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Snake Plant Flower [How & When Does It Bloom?]

Snake Plant Flower is so elusive that it’s surprising if you ever see one blooming, but it’s nothing more than a stressful scenario for the plant.

Generally, Snake Plant Flowers bloom annually in spring, with dozens of white tubular blossoms along a long flowering stalk that arises from the base of the plant. However, the plant may also bloom due to changes in lighting, feeding, or watering plights, age, or when root-bound.

For Snake Plants to blossom, it has to cry from the stress, but some cultural care can turn this rare event into a reality.

Continue skimming this article to get all your queries covered!

Snake Plant Flower Overview

There are over 70 different species of Snake Plants (Sansevieria species) inhabiting the arid or lush areas of Central Africa.

Usually, Snake Plants bloom in spring with 3 feet tall flowering stalks with 12 or more blooms.

Each flowering spike arises from the center of the leaf cluster or rosette, sprouting from an underground rhizome.

Image represents flowers of Snake Plant
The flowers of the Snake Plant grow in long flowering stalks, which arise from the base of the plant.

Additionally, each rosette can only produce the flowering spike once, and after growing a spike, the plant won’t grow any new leaves.

Even so, the plant may never flower due to hit-and-miss in-home tropical care, as the plant is very demanding.

From the table, let’s know some general information about the Snake Plant Flower.

StructureInflorescence: Raceme

Shape: Starry and tubular with outward flaring curved petals

Color: Creamy white to white

Fragrance: Sweet Vanilla-like

Size: 5-6 centimeters wide
FamilyAsparagaceae (Asparagus Family)
Growing SeasonsEarly Spring to Late Summer
Blooming SeasonsSpring
Flower Lifespan2-4 weeks
FruitYellowish Red to Orange Berries
ToxicityToxic to Pets and Humans (due to the presence of Saponins)

How Often Does the Snake Plant Flower?

Snake plants are popular for their sword-like variegated grayish-green or dark-green foliage but infamous as non-flowering houseplants.

But non-flowering means a rare flowering plant, as the blooming process depends on the plant’s age, certain cultural conditions, and stress!

Generally, Snake Plants bloom once annually in spring. The flowers may persist on the plant for 2-4 weeks at most and eventually proceed to fruit after pollination.

The plants need 2-3 years to reach maturity before blossoming, and there’s a misconception that Snake Plant dies once they bloom.

Image represents the fruit of Snake Plant
Snake Plant fruit appear as colorful berries arranged in clusters along the flowering stalk.

However, the monocarpic plants die after blooming, while polycarpic ones can blossom repeatedly, and the Snake Plant falls between the two.

If you witness the blooms drooping, you must watch for symptoms such as overwatering, lack of sunlight, and epidemics.

How To Pollinate Snake Plants?

Snake Plants can self-pollinate to transform their bisexual flowers into yellowish-orange berries instead of fading away. 

After the plant adorns spring flowers, they release sweet vanilla-like aromatic nectar and opens at night. Also, the white petals gleam up under the moonlight, luring nocturnal moths.

When you grow Snake Plants outdoors, they receive insects to help pollinate, but it can occasionally happen indoors.

If you grow it indoors, you can pollinate it to bear the fruit and seeds. Follow these simple steps to complete the successful pollination in snake plants.

  • Take a paintbrush with soft bristles and select a mature flower with exposed anthers and stigma.
  • Rub some pollens from the anther on the tip of the brush and stroke it on the stigma of another flower.
  • You can also directly pluck the flower and rub its anther on the stigma of the next bloom.
  • Cover the pollinated flowers with a net bag to prevent cross-fertilization.
  • After a few weeks, the flowers are replaced by berries containing 1-2 yellowish seeds.

Remember that Snake Plants grown from seeds don’t often receive the same variegation as their parents.

Watch the video below to clear up other confusion about Snake Plant pollination.

How to Make a Snake Plant Flower?

The flowering condition of Snake Plants depends on adequate watering, fertilizer application, proper lighting, and root-related stress.

However, you must not neglect other tropical needs of the plant if you ever want to see one bloom indoors.

  • Place your Snake Plant in 8-10 hours of bright indirect morning sunlight or 5-6 hours of direct sunlight.
  • Water your Snake Plant every 2 weeks during the growing seasons to control underwatering problems.  
  • Expose your plant to surrounding temperatures of around 60-90°F.
Image represents a root bound Snake Plant
Root bounding causes stress in Snake Plants, during which the plant starts to bloom as a last resort to preserve energy, produce seeds, and multiply again.

If you habitually miss the feeding sessions, use granular fertilizers to offer all the nutrients to your plant slowly!

  • Sustain humidity levels of around 30-50% indoors using a humidifier.
  • Pests like mealybugs and spider mites, and diseases like southern leaf blight, red leaf spots, and root rots can be prevented by neem oil.  
  • Repot every 2-5 years and keep the plant a little root-bound to help them flower. 

What Should You Do With  Snake Plant Flower?

Snake Plant Flowers add value to the plant and consume a lot of energy to stay on the plant.

But they continue consuming the plant’s nutrition for a month after withering away.

Image represents wilting blooms of Snake Plant
To preserve the energy, pinch off the withered blooms from the plant or remove the entire flowering stalk from the base.

So, it will be better to cut these spent blooms along with old discoloring or damaged foliage in spring or early summer.

  • To remove the old or dead leaves, groom the peripheral leaves of the cluster at the base using sterilized pruners.
  • Also, cut the flower stalk at the base as close to the soil as possible and avoid accidental injury to healthy foliage.
  • Burn the leftover plant parts to prevent any possible spread of infection.

Health Considerations to Keep In Mind

Snake Plants are medicinally beneficial, but in large quantities, their consumption can be toxic to humans and pets.

ASPCA mentions that Snake Plants contain toxic saponin. The toxicity ranges from mild to moderate for your pets, causing a distressing reaction, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.

This toxic steroidal saponin is also present in flowers but is concentrated in high amounts in leaves, stems, and roots.

Pets may manifest symptoms like vomiting, drooling, abdominal aches, and numbing or swelling of the mouth, lips, and tongue. 

However, if consumed in large amounts, saponins may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach upsets in humans.

So, to keep the plant toxins away, you must use gloves while tending the plant.

If you need anything like urgency for your pets, you can get help from the contact below!

Snake Plant Flower Meaning

Blooms of Snake Plants are rare but symbolize good luck and purity.

Snake Plants have excellent feng shui value, perfect for situating near the doorways and scaring away bad energies.

The plant is believed to deter spirits due to its evil look and bestows positivity.

The gist behind keeping a flowering Snake Plant is to allow the entry of positive vibes and personal development indoors.

From Editorial Team

Vouchsafe Lighting, Temperature, and Watering

Placing Snake Plants near east-facing windows, preventing soggy soil conditions, and protecting them from temperature drops (below 50°F) can boost a steady flowering span.

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