Propagating Plants From Leaf Cuttings


With some plants, leaves and parts of leaves can be cut and rooted to produce a new plant. This method works well for some begonias, peperomia, jade plant, African violet, kalanchoes, florist gloxinas and snake plant. To propagate snake plant from cuttings, follow these steps.

Select a healthy leaf.
Select a healthy leaf.

Sansevieria, snake plant, or mother-in-law's tongue is a good example of a plant that can be propagated from a leaf cutting. The series of pictures below will show you the process. This demonstration uses rooting hormone to propagate sansevieria, but this easy care plant will root even without the extra help.

Leaf cut into 2" sections.
Leaf cut into 2" sections.

Select a healthy snake plant leaf and make cuts two inches apart along its length. Use a craft or other sharp knife. With luck, you will have a number of sections, all of which will root and become new plants.

Cut leaf end treated with rooting hormone.
Cut leaf end treated with rooting hormone.

Place one of the cut ends of each leaf section in rooting hormone following the directions for the product you are using. (If you don't use rooting hormone, your leaf section will probably still root, but the process will take longer.)

Planted leaf section.
Planted leaf section.

Insert the treated end of each leaf section in potting soil or vermiculite to a depth of about an inch. Keep the plant moist and in a bright location away from drafts.

With snake plant it isn't necessary to protect the developing plants by tenting the pot with plastic, although this is a good idea when propagating African violets, begonias and peperomias.

It's that easy! Check in a month to see if your leaf section is starting to root. Tug on it just a little, if there's resistance, it's rooting.

Wait a couple of months to transplant it into its final home.

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Dane 6 years ago

i'm going to give it a try adding sand with the potting soil for better drainage I'll let you know what happens

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