Updated: May 22, 2022

Corkscrew plants, also known as curly spider plants or curly chlorophytum, are beautiful ornamental plants that belong to the family of spider plants. These unique plants have curly leaves that give them a distinctive appearance, making them a popular choice for indoor gardening. Propagating corkscrew plants can be a fun and rewarding experience for any plant enthusiast. In this article, we will explain the right way to propagate corkscrew plant.

Understanding Corkscrew Plants

Before diving into the propagation process, it’s essential to understand corkscrew plants. These plants are native to South Africa and thrive in warm and humid conditions. They grow best in bright, indirect sunlight and prefer soil that is moist but not waterlogged. The curly leaves of corkscrew plants are an adaptation to the harsh and dry conditions of their native habitat.

Propagation Methods

There are two primary ways to propagate corkscrew plants: division and stem cuttings.


Division is the process of separating the plant into smaller sections and planting them separately. This method is best done during spring or summer when the plant is actively growing. Here are the steps for dividing corkscrew plants:

  1. Carefully remove the entire plant from its pot
  2. Gently separate the roots and leaves of the plant into two or more sections
  3. Trim away any dead or damaged roots
  4. Plant each section in a new pot with fresh soil
  5. Water thoroughly and place in a bright, indirect light location

Stem Cuttings

Stem cuttings involve taking a stem from a mature plant and planting it in soil to grow a new plant. This method works best during the spring and early summer months when the plant is actively growing. Here’s how to propagate corkscrew plants using stem cuttings:

  1. Select a mature stem that is at least 4 inches long with a few leaves attached
  2. Cut the stem just below a node (the point where the leaf is attached to the stem)
  3. Remove any leaves from the lower half of the stem
  4. Dip the cut end of the stem in rooting hormone (optional)
  5. Plant the stem in a pot filled with moist soil
  6. Cover the pot with a plastic bag to create a greenhouse effect
  7. Place the pot in bright, indirect sunlight
  8. Mist the soil and stem regularly to keep it moist
  9. After a few weeks, roots will begin to grow, and new leaves will appear

Tips for Successful Propagation

Propagation can be a hit or miss process, but there are some tips that can increase your chances of success:

  • Use fresh soil when planting
  • Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged
  • Provide bright, indirect light
  • Maintain a warm and humid environment
  • Avoid over-fertilizing

With these tips in mind, you’ll be on your way to propagating healthy corkscrew plants in no time.


How often should I water my corkscrew plant?

Corkscrew plants prefer moist but not waterlogged soil. Water your plant once a week and allow the soil to dry slightly between watering.

Can I propagate corkscrew plants from seeds?

Corkscrew plants rarely produce seeds, so propagation through division or stem cuttings is the best method.

How do I know if my corkscrew plant needs more light?

If you notice that your corkscrew plant’s leaves are becoming paler or losing their curliness, it may be an indication that it needs more light.

Can I propagate corkscrew plants in water?

While it’s possible to propagate some plants in water, corkscrew plants are not ideal for this method as they prefer soil and are prone to root rot in water.

How long does it take for a corkscrew plant to grow from a cutting?

It usually takes about 4-6 weeks for a corkscrew plant cutting to develop roots and begin growing new leaves.