Not only were they in the ground but in the potted displays as well.  Don’t they pair beautifully with other succulents?

Sansevieria in outdoor pot, How to Divide Sansevieria or Snake Plant

Now I can’t keep mine outdoors in the winter but after seeing them used in the landscape I will remember to use them on my deck in the Summer.

Why Divide Sansevieria aka Snake Plant

This plant was struggling and the owner wanted me to find out what was wrong. I removed it from it’s pot and found this. There was not any soil left in the pot. When your root ball looks like this it is time to divide. (dividing should have been done way before it started to look like this)

overgrown snake plant, How to Divide Sansevieria or Snake Plant

Being the roots were so shallow and the top was heavy it kept trying to topple. This is definitely in need of dividing.

How to Divide Sansevieria or Snake Plant

Get Started

Gently pull apart by grabbing a section of the thick leaves close to the base and gently tug as much as you can. 

Pulling it apart will help give you a good visual of where you can cut apart some of the thicker roots.

How to Divide Sansevieria or Snake Plant

Tools for Dividing Snake Plants

How to Divide Sansevieria or Snake Plant

Have a sharp garden knife ready to sever the section from its neighbor.   Go ahead, you won’t hurt it.

Divide Snake Plant into Sections

Do this to more sections, I prefer to have several leaves per new clump so it looks fuller from the start.

How to Divide Sansevieria or Snake Plant

Repot the Sansivieria Divisions

Put your new sections into new pots (I use the one gallon size) with well draining potting mix. Personally I like a custom mix of 50% regular potting soil  and 50% Cactus potting soil.

How to Divide Sansevieria or Snake Plant

Give Snake Plant Divisions Support

The new sections on mine are so large and top heavy that it is difficult to keep them upright without staking. You can use pieces of bamboo, small stakes or anything that will serve as a support.  Tie them up with strips of pantyhose, wire or twine.

I place them in a crock for more bottom weight but you can just plant them up in ceramic pots that have more weight to them than the plastic I use.  I also use some decorative stones on top of the soil for added weight, plus it just looks prettier.

How to Divide Sansevieria or Snake Plant

Groom your Snake Plant

The brown tips I will cut off at an angle and before I know it these new plants are putting out babies..

new growth, How to Divide Sansevieria or Snake Plant

So that is one way to get more plants for free.  I ended up with 5 plants from the one and they all are filling in wonderfully.

What is your favorite house plant?

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Michael Ojeda

Monday 20th of April 2020

Pamela: I have a very large snake plant. Largein the sense that it is about 4' tall and in a clay pot that is about 18" in diameter and 18" deep All of the leaves are just tight and extremely close together. No way I can get them out of the pot without breaking the pot which is what I think I have to do at this point. I had thought about simply burying the entire pot, plant and all in the ground because I read somewhere that you can do that. Anyway, any insight and help you can give me regarding proper dividing or propagation of this plant would be greatly appreciated.


Tuesday 21st of April 2020

From what you say I don't think the pot is precious to you? You don't mention if the plant needs dividing. Does it seem to be suffering or do you just want to propagate another plant from it? If you just wish to propagate then you can do so from leaf cuttings rather than dividing the rhizomes other than that I would agree if you can't remove the Snake plant from the pot to divide then breaking it would be the only way to go. I think trying to cut the rhizomes apart inside the pot would be too dangerous for you. Sorry I can't be more help.

Pat Savary

Sunday 27th of October 2019

I too have a large snake plant. The leaves had begun to lean so I got a tomato stake which is almost invisable. My plant is thriving


Tuesday 8th of September 2020

I just wanted to update my comment on my snake plant. Its approaching 5ft and I notice slot of young drone in the pot. I plan on separating those and starting a new pot. I also had ordered a wire grid that I use to hold individual frons straight. So very happy with my plants.


Thursday 29th of August 2019

I have a sansevieria that is over 60 years old and came from my husbands grandmother in 1960. It has bloomed occasionally. I have divided it a number of times and the latest one was about 2 months ago, I gave that one to my granddaughter for a shower present. My plant is a little different, it is very dark green-with a lighter centre, and no yellow edges on the leaves. The tallest leaf is over 3 ft.

Shane J Clawson

Saturday 15th of June 2019

Hello, I was inspecting my sansaveria plant and I accidentally broke the 1 of it's main roots. Now I have 2 snake plants. I repotted them immediately after. Would it help to apply root hormone powder? Or just let them grow on their own? Thanks.


Friday 24th of April 2020

I've never had to use to rooting hormone with this plant!


Tuesday 6th of November 2018

Is there a best time of year to divide the plant? Mine is MASSIVE (blooms annually) and has outgrown it's current pot. I can't find a larger pot, so it's time to divide and conquer (my guess is that I can easily get 8-10 full plants out of this), but with winter almost here (I live in Iowa), I'm afraid I should wait until spring.

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