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When I got home last night there was an overwhelming sweet smell pervading the garden. Wandering around with the torch I tracked it down to my patch of Mother-in-Law's Tongue. I've always tended to ignore it and it's grown quite large, as happens with Mother-in-Law's Tongue. Especially as they age and you don't keep them under control.
Rarely gets watered, except in the wet season. So it's going through a mass flowering now. Some people bring it into their houses but I prefer it outside. I mean, to me it just seems so sensible to keep your Mother-in-Law's Tongue outside.
I happen to live near a gentleman who is one of the world's authorities on Sansevieria. He has opened my eyes to many interesting varieties of what I used to consider a dull plant.
I think I must have about a dozen different cultivars here in my yard, mostly as accent plants, but there are many, many more!
Here is a nice silver leafed variety in bloom; I'll take some more pictures soon.
As night fell the whole garden area around the Mother-in-lLaw's Tongue was again overwhelmed with fragrance. Seems to be trying to attact night flying pollinators. Never seen any fruit or seed on them.
Today I noticed a dracaena-type plant in one of the back gardens is also flowering and putting out a slightly sweeter fragrance than the Mother-in-lLaw's Tongue. It's funny, the mid winter blooms seem to be the most fragrant. Never notice this to the same extent during summer.
The tuibular ones are S. cylindrica, also becoming more popular now. They are very drought resistant by the way.
I have a small one of those.
The bird's nest types are nice in groupings and as I said, in plant arrangements since they don't really get very much bigger, they just make pups.
i always think of mother in law tongue as a house plant--i have some out for the summer but planned to bring them in for the winter--will a couple of freezes kill them?
also i had no idea they bloomed!! i don't think they do in the house
I don't know about anything else but they are very drought tolerant. We've a four month period of the dry season when there's absolutely no rain and it's hot. Mine are in the non-irrigated part of the garden in full sun most of the day, never fertilized or looked after in any way. And the patch keeps growing larger and flowers freely. I've also seen them in abandoned homesteads here growing really well. They're considered an invasive but they only move slowly and aren't considered a problem.
I just got back from my rental unit in Hanalei (Hawaii). The Mother in Laws Tongue is doing just fine. It is doing so fine it looks like it could take over the known universe. at any time. Anybody want some Mom in Laws Tongue rooted starts??????? And yes it is flowering.
I have two large pots overflowing with several different varieties but they have never bloomed. I keep mine in a greenhouse over the winter and outdoors during the summer. Is there a way to get one to bloom in a greenhouse? I live in Illinois, but own property in Fiji and I see them growing in the ground there all the time.
I've had them in the ground for years. If they get enough sun where I am, they will bloom outdoors. I'm in Daytona. Never had one bloom indoors.
The smell of Sansevieria is very potent, too strong for me to keep it near doors or windows. Whoever mentioned Dracaena blooms being stronger scented is right, IMHO. D. massangeana is so intensely fragranced I had to move it to the far edges of a quarter acre lot. For both the flowers are not all that showy. Strappy thin petals of uninteresting color. My Sansevierias only had white blooms, but Dracaena massangeana had white with a brown stripe down the narrow petal. I don't know how closely related they may be, but the flowers are similar in arrangement and pattern of growth, except the Dracaena's arched like the leaves.
Grows all over the place here, on the sides of roads. Seem to be mostly just a green with a slight pattern to the leaves. One other type has yellow borders on the leaves. A scrap of a leaf will grow roots, a root nearly cannot be killed.
The fragrance is sweet, but a little sickly sweet to me. Amazing plant!
Hmmm. Both Nautilus and I have them in pots...no or not many blooms. Illinois is cold, but I certainly can't say that about Kwaj! Rarely (VERY rarely) gets below 80. Perhaps the root systems need more area to help produce the blooms? I asked this before, but my post got lost in all the pretty pictures.
My mother kept some in a tiny pot. about four by ten inches, in her dining room window in Virginia. It just kind of sat there for years, never growing. Then outa nowhere it bloomed. Maybe thy have a mind of their own.
Shari, mine flower in the coldest part of the year. This year it happened when we had our most extreme cold and the minimum got down to 10C. Days were still in the mid to low 30C's, Being on an island you probably wouldn't get nights that cold and that might be the trigger you need.
My grandmother had a MILT growing in a large terracota pot in the living room's bay window when I was a kid. Although it was kept inside year-round, it grew and grew. She propagated it by chopping one of the long leaves into 3-inch bits in the spring and putting them into small pots she kept along the North wall outside. They rooted and a new plant would show up. She gave those to friends, neighbors and anyone who wanted them. She would give away the rooted cutting but she would keep the small 3-inch terracota pots for the following year. We was poor!
I remember that she used leftover cold strong tea once in a while to water her MILT.
i haven't had any problems with slugs or snails, but i will be sure to keep an eye out. i am one of those people who avoid to spray insecticides. i had to the other day, for my hibiscuses. they were covered in bugs, but are doing better now.
Thats wounderful I never new they bloomed too but many house plants wont bloom in a pot inside not enough of their natural habbitat indoors to bloom if we stick them outdoors for the warm time they may get infested with bugs and bring the bugs back indoors thats what im afraid of I try not to use sprays so I keep the house plants inside to claen the air inside. Very nice to see them grow naturally
wow, can u believe its a year since you started this thread, Tbreeze!! glad to hear they are flowering, mine aren't yet. but i just recently moved them to an ideal location, so hopefully next year!!
It's nice the threads have been around for along time so newbies like me can see these wounderful pictures diffrent than any book and real information from poeple that are growing them. My plant I have Im thinking about putting it out in the garden its realy tall weather here is 30+ sunny
Hap, surely, that was centigrade!
Hope youall back there on the east coast survive the predicted heat wave!
Here in so. cal, we are still waiting for summer to happen. A balmy 72F. with drizzle until 15 minutes ago. Now the sun is out at 5:45.
Isaac, I took a lot of plants from the main patch last year and planted them around other areas. They're all flowering now and have spread that knockout fragrance further around. This is one of the newer planted ones flowering, won't be long and yours will be like that.
Thank you it really likes the heat anyway along with my unbrella tree I usually keep them in my front protch it gets really hot in there but it is too big to stay inside in the summer its time to seperate my big pot so i will try these outside and wash them off really good when I bring them back in for the winter so no bugs get the free ride inside