My Sansevierias finally arrived yesterday. These are cuttings from Alan Butler's nursery near Rome. They were sent by overnight shipping, but, this being Italy and SDA being SDA (that's the postal service's package delivery company) they took five days to come, showing up rather battered and wilted, but I think they'll make it. Good thing it was Sansevierias, that can handle that kind of abuse. Anyway, the varieties are
S. sp. 'Horwood'
S. hallii ('Baseball Bat')
S. ballyi (a retry: I killed my last one)
S. trifasciata Hahnii 'Jade Dwarf Marginated'
S. dooneri Dwarf Form
The most striking at this point are S. metallica, a tall fan of three brightly leopard-spotted leaves; and S. sulcata, with three very long, narrow, curving leaves. S. ballyi I never know how to fit in a pot: in this case I put the fan with roots in the vase and weighed it down with a cobblestone, letting the other part travel out, but I'll ask Alan Butler if there isn't a better way. I potted them all in a light mixture of potting soil, sand (fine, not coarse as it should be) and puffed clay; watered them, and brought them in last night as they were still damp and the nights are getting cooler. During the day it's still getting up in the nineties, so when the sun's well up I'll take them out again with the other Sans., which are huddled up against the south wall of the house.
A week or two ago I moved my Sansevierias from shadier and more open positions to against the house. In their current position they're protected from wind and rain, get some afternoon sun, and have the house wall that radiates heat out during the nights. I'll be bringing them indoors any day, but I want them to stay outside as long as possible for the light and the heat. I'm still watering them every few days, doing it in the middle of the day so that they can dry out before temperatures drop in the evening. Overall they look good: several have made new growth over the summer and they generally look healthy, although S. aethiopica, one of the first Sans. I bought, refuses to grow. My parva forms are generally happy, growing plants, also the trifasciatas. My desires at this point are still modest: I want my plants not to die, and I want them to grow a little. So far, mostly, so good. All my varieties have a reputation for being easy to grow. And I won't buy expensive forms until I'm fairly sure I can grow them well.