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Growing Spider Plants

November 4, 2009

When you want to propagate those baby spiders, you may wonder what to use if you use the method of cutting it off and growing the roots in water. I am doing this all the time with my big spider plant; I give them to my kids, and place them by the bed for my asthmatic husband.

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Here's how I do it: I know many of us drink a lot of 20 oz bottles of soda or water, right? Take one of those, and some ordinary scissors, and cut the bottom off at the bottom of the label. To start I pinch the side of the bottle. Or you can use a knife to start it but be careful! Anyway use that bottom to put two or three babies in and fill it with water.

Then I put it on my window sill (north, if it matters I'm not sure) and check to make sure it doesn't run out of water. In a matter of a couple weeks there will be roots. Then you can put it in rich moist soil, and give it a little extra attention until the roots take hold.

Don't worry about how long you keep them in water to grow the roots, the longer you keep it in water the longer the roots get. I haven't had one die in water.

Source: My first plant was a spider plant, my mom had them since as long as I can remember, and 30 years later she still has the same one!

By Pauline Morse from Georgetown, DE

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March 20, 2018

I have spider plants in my yard. Should I cut away the dead shoots left from winter to make way for new green shoots?


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March 20, 20180 found this helpful
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I normally grow mine outside year round and have no issues. When it starts to get a bit warmer, I'd trim off the dead shoots from the plants. Normally, you can do this in the early Spring and they should be fine. You can also wait until early Fall and take the small babies from the shoots and plant them in the soil to allow them to grow during the winter months. I'd move these indoors if you'd like to make a few more plants.

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August 19, 2019

I've had this spider plant in my house for a few months. It was doing great! It was super happy in my north facing bedroom in the window, then I moved it into my living room to the west facing window, there's not as much light, but there was still enough. And then I started to notice the leaves are all bending.

So I moved it back to my bedroom and thought it would perk right up, but it's been over a week and it's still all droopy. I water it once a week like always. Is it too much water or not enough? Is it the sunlight? Helpplease! Second picture to show lighting.

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August 19, 20190 found this helpful

It needs water,careful not to over water!

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My spider plant is getting really full and the leaves are bending. Any suggestions? Is there somthing I should be doing differently? Does it need a bigger pot? Thanks!


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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

You do probably need a bigger pot but also make sure it's getting enough water. when leaves get brittle like tht a lot of times its lack of water.

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March 1, 20170 found this helpful

it will get rootbound if you don't repot it into a bigger pot soon.

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November 11, 2010

Why do some say I'm over watering my spider plants because the leaves and babies are brown, and some say under watering? Which is it?

Hardiness Zone: 5a

By kitty from Indianapolis, IN

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November 12, 20100 found this helpful

Here is a link... all about spider plants:
www.suite101.com/.../all-about-spider-plants-a34831

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November 12, 20102 found this helpful

Actually, it is neither over watering or under watering that causes the leave tips to turn brown. Spider plants do like lots of water, but they need to dry out between watering. They have a great root system that holds plenty of water for them. If you over water, the roots will rot. I find it pretty hard to underwater. I just check the soil and when it's dry (about once a week) i water with distilled water. However, I do mist mine with a water bottle daily as they don't like the dry air in my house. To avoid leaves turning brown, water them with distilled water. It's the chemicals in tap water that cause the tips to turn.

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October 19, 20150 found this helpful

you can also tell if they need water, they actually fade.

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I live in a climate where the temperature is about to go down below freezing. It will stay there at night for about 6 more weeks. I have a wonderful spider plant that is doing very well in a quiet protected nook, but I am wondering about the next few weeks.

Should I bring it inside?

By Joan

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December 16, 20110 found this helpful

If you can bring it is, that will be best, but if it is really protected, you may not need to. Just cover it with an old sheet (cotton or poly-cotton blend) or towel, or other non-plastic cloth, and be sure it is well watered. If you can remove the cover during the daytime, great, if not, the cotton will let the plant breathe and it should be fine.

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December 16, 20110 found this helpful

I agree (zone 4 upstate NY). We get much colder weather so I have to bring everybody inside but if it's mildly cold (I know that term is relative), consider leaving it outside in a protected place and covered as the above suggested. Remember it still needs water though!

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July 19, 2011

I live in Phoenix and my spider plants just recently started showing what looks like hard water stains on leaves. They are getting the same water as before and I mist every morning or afternoon. They do not get any full sun, being in Arizona it is 108 degrees F. What can I do?

By Lori

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July 22, 20111 found this helpful

Try using distilled / bottled water. It may just be that your tap water is hard.

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July 23, 20110 found this helpful

I have the same thing on my Peoni Bush this year. Had it last year too. Somebody told me it's the city water? Maybe too much chlorine in the water? Also, my Peoni did not bloom this year. Any thoughts on that, anyone? Thanks,
Kathy, Zone 5

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November 2, 2015

My spider plant is dying. Can I put it in a cup of water and try to save it?


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November 8, 20152 found this helpful

Of course. And keep an eye on it to make sure the container remains full. Too, if you have little "spider" shoots, cut them off and set them in their own glasses of water until they take root.

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December 13, 2014

What environment is needed by spider plants?

By Thamilla P

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November 13, 2013

I have plenty of spider plants which have lots of babies on them. I use to keep them in my bay window and in direct sunlight. I now live in a basement apartment and I have them near the window, but not in direct sun. Do they need a lot of sun? Also some leaves are turning brown. What should I do?

By Jo from CT

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December 30, 20130 found this helpful

They don't need to be in direct sunlight as long as they get some. If they are turning brown than you should try to crack a window and make sure they are getting enough fresh air. That always works with my plants.

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October 29, 2013

My spider plant was outside all summer and it was doing great and now I've brought it inside for the winter and it's starting to die. The leaves are turning yellow and brown and falling off. The offspring is also starting to turn yellow. What do I need to do to save my plant?

By Kristy

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November 4, 20130 found this helpful

Here are some tips on keeping Spider Plants healthy:
houseplants.about.com/.../SpiderPlant.htm

Here is a video on them as well:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWZAuJtRekw

Blessings, Robyn

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I've had this spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) for years and this year it flowered for the very first time. The flowers are very small, but quite pretty and delicate.

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March 31, 2019

When the weather warms and there is no danger of frost, spider plants can do well outside with lots of water, and away from direct sunlight. This is a page about moving a spider plant outside in summer.

Spider plant sitting on a rock wall.

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January 29, 2018

While spider plants can generally spend the spring, summer, and early fall outside, surviving through the winter is less assured. Considerations such as lowest temperatures in your area, winter protection, and more can help predict their success outside during the colder months. This is a page about, "Can a spider plant survive winter outdoors?".

Spider Plants Outdoors

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