Spider Plants – Easy and Fun to Grow

Spider Plants are fun to grow and very hardy perennial tropical plants. They propagate almost effortlessly and will sometimes sprout new roots without even being in water. Because of the flowing appearance of the leaves, they are great as hanging plants (see Figure 1), but can look nice on indoor plant stands, as well. They are so easy to grow that they qualify as some of the best indoor plants for beginners.

Spider Plants

Figure 1: Hanging Spider Plant with Runners and Plantlets

I got my first Spider Plant cuttings  not long after receiving my first Coleus. I used a rather mature plantlets with long leaves, and rooted them in water. They sprouted roots within a few days, and before long I transplanted them into their own flower pots.

Unlike the flowering plants Cyclamen, Roses, and African Violets, Spider Plants are valued mostly for their foliage, but they do produce tiny white flowers.

Spider Plants – Growth and Care

Spider Plant health care is much easier than taking care of Palm Plants or Orchid care, but there are some simple steps you should take to make your Spider Plants thrive. To keep Spider Plants healthy make sure that they have bright indirect light. If they are in direct sunlight the leaves will scorch, but if they do not have enough light the colors will fade and sometimes the stripes will disappear altogether. To keep the plant looking full and even, turn it regularly so that there is an even distribution of light on the plant. Make sure that the soil dries thoroughly between waterings, and mist the leaves periodically because, unlike Succulent Plants, Spider Plants love humidity.

In a moderate or warm climate, Spider Plants can be grown outside on a shaded patio or along a garden walk, as long as they are out of direct sunlight and have sufficient humidity they should thrive. Also, Spider Plants can be grown in a hydroponics systems much like Lucky Bamboo, Lilies, Geranium and Poinsettia plants. There are many references online for growing them in hydroponics, and I would recommend something along those lines for them to thrive, but they can survive for months just in a jar of water.

Some websites state that Spider Plants are mildly poisonous plants if ingested, while others claim that they are safe. To truly be on the safe side, call your local poison control center if a person or animal ingests any part of Spider Plants.

Sources and Citations

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorophytum_comosum – research source

http://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/spider-plant.html – research source