Spider Plant 'Chlorophytum'
The Spider Plant is considered one of the most adaptable of houseplants and the easiest to grow. This plant can grow in a wide range of conditions and suffers from few problems.
It's great for bench tops and even better in a hanging basket when it starts to send off little baby plants, putting on quite a show. The spider plant is also one of the easiest plants to propagate (make new plants from!)
Botanical name: Chlorophytum comosum picturatum
Medium filtered light. Not suited for intense, direct sun.
Allow the top layer of soil dry out (about an inch and half) in between waters. We recommend sticking your finger into the soil to the first knuckle, if the soil is dry give it a water it, if it's wet leave for another few days.
Sometimes your spider plant will sprout little babies. They are called pups and are like newborns. While the pup is still attached to its mother, plant it in its own container in lightweight, easily drainable soil. Wait to detach until the pup is established on its own and then cut them apart. You’ll be able to tell it’s established once there is new growth.
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Photo by Rae Fallon