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Spider Plant Growing Tips

January 14th, 2011

spider-plant.jpgSpider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) are common houseplants that have long, ribbon-like leaves that grow from a central stalk. The leaves are variegated, and they usually have dark green borders with a pale stripe down the middle. They are known for their characteristic method of propagation, in which they grow long stalks that contain small white flowers and “baby” plants, which resemble spiders and give the plant its common name. When removed, a small baby plant can grow into a separate, individual adult plant, which makes this species easy to grow and propagate. They are generally very hearty and resilient, comfortable in most temperatures and soil types, and a common choice for plant owning beginners.

The spider plant should be placed in a well-lit room away from direct, midday sunlight. It can be kept healthy through regular watering about once per week and occasional fertilizing about once every other month. If the tips of the leaves begin to turn yellow or brown, then the plant is either being over watered or it is becoming sensitive to the chemicals in the tap water. Owners can fix this problem by decreasing the frequency of watering, and by letting the water sit overnight before watering the plant. This will lower the amount of chemicals in the water, making it safer for the plant.

To propagate the plant, wait until the babies are about the size of the palm and have started developing small, root-like structures. Gently snip a baby off of the parent stalk and place it in a small bottle with fresh water covering its base. While continuing to replenish the water, wait until the roots are well-defined and at least one to two inches long, and then plant the baby in a small pot with regular potting soil. Alternately, the baby can stay connected to the parent stalk while being pinned to a water source to develop its roots. This method is less shocking for the plant, as it lets the baby continue to receive nutrients from the parent while slowly growing its roots. Once the baby is planted, it will grow into an adult and begin to produce its own baby spider plants.

This article on how to grow spider plants was supplied by Maya Walker from Constant Content.

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