My wife is apparently planning to expand our apartment garden with Dracaena trifasciata. Right now it is standing in a bit of water (to get some roots I guess).

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It is however unfortunately more lying than standing because of me, the cat, the window etc.

My question: is it possible to directly plant it in soil without waiting for the small roots to sprout? note

This is how the bottom part looks today

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note This should considerably improve its chances of making it to Christmas. I do no want to ask my wife because she is not around and I will take the opportunity of her stay with friends to plant it and call it a day (and assume the consequences, but with competent information in this post. This means that it will be your fault)


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  1. I grow variations of the snake plant, calling them all Sansevaria. They all reliably root directly in soil (99%). Sansevaria Moonshine has greyish green leaves under a foot high (good for the office):

    Sansevaria Moonshine

  2. As they grow at the foot of rainforests I've visited, a moist and fertile medium is called for.

  3. Troopers, they will bloom if you give them a South window - honeysuckle scent. But they also will live if not thrive in a closet, watered once a month, no exaggeration. I let them dry between waterings to stimulate the plant's need to root.

  4. When friends say they have a black thumb, they get a snake plant and find it's getting greener.

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