Braided Sans. Cylindrica

rachelthepoet(7)December 16, 2012

We saw this cute plant yesterday. I've never seen a sans cylindrica before, but thought this was neat. The 6 inch pot was $20, and it looks like 9 plants braided together. Is this kind of display usual for this plant? Would the shape be hard to maintain over time as it grows? Was this price a good deal?

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woodnative(6)

I have seen these on occasion. Not sure if the price is good or not but this form of S. cylindrica does make a nice plant. It will be difficult to maintain the brainds in the long term though. the braids that are there will stay fine.....but new growth coming from the base of those leaves will be normal S. cylindrica fans.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 7:41AM
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Stush2049(Pitts., Pa. 6)

I would love to see them do this. I know there is a trick but just can't see how they do it. I've see this on lucky bamboo which is not bamboo but still almost imposable for a home gardener to do. I can't remember who explained this. Maybe Al from houseplant forum. Any body want to guess how. I think they said they were grown in heat and darkness for several months and then braded.
Stush

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 12:46PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I keep coming by to look at this pic. It's so perfect!

    Bookmark   December 30, 2012 at 10:21AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Like now.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 11:02AM
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rachelthepoet(7)

Haha! Thanks, purple! I enjoy this pic too. I regret not buying this plant, but if it is meant to be, I'll find this sans again! Haven't been to this store since ( it is 20-30 min north of us), so I'm probably due to head up that way sometime soon :)

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 10:28PM
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Stush2049(Pitts., Pa. 6)

Just looking again myself. I bet that this is 9 stem cuttings and may or may not be rooted. There may be a band on the bottom under the soil holding them together. The soil looks wrong also. But if you like it, buy it. You only live once and it is a small price to pay for happiness. All the money I wasted on so many other things, why not some thing that will be with you for a life time w/proper care.
Stush

    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 1:26PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Stush, I agree, the fascination isn't just that it looks cool, it eludes explanation, and it's like a flower. It will be perfect for a relatively short time, until it starts making pups and/or one of the leaves passes on. Definitely cool today! Here I am again.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 3:44PM
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lme5573

While my husband shopped for tomatoes and peppers for the garden, I found this braided sans. cylindrical. It's a 4 inch pot, and almost 12 inches tall. It was pricey, and I wasn't going to get it, but my husband said he thought it was cool and he didn't care about the price. So it's sitting in the living room on the marble top table where he can see it in the evenings.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2013 at 4:20PM
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lme5573

I picked this one because it has 3 pups, and I think that when I need to repot it, I can take the pups and put them in their own pot.

Lennie in Grand Rapids, Michigan

ooooh, that husband of mine - he's a keeper, for sure!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2013 at 4:25PM
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Enterotoxigenic00

Now, I'm sure the price was worth it! It's beautiful...especially with the offsets.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2013 at 11:24PM
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Stush2049(Pitts., Pa. 6)

Well that answered my question about what the offsets would look like. I thought they may have juvenile leaves and take some time to produce those spikes. So this is what I am going to expect with mine.
Thank you.
Stush

    Bookmark   May 27, 2013 at 1:18PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

That makes me think they are unrooted leaves forming plantlets. If this is true, they will eventually rot

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 2:29PM
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Stush2049(Pitts., Pa. 6)

Teen,
Not so. See the spikes coming up from the pot. Those are from the rooted cuttings. If you leave on the leaf, the leaf will be just fine.
Stush

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 3:59PM
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lme5573

Here's an update of my sans. cylindrical.
Nothing is rotting, in fact I can see a 4th spike in my pot. But I can also see this is simply awful soil. I'd like to repot into a mix with more perlite and grit, but I wonder if I'll kill those spikes when I remove that terrible peat.

Lennie

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 10:24AM
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Stush2049(Pitts., Pa. 6)

The soil is up to you and how you water it. If you can control your watering, leave alone. It is growing great in that soil and shows no signs of distress. I lost more sans in gritty mix than in the soil they came in. It may well be coconut fiber or some other soil the nursery is using. They were successful with it so you not you? I think temp and light are the most important factors.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 2:51PM
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lme5573

Thank you, Stush! I really didn't want to dig around in this pot while I'm getting new growth.
And I totally agree with you about temperature and light being an important factor with sans. I struggled with my sans last winter, and they only improved when I moved them to a warmer room
Lennie

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 3:20PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

The spikes are what I was calling plantlets. I thought that Eventually the leaves would rot If bthey were producing babies

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 1:52PM
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Stush2049(Pitts., Pa. 6)

Nope.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 5:22PM
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nickp15

About the braided lucky "bamboos", I heard that they are laid on their side so that the new growth springs in an upward manner. Then it's a matter of rotating them every so many hours so that they keep twisting in an attempt to grow upright.

I hope my explanation made sense...

    Bookmark   January 23, 2015 at 6:19AM
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