show and tell over 10 year old large sansi
I would like to know how people grow large plants from seedlings or small store bought plants to maturity over many years and various conditions. lets cut off at 10 years.
it's not about what's best for the plant - unless it happens to be your main goal. it's about how it happened based on your growing limitations so to speak (unless you're lucky to have none ;)). it would be nice to see pics of plants after many years with you - the final result so to speak. and hear some stories too.
i am an indoor grower with recent (6 years) access to the balcony - so my sansis get a summer vacation ev 2year lately, but mostly it's in med light indoors, growing hard.
i have started with 1 foot plant 18 years ago and propagated from leaves and then division at repot time. so now i have 3 large plants. i grow them very hard: repot rarely, fertilize not much but some, water very little, give mod to good light.
reg potting soil, half-filled with rocks for stability, packed like sardines in a can, stolons separated only after 7-10 year growth. repot only when stolons start hanging out of the pot and have no room - absolutely none.
i want them to stay the way they are - i don't have much room to grow MORE plants, but they do tend to grow no matter what! i am sort of almost negligent and was considering chucking them, but after reading up on Chinese lore (luck and prosperity and health and the whole 9 yards of good fortune...) - i decided not to push the fates and keep them :).
the largest was grown from 1 foot store bought for around 18 years, repotted may be 3 times, last time 5 years ago into large 12" pot, 4" below rim - so it's a very shallow planting, half-rocks on top. it was in part-sun east, then south window in good light for most time, low watering. it bloomed, the pot was always full of offsets.
got big, with leaves 4'-5' bending somewhat after 10 years.. finally i got a balcony, so i cut biggest benders in half and put it out on north-east balcony for 3-4 months - no sun but very bright light, good watering. the new leaves are fat and not bending anymore. i realized that very good light is required for old huge plants. i also started watering more outside - to dripping when temps are in 85-95 range and humidity is high. . the pot is so heavy that i will probably divide it in two soon.