i have two sansevaria, one varigated and one not, that i'd like to combine into one pot. i understand that these like to be pot bound and the post i've chosen is half again bigger than the two combined. is there any difference in the plant preferences between the two, as far as light or care? thanks so much.
Even if the variegated one keeps its color better with a little more light, those should still be OK conditions to grow the non-variegated one in so I wouldn't let that stop you from potting them together. It's not like the variegated one is going to want full sun while the other one wants full shade...both will tolerate a similar range of light, but in order to keep the variegation on the one, you may need to keep them on the brighter end of that acceptable range.
The myth that any plant prefers to be pot bound or grown with tight roots is perpetuated as a result of a lack of understanding of plant physiology AND the relationship between soil choice and appropriate container size. In most cases, it's based on the assumption you'll be using a heavy, water-retentive soil, and is offered in an attempt to protect the grower from self; this, because it's also assumed the grower isn't capable of making an informed decision, so someone needs to look out for said grower. If growth and plant vitality are your goals, worthy ones in my view, you're much better off to use a soil that allows you to use larger pots where you can. This is a much better strategy for grower and growee alike. ;-)
You can read this thread for a better, more complete explanation, if you have interest:
@tapla and ecrane3 - thanks to both of you, especially, and to all who replied. i'm going to repot them in very nice potting soil and put them on my porch. i think they'll look beautiful together. i'll mark this thread complete once you've had a chance to see this. btw, *is* there a way to received email alerts when someone has responded to a thread? thanks again :-)