Growing Spider Plants

Growing Spider Plants
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Everyone should grow a Spider Plant. It's also known as the Airplane Plant or it's official name; Chlorophytum elatum. It was one of my very first houseplants and it's a great beginner plant!
Spider Plant It needs average temperature, humidity and water. The spider plant actually likes a dry period between nice, heavy waterings. I love these plants for bedrooms and out of the way places that might be forgotten in the watering department. They also make a great hanging plants and look very nice in an ornamental pot sitting on a bookshelf or cabinet.

A Spider Plant can take indirect to dim light. You know you're taking good care of it, if it develops small delicate flowers and then tiny plantlets, or runners, that can be turned into more plants for yourself, friends and family.

Creating New Spider Plants

You may plant the new runner in the soil of it's "parent" plant and wait for the new roots to form before giving it a pot of it's own, or you can set a small pot of soil next to the original plant and set the plantlet in that pot, still attached, until roots formed. Either of these methods will have the same end result. After the runners are rooted, cut them from the original plant with very sharp knife I also cut them off of the plant, and root them in water before planting. This has worked well for me also. These new little plants make nice housewarming gifts for friends and family.


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Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at


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