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GLT's Grow: Waiting On A Bloom

Forest and Kim Starr
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There's sweet anticipation in waiting for a plant to bloom, especially if it's one that has never done so before.  What's it going to look like? Or smell like?  How long do we have to wait?  The questions fly as the moments tick away, waiting...

  • Chari in Clinton recently acquired a sansevieria plant.  It's commonly known as Snake's Tongue, or, (not terribly complimentary) Mother-in-Laws's Tongue.
  • A thin stock is shooting up with buds beginning to show.  So, Chari is curious if it's going to bloom.  And if so, what's the best way to care for it.
  • Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow, said, yes, the plant is on the verge of blooming, but don't get too excited.  Sansevieria produces flowers, but they're not terribly interesting.  Murph said that whatever Chari is doing so far is just perfect, so keep it up.
    Credit Ton Rulkens
    Blooming sansevieria.
  • The plant is great for those who don't have much skill at growing things.  They need low light and require little water.  They aren't susceptible to a lot of pests.
  • This is a vertical style plant that needs to be repotted occasionally, but not in a big pot.  Ease up to a slightly bigger size each time you repot.
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