9 Ways to Grow Snake Plants Without Soil

Explore some creative ways to grow snake plants without soil and multiply this beauty with minimum hassle!

Ways to Grow Plants Without Soil

Growing snake plants without soil can be pretty convenient for those who don’t like to soil their hands in the dirt. However, ensure to get cuttings from a healthy, disease-free plant to boost the chances of successful propagation. Alternatively, you can choose to root the pups as well, submerging only their rhizomes portion in the medium.

Ways to Grow Snake Plants Without Soil

1. Root the Cuttings in Water

Root the Cuttings in Water- grow snake plants without soil

This might come as a surprise due to its susceptibility to root rot, but these plants grow in water pretty easily.

To start, select a healthy leaf cutting from a disease-free snake plant and put it in a glass filled with water. Remember that only the bottom 2-3 inches should be submerged in water, keeping most of the leaf dry.

Just ensure to change the water every other week or when it looks muddy.

2. Give Leca Balls a Try

Leca Balls

Leca (Lightweight Expanded Clay Aggregate) balls provide an excellent alternative growing medium for snake plants with their ability to balance moisture retention and drainage. Plus, they minimize the hassle of frequent watering—a bonus for busy and forgetful gardeners.

Begin by thoroughly rinsing the Leca balls. Fill a 4-6 inches jar with leca balls and place the leaf in it such that it is stable in its position. Add water until the clay balls are fully saturated, but ensure the water level remains just below the plant’s base to prevent root rot. You’ll notice rooting in a couple of weeks.

3. Wood and Bark Flakes for the Win

Wood and Bark Flakes planter

While you cannot, of course, use only wood and bark flakes to grow your snake plant, there’s an excellent mix you can try, which involves peat moss and sand as well. Both wood flakes and peat moss benefit snake plants thanks to their water-retaining properties while also providing good aeration to the roots, which is also achievable if you mix in sand.

Combine two parts of wood and bark flakes with one part each of peat moss and sand, tucking in the cut portion of the snake plant. Ensure the pot has enough holes to support drainage.

4. Grow it in a Mix of Coco Peat and Peat Moss

Some Coco And Some Peat

Coco peat is an effective growing medium—a by-product of coconut husk that you simply cannot go wrong with for its superior aeration qualities and excellent water retention.

Mix equal parts of peat moss with coco peat to make this potting mix exactly ideal for your snake plant. Just remember that Snake plants hate overwatering and develop root rot if left in damp medium for far too long, so take care of that. The rule of thumb is to water the medium only when the top inch of the substrate feels dry.

5. Root it in Sphagnum Moss

Snake Plants in Sphagnum Moss

Sphagnum moss, too, can be a great alternative for those who don’t want to dirty their hands in soil. Just keep misting it every time it feels dry to the touch, and monitor the cuttings for any signs of dryness or rot.

6. Tuck them in a Sand Tray

Tuck them in a Sand Tray

While it may sound a bit too dry for your snake plant to grow in, it is honestly not! A pot of sand is ideal for promoting proper drainage, one of the main requirements of a snake plant.

To root a snake plant in sand, simply fill a tray with clean, coarse sand, ensuring it’s free from salts and other impurities. Insert the snake plant cutting vertically into the medium and water sparingly to maintain slight moisture without making the sand soggy.

7. Get a Porous Blend of Perlite and Peat Moss

Ways to Grow Snake Plant Without Soil

It is not advisable to grow your snake plant solely on perlite. This is because perlite may provide the right drainage and aeration but may not have enough water-retaining properties. You can combine 2 parts of peat moss with one part of perlite and a spoonful of organic matter to meet its nutrient requirements.

Plant your snake plant cuttings into this blend, and water lightly to encourage root development.

8. Orbeez Gel

Orbeez Gel

Did it just get too unconventional? Well, weird as it may seem, you can definitely propagate your snake plant in Orbeez! The fact that Orbeez are lightweight and are shaped quite similar to Leca balls allows them to be a medium that keeps the roots aerated and also retains moisture.

To use orbeez gel for rooting snake plants, fill a transparent container with hydrated beads, and nestle the plant cuttings among them. Ensure the base of the cuttings is just touching the water within the beads. This idea can be a fantastic home decor idea as well.

9. Try Aquaponics

This is the trickiest idea on the list where fish and plants benefit each other. The fish provide nutrients through their waste, while the plants clean the water for the fish—win-win!

To start, place the snake plant cuttings in a net pot or a floating platform that keeps them stable. The roots should dangle into the nutrient-rich water, absorbing essential minerals directly from this dynamic ecosystem. Plus, this setup will allow you to track root growth clearly.

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