Propagating snake plant in water is probably the easiest way to multiply your snake plant.

But often, what seems easy may have some hidden steps that you might be overlooking and not get successful with it.

Yes, I am talking about rotting of cuttings while propagating snake plant in water.

This is one problem which is faced by many new plant lovers.

So, today I will tell you main reasons behind snake plant propagation in water turning soggy and how to avoid it.

Snake Plant Cutting Rotting in Water – Snake Plant Water Propagation Rot

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Not Allowing to Form CallusBiggest Reason Behind Snake Plant Water Propagation Rot

This is probably the major reason behind Snake Plant Water Propagation Rot (in both water and soil method), is to not allowing the cuttings to dry out and callus over.

Callus is simply a white protective layer that develops over the part where the cut is made for the cuttings. You can simply call it the layer formed as a healing process.

This protective layer helps the snake plant cutting from not rotting when they are dipped inside water.

So, what is the fix and how long does it take to develop callus?

After you have got your cuttings place them somewhere in a dry location away from direct sunlight for at least 3 days. It can take somewhere from 3-7 days to callus over.

The rate of formation of callus totally depends on the weather conditions in your area.

So, keep looking for white layer over the cuts, once it has formed you can then dip the cuttings in water and start with the propagation process.

Dipping the Cuttings Upside Down

One very common and ignorant reason behind rotting of cuttings during water propagation is dipping the cuttings upside down.

By upside down what I mean is that:

When you take cutting from the middle part of the snake plant leaves, it is very easy to get confused which way is up and which one is down.

How to dip the cuttings of snake plant

And if you put the upper part of the cutting inside water and down part is now outside the water.

This way you are disturbing its nature of how things work.

The part which was supposed to form roots is now outside water, and from here, unfortunately the only fate for this cutting is to rot. 

What is the Fix?

One cool hack which I found very useful is that:

While making cutting make sure to make a V- mark on the bottom part of the cutting which should go inside water to identify it easily once you leave it for 3-4 days to callus over.

This way, you won’t have to guess anything.

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Not Changing the Water Regularly

This is the only care that is needed from your end while water propagation is to change the water after every 2 day.

If you don’t the water will get cloudy and if yours has got cloudy quite a few times.

Then there are high chances, not providing it with fresh water is the reason behind your snake plant cuttings to rot.

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Cutting Placed Improperly

If the bottom part of the cutting directly touches the container in which it is placed, the roots will not get the room to grow.

And can make the snake plant propagation in water soggy.

For this you can do two things to avoid it:

How to perfectly cut the cuttings of snake plant

First one is simply making a V cut, as it will have enough room for the roots to come out freely.

And the second one is to keep the cuttings floated in water, so that their bottom don’t come in direct contact.

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Using an Infected Knife

If you are doing all the above things right and still your snake plant cuttings are rotting, then there can be a very foolish reason behind it.

And that is not using a sterilized knife to make a cut.

This can trigger infection and stop the growth inside the cuttings and cause them to rot.

The Fix

Its simple always use a sterilized knife during any gardening process to save yourself from future headaches & heartbreaks.

Seeing a plant, fighting a lost battle is very painful.

I guess you know that by now.  

How long does it take to form roots from water propagation?

Though, it depends on many factors,
but, generally speaking…

It takes around 6-8 weeks. So be patient and keep your finger and toe crossed.

Final Words:

I hope this easy-to-follow guide has solved all your questions and queries you might have.

But if yours is still answered.

Drop your questions in the comment section…

Happy Gardening.

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