What induces flowering in Sansevieria?

socal23(USDA10/Sunset23)November 23, 2005

I have an unknown variety of sansevieria that lives in a pot in morning to noon sun on my front porch that is sending up flower spikes. The last time it flowered was about five years ago. Two winters ago I divided it and gave half to my mother, planted half out in my yard in full sun (where it has since thrived on rainfall alone) only the potted one is flowering, I can't compare the one I gave my mother as she managed to kill it (I am still puzzled about that, a plant that can handle the conditions I provide has to be tough).


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dufflebag2002(Calif. 91607)

The season of the year, the right fertillizer during their growing period which here in Calif. is summer. Drying soil in the winter months. Mine are in flower now. They like indirect (bright light) sun, to promote flowering, most like part shade. I'm telling you this from So. Calif.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2005 at 11:44PM
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That may help to induce bloom but certainly not necessary. As I said: full sun, sporadic watering. I never fertilize. Temperatures aren't as warm during the summer here as they are in N. Hollywood so that may help but only to a degree.

This is a matter of curiosity only, the flowers are relatively inconspicuous (I was able to narrow it down to some variety of S. trifasciata) so I am not looking to maximize bloom.


    Bookmark   November 26, 2005 at 1:05AM
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dufflebag2002(Calif. 91607)

Well you asked. So I told you what works for me. I grow 200+ Species and varieties, and I have many in flower at this time. You live close enough would you like to come over and visit them by appointment only though. DNA is a factor as well. Perhaps you don't need the DNA? Dufflebag2002

    Bookmark   November 29, 2005 at 11:18AM
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dufflebag2002(Calif. 91607)

Ryan, mine flower every year at this time. I love the sweet smell of the flowers at night. Sometimes so strong I can't go into the greenhouse, the only way to kill them is watering during the winter when cold. They make a perfect house plant having no pests. You can leave them for 6 months for a vacation, during the winter, with no care and they would do just fine. You won't get bored, there are many species and varieties to choose from. Norma

    Bookmark   December 2, 2005 at 12:00AM
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I can only speak of growing Sans as a hobby. There is as much self pride and self reward in growing Sans or any other plant alone without having them flower as a bonus.
That being said, growing plants and having them beautifully grow is self contentment. Every thing else will follow and happens in due time.

The curious mind is a part of human nature which is perhaps the most fasinating way of human life.

Ankrara's Hobby Corner

    Bookmark   December 5, 2005 at 11:24PM
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dufflebag2002(Calif. 91607)

Ryan, you are more than welcome to come and visit my collection you are about 20 minutes away.
In my case it is age of plant, sun, fertilizer, if it is crowded in pot, species, location, warmth. it will never flower on a rosette that has previoiusly flowered. Only on new rosettes.
I started my collection in 1978 by accident. I have had several plants since that time, and a few still have not flowered, San. cylindrica v. patula for one. So I guess after 38 years I still don't know. Norma

    Bookmark   February 28, 2006 at 3:01AM
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dufflebag2002(Calif. 91607)

Why do you even bother to ask Ryan, what ever works for you is the best. Norma

    Bookmark   March 3, 2006 at 8:41PM
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Julie_Alley(z5 On Canada)

The flowers smell sweetly at night? Mine is about to flower too. ItÂs the first time it does and I'm really exited! Do all species smell sweetly? I don't know what I have.


    Bookmark   March 27, 2006 at 8:24AM
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From what I have read some species are not known to flower. I have some parva that are flowering now in the shade. I have not started fertilizing them yet & have had them for over a year. I have had some trifasciata that routinely receives fertilizer during their growing season that have never flowered. The maturity of the plant seems to make more of a difference for me.
I do not like to put mine in the sun  they burn too easily, especially in pots. Mine do better in the shade.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2006 at 9:10AM
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dufflebag2002(Calif. 91607)

The flowers on my plants are not inconspicous, I smell them as soon as I walk into my greenhouse, in fact some are very large brushes of flowers. Some flower at the base of the soil line. There are all kinds, and one species has dark red flowers. Colors mauve, light green, light yellow. white, lavander. So you do have some choices. Norma

    Bookmark   May 12, 2006 at 11:10PM
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dufflebag2002(Calif. 91607)

Some speies are shy and slow to flower. S. trifaciata is one of the slowest, so now I must add patience.
I bust my buns to give information, and I don't mind looking everything up before I post though I have been growing them since 1986 at least when people respond, just say thank you.
I purchased all my plants nothing was given to me free, nor did I expect after others have paid money for their plants to ask and receive them free, here it is expected and demanded. Thank you, Norma

    Bookmark   July 29, 2006 at 1:35AM
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dufflebag2002(Calif. 91607)

I also want to add, that I fertilize with a 0-10-10/ 2tbs. per gal. after each watering, during the summer months, here in Zone 20-21 it is twice a week, they are in a green house, each side geting 1/2 day sun. Which is protected from the sun with a 30% shade cloth. Mine will not start to flower in mass until Oct. approx. I do have a S. kirkii v. pulchra in flower at this time. I also think it will depend on the species. My S. conspicua just broke the 5 gal. clay pot. This is for those of you who need the help. Norma

    Bookmark   July 29, 2006 at 6:59PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Norma, I sure wished I lived in CA. I would definitely make the trip to get to see that many different Sans. I bet if you've been growing them for that long, you have at least a few very impressive specimens.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2006 at 12:32PM
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dufflebag2002(Calif. 91607)

Brandon you live in Tenn where my kids live there also.
You would be welcome any time here. Mine are not large plants, I cut them up about every three years, to make room for the new growth, that they will flower on.
I get flowers becuse I force new growth, they get watered well, and fed well, They get half day bright light. They also have a heater in the winter, even though our winters are mild. I talk to them, I have a fan going on them all day. Brandon if you are willing to send me your address I'm willing to send you a conspicua.
It will be small due to postage cost and I may have to cut off the top of the leaves to fit it into a box. Norma

    Bookmark   August 1, 2006 at 1:25AM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Norma, you have mail (actually sent it lastnight).

    Bookmark   August 2, 2006 at 12:17AM
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Norma, thanks for all your info. My mother's sanseviera has blossomed for the first time. Thanks to your tips I bet we will be able to divide it into several plants and get the new growth to bloom! Rose

    Bookmark   August 6, 2006 at 7:56PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

I haven't been able to send you email thru Gardenweb or by replying to the email you sent me. You said you didn't get my email thru Gardenweb, and I got a "failure notice" when I replied to your email. I am not sure how to contact you privately.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2006 at 11:30PM
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