My Sansevieria Grew a Ton Over Summer!

americangolden(ZONE 5B)October 3, 2012

I picked up this Sansevieria last year at Home Depot. When I got it I had it in miracle grow soil indoors, and it didn't do much growing. This past summer I repotted it into Al's Gritty Mix in a new pot, and put it outdoors in sun for the summer. Instantly it started growing new shoots. I don't have a picture when I first got it, but the first picture is from the beginning of the summer. The second picture is from today. You can see all the new shoots filled up the new pot, and it looks like all of the new growth is green/white, and the old leaves are dark green. Does anyone know what variety this sans is?

Beginning of Summer


It's amazing to me how much this plant grew outside over the summer!

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It looks great! It looks like Sansevieria trifasciata. (Not the Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii' cultivar that has gold banding on the edges of the leaves).


    Bookmark   October 3, 2012 at 10:21PM
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bonsaigai(NY Zone 6)

Outstanding! What great growth! Yep, Planto, looks like trifasciata. Nice plant.

Interlaken NY Z6

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 7:32AM
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Stush2049 Pitts. PA, zone 6

Al is very knowable when it comes to air in soil and quick draining.
Welcome to our forum. You have a beautifully grown Sans. trifasciata of some kind. I have one that I have owned for +/- 40 years. It is over 4 feet tall now. I just repotted it in a very fast draining mix. I use orchid mix with perlite and gravel rock. Before I used to use potting mix with garden soil. It does make a difference. Hope you stay here and get more.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 11:17AM
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I am still a member and just wanted to check in and say hello. Norma Lewis dba

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 11:28AM
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Hi Norma,
I miss seeing your informative posts. :(


    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 1:54PM
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americangolden(ZONE 5B)

Thank you all for the kind welcomes :-). I also want to thank you for informing me the variety I have. I'd have to say putting this plant in Al's Gritty Mix made a huge difference. As soon as I repotted it in the new mix, and put it outside in the sun is when the plant really took off.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 8:46PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Well done, American!

I, too, potted my root-less Sansevieria in a gritty mix and my plant grew quite well from
the end of last Winter and up to the present. The weather is still warm here, so the plant
is outside currently.


    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 1:27PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Nice growing! I'd like some info on this Al's gritty mix, looks good!

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 11:56AM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Hi GL,

Pls. search for it here, at Cactus & Succulent Forum (C&S), Houseplant or probably Container Gardening. Al's written extensively & posted links in numerous places, it should be quite easy for you to find.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 12:18PM
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Stush2049 Pitts. PA, zone 6

I can't get all the ingredients for Al's mix, but I use Orchard mix with perlite and add some coarse stone mix to give it body. It is very fast draining and holds little to no water. It lets the roots breath in O2 and it does seem to help. I think everone here uses a simular mix that suits them.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 3:57PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Mine too! The clump I put in a 5-gallon bucket a few months ago is really cramped already. Pups that poked out of the soil this spring in several pots are over a foot tall. So cool to learn/realize how much sun these like and how much/fast they can grow if they get it. Also had almost total success propagating it and have shared this plant with a few other people.

Your plant looks identical to mine, pretty, bright new pups. It spent most of its' life (so far) in 5b, btw.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 12:12PM
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