Spider Plant

Chlorophytum comosum
Spider plant swap plants.JPG

The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is perfectly suited for a green-fingered amateur that lives a busy lifestyle. This is due to the species being relatively tolerant of neglect and able to suit many conditions such as low lighting and a wide range of temperatures. The adaptability of this species makes it a perfect beginner’s plant to the indoor plant keeping hobby as you can experiment with the needs of a plant with the confidence it will bounce back from the brink.

Temperature: 

The spider plant is not fussy and will happily cope with a temperature range of 7-24 degrees. 

 

Lighting:

The spider plant prefers brighter conditions out of constant direct sunlight. They can, however, cope with some sunlight but for optimum conditions give them bright indirect light.

 

Repotting:

The best time to repot any plant is during spring when there is the most plant growth and can therefore quickly adapt to its new environment, however, you can get away with repotting these at any time of year.

 

Watering:

Whenever the first 2cm of soil becomes dry to the touch. The frequency of watering should decrease during the winter months.  The thick fleshy roots mean this plant can be left dry for several weeks without dying.

 

Soil Type:

Spider plants are relatively unfussy and will happily grow in most soils. A mixture of potting soil and grit is best.

 

Tips for Propagation:

Spider plants are named after their dangling spiderettes that hang around the main mother plant appearing like a spider’s appendages. Each of these small plantlets has the capability of producing roots that can go on to form a new plant.

Propagation is as simple as removing these spiderettes from the main mother plant and leaving their nodes to dangle in a little water for a few days. Small white root tips should quickly become visible within a matter of days and can be planted into soil. Small 6cm pots should be a sufficient amount of soil to keep your new plant happy whilst its roots develop and will prevent the soil from completely drying out. Whilst adding the spiderettes to water encourages faster root growth,  you can just stick the spiderettes straight into soil to root them.