One of my very early posts on this blog was about starting a bunch of plant cuttings in fall/winter, including my first attempt to propagate a snake plant. Sansevieria are not overly expensive house plants to buy as full adult pots, and they’re pretty resistant to whatever bad behaviors you throw at them — plus they’re near the top of NASA’s list of “air purifying house plants” so they’re good to have around. But these cuttings are taken from a family heirloom plant of my partner that has somewhat sentimental value, and it’s always good to have a backup of a plant in case disaster strikes. And if your experiment goes better than expected, well…. then you have little personally made gifts!
This experiment is a little over a year in, developing quite nicely, but lately I’ve had an itch to repot them. I had to consult a gardening friend to see if he agreed it was a good idea, and that I wasn’t just inventing a weekend project. (When I get stressed, I tend to go on a repotting spree, ripping things out of pots on some flimsy excuse.) What bothered me most about this pot is how shallow the soil was and how low the plants were sitting in the pot, which decreased the amount of light they receive. I originally planted them shallow so there was better drainage while the leaves rooted and they wouldn’t be sitting quite so long in damp soil, but now that it’s winter the original leaf cuttings are below the edge of the pot and it won’t be receiving as much light. Now, given that it’s winter they are likely mostly dormant, so maybe that won’t matter so much – but the original leaf cuttings were also starting to look a little funky to me, and the new sprouts are dwarfing the original cuttings enough I figured they could stand to be separated.
From a side view, the original cuttings are barely even visible: