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 purifying plant. In this post 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 Sansevieria 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.
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.
Not only were they in the ground but in the potted displays as well. Don’t they pair beautifully with other succulents?
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
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. (dividng should have been done way before it started to look like this)
Being the roots were so shallow and the top was heavy it kept trying to topple. This is definitely in need of dividing.
Gently pull apart by grabbing a section of the thick leaves close to the base and gently tug as much as you can. Get a good visual of where you can cut apart some of the thicker roots.
Sharp Tools may Be Needed
Have a sharp garden knife ready to sever the section from its neighbor. Go ahead, you won’t hurt it.
Do this to more sections, I prefer to have several leaves per new clump so it looks fuller from the start.
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.
Support if Necessary
The new sections on mine are so large and top heavy that it is difficult to keep them upright without staking. Use 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.
The brown tips I will cut off at an angle and before I know it these new plants are putting out babies..
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?