Grow Chlorophytum comosum (Spider Plant) to purify the air!

Chlorophytum comosum (Spider Plant) –

A young potted Chlorophytum comosum 'Vittatum' (Variegated Spider Plant) at our main door, shot Dec 11, 2007 Tiny starry flowers (1.5cm) of Chlorophytum Comosum 'Vittatum' (Variegated Spider Plant, Air Plant) in our garden

Plant Profile, Culture and Propagation :

  • Botanical Name: Chlorophytum comosum
  • Common Name: Spider Plant, Variegated Spider Plant, Ribbon Plant, Airplane Plant.
  • Family name: Asparagaceae
  • Plant type: An evergreen herbaceous perennial, native to South Africa.
  • Light: Bright light or partial shade; Can tolerate direct morning sunlight, but avoid direct midday/afternoon sunlight that can scorch its leaves.
  • Moisture: Performs well with regular watering and do allow soil to dry out between waterings. It can tolerate dry or humid conditions.
  • Soil: Well-drained loamy soil though adaptable to any kind of garden or potting soil.
  • Propagation: Baby Spider Plants or Plantlets of Chlorophytum comosum 'Streaker' in our garden, February 2007Easily propagated by dividing its root and stem mass. Or the better and easier alternative is by removing the baby plantlets growing along the elongated stolons and planting them individually in pots or on ground or in water.
    Moreover, Spider Plants love to be pot bound and by not disturbing the main root mass, they will produce more plantlets to reward you. And, if the parent plant is planted on ground, the baby plantlets that it produces take root easily wherever they touch the ground.
    Chlorophytum can also be propagated from seeds, though rarely done.
    (Update: Scroll down the page to Jacqueline’s and David’s comments dated February 7 & 24, 2009 to find out how-to.)
  • Features: Our front yard garden with hanging pots of Chlorophytum comosum (Variegated Spider Plant) amongst others, shot Oct 20, 2006Chlorophytum comosum is a fast growing, evergreen clump-forming plant reaching 1-1.5 ft tall with a spread of 2 feet, popularly grown for its attractive foliage. Its grass-like recurving leaves that grow from a central rosette are long, slender and tapering, measuring 20-40 cm (8-15 in) long and less than 2 cm broad.
    The species, Chlorophytum comosum, has medium to dark-green satiny leaves, but most cultivars are variegated. Variegated leaves come in various shades of green bands with a white or yellow center stripe or vice versa. As it matures, it produces gracefully arching stolons that can be 1-3 ft long, and adorned with small white starry flowers (less than 1.5cm across). At the flowering nodes, baby plantlets are formed, resembling its miniature self, though more spider-like with their cluster of curled leaves and air roots. Hence, aptly known by their common names ‘Spider Plant’ or ‘Airplane Plant’. It has fleshy tuberous roots that store reserve food.
  • Usage: Spider Plants make excellent house plants or indoor plants as they are not only such easy-growing plants but have beneficial properties in cleansing the air of pollutants, especially formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. As it tolerates artificial lighting very well and has air purifying abilities, it’s most ideal in office environment where electronic pollutants are emitted. Chlorophytum is perfectly showy in hanging baskets, whether indoors or outside, as well as an ideal groundcover in garden beds or borders. Excellent too for container gardening or planter boxes, placed at balconies, window sills or raised on a pedestal.
  • Care: Requires bright light or filtered sunlight for best growth and vibrant leaf colors. Never locate Spider Plants in full sun that will scorch their foliage. Remove yellow or dried leaves to keep it tidy. Be aware that too little water, too low humidity, too much salts and excess fluorides in the water can cause leaf tips to turn brown. Mist leaves occasionally and preferably water them with rain water or aquarium water. Fertilize sparingly as excess nutrients can retard its ability to produce more plantlets. Plants are susceptible to root rot if waterlogged, otherwise they are least bothered by pests and diseases!
  • For temperate zones: Hardiness – USDA Zone 8-11. More information here.

There are many cultivars of Chlorophytum comosum, but the most widely grown are the variegated cultivars ‘Vittatum’ and ‘Variegatum’. Listed below are some known cultivars:

  1. Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ (White Spider) – has medium to dark green broad leaves with white stripes on the leaf margins. It is the commonest of the white margined cultivars. It is vigorous, producing large clumps very quickly but sends out far less stalks of flowers/plantlets than other cultivars. Flowering stem is green. It is a smaller cultivar than ‘Vittatum’.
  2. Chlorophytum comosum ‘Vittatum’ (Variegated Spider Plant) – has long recurved medium green leaves with a broad central white stripe. This is the most commonly grown spider plant as a houseplant. Fast growing with long cascading foliage and yellow flowering stalks. Perfect for hanging baskets.
  3. Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie’ (Curly Spider Plant) – has the traditional green with white stripe variegation of the ‘Vittatum’ but with uniquely attractive leaves that curl and swirl. It is characterized by its rounded and compact plant habit. Flowering stalks are yellow and plantlets are as curly or curlier than the parent. Read somewhere that the amount of curl in the leaves is strongly dependant on the growing conditions. A slightly neglected or stressed plant will produce a curlier result than a well-nourished plant that will have straighter leaves. Hmm…this makes me wonder whether our Spider Plants that we thought were ‘Bonnie’ are actually ‘Vittatum’? ;-)
  4. Chlorophytum comosum ‘Streaker’ (Striped Airplane Plant) – unlike ‘Vittatum’, has deep green leaves with a single very bright narrow ivory stripe down the center.
  5. Chlorophytum comosum ‘Mandaianum’ (Yellow Spider/Golden Ribbon Plant) – is a dwarf Spider Plant with short leaves of 10-15 cm (4-6 ins) long, dark green with either a central white/yellow stripe or yellow margins.
  6. More Chlorophytum seen here with images!

Here’s an educative link on spider plants to browse where Ron Smith, Horticulturist of NDSU Extension Service provides answers to various questions on them.

Chlorophytum Comosum (Variegated Spider Plant) and others in our garden, captured Jan 9, 2008Spider Plants are such common and popular houseplant. We just love these easy-growing and easy-care plants! Brightening our garden are two cultivars of Chlorophytum comosum – ‘Vittatum’ (definitely not ‘Bonnie’ as was mistaken earlier) and ‘Streaker’.

The best thing is they are so easily propagated from the abundant baby spiders (plantlets) readily produced by the parent plant – sort of buy one and get countless for free, isn’t that awesome? :D And even better is their ability to purify and freshen the air inside and around our home! Thus, it’s inevitable that we grow so many plants, usually in hanging pots practically everywhere. Moreover, Spider Plants are so beautiful, especially in hanging pots/baskets with their gracefully cascading foliage, and together with their arching wiry yellow stalks of tiny flowers and lovely baby spiders that ‘float’ around, they create a marvelous fountain effect!

Besides these beauties, we grow Chlorophytum laxum ‘Bichetti’, another lovely species of the genus, Chlorophytum. Beautiful in its own sweetness even though it does not produce arching stolons with dancing baby spiders!

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52 Responses to “Grow Chlorophytum comosum (Spider Plant) to purify the air!”

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  2. Tonia Says:

    Hi,

    I have recently bought a Chlorophytum Comosum ‘bonnie’. I think it’s absolutely beautiful. I have only had it maybe 2 weeks and in that time have given it one good watering and a couple of light waters.

    About a week ago it started losing leaves by way of the leaf rotting near it’s base. So I have been pulling them off as they start to go brown. I have removed maybe a dozen leaves in this way??? The plant seems to be healthy otherwise. It is in a brightly lit position… gets some morning sun but not direct sunlight all day and it’s produced 3 of the off-shoot things already since I brought it home.

    All the websites I have looked at mention the leaf tips going brown… none have said anything about the base of the leaf??? I live in Brisbane Australia. Temperatures have reached about 30degrees celcius in the last few weeks but I am I know it should be able to tolerate that.

    Does anyone have any ideas what’s going on with my plant????

    Thanks!
    Tonia

  3. Jacqueline Says:

    Hi Tonia!
    I’ve experienced this condition a few times with my spider plants, especially with newly propagated plantlets during wet rainy seasons. I think they dislike wet feet which can lead to rotting at the crown. Such times, I will just relocate them under covered porch, remove the rotted leaves as you did, loosen the soil to reduce dampness and water again only when top soil is dry. Sometimes, I may even change the potting soil altogether just to rule out any disease.
    Since your plant seemed to be healthy otherwise and are producing plantlets, there is nothing to worry…probably it is just adjusting to its new environment.

  4. patricia Says:

    If potting plantlet do I need to use a rooting hormon of any kind or not?

  5. Jacqueline Says:

    Hi Patricia,
    You need not use rooting hormone at all for potting plantlets. Just be sure that the plantlet has grown a clump of aerial roots at its base before separating it from the parent plant so that it can grow successfully on its own.

  6. Kimberly Ann Says:

    Hello again,

    We’ve updated our Spider Plant Campaign to make the information more comprehensive, and we couldn’t do it without your wealth of information. Thanks for compiling the best resource on spider plants on the world-wide-web!

    Smiles,
    Kimberly

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  7. Jacqueline Says:

    Hi Kimberly!
    Thanks for the big smile you’ve put on my face with your kind compliment. :D
    All the best and keep up the fantastic job!

  8. Hortense Noble Says:

    Thank you so very much for this wealth of information, on a plant that I only identified a few minutes ago, thanks to your detailed website.
    I live in New York City and am blessed to have a rooftop terrace. Each year the many variety of birds leave a present for me as I grow sunflowers for them..So I was not surprised that last year two interesting blades of grass sprang up in one of my pots. When it started to grow I transplanted it to it’s own container, but it ramained dormant while outside for quite a while only growing to about 4 inches tall.
    The blades are all dark very long and slender and I liked it very much, so I moved it indoors to a sunny window in December. All of a sudden it started to grow, and seemd to love the cold. To my delightful surprise, long tendons sprouted and started blooming since two weeks ago with more coming out every day and it is happy as a lark and so am I.
    Quite fascinated, today I pulled out all my garden bookes trying to find out what it was and the only thing that looked remotely similar was the yellow spider plant. Since the leaves were the same I googled Chlorophytum and voila, there you were.
    I wish I could send you pictures as it is really very beautiful. Many long spikes all flowering at once in the middle of winter that I have to insert supports. The flowers only last a day. Yes, I do water instinctively every day and it seems to thrive on that, with diluted soluble fertilizer. But it loves being by a cold window which I find most interesting.
    So once again I thank you.
    Hortense

  9. Jacqueline Says:

    You’re most welcome, Hortense! Thanks so much for your lovely feedback. It’s wonderful to know that our labor of love in sharing whatever information in this site has not gone to waste but has instead been useful for the global community. :D
    Gardening with tlc is so rewarding, don’t you think so? I’m so happy for you…and a little envious too! ;) You have so many flowering spikes and I’ve never got more than one per pot so far! :(
    We’d love to see an image of your beautiful flowering plant. If you have uploaded your photo online (e.g at Flickr.com or elsewhere), I think it is possible to paste it here for all of us to enjoy.
    Cheers!

  10. Kim Says:

    how do you start a spider plant i hear its easy but no detailed info on how to do it in laymens terms. I have a striped airplain plant. got several spikes w/ floers plus several spikes w/ little plants on it . I’ve had it for 3yrs very big and beautiful.

  11. Jacqueline Says:

    Hi Kim! Yes, propagating new spider plants is easy and simple.
    Well, those little plants (or plantlets or babies) on the spikes (or stolons) are the ones that are used for propagating new plants. One method is to separate these plantlets from the stolon with a sharp knife or pruning scissor. (Preferably snip them when each baby has already developed a clump of tiny roots at its base while attached on the stolon produced by the parent plant, but it is okay even when there aren’t visible roots yet). Then plant each individually or a few together in a pot filled with fast-draining potting medium, keeping it moist but not soggy and locate them at a bright filtered place but away from direct sun. With regular watering and care, these plantlets should flourish.
    Another method is to allow the plantlet to root in a glass of water before potting them in soil.
    Yet another way of propagating is to allow the plantlet to root while it is still attached to the parent plant on the stolon. To do this, place a pot of potting soil next to the parent plant and pin down the plantlet with a bent paper clip onto the soil surface. With regular watering, the plantlet should root in about 2 weeks and it can then be severed from the parent plant.
    Hope this helps. Wish you success and happy gardening. :)

  12. David Leverton Says:

    Hi Kim

    If you’re still trying methods of starting baby spider plants, I’ve long since found a great method that’s incredibly easy.

    You can get the prettiest little plants by taking the plantlets when they have been growing on the parent’s shoot for a couple of months or so; they will be about 4-6 inches from their base to the tip of the longest leaf – in other words when the average leaves are about the length of your fingers! Generally by this point you can detect a little clump of proto-roots (only a few millimetres long) growing in the air at the base, but I find that even if you can’t they’re so eager to root that you can go ahead and snip the plantlets off the parental shoot anyway. An ordinary pair of kitchen scissors works just fine, just cut the baby off the shoot right next to its base.

    Take as many as you want in this way – and now comes the long and complicated process of propagation:

    Step 1 – Fill an empty (clean!) yoghurt pot or similar small container with water.
    Step 2 – Plop one, three, six, or however many plantlets you like up to about a dozen into the yoghurt pot – more is in some ways easier as they’ll support each other upright in the water rather than floating at odd angles.
    Step 3 – Place pot on a bright windowsill – the babies will grow most vigorously in full sun, but I also have some on my bedroom windowsill on the shady side of the house and they’re doing just fine there too.
    Step 4 – Leave for a couple of weeks. Top up the water every few days when it gets low. Spider plants are tremendously accommodating even from a young age though, and if you go away for a week or forget or whatever, you’ll find that even if the pot dries out altogether for a couple of days they’ll be quite all right provided you top them up again soonish.

    Difficult, huh?

    They’ll all root like nobody’s business, visibly in only a couple of days (it’s particularly satisfying if you use a clear pot so you can see in) and in two or three weeks you’ll find the pot soon becomes a mass of roots coiling round. Untangle the individual babies carefully and pot them up into little flowerpots, where they should continue growing very happily.

    I’ve propagated spider plants on and off like this for years: by now I must be using something like the sixth or seventh generation of plants my family’s had that all go back to one my parents bought in the mid-1970s before I was born!! So you can look forward to decades of endless, essentially free plants with this :)

    Just for interest, I’ll mention the slightly exciting alternative I discovered recently by accident. I quite often leave the babies in water for a couple of months or more, simply because they appear to grow perfectly successfully like that more or less indefinitely without ever coming near anything like soil, and recently I decided to leave a particular pot longer than strictly necessary because I wanted the leaves to grow a bit longer before I potted the babies up – having initially separated them from their parent a touch prematurely due to my keenness to get them rooting! Anyway, when I finally got around to potting them up, I found that the roots had grown together in such a pot-filling mass the individual plants – about 10 – were pretty much inseparable, so I had the brainwave of simply plonking the entire lot into a pot as if they were one plant, which gave an instant super-bushy clump of spider plant.

    I was so taken by this effect that I’ve started repeating it routinely in the last few months; I’ve taken to putting seven or eight plantlets in each pot of water then letting them root together and planting them up as a single entwined mini-jungle – I’ve got about five pots planted in this way now with a couple more yoghurt pot nurseries underway on the windowsill. I’ve already had to repot the original batch, so densely had they/it grown. It’ll be interesting to see how this treatment fares after, say, a year – will there be enough room for all to thrive? Amazingly though, one batch became so ‘pot-bound’ within its yoghurt pot in only a few weeks that one individual in there sent out a shoot with babies of its own without ever having even touched soil!

    Happy growing whichever version you use – good luck!

    Dave :)

  13. Jacqueline Says:

    Thank you so much, David for your generosity in sharing your expertise. You’ve given such an interesting detailed account of propagating them in water that even though I’ve never done that way, I’m tempted to experiment! :D

  14. David Leverton Says:

    Oh, do try it Jacqueline, it’s preposterously easy, you can hardly fail… Thank-you for the compliments, though I think “expertise” is stretching it a little when it’s such a simple process essentially! My current ‘nursery pots’ of water have been on the go since, respectively, before Christmas (mid-December) and just under 5 weeks ago, and I’m just leaving them this long to see if they send out any baby shoots of their own like that odd one I mentioned.

    I didn’t plan to write so much, but thought I’d add the latter part as I’d be interested to hear if anyone else tries the multiple-planting method. It would be nice to see if there’s any long-term success with potting them up in clumps like I have. Certainly the first batch from probably 7/8 months ago have done well and finally got repotted last week, and the ones from the months since are all doing very well.

    I look forward to hearing what comes of your experiments!! :)

  15. Jacqueline Says:

    I’ll definitely try it, David! You’ve made it so simple to follow! :)

  16. Peggy Moore Says:

    I have become a pro with my spider plants, yet want to plant them around my garden pond. We live in zone 7b but many recommend plants for zone 6. How well will the spiders do in this planting region…outside for the winter? Summers are perfect for spiders…just wanted to plant them outside around my water garden. They are so very beautiful and would be perfect for the edging.

  17. Mat Says:

    I have had my spider plant for 2 summers now. I was wondering how often I need to repot. I have also wondered about fertilizing. Can you help?

  18. Jacqueline Says:

    Hi Mat! Spider plants love to be pot bound, but you can repot them when they are extremely overcrowded and being pushed out of the pot by the roots. Best to repot them during the fall. Feeding with a balanced liquid fertilizer fortnightly is recommended only during active growth.
    Do browse this Q&A link on spider plants for more in-depth info.

  19. Mat Says:

    Thanks Jacqueline. I was thinking of putting some of my plantlets in the ground outdoors. How far north will they not return after the spring thaw?

  20. Jacqueline Says:

    Hi Mat! Hope someone out there (gardeners in temperate regions) reading your enquiry will be able to guide you. Sorry, we’re unable to help here as we’re in tropical Malaysia, without the 4 seasons. The other alternative is to follow the Q&A link I’ve suggested earlier, you may find useful information there. All the best to you!

  21. Nicole Says:

    Is there anyone that could send me a baby Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie’.I have been looking all over for one in my city and no one has any.
    Thanks

  22. melanie Says:

    Hello reader,

    im melanie and i skipped 2 grades therefore i am in 7th grade. Im doing a project on thuis plant but i really dont now how to take care of it i have 3 of them and they do cost money so i was hoping that maybe you can give me a few pointers or tips

    ps.i need these tips to work because this class project is due in 2 weeks thanks

    ,Plant project MEL

  23. Jacqueline Says:

    Hi melanie! Care tips, etc. are already incorporated in the article above to guide you.

  24. sam barker Says:

    Hi, I was wondering if you have seen the purple ones that are variegated. I have one at my dad’s and it says on the tag that its a “moses in the cradle” but it looks like a spiderplant. I think it looks related to a “setcreasea. What do you think. Thanx -Sam

  25. Jacqueline Says:

    Hi Sam,
    Think you’re refering to the variegated Tradescanta spathacea, aka Moses in the cradle. Check our article on this plant here.

  26. Nicole Says:

    I will give this a shot….and ask you if there is anyway that you have a baby plants of the Chlorophytum comosum ‘Mandaianum’.I am looking for this plant and can’t seem to find it. If you don’t have one is there somewhere you know where I can get one.
    Thanks:)

  27. Kelly Says:

    Hi my name is Kelly. I’m new to spider plants, well actually, plants in general! I was looking up air purify plant on the net & found the spider plant! Needless to say I ran to walmart & bought one about 2-3 wks ago! 

    When I brought it home I was going to re-pot it! It had 3 separate spider plants so I separated them & put each in a hanging basket!

    I have been doing my best to care for them but the are getting brown spots on leaves! I changed them to free draining baskets & cut off brown leaves at a point for looks!

    I’m not sure if I’m doing the right things!

    BUT MY MAJOR QUESTION IS!:
    how to grow/plant the babies on the shoots???
    I have searched the web & could not find any details as to how to know when they are ready to be planted? How BIG do they need to be? Where is the root? All I see is this white bulb like thing at the base where it’s leaves come from! I don’t know if that’s what I plant or do I leave some of the shooter thing attached to it? I have tried 3 babies & all have died!

    So I put a couple in the dirt w mother plant still attached to runner. They are still alive & growing but u still don’t see any roots??? Oh & a couple days ago I tried the last of the larger babies in some water! I took a clear shot glass & put it in the pot and put the baby in it still attached to mother hoping to see some roots?!!

    I’m sorry I wrote sooooo much! If any1 could please explain how big the babies need to be & how will I know if they are ready to be planted? And where is the root on the baby? Is it the white bulb like thing at the base of the leaves???? 
    Thanks so much ;-)

  28. Jacqueline Says:

    Hi Kelly,
    You can easily find answers to your enquiries on propagating spider plants by scrolling above to comments from me and David Leverton, dated Feb 7 & 24 2009 to guide you. David had indicated well the estimate size of the plantlets, ideal for planting. FYI, the tiny whitish roots are at the base of the plantlets, as illustrated in our image under the sub-item ‘Propagation’ above.
    Hope this helps.

  29. christopher Says:

    Hello my name is christopher i bought a baby spider plant about 3 months ago from petsmart it was really small and it was still in a little cup with water. I let it sit in water for about 2 weeks until i saw roots. I then potted the plant and did regular watterings for a month. Then i bought this stuff called hormex it stimulates growth with vitamins and hormones i also bought miracle grow just the poor and feed stuff. My plant got bigger quick and caused me to repot it again. After the second repotting it shot out a rod with 10 babys on it and now its shooting out another one! Sorry i wrote so much but i need you to know everything i have done. I have a question… if i never cut the babys is that healthy for the plants? I want it to be bushy and hang low. Thankyou and your website has help me A LOT i very happy you have made a site with all your expertise.

  30. Jacqueline Says:

    Hi Christopher! Thanks for your kind comments, we’re glad to know you’ve found our website helpful. Not to worry, your delightful gardening story isn’t that long, and we got to learn about ‘hormex’ first-hand from you….isn’t that wonderful, in sharing you’re imparting info to others too!
    Go ahead, leave the ‘baby spiders’ as they are for that lovely cascading effect if you wish. You may need to mist the leaves occasionally though, to prevent browning of leaves during hot and dry periods.

  31. christopher Says:

    Thank you Jaqueline! After my family saw how much its growing nearly everyone is asking me for a baby haha so i might have to wait on the cascading affect. I think i read above that there isnt much information on the seeds but i did read that you can plant the dried flowers and a baby or babies should grow so i am experimenting with that now. I planted a flower that is closed in a new small pot with new soft soil. I will make sure to let you all know if it works out. I really hope it does!!

  32. Jacqueline Says:

    All the best to you, Christopher!

  33. Elizabeth Uslu Says:

    Hello, I have a non varigated spider plant. It grows very fast and germinated a very very long stolon. The stolon is so long that it touches my floor. I do not have any place to hang it . Can I cut the stolon and root it?

    Many thanks for your advice!

    Elizabeth

  34. Jacqueline Says:

    Hi Elizabeth! Of course, you can. Please refer to my comment dated Feb. 7, 2009 or the one dated Feb 24 2009 by David Leverton to know how-to propagate new plants.

  35. Lillian Says:

    I’ve found spider plants very forgiving. You can go away for a long time — I’ve done 7 weeks at a stretch — and they’ll only go a bit droopy and yellow rather than die on you. Give them water, and they’ll recover really quickly. They’re also really easy to grow, as you can just stick the babies in a jar of water if you don’t have any soil — they’ll just grow spindly, that’s all, but you can still have a pot of them to soak up your pollution. I’ve been giving away the babies as I’ve been selling their pollution-hungry properties to everyone who cares to listen. One year, I had two different types (the all-green type, and the variegated type), and absent-mindedly put the babies from both into a jar of water for rooting. The roots intertwined, and I didn’t want to separate them when it came to potting them in soil, in case I broke them, so I ended up with a pot of spider plant that had a mixture of all-green and variegated leaves. A pretty and unusual result!

  36. Jacqueline Says:

    Plants love to spring surprises that often amaze us! Thanks for sharing your experiences with spider plants, Lillian!

  37. Hippie loverer Says:

    Does anyone know how to start it from a seed? I read somewhere that the flowers that come off are actually seeds and that you wait till their black then you strip the white part and put it in soil.

  38. lawrence Says:

    jacqueline can more baby spiders grow of the same stolon i cut the first baby spiders off because it has started to grow more leaves on the stolon now

  39. Jacqueline Says:

    Yes, Lawrence! More baby spiders can sprout along the same stolon.
    I’ve observed that typically small clumps will appear tightly at intervals along the stolon (refer to image above at sub-heading ‘Propagation’). But at the nursery today, I was surprised to observe a new variety of Spider Plants with broader leaves that have branched stolons with clumps at terminal ends. Simply captivating with countless baby spiders and bought a pot pronto for just RM10! :)

  40. lawrence Says:

    thankyou for the information i shall call if anything happens

  41. lawrence Says:

    hi jacqueline i just thought i would call and say the stolon i got my baby spider of has groen a bit more leaves now and i am getting more babys growing on it now lawrence

  42. Jacqueline Says:

    Congrats and happy gardening!

  43. lawrence Says:

    jacqueline im having problems with my baby spider all my leaves are going brown i have no sign of roots should i cut it shorter and put the nodules under water to get roots out

  44. Jacqueline Says:

    So sorry to read the condition of your baby spider, Lawrence. There’s no need to shorten it, just remove the brown leaves and place the plantlet in water for rooting.
    Do scroll above to comments from me and David Leverton, dated Feb 7 & 24 2009 to guide you for future propagation. I find it ideal if roots have emerged from the baby spiders before severing them from the parent plant but David had found much success with babies without roots too.
    Hope this helps.

  45. lawrence Says:

    how many stolons grow on one spider plant

  46. lawrence Says:

    at one time when the first one appears

  47. Jacqueline Says:

    Sorry, Lawrence! I’m not sure as I’ve never monitored their progress that closely.

  48. Juniper Says:

    hi,
    im very fustrated why are the bonnie curly spider plants not available? anywhere i dont usually fall in love with a plant but darnit i want it!

  49. Laura Says:

    I love my spider plants. I was given a pot that contained 3 over a year and a half ago. They were very unhappy plants when I got them. Mostly dead leaves. Now they are thriving.
    Not sure what variety they are, lighter at the base and a nice dark green on the leaves. White flowers.
    I didn’t even know about their air purifying properties! But they do add such nice energy to my room. I love them, just don’t know what to do with all the baby spider plants!

  50. Jacqueline Says:

    Hi Laura,
    If you have too many baby spider plants, why not share them with your neighbours and friends… I’m sure they’ll be delighted to get them free of charge! ;-)

  51. Jenn Says:

    I know this is many yrs old but I just wanted to tell u that even though this is many yrs old, it keeps on helping ppl that’s looking for information on their Spiders. I had to share about my plant. I got it from Lowes around 6 months ago and it was in a pretty rough shape at the time. So I brought it home and trimmed it up, replanted it and hoped for the best!

    Now my spider plant has 9 shoots with babies!! Two of the first shoots have very well developed babies with the little node type things on the base. And they’re very well ready imo. My fiancé doesn’t want me to take them off because loving the cascading look. But I’m determined to get a few plants started, I’ll leave the rest for him but I’m taking a few lol.

    I just have one question, can u cut one or two babies off the shoot and leave the others on that shoot to stay with the mother plant? Or do u have to take the whole shoot once u start? That’s my only question and I truly apologize if u have answered this question somewhere, I looked and looked.

    Again thank u, even if u don’t answer questions any longer, u gave me a wonderful reading!

  52. Jacqueline Says:

    Hi Jenn,

    Yes, you can cut one or two babies or plantlets off the shoot from the mother plant. Best to snip the babies only when each baby had already developed a clump of tiny roots at its base to ensure success.

    Hope this helps.

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