How to Grow Spider Plants

Spider plant

About Spider Plants

Spider plants make great houseplants. They readily thrive in the conditions of your home or office. They root easily and require little care. Perhaps that is why they are so popular! School teachers often use them in their curriculum, as the plants are readily propagated and easy to care for. They are the perfect starter plant for tomorrows’ avid gardeners.

Plants are best grown in containers and hanging baskets, where their shoots and tiny baby plants can hang down. However, as shown in the picture above, they look great on tables, too.

Spider Plant Propagation

Mature plants send out shoots or stalks. At the end of these stalks, tiny baby plants emerge. Remove these baby spider plants and place the roots in water. After the roots have reached an inch or more, transplant them into a container with rich, well-drained potting soil.

So, what causes the plant to produce babies? When the plant becomes root bound, it will begin to produce its cute little offspring. If you want your plant to produce babies, keep them in smaller containers.

Spider Plant Care and Maintenance

Spider plants are easy to care for. They like well-drained, rich potting soil. Make sure that the soil drains well, as they do not like wet soil. Give them a liquid fertilizer once every two to four weeks, and they will grow well.

The plants do well in low light conditions. They benefit by being placed in a sunny window once or twice a week. Don’t leave the plants near a window on cold nights, as they do not like cold temperatures.

The leaf tips of the plants will sometimes turn brown. This is often due to over-fertilizing or overwatering. Simply correct the problem and then snip off the brown leaves. Your plant will send out new replacement leaves.

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