I bet your friends will get surprised if they hear snake plant’s other names including Mother-in-law’s tongue and Viper Bowstring hemp.
It’s been quite a long time since I started growing snake plants after my grandmother suggested it for bringing good fortune.
I could not have found my economic status changed but my happiness has increased significantly. Though people keep this plant I also love watching its flower.
Generally, snake plant flower rarely blooms but when they do, white flowers develop with a stalk or directly from the base in huge clusters. It develops flowers once a year when the plant is under stress or rootbound.
Most plant owners may get surprised when they know that snake plants bloom. Although it is a rare case, some factors must keep in mind to seeing their flowers.
Before you jump into making some theories regarding snake plant flowers, continue reading this article quickly to get all your queries covered!
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Snake Plant Flower Overview
Let’s know some general information about the snake plant flower through the table.
|Size||(1–)3–4 flowers per cluster.
50–85 mm long pedicels
1.5 cm long style
0.8 cm long stamens
|Color||Pale greenish or greenish-white|
|Structure||Upward-curved green with pale green dots on the flower|
|Fragrance||Highly fragrant , vanilla like scent|
|Lifespan of flower||Weeks to a month|
|Bloomong season||Annually in the spring|
|Berries or fruit||Bright orange 8-9 mm globose, and
1-2(-3) seeds per berry
How Often Does the Snake Plant Flower?
Snake plants are popular for their sword-like foliage and they are not famous among the flowering houseplants. If you are a flower lover, you can witness some tiny greenish-white flowers hanging.
Generally, snake plants bloom more often than once annually, especially in the springtime, and usually only with plants living outdoors year-round.
The plants need 2-3 years to reach maturity before they can blossom. After the first flowers started to bloom, they continued to open over the next two weeks and last for a few weeks to a month.
Each rosette of a Sansevieria causes a flower spike once in its life, and once it finishes doing it, the plant won’t ever grow any new foliage.
Snake plants produce a flower stalk when it is mildly and continually stressed after the plant becomes getting root bounded.
Interestingly, the blooms are close during the day and active and open at night. If gone near the flowers, The nectar releases sweet and sticky that appears as dew droplets on the stem.
There is a misconception that snake plant dies once they bloom. The monocarpic plants die after blooming while polycarpic can blossom repeatedly and the snake belongs in between the two.
If you witness the flower drooping, you need to watch out for symptoms such as overwatering, lack of sunlight, and pests.
How Do You Pollinate Snake Plant?
Snake Plants are able to self-pollinate themselves to transform their flowers into orange berries instead of fading away.
When you grow snake plants outdoors, they receive insects to help in pollination, but it can still occasionally happen indoors.
According to NRCS plant Materials Center, there are 2/4 of the world’s flowering plants and about 35% of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce and more than 3,500 species of bees help induce crop yields.
If you grow it indoors, you can pollinate it yourself to bear the fruit and seeds. Follow these simple steps to complete the successful pollination in snake plants.
- Collect a toothpick or a small paintbrush.
- Simply snip or pinch off one flower with a toothpick.
- Continue rubbing the pollen-bearing stamens against another bloom using a paintbrush.
- After pollination, you can notice the flower, bearing berries or fruit.
The snake plants grown from seeds don’t often receive the same variegation as their parents.
Watch the video below if you are still confused about the snake plant pollination.
How to Make a Snake Plant Flower?
Snake plants are beginner-friendly but don’t ignore them for no reason. You can use bloom boosters or add phosphorus to encourage the plant to bloom healthily.
Besides, the following requirements also help snake plants to bloom and grow flowers.
- The snake plants thrive under 8-10 hours of bright, indirect sunlight, and if you live in shady regions provide your plant with 12 hours of grow light.
- You can water your snake plant once every 10 days during the growing season and once a month in the winter.
- Also, it is ideal to maintain temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit for this plant.
- The plant can live in humidity between 30 and 50% which is often the average humidity level of many homes.
- When growing the snake plants, provide them with loamy soil or well-draining soil with pH levels ranging from 5.5 to 7.5.
Expert Tip! Combine 40% of coarse-grade perlite, 30% of orchid bark chunks, 20% of coconut coir, and 10% of vermicompost to create a perfect potting mix for the snake plant.
- You can feed your snake plant twice a year, once in the spring and once in the summer with a balanced fertilizer having a ratio of 10-10-10.
- Snake plants are often prone to mealybugs and spider mite infestations so you need to monitor their signs on the plant.
- The fungal diseases such as southern blight and red leaf spots are the fungal disease that may harm your plant so you need to treat them in time.
What Should You Do With Snake Plant Flower?
Snake plant flowers do not add anything valuable to decor and can remain for a month consuming the nutrition of the plant. So, it will be better to cut these flowers.
You can prune your snake and plant flowers in the steps below!
- Collect a pair of gloves and sterilize cutting sears with 70-100% alcohol.
- Start cutting off the flower with the stalk that grows as tall as 3’ feet high.
- While pruning the flower, avoid inadvertent injury to foliage and other parts of the plant.
- After finishing the act, take the flower cuttings away to avoid pet poisoning.
Health Considerations to Keep In Mind
The snake plant is one of the ideal houseplants to keep inside or outdoors due to its impressive long leaves and air purifying properties.
Snake plants are safe for humans but they can be toxic to your pet.
According to the ASPCA, the snake plant contains saponin which is toxic to cats and dogs. The toxicity ranges from mild to moderate for your pets, causing a distressing reaction, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.
Besides, additional symptoms including depression, swelling of organs such as the tongue, mouth, lips, and throat, excessive drooling, and loss of appetite can also appear if the pet ingested the snake plant.
However, the Niles Animal Hospital and Bird Medical Center, has found that the snake plant is not toxic to birds, meaning that you own birds and keep them around the plant freely.
If you need anything like urgency for your pets, you can get help from the contact below!
- American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) at (888) 222-1222
- ASPCA Poison Center at (800) 426-4435
The snake plant is a perfect house plant for indoors as well as outdoor to leverage inhaling purified air and placing it for decor value.
If you need to know more, you can read out benefits of the snake plant.
Though it is grown for foliage, it also produces a flower that is highly fragrant with zooming-out beauty.
If you want to keep the snake plant flowers, keep the things mentioned above! Happy Gardening!