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How To Grow Spider Plant From Cuttings: Spider Plant Care

Learn how to grow spider plant from spider babies and how to care for spider plant.

The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is a beautiful houseplant that cleans toxins from the air (benefits of indoor plants). It is one of the easiest plants to grow without any special requirement. Spider plants, also known as airplane plant, can be grown in pots or in hanging baskets.

Spider Plant Information

Spider Plant
Spider Plant

They can grow to 2 feet wide and up to 3 feet long. Spider plants produce numerous runners called as baby spider plants or plantlets or spiderette. Spider plants can live for about twenty years.

Some varieties of spider plants are Variegatum, Reverse Variegatum, Laxum Zebra, and Hawaiian spider plant.

Spider Plant Care

Lighting: Where to Place Spider Plants

  1. They can grow in low light or artificial light, prefer bright light but not full scorching direct sun. 
  2. Indoors they grow well between 12 to 26°C (55 to  80°F) with some humidity humidity.
  3. You can put spider plant in bed room or better bathroom as they love some humidity.
  4. In prolonged low light levels, your spider plant will not produce babies or pups.

Pot Size

  1. Start with a small pot.
  2. The pot should have several drainage holes in the bottom.
  3. Spider plants grow best in small pots where they remain pot-bound. Repot in the next pot size only when you seed roots coming out from the bottom drainage holes. You can also repot, if you notice that the pot has over crowded with roots and water does not go down in the pot.

Soil

Use a well-draining potting soil mixture. Use a mixture of potting soil, peat moss or cow manure or compost and river sand or perlite in equal amount. The rive sand is needed to make the mixture free-draining, while the compost or manure makes it rich in nutrition. You can add coffee grounds to the soil.

If your spider plant leaves are turning green, it means it needs some nutrition. Repot it in fresh soil or mix some manure in the soil.

Watering Spider Plant

  1. Keep the soil slightly moist, the plant will thrive with some humidity.
  2. Water once a week in Spring and summer and mist them 1-2 times a week, allow the soil to dry slightly before watering in winter, however, the plant should not be allowed to dry out completely.
  3. In dry soil, the foliage will start to discolor. Their leaves will begin to fold inward if the plant is thirsty.
  4. Over-watering will cause root rot, resulting in brown or black leaf tips or they may fully  become brown or black. Remove the brown or black leaves.
  5. Remove the water that drains from the bottom of the pot to prevent root rot. 
  6. The brown tips on the leaves indicates that the water you are giving contains salt and minerals, change to distilled water to flush them out.

Spider Plant Flowering. Spider Plant Not Producing Babies?

  1. The plant should produce flowers which turns into the babies. The plant needs lots of light and warm temperatures for flowering. In winter, the plant will stop flowering in less natural light.
  2. Keeping the plant tight in the pot may increase flowering.
  3. Plant a few babies in the same pot alongside the main plant will make the plant bushier.

Spider Plant Pruning

Not much pruning is needed for spider plants. Just sniff off the damaged leaves and diseased leaves.

Spider Plant Propagation

Propagation By Planting runners or  babies
Spider plant propagation from spider babies
Spider plant propagation from spider babies

Spider plant propagation can be done simply by planting the spiderette in a pot. You can either cut the babies and grow them. I, however, leave the babies attached to the parent plant until the new plant takes root, then separate it from the parent plant.

Propagation By Root Division

Take out the plant from its pot and gently divide the crowns and then repot them in  pots to have more spider plants.

Spider Plant Toxicity

Spider Plants as non-toxic for cats and dogs. But, the Spider Plant attracts cats in part because it is mildly hallucinogenic. But cats may play with the plant, eat its leaves and may suffer from vomiting, or diarreah and an upset stomach.

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