Seeing a Snake Plant flowering is a rare sight. You can have a Mother In Law’s Tongue for years, if not decades, without realizing it produces blooms. Then, on a rare sunny day, you could notice the plant blossoming. In this post, we’ll look at why the Sansevieria blooms, when it blooms, what the flowers look like and smell like, and whether you can force it to bloom.
Snake Plant Flowering
Snake plants make a perfect houseplant. You can leave them for months during the winter, while going on vacation, with no care and they would do just fine. And, there are so many types and varieties to choose from. Snake plant or Mother in law’s tongue is indeed a flowering plant. Though encountering these flowers is extremely uncommon, these hardy, ever-present houseplants can sometimes flower. The only exception is the a group of Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’ aka. Bird’s nest.
What Do the Flowers Look Like?
The blooms of mother-in-tongue law’s plants grow along tall, erect flower stalks or spikes when they bloom. These flower stalks can reach 3 feet (about 1 meter) in height and are studded with little flowers. Hundreds of tubular flower buds resembling honeysuckle or lily blossoms can be produced by each stem. They have slender petals and cluster together. And the plant can only have one blossom stalk at a time. Some flowers can grow along the soil line near the base of the plant. Few Sansevieria cultivars have flower stalks; instead, the flowers grow in large clusters directly from the base.
Flowers come in a range of shapes and hues, depending on the plant kind. Creamy white, light green, light yellow, white, lavender, and mauve are the most popular colors. Some of the species have brilliant red blooms. Sansevieria Trifasciata flowers are usually cream or greenish white in hue.
Despite their thin, delicate, and lovely appearance, these flowers are not normally strong enough to be utilized in floral arrangements. Just take pleasure in them as they are.
When Do The Snake Plants Flowering?
Blooming a snake plant is a rare occurrence that will most likely only happen once a year. It normally occurs in the spring, and the bloom can linger for several weeks. Orange berries appear after the petals have faded. Although the plant has the ability to bloom every year, it is extremely difficult to forecast when it will.
On a previously bloomed rosette, the plant will never develop flowers. Flowers develop on a fresh stalk each time it blooms. As a result, after the blossom has faded, you can clip the stalk from its base. This will aid in the maintenance of your plant’s nice and tidy appearance.
What Makes the Plants Bloom?
Although snake plants are hardy and can withstand extreme weather, they may not produce blossoms in certain situations. There is no information on the specific circumstances that must be met for the plants to bloom. Even after decades of care, some plants fail to bloom. Few, on the other hand, can bloom every year while being neglected. In fact, they often seem to thrive when they are neglected. Many people want to be kind and attentive to their plants, so this may seem counterintuitive. Sansevieria, on the other hand, are not like other houseplants in this sense. Overall, they require less upkeep. Occasionally exposing them to the light, as well as infrequent watering, particularly throughout the winter.
Will the Snake Plant Die After Flowering?
Sansevieria is not monocarpic, which means it will not die after flowering and seed production. Your plant is unlikely to be harmed by the blossoms.
The development of blooming stalks in snake plants (mother in law’s tongue) often surprises plant owners. It’s a tremendous joy to behold when it happens in the springtime. Although this plant’s blooming tendencies are unpredictable, with patience and careful attention, you can enhance the chances of it occuring.
If your plant has this lovely blossom, take advantage of the display!