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Snake plant new shoots

I have had a snake plant (rounded stems, not the wide flat variety) since last November. If has lots of new shoots coming up. My father in law suggested I could just pull one up and repot it. Does anyone know if this is correct? I have read about cutting with a sharp knife and rooting, but if I just pull it up would it bring roots with it?


  • msqingxiaomsqingxiao Posts: 480
    I think I have exactly the same plant (African spear). I'd try lifting the whole thing up from the pot, dividing its roots, and repotting separately. 
  • AthelasAthelas Posts: 870
    edited July 2021
    This link shows pictures and describes how to do what @msqingxiao mentioned — I’ve done it a couple of times now and it works. I bought a small bag of peat free compost for succulents and another one of horticultural grit from a garden centre and mixed them up to use in the pots.

    The plants shown in the link are the flat kind, but it should work the same for rounded varieties.
    Cambridgeshire, UK
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,168
    I split mine every few years. I wait until it’s almost bursting out of the pot then I take it out of the pot,  get an old bread knife and slice it downwards into a half or into three and pot them up. 
    Very straightforward. 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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