Jewel TuckerComment

Spider Plant

Jewel TuckerComment
Spider Plant

Chlorophytum comosum

 
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Spider Plant Care


Spider plants are a personal favorite of mine. They are easy to care for, easy to propagate and look good hanging out with their little spider babies, called ‘Spiderettes’, dangling around them.

I attribute the start of plant obsession to a friend friend who gifted me some baby spiders, pretty soon I was propagating my own to share with friends.

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Spider plants are a plant that doesn’t mind being root-bound and in-fact if you’d like your plant to produce more Spiderettes they will do so once the pot gets a little tighter.

When the plant feels its resources are running out it will prepare the next generation, sending out mini versions of itself.

You may choose to propagate the baby spiders or leave them as one big happy family, as I’ve done with mind shown here.

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Water

Let the soil dry between watering and give them a good soaking when the soil is moderately dry. Be sure to provide good drainage so it’s not standing in water - the fastest way to cause root rot.

If you ever un-potted a Spider Plant you’ll see their juicy translucent white roots. These roots protect the plant from drought by storing water making it a plant that is tolerant of forgetful waterers.

Light

Spider Plant’s will thrive in bright indirect light and prefer cooler temperatures so beware of placing them too close to a hot window.

Partial shade can also work and will prevent the plant from getting scorched by the sun.

Good to Know

Spider plants are fantastic indoor air purifiers and are known to reduce toxins in the air such as benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide

Spiderettes can easily be propagated - just gently remove them from the stem and place directly in moist soil or in a glass of water for rooting.

Spider plants come in solid green and variegated varieties with white stripes.

This plant is non-toxic and is safe for people and pets

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