Spider Plant(Chlorophytum comosum)
How to Grow Spider Plants from Seeds
To successfully grow a spider plant form a seed, you will need to know when you can collect the seeds. Once the blooms start dying out, you will notice that they have been replaced with small green pods. These pods carry the seeds but don’t attempt to collect them until they have had some time to dry out. The best way to make sure that you can collect the seeds is to place a few paper towels under the plant. Once the pod dries up and begins to crack, the seeds will fall to the area that you prepared.
The seeds look like small flat seeds like those that you would find in a pepper, but they will be black in color. Once you have the seeds, don’t wait to plant them because they will not keep well. Use a starter pot to place the seed about ½ an inch deep, cover it with the organic soil mix I mentioned, and wait for it to grow. Spider seedlings are fragile, so do not attempt to move them until they have three or four leaves.
Growing Spider Plants from Spiderettes (Spider Plant Babies)
These baby spider plants can be separated from their mother and planted in their own flower pot to grow and flourish on its own. If the spiderette has begun growing roots, it can be planted in soil. With water and bright light, the plant will soon sprout new growth. If the roots have not formed, hang the babies over a container of water with only the root area making contact with the water. Once the roots begin to form, you can plant these spiderettes as well.
How To Winterize
Spider plants do not like cold weather or frost, but since they are typically grown indoors, that should not be much of an issue. If you do have your plants outside during the warm summer months, then keep them in a pot that you can easily just bring inside for the winter.
List of Common Problems That Spider Plants Have
One issue that is commonly seen in spider plants is that the tips of the leaves turn brown. This does not mean that the plant is going to die, but it does typically mean that there is fluoride in the water that you have been giving it. To fix the issue, you will need to trim the brown areas away and give the plant distilled water to ensure that it can grow properly.
Spider plants are extremely durable plants that will thrive in your office or at home. Not much can cause harm to these plants, even neglecting to water them will not cause any damage. If you are looking for a plant that does not take a lot of effort to grow, you now know what type of care is required to maintain a healthy spider plant. Just remember, if the roots are growing out of the flower pot, it is time for a larger growing space.