Snake plants blooming is one of the rare sights. However, it comes with extra negligence.
As a plant lover, I made sure that my plant grew strong and beautiful. But, my brother, who stays mostly outside his place, had his snake plant flowering.
We can make our snake plant bloom with fragrant flowers with the least amount of care. That sounds absurd, right? Well, it is a particular extra case with snake plants.
The stressed Snake plant with the rootbound condition produces stalks. After the stalks are formed, we usually see the flower within a week.
We ought to remember that the blooming of our beloved Sansevieria is due to the stress caused by the root-bound condition of the plant.
Therefore, it is not advised to favor the conditions that cause stress to the plants in the hope of flowers.
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Do Snake Plants Bloom?
YES, but it is a rare phenomenon. Snake plants are pretty rare bloomers.
When we take excellent care of these plants, they will not bloom properly. As I have mentioned earlier, these plants bloom under stress.
The primary cause of their stress is being rootbound.
Usually, as the plant gets much more expansive, we place the plant in another bigger planter. But, we should avoid this transfer if we wish to see or Snake plant bloom.
When the plant grows beyond what the planter can favor, the plant gets stressed. This stress leads to creating flowering stalks.
Usually, the plant would have produced leaves to store water and favor further growth in stressed conditions to save precious resources – water and soil.
But the Snake plant produces stalks and flowers. The flowering process is the plants’ final attempt to continue with the species.
As the plant is root-bound and cannot grow further, producing flowers will help survive the plant via fertilization.
Rootbound Snake plants produce stalks. Within 3-4 days, the stalk will grow longer.
The flowers grow on a stalk that is roughly 35 inches in length. There will be many creamy-white flower buds within a week—usually cream, white, or sometimes yellow in color.
As the flower buds open within a few days, we can smell a sweet fragrance from the flowers. However, some people seem not to like it.
The Snake plant blooms once a year during spring, especially if you keep them outdoors. But the blooms are short-lived as they live for a week and start to perish after developing berries.
The plant should be well developed. It should spend at least 2-3 years growing before it can bloom. However, it also depends upon the planters’ size.
How did I Make my Snake Plant Bloom?
I took a cautious approach and learned a few things from my brother. I kept the following conditions in mind to make my Snake plant bloom.
1. Pot Condition
The plant should have a well drainable pot which can favor evaporation too. Using ceramic pots can help as compared to plastic pots.
However, if you want the best for your Snake plant, you can choose a terracotta pot.
Remember you need to identify the variety of your Snake plant before choosing the pot size. There are dwarf and large varieties of Snake plants.
The planter should be big enough to boost the plant growth and, at the same time, making it difficult for the roots to grow further.
If the growth of roots is hindered, the plant will go rootbound pretty soon, and stress follows. There you go; you have the condition to make the plant bloom.
Confused about what pot to use? Read “8 Ways To Choose Snake Plant Pot“
2. Dry Between Watering Schedules
Snake plants, being succulent, store water in their leaves. They can do just fine with less water.
To favor blooming conditions, we need to keep the Snake plant to the driest it can handle.
We need to provide the water to a bare minimum. Do not STOP watering altogether, as you may risk killing the plant.
Just let it dry between the watering schedules. If you let the plant be dry for a long time, it will stress itself into producing a bloom.
What causes underwatering in snake plants? What are the signs? Read here “Underwatered Snake Plants: Signs, Causes, and Solutions“
3. High-Intensity Light
The light plays a crucial role in the flowering of the snake plants.
The blooming of the flower requires a lot of energy. And as we all know, light is the primary source of energy in plants.
According to a research journal by JSTOR, low light intensities directly hamper the plant’s ability to flower.
So make sure to maintain a high light intensity if you want to have any chance at having your plant flower. An east-facing window will be perfect.
For optimum growth, your plant needs 200 Footcandles of light, but the intensity should not drop below 100 Footcandles.
During the spring-summer, the plants can maximize their growth when there is intense light. This is a perfect condition for their blooming.
You can grow a Snake plant under artificial lights though it’s not recommended for bloom.
We should avoid placing the plants in the darkroom as much as possible. Remember, bright light promotes bloom.
Want to find out out the light requirement in detail? Read “How Much Light does a Snake Plant Require?“
4. No Freezing Temperature
Sansevieria is much adaptable to tropical climates. These plants do not do well, usually in cold temperatures.
Summer temperatures between 55°F- 85°F are okay for the plants.
As long as it is summer and there is enough light inside, we don’t have to worry about the temperatures.
In the book Plant Growth and Climate Change, it is mentioned that the development of plant parts depend on the temperature they are in.
Your Snake plant doesn’t like extreme fluctuations in temperature. That will cause “stress” to the plant. You get my point, right? 😉
But remember, freezing temperatures are a big no-no.
You will not see flowers, that’s for sure, but if you expose your plant to a freezing temperature, you might not see the plant standing.
5. Fast Draining Soil
The soil to be used should be fast-draining potting soil.
We should avoid using vermicompost or vermiculite as a soil mix, as it absorbs more water. A ratio of 3 parts soil and 1 part peat moss should be acceptable.
Warning!! If the soil doesn’t drain well, you might push your plant towards a grave condition: Root rot.
Want to know what soil is best for Snake plants? Read “What Kind Of Soil Is Good For Snake Plants?“
Along with good drainage, your plant needs to have good aeration as well. Compacted soil directly hampers the root’s ability to absorb water.
Also, I suggest you use fertilizer rich in phosphorus as phosphorus promotes the growth of flowers. But don’t overdo it.
Excess phosphorus may even kill your plant as it cannot take other nutrients.
Does the Snake Plant Die after Flowering?
No, the plants do not die after flowering. According to the ISS (International Sansevieria Society), the plant is not monocarpic.
Monocarpic are the plants that die after flowering. However, the stalks that produce flowers shall eventually die for a few years.
Though after nearly a week, the flowers will produce orange berries, or if they bloom in favorable seas0ns, they can go on for a month.
After the production of berries, the flowers begin to die.
After it is gone, you can cut off the stalk from the base. The plant will produce a new stalk next time the plant has to flower.
We can favor the growth and place the plant in a new bigger planter. The plant shall continue to grow and create new offsets.
So now, as you know how to make your Snake plant bloom, go and give the above-mentioned methods a try.
Do not worry if you don’t see flowers, though; it is rare. You might get lucky sometimes but do not 100% expect the blooms.
Stress your plant enough to make it flower, but don’t end up depriving it of all the necessary resources and killing it.