Mother-In-Law's Tongue Blooming

akarinzSeptember 24, 2013

I've had this plant for over 20 years. It started blooming last year, but I missed getting a picture. I took one this time and thought I would share with everyone. And the fragrance is breathtaking for a day or two.

Karin

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socks

I don't think I've ever seen one bloom before. Very nice!

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 7:38PM
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CA Kate

I didn't even know they bloomed! I guess I've never had one long enough to have it bloom. Yours looks very healthy. Perhaps that's why it is blooming.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 10:00PM
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kathi_mdgd

I've had them for years and mine didn't bloom either!! I like those blooms and i'm glad you were able to get the picture.TFS
Kathi

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 10:09PM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

Before mine got near as full in the pot, I divided it into several pots. Oh well at my age I could not have waited for it to bloom. It is lovely, thanks for the picture. Al

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 11:48PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Cool! I have never seen that before!

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 1:09AM
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wcgypsy(10 / Sunset 23)

You've just given me a reason to grow it!....anything scented.....

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 8:15AM
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kittymoonbeam

I'm going to watch for that! How much sun do you give yours?

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 1:33PM
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akarinz

It actually doesn't get any direct sun. But it does get a lot of light. It is outside, as you can probably tell. I have had it in various places around the yard, but never in direct sun.

I am wondering if it started blooming because it is so packed in tight in it's pot.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 3:22PM
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socks

That's one plant that can look really ratty and beat-up, but yours looks beautiful. I checked the Sunset garden book, and if this is "sansevieria trifasciata," shelter from midday sun is recommended. The cactus book says it likes "summer light," so I guess you are meeting it's needs very well. Maybe the plant often looks bad because it's overwatered or in full sun all day.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 6:08PM
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akarinz

I water mine in the summer once a month. Other times very infrequently, maybe once every 3 months.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 6:38PM
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akarinz

I water mine in the summer once a month. Other times very infrequently, maybe once every 3 months.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 6:47PM
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publickman

Thanks for the photo! I had one in my front yard in Venice (northern exposure - no direct sun), but I do not ever remember seeing it bloom. The huge philodendrons in the front yard bloomed regularly, but not the MIL tongue. Maybe I will get a new one for my house in Westchester.

Lars

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 9:33PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Very cool! Thanks for sharing the photo.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2013 at 1:04PM
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