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How Do You Get Snake Plants (Sansevieria) To Flower?

snake plant in a pot with snake plant flowering image cover

In an exclusive survey carried out by Simplify Gardening, 65% of the respondents said that they have NEVER seen a snake plant flower. So, it can be said that seeing a snake plant bloom is an uncommon sight.

One may have a Sansevieria plant for years and they might not even know whether it is a flowering plant. It is more likely to blossom in the springtime and would not happen more than once a year.

To induce flowering In snake plants, you should keep snake plants in a root-bound stage while ensuring it gets plenty of sunlight but less water. This helps constrict the rootball and forces the Snake Plants to flower.

Despite being tolerant to harsh growing conditions, snake plants may not be able to bear flowers under circumstances that are not ideal for their growth.

However, there is still no definite guide that will spur the plant to bloom. While some would not flower even after caring for decades, some may bloom even when neglected.

So, what should one really do in order to help their snake plant produce some healthy and bright flowers? We have a few tips that might work.

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25 Popular Snake Plant Types
What Makes a Snake Plant Flower?

snake plant producing flower

There are a bunch of factors that can help induce flowering in your snake plant. Here are some of the things that you should consider along with a few tips that will help you increase the chances of the Sansevieria plant producing beautiful and healthy flowers.

What Age Do Snake Plants Flower?

three snake plants of different age and height growing in a pot

Your Sansevieria plant does not have to attain a certain age in order to be capable of blooming. While some younger snake plants are able to flower annually, there are also mature plants that are more prone to blossom when provided with the optimal growing conditions.

However, it is believed that the older the snake plant gets, the higher the chances of it blooming are. Other than this, it is even possible that some plants would not bloom in their first season after being moved to a different climate or growing environment.

What Are The Light Requirements For Snake Plants To Flower

snake plant in a pot by the windowsill

Snake plants prefer bright, indirect light. Even though Sansevieria plants can tolerate direct sunlight, it is recommended to avoid exposing them to full sun, especially during the peak hours like summer afternoons. So, you can grow them outdoors in a place that receives consistently dappled sunlight.

If you are growing a snake plant for the first time, you should know that sunlight plays a great role in the overall growth of the plant. Here is a blog that will help you know how much sunlight your snake plant needs.

And if you are planning to grow it indoors, you should consider doing so in a well-lit room. You can even consider placing them on the windowsill to ensure it gets better exposure which will help the plant to grow quicker thus increasing the chances of it producing flowers.

What Is The Best Size Of Pot To Induce Your Snake Plants To Flower

snake plants crowded in a pot

Gardeners often say that snake plants bloom when they are a little stressed. And it is important to know what they mean by the ‘stressed’. Generally, when plants are neglected, offered little water but a lot of sunshine, it is seen that they spread quickly.

This can quickly make them root-bound and soon enough, it would not have space to grow new shoots. That is when the plant would try to propagate itself by blooming.

While this may induce flowering, it still does not guarantee that your plant will bloom when kept pot-bound. This might be because there are certainly other factors like watering, species, soil, location, and warmth that may affect the chances of the plant producing flowers.

What’s The Best Temperature To Force Snake Plants To Flower

Sansevieria are native to tropical regions which means they do not like a lot of warmth or cold. Thus, it is suggested that you do not keep your snake plant near the air conditioner or a heating vent.

Also, it is better to bring the plant indoors during the winters as it cannot handle freezing temperatures. And while bringing them back outside, be sure that you do so after the last spring frost.

How Much Water Do Snake Plants Need To Flower

watering a snake plant

As mentioned earlier, Sansevieria plants can survive in harsh conditions. This is because they are succulents and can store water in their leaves. Thus, they do not require frequent watering as well. Usually, they would do well if you water them once a week and even less during the winter months.

If you live in an area that witnesses extreme winters, your plant may even survive for months without being watered.

However, your plant would need to be watered thoroughly spring through fall as this is their growing season and with enough moisture, they will be able to grow quickly.

But be sure that the soil is dried out completely before you water your plant again.  

And if you are residing in a tropical region, you can consider growing your snake plant outdoors. This is because the plant will be able to sustain the rain it receives and would not depend on you for water.

All you need to be sure of is that the soil is draining quickly so that the roots are not drenched in water for a long period of time. For this, you should grow your mother-in-law’s tongue plant in pots that have drainage holes and use loose soil.

Can Soil Induce Flowering In Snake Plants

To get your snake plant to flower, you need a type of soil that drains quickly. And as mentioned earlier, you do not have to water your plant very frequently as well. And be sure that you do not offer it a lot of fertilizer as well.

The main idea here is to keep the soil dry enough to make the plant that is going to die from drought.

This is what motivates it to produce flowers to spread. Moreover, snake plants are not quite fussy about the soil. So, you may even use a ready-to-use potting mix or a DIY soil-based medium.

While these factors can have an influence on the flowering cycle of your snake plant, there is no guarantee that your mother-in-law’s tongue will actually blossom even when you follow all these steps and tips. But if you are lucky enough, you may come across this rare sight.

Conclusion On How To Get Snake Plants To Flower

Getting your snake plant to blossom could be time-consuming, dreadful, and confusing. However, once you come across the first sight of those white-colored blossoms, it would be worth the wait and effort. So, are you ready to see some healthy and stunning flowers emerging from your mother-in-law’s tongue plant?

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