Are you ready to add some unexpected beauty to your snake plant, AKA Sansevieria? I was pleasantly surprised when my snake plant started blooming, and I just had to share my excitement with you!
In this article, I’ll take you through growing a snake plant that blooms. After the blooms have faded, you’ll learn about proper care and repotting techniques.
And to inspire you, I’ll share photos of snake plants in full bloom. So, get ready to be amazed by the unexpected beauty and fragrance of the snake plant flower!
How to Keep Your Snake Plant Flowering Year After Year
Once a Snake plant blooms, it can continue to bloom in subsequent years as long as the environment remains stable. In fact, I’ve seen Snake plants bloom twice in a single year – once in June and again in August.
I was pleasantly surprised when my Snake plant first bloomed, as these flowers are rare, and I hadn’t expected them.
Since then, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks to keep the blooms coming, and I’d like to share my experiences with you.
For those who may not know, taking care of a blooming Snake plant can be tricky.
But don’t worry; I’ll walk you through everything you need to know to keep your plant healthy and blooming. From managing the flowers to providing proper care, I’ve got you covered.
Are Snake Plant Flowers Unlucky?
Have you heard the rumors about Snake plant flowers being unlucky? You might come across this misconception if you do a quick internet search. But why on earth would that be the case?
Contrary to popular belief, Snake plants are considered to be auspicious houseplants.
So, no need to fear the blooms! In fact, a blooming Snake plant is a good sign, indicating that the plant is thriving. And the year that my Snake plant bloomed twice was very good indeed.
Snake plants also have their language of flowers, with meanings of “eternal” and “immortal.” So, let’s embrace the beauty and good fortune of the Snake plant flower!
How Did I Make My Snake Plant Bloom?
I bought a plain old Snake plant from a home improvement store a few years back. I placed it in a north-facing room that was dark and chilly. I also hoped the plant would brighten up the room a bit.
I didn’t water the plant much during the winter, giving it just a little sip once a month. And in the summer, I kept it in a shaded north-facing spot.
Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, my Snake plant was a trooper. It grew slowly but steadily, never withering.
At the time, I had no idea that Snake plants could bloom, and I certainly wasn’t expecting it. I was just happy to have some indoor greenery.
But to my surprise, the plant started blooming around March of that year. And since then, it’s been blooming every year!
So there you have it – proof that even an ordinary Snake plant can bloom with the right care.
1- How Dividing the Snake Plant Can Lead to Fresh Blooms
Fast forward to July of the second year of growing my Snake plant. I had just moved to a new house, and my Snake plant’s location changed dramatically.
Instead of a dark, chilly north-facing room, it now had a sunny east-facing bay window.
The plant was thriving, growing bigger and better with each passing season. So, I decided to give it a little TLC by dividing the plant, trimming the old leaves, and repotting it in a smaller pot that fits perfectly on the windowsill.
And check it out – the transformation was impressive! As you can see from the photo, my once-ordinary Snake plant now had 6 or 7 leaves.
Nothing fancy, but it was healthy and happy. (And let’s be real, it’s a Snake plant – what more do you need?)
2- Want to give your Snake plant the best chance to bloom? Make sure it has the right environment!
My Snake plant was now in a sunny spot, receiving morning light through frosted glass. This was the perfect environment for my Snake plant to thrive.
All I had to do was water it sparingly, and the new shoots grew better than ever from spring to summer.
However, with such vigorous growth, the roots soon became overcrowded. That’s why it’s important to repot your Snake plant every year to keep the roots healthy and prevent overcrowding.
If you delay repotting, you risk damaging the plant and its pot. For example, if you have a ceramic pot, the growing roots may crack it.
And if you have a plastic pot, you may end up breaking it when trying to remove the plant for repotting.
Just take a look at the photo above. See how the plastic pot is bulging with roots?
That’s a good reminder to repot your Snake plant every year to keep it healthy and give it the best chance to bloom.
3- Ensuring a Sturdy Stand for Your Snake Plant: Preventing Tumbles and Falls
As your Snake plant grows, its foliage will become larger and heavier, making it top-heavy and prone to tipping over. In this case, you’ll want to repot the plant to stabilize it.
There are a few ways to do this. You can increase the amount of soil in the pot, use a heavy gravel potting stone instead of a lighter pumice stone, or switch to a heavier ceramic or unglazed pot.
This will help balance the plant and keep it from falling over.
You can still adjust if you prefer to keep the pot size small. For example, you can use soil with larger red ball grains or remove old leaves when repotting.
Or, you can divide the plant by making it more compact and better support its weight.
So, why let your Snake plant suffer the embarrassment of toppling over and sustaining heavy damage?
Such mishaps can divert its energy towards recovery, leaving it without the strength to bloom. So, let’s give our Snake plant the stability it deserves and watch it flourish with beauty!”
3- The Fifth Year Marks the Arrival of Snake Plant Flowers
It took five years after I bought my Snake plant for it to bloom finally, and I have to admit, I was a little surprised.
I had been dividing the plant regularly to keep its size in check, but looking back, I think it would have bloomed earlier if I had let it grow bigger.
One day in late June, I noticed a thin stem that looked like an asparagus sprout. I was confused at first – what is this? And then it hit me – those must be flower buds!
I was stunned. I had never expected my Snake plant to bloom, yet there they were, tiny buds that promised to bring unexpected beauty.
Despite my initial surprise, I wasn’t exactly holding my breath for a grand blooming spectacle.
After all, I thought of my Snake plant as more of an ornamental plant, and the buds looked so small I figured they wouldn’t amount to much. Little did I know, I was in for a pleasant surprise…
4- Blooms Appear Two Weeks After the Emergence of Flower Buds
When I first noticed the tiny flower buds, I was filled with excitement and a little bit of impatience. I kept wondering, “When will they finally bloom?” But little did I know, my Snake plant was just getting started.
Two weeks after the buds appeared, the first flowers finally bloomed. And let me tell you, they were a sight to see!
The buds, which were small like grains, grew much larger than I expected. Over a few days, the flowers opened up one by one, revealing their stunning beauty.
I thought of my Snake plant as foliage, but the flowers were just as beautiful as the leaves. They reminded me of honeysuckle, with a similar shape and delicate beauty.
In short, my Snake plant bloom reminded me that good things come to those who wait. And boy, was it worth the wait!
5- The Allure of Snake Plant Flowers and Their Sparkling Nectar
Who knew Snake plant flowers were such hidden gems? Not only are they beautiful, but they also have a sweet fragrance and even sweeter nectar!
When my Snake plant finally bloomed, I was treated to a lovely aroma that filled the room. But what really took me by surprise was the nectar.
I spotted a small drop of it at the base of the flower stem and, on a whim, decided to taste it. And boy, was I in for a treat! The nectar was incredibly sweet and had a strong, sugary flavor.
The nectar was also incredibly beautiful, sparkling in the light like a diamond. I never expected such beauty and sweetness in my Snake plant, but it exceeded my expectations.
It’s not just an ordinary ornamental plant anymore; it’s a fragrant, nectar-filled treasure!
6- The Magic of Sunlight through Lace
After discovering the beauty and rarity of Snake plant blooms, I was determined to keep them coming.
To achieve this, I maintained the environment where my Snake plant first bloomed – a room with moderate warmth and filtered sunlight through frosted glass.
I suggest placing your Snake plant facing east to the south for optimal blooming, with indirect light through a curtain.
Direct sunlight can be too harsh for Snake plants, so use shading curtains if needed.
I tried exposing my Snake plant to direct sunlight once, but it resulted in yellowing and burning the leaves, so it’s not the best option.
7- The Art of Watering: Growing Beautiful Flowering Snake Plants
Keep it simple! Snake plant thrives in dry conditions, so don’t go overboard with the H2O. When the soil is dry, just water sparingly, and you’re good to go.
But beware of overwatering – it can lead to root rot. During the winter, water sparingly and only gives it a drink once every two weeks if it’s warm and dry or once a month if it’s not.
And, to keep your Snake plant looking its best, give its leaves a quick dusting with a soft, wet cloth or tissue, or take it outside for a quick shower. It’s the little things that keep this tough plant blooming and beautiful.
8- Bringing Out the Blooms: The Importance of Repotting Your Flowering Snake Plant
Ensure to repot your Snake plant every 1-2 years, either in spring or fall. A slightly larger pot will help its roots grow and thrive, but be careful not to go too big too fast.
Snake plants grow quickly and can quickly outgrow their pots, so aim to repot once a year if possible.
When repotting your Snake plant, don’t forget to remove old roots.
If you notice the roots have become tangled, and the soil is compacted, use scissors to gently cut the roots on the surface of the root ball.
Then, replace the old soil with fresh soil to ensure your plant grows healthy and strong.
If you want your Snake plant to flower, it’s best to be gentle with it and avoid dividing it too much. Instead, add fresh soil and give it plenty of space to grow.
I’ve found that gently repotting my flowering Snake plant every year in early spring has led to successful blooms year after year.
9- Proper Watering After Repotting Your Flowering Snake Plant
So, you’ve just given your Snake plant a makeover with a fresh pot and soil. What’s next? Patience, my friend!
After repotting, it’s important to let the roots settle and recover from the transplant shock. So, hold off on watering for at least a week.
Once the roots have had a chance to adjust, you can start watering again, but do so sparingly at first. Gradually increase watering as the plant stabilizes.
Remember, Snake plants prefer to be on the drier side and too much water can lead to root rot. And who wants to deal with a sick plant?
By avoiding overwatering and giving the roots time to recover, you’ll set your Snake plant up for success and maybe even see some unexpected blooms in the future!
Caring for After Your Snake Plant Blooms
After your Snake plant blooms, it is important to provide proper care to ensure continued growth and future blooms. Here are some helpful tips to keep your Snake plant in its best shape post-bloom.
Proper Care for Your Snake Plant Flowers and Wiping Off the Nectar
You see, the nectar produced during the bloom is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s a beautiful sight to behold, but on the other hand, if left unattended, it can cause some trouble.
The nectar will eventually turn brown and become sticky, attracting bacteria and mold. This can lead to unsightly brown spots on the leaves and even cause the plant to become diseased.
But don’t worry, the solution is simple. After admiring the beautiful blooms, just gently wipe away any nectar with a damp tissue. Easy peasy!
Post-Bloom Maintenance: What to Do with Your Snake Plant’s Flower Stems
The Snake plant is a bloomin’ good time, but the flowers can be a bit of a diva. They start at the bottom and work their way up, but the lower-tier blossoms don’t last long.
You don’t want your plant to look like a hot mess, so pluck them off once those petals start drooping! When all the flowers have finished strutting their stuff, it’s time to say goodbye to those stalks.
If they’re still green and easy to yank out, go for it! Otherwise, grab some scissors and get as close to the base as possible.
Just remember, those stalks are stubborn little buggers and might stay upright even after they’re dead.
The Importance of Fertilizing Your Flowering Snake Plant
You don’t need to go all out with fertilizer for your Snake plant. They’re not divas like some other plants. Add a little fertilizer when repotting and then some liquid fertilizer when watering.
If your Snake plant needs an extra boost, spring or fall is the perfect time to add some houseplant fertilizer. Don’t do it in the winter when their growth slows down or in the summer when it’s too hot.
Don’t be a pushy plant parent and give your Snake plant too much fertilizer. It’ll make the foliage grow too thick and steal all the energy from the flower growth. Not cool, man.
For the best results in early spring, use a compound fertilizer that contains phosphoric acid. It’s like a special flower booster for your Snake plant.
Don’t give up on making your snake plant bloom just yet! With a little care and attention, you can encourage your plant to produce beautiful flowers year after year.
Remember that this hardy and low-maintenance plant requires basic care, such as regular watering and a warm environment with plenty of sunlight.
It’s important to monitor the plant’s water levels to prevent browning and withering of the leaves.
Your snake plant will thrive and produce stunning blooms with the right environment and attention. So, why not try it and see how lucky you’ll feel when your snake plant blooms?