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Dracaena 'Marginata bi-color' as a riparium plant?

I bought this plant and an aluminum plant (sold to me as Pilea 'Pan am') today and I am wondering if they would make good riparium plants:

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Would they make good riparium plants?


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The dracaena will work short term, but in the end failed for me.

I think you will find for your size tank, you will either want bushier plants or thinner leaves. The cyperus plants are my favorite rip plant.

Getting a riparium "right" can be tricky, but when you do... you'll love it.
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Cool, I was just wondering because I found those plants for 2.75 at walmart. I already have a petco dracaena in my tank, it isn't really in a riparium right now, just really REALLY moist soil with a cover over the tank with a bunch of stems+glosso growing emersed.


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The Pilea will be a great riparium plant, but dracaena have given mixed results for me, and from what I have read here, for others. I keep thinking that there is some combination of fertilizing, the right water depth, and lighting that would make dracaena all do well. I didn't find it though.

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Well....it isn't "in" water (roots underwater), just the soil is super duper wet with no drainage, I will test it and see, if not...oh well...


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Well....it isn't "in" water (roots underwater), just the soil is super duper wet with no drainage, I will test it and see, if not...oh well...
Hi, just my own experience:

Dracaena does not like to sit in wet soil. I have a dracaena which is almost 3 meters tall. I water it perhaps once a week. The soil is never wet. The plant is thriving and bringing new shoots.

Of course, I've seen the pictures of dracaena used in ripariums. It may survive for a while. But in these showcase ripariums, it seems plants are constantly rotated in and out. I don't see how this plant would work in a permanent set up.

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Mine is in a pot that is 2/3 submerged.

I think it is barely surviving. Its been a month and I have pulled out 4-5 dead leaves. I do not see any new growth.
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The Pilea will do great as a rip plant, but I'm not so sure about the Dracaena. I keep mine on the dry side (as houseplants) and they do great that way. Dracaenas are naturally from drier African areas, so wet bog conditions probably aren't the best thing for them.

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Really? I did not know that...What about the "lucky bamboo" that pretty much needs to have its roots submersed? Anyway, I will try it, each system is different, if it starts to die I will pull it out.


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Hi, just my own experience:

Dracaena does not like to sit in wet soil. I have a dracaena which is almost 3 meters tall. I water it perhaps once a week. The soil is never wet. The plant is thriving and bringing new shoots.

Of course, I've seen the pictures of dracaena used in ripariums. It may survive for a while. But in these showcase ripariums, it seems plants are constantly rotated in and out. I don't see how this plant would work in a permanent set up.

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There are no permanent riparium setups! If you are successful, the plants soon outgrow the setting and have to be pruned heavily or replaced. And, obviously, if you aren't successful, you replant often. I have only a very few plants that lasted a whole year. Almost all of them had to be replaced in less than 6 months. Viewed with that perspective, a Dracaena might possibly make it in a riparium. Plants that naturally like wet soil have a far better chance though.

I have an African Violet, Saintpaulia, in my riparium, doing great for over a year, but never blooming. It grows new large leaves often, and looks great. But, that plant is reputed to absolutely require not having constantly wet roots.

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