Spider Plants

The spider plant is a classic houseplant. It is very easy to care for, looks beautiful, and has babies that create lovely, trailing vines. Spider plants are very hardy plants. They can tolerate a wide range of light, although they prefer bright, indirect light. Spider plants are resilient, and can survive infrequent waterings. Despite occasional neglect, spider plants tend to bounce back quickly with proper care. These things make the spider plant the perfect houseplant, especially for someone new to plant care.

A healthy, happy, and mature spider plant will flower and sprout off babies. These baby spider plants create vines that trail off of the plant. Spider plant babies can be also be propagated to grow into separate plants. To propagate, just snip the baby off from the stem. It’s important to wait until the baby has an established root system. Spider plant babies begin to root right from the base of the plant, making propagation easy.

After selecting and snipping off the baby plantlet, it can either be transferred directly into soil or propagated in water. I prefer to use the water method, because the scientist in me likes to watch the rooting process in action. For my plantlets, I use a wine glass which I fill with water and cover with plastic wrap to create a greenhouse effect. I then poke a hole in the center of the plastic wrap, and nestle the spider plant baby through the hole, making sure the root base makes contact with the water. For two weeks, I watch the roots slowly take form, until they seem sufficient and ready to be transplanted into soil.

Not only are spider plants lovely houseplants, but they are the gift that keeps on giving, if you learn how to propagate them. Embrace your inner green thumb, and try your hand at growing and propagating this hardy houseplant.

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