How Do You Trim A Snake Plant? - Knowledgebase Question

Nottingham, PA
Question by cndneff
October 30, 2000
I received a snake plant in a floral arrangement 16 yrs ago. One of the small plants was a snake plant. It is now in a planter by itstelf and is about 4ft tall. I saw some snake plants in a display and they were all cut to about 21/2-3ft. No one there knew anything about the plants being trimmed. Is it really ok to cut the plants like that? And if you can trim them, what is the best way to do it?

Answer from NGA
October 30, 2000


In some cases tip cuttings are used to start new plants, leaving a somewhat ugly stub on the original mother plant. In my experience these plants are not normally trimmed when used as decorative plants. If you want to trim them, though, a sharp knife, pruner or scissors would do the job.

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