Sansevieria - grow in glass vase with rocks?

vellen1948April 11, 2013

We went to a restaurant recently and each table had a glass vase approx.6" tall and a diameter of about 4". The glass "tube" was filled about half way with 1/2" river rocks and the Sansevieria (about 6" tall with 7 or 8 architectural leaves) was placed into it without any soil and the roots were fairly well dispersed into the rocks. The water was only about 2" deep leaving quite a few of the roots exposed to the air and were clinging to the rocks.

Is this just a method for short term display of this houseplant in the restaurant or can we do the same at home and make it grow that way?

Thanks in advance for your help. Just found this web site / forum and thrilled to be a part of it. There's so much to learn and share here.

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Stush2049 Pitts. PA, zone 6

The common Sans seem to do ok in such an environment. Temperature has to most part when over watering is involved. I bet there is a lot of maintance on these. Like the water changed out every week or so. In the long term the plants will do badly. These plants are from a hot dry areas.
Some here have multiplied their sans in water. Read about Pirart_Girl's 'Water Sans'. But this was temporary. and that they produce water roots that are not the same as soil roots. Again I found this out by reading here.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 4:37PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Hey there Stush,

Not so temporary for me, my family of Aqua Sans (As C McHarris named them) are still in only water & I believe they're all there over a year, some close to 2. Don't think I have any intention of changing them. I recently did put the larger of these into a larger netted pot.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 6:11PM
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Stush2049 Pitts. PA, zone 6

Way to go Karen. Break the rules and succeed at it. See what I mean that we are still learning here.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 1:00PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Hello again,

Here I'll tempt you all w/ peak & start another thread w/ my updates. I guess, it should be called HydroSans, but I prefer the name AquaSans, it cracks me up.

That's my hand, for scale.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 12:41AM
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Usually plants started in water have difficulty adjusting to soil. I have a Malsonia that was started in water but as soon as tiny roots were spotted I put them into fast draining soil, The mother leaf was variegate I don't believe any of the offsets (7total) will take the hint how ever. I have seen San. Eilynsis growing in water. Norma

    Bookmark   April 20, 2013 at 2:57AM
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Pirate Girl,

Are you gonna give us a little lesson on hydro growing sans, please!

Also, I tried to send you a note thru GW. I have a plant for you.

Thanks, Barb

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 12:43PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Hiya Norma,

These pants have only been grown in water, never had a speck of mix this trio. The larger one seems to have really grown lately, after being away 4 days for Hurricane Sandy, I noticed this is suddenly over a foot tall. I recently had to move it to a large netted pot.

Hi Barb,

Been too busy, work w/ accountants, tax season just passed. Still catching my breath.

'Til I write little something up here, have you seen the early pix of this plant? It's the first I posted of Sans I grew in plain water, before I ever used Leca stones.

Thanks, I IDID see your EM, just been swamped. Was it you I'm swapping the Haw limifolia, right (they're still kinds small, but we'll "talk") .

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 12:17AM
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