When I saw my first Snake Plant blossom, it was a beautiful sight. The petals on this plant were so delicate and pretty – something you would never expect from such an unassuming looking bush!
The Sansevieria plant is a popular houseplant for its large, colorful flowers. If you’re looking to start your own collection of plants at home, or have questions about how to care for snake plants then this article can help!
Snake Plant Flowers
Snake plants are perfect for those who want to have an easy-care houseplant that can tolerate neglect during winter. There is no need to water them or check on their needs; just let the plant sit in its pot and wait until you’re ready again!
The Snake Plant, or Mother in Law’s Tongue is a flowering plant. Though it may seem rare that these flowers will appear inside your home the hardy present houseplant can sometimes flower!
The only exception being for Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’ aka Bird’s nest plants; they do not bloom but have beautiful leaves instead.
What Do The Flowers Look Like?
When the mother in law’s tongue plants bloom, they can grow as tall and erect flower stalks that are strewn with small flowers. These stalks may reach up to 3 feet (1 meter) high!
Each stalk can produce dozens of tubular flower buds that resemble honeysuckle or lily flowers. They are narrow-petaled and grow in clusters with a sweet scent.
And the snake plant can rarely have more than one flower stalk. Some flowers grow at their base near soil line, while other varieties don’t even have flower stalks, the flowers grow straight from the base in large clusters.
The flowers of Sansevieria Trifasciata are usually cream, greenish white. Some species even produce bright red blossoms!
Though these flowers are slender, elegant and beautiful but they typically don’t have the sturdiness to be used in flower arrangements. It’s best just enjoy them where you see them!
Fragrance Of The Snake Plant Blossom
Snake plants have a special aroma that is difficult to put into words and furthermore distinct for each species. The flowers of these plants are richly fragrant, with an alluring smell you can’t help but notice as soon as walk in the room.
The fragrant blossom smells especially strong at night. The flower closes during the day and opens again after dark.
The nectar from each blossom is like a river of honey that flows down the stem. It looks stunning to watch, but sometimes, it can make a mess. So, whenever you notice the nectar flowing down from the plant, add paper towels around your pot.
The strong smell of flowers and sweet nectar is a common attraction for pests. If you have your plant potted in an indoor pot, don’t take it outside during this time as bugs will surely come looking to investigate the tempting odor!
When Do The Sansevieria Plants Flower?
Flowering usually happens in early spring. The flowers can last for up to two weeks and flourish in the warm springtime atmosphere of your home or workplace. It may be hard predict when this particular type will bloom again so you’ll want keep an eye out!
The plant will never produce flowers on a rosette that has previously flowered. When the blossom dies down, cut off its stalk and you’ll maintain your neat and tidy appearance for future stalks!
What Makes The Plants Bloom?
Despite the tough appearance of this plant, it is actually quite delicate to make the plant deliver flowers. There is also lack of information regarding what exactly makes Sanseveria plants bloom.
Some plants don’t flower even after caring for decades. On the other hand, a few can blossom every year in spite of frequent neglect and are often times happier when given just enough attention without over-doing it with love!
Snake plants are one of the easiest houseplants to take care of. They need infrequent watering and a little bit of sunshine to thrive.
The following conditions might help you increase your chances of your snake plant flowering:
It isn’t really known if plants need to be of certain minimum age in order to produce blooms. Anecdotal cases show that even smaller, couple years old plants can flower annually! However, the older they get – and with patience- there are better chances for a beautiful display each season.
Mature, well-grown specimens are more likely than young or inexperienced ones because they have developed optimal growing conditions and can take advantage of them with less risk for failure.
What does it mean that snakes plants produce flowers when they are “mildly stressed”? The logic behind this is simple.
If you leave a pot of these on their own with plenty of bright light and little water, then over time roots will grow more quickly and therefore, become root-bound. The plant produces flowers in order to try and generate new shoots when there is no space.
Crowded conditions for plants can make them flourish, but it’s not guaranteed.
Another thing to keep in mind is, each rosette of a snake plant can bloom only once. So if you want blooms every year then it’s important that these plants are given the necessary conditions for growth and development.
The Sansevieria plant is one of the most interesting plants out there. It stores water in their leaves, so they don’t need to be watered often!
In winter months it can go for months without any care at all – just make sure that during the growing season you give them enough moisture with watering and let their soil dry out before giving another drink.
The mother in law’s tongue plant is a great houseplant for those who are looking to brighten up their homes. It doesn’t have to be direct sunlight, and these plants can tolerate some indirect sun as well!
Place them near an east or west facing window so they get enough light throughout the day while still being away from harsh noon-time rays that would scorch its leaves.
Sansevieria are a type of plant that can withstand the cold, but they need to stay indoors during winter.
If it’s not too harsh where you live then move them outdoors after the last frost, and place them in a partly sunny location. If the winters in your area are not very harsh, you can keep a snake plant outside all year round.
You can use the soil-based or ready to use potting mixes. You could also add some compost and manure if you wanted, which would provide your plants with nutrients while encouraging microorganisms growth in it as well!
Will The Snake Plant Die After Flowering?
Sansevieria are not monocarpic, which means they won’t die after flowering and setting seeds. The flowers can be very attractive to insects or other animals that may want a snack on them but this shouldn’t cause any problems for your plant!