Trifasciata Futura pups "on high"

Michaela(z6+ TN)August 13, 2012

The phenomenon shown in this picture has happened to me several times with only the Futura class of trifascitas. Rhizomes have started well above the soil line and new pups have turned upward and started growing just as if they had eminated from underground rhizomes. I stripped away some leaves to show what I'm talking about.

Just wondering if this has happened to anyone else. Since the new plants have no roots of their own they are living totally off of mommy (like some human families these days). Why does this happen - the plants I mean? Is this somehow promoted by lush growing conditions? Maybe a genetic flaw in this Futura plant? Maybe I started the mother plant to shallow? It is the Futura form of 'S. compacta.

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Stush2049 Pitts. PA, zone 6

Michael,
Yes I did see this but not to the degree your showing. My very old trifasciatas that was pot bound for many years and the plants themselves were like 30 some years old. They started sprouting thru the center like a new pup but continued upward. With the two side rhizones, that is really wild.
BTW your plant looks very good. My best guess is what are you feeding them?

    Bookmark   August 13, 2012 at 9:45PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

That's cool. It looks like it's got some aerial roots where it breaks free of the mam?

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 9:44AM
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barbmock

Michael,

Is this type of growth anything like "stacking"? I was just reading about that, and it made me think this might be something similar. Barbara

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 6:07AM
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Michaela(z6+ TN)

Barbara, I don't think this is what has been called 'stacking'. Stacking takes place on one central stem where the plant just keeps sending leaves upward. As far as I'm aware, it is only a Hahnii thing. I can copy and send a picture of a stacking Hahnii from a book if anyone desires to see stacking.

Stush, yes, I feed my plants. I use Osmocote 14-14-14 twice a year. Also, I have seen the situation you described above. If the potted plant gets too crowded, in its zeal for new life it will grow new pups attached to the stem near the soil line. A sign that repotting is definitely needed!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 9:05AM
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barbmock

I would like to see those photos. Somewhere back in the archives there was a post about a Moonshine plant that was stacking.

It will be interesting to see what your plant decides to do next. Maybe it will grow taller than usual.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 9:55AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I meant to say "mama" above instead of mam.

This is the part I was asking about. Don't know why the part I cropped got so enlarged on here though. Is that roots coming from there? Just below the dead leaves?

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 1:54PM
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Stush2049 Pitts. PA, zone 6

yep, sure looks like it.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 3:04PM
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Michaela(z6+ TN)

Bmock,
Here is a picture of a Sansevieria that has stacked growth. It is from Juan Chahinian's book, "The Sansevieria trifasciata Varieties", 1986.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2012 at 3:26PM
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barbmock

Mike, That is a beautiful photo. I wonder if your plant will continue growing leaves in the center. I can see the pups on the stacker are growing from underground while yours are in mid-air. Maybe it's a mutation?

Is the Chahinian book hard to find these days?

    Bookmark   August 19, 2012 at 3:45PM
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Stush2049 Pitts. PA, zone 6

Chahinian's book is out of print and is sold thru Amazon.com for a lot of money. Too pricy for me.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2012 at 2:54PM
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bonsaigai(NY Zone 6)

The trifasciata book is very expensive. I found the Splendid Sans book for $38 plus shipping at Stoke's Tropicals. The first is crazy expensive.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2012 at 3:10PM
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barbmock

Micheala,

Just curious, what's happening with these airborne pups? Did you cut them and plant in the soil or are they still hanging in mid air? Barb

    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 5:23PM
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Michaela(z6+ TN)

I potted them up and mulched their mother :-)

    Bookmark   October 28, 2012 at 10:16PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

When you get a minute, would love to see new pics!!

    Bookmark   November 1, 2012 at 10:29AM
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