How to Prune a Snake Plant

by Alex Kountry
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Get tips on how to prune a snake plant so it can grow healthy and strong. You’ll also learn when the best time to prune your snake plant is.

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Pruning a snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) is a healthy way to encourage new growth and keep the plant looking its best. If you’re not sure how to prune a snake plant, don’t worry – it’s easy to do! Just follow these simple instructions and you’ll have your snake plant looking fabulous in no time.

First, you’ll need a sharp pair of pruning shears. Sterilize the blades with rubbing alcohol to avoid spreading any disease. Then, take a look at your snake plant and identify any yellow or brown leaves that are starting to die off. These are the leaves you will want to remove. Cut them off at the base of the plant, being careful not to damage the healthy leaves or stems.

Next, take a look at the overall shape of your snake plant. If it is starting to look leggy or overgrown, you can trim back some of the longer leaves to help it regain its shape. Just make sure you don’t cut off more than ⅓ of the plant’s total length – otherwise it will shock the plant and impede its growth.

Finally, if your snake plant has any flowers, you can deadhead them (remove the spent blooms) to encourage more flowers in the future. To do this, simply snip off the flower stem at its base, being careful not to damage any nearby leaves or stems.

And that’s all there is to pruning a snake plant! Just remember to use sharp shears and handle the plant gently to avoid damaging it. With regular pruning, your snake plant will stay healthy and look great for many years to come.

What You’ll Need

-Pruning shears
-A clean, sharp knife


Pruning a snake plant is easy and can be done at any time of the year. However, it’s best to do it in the spring or early summer so that the plant has plenty of time to recover before winter.

To prune your snake plant, simply cut off any dead leaves or stems with a sharp knife or pruning shears. You can also remove any offsets (baby plants) that are growing around the base of the main plant.

If you want to encourage your snake plant to grow taller, you can cut off the tips of the leaves. This will cause the plant to produce more leaves, which will make it appear fuller and busier.

Finally, if your snake plant is looking a bit leggy (stretched out), you can cut it back by up to half its height. This will encourage it to produce new growth, which will make it healthier and more compact overall.


If you want to encourage bushier growth, simply prune your snake plant back by about one-third its height. You can use sharp scissors or pruning shears for this; just make sure to sterilize them first with rubbing alcohol to avoid transmitting any disease. Do your pruning in the spring or summer, taking care not to remove more than one-third of the plant material at a time.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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