How To Take Care Of Spider Plant: A Guide For Beginners


How To Take Care Of Spider Plant: A Guide For Beginners

The spider plant is part and parcel to household or office plant collection. Its long leaves grow from the center of the plant and are usually green at the edges with a creamy white stripe down the middle. Overall, spider plants are excellent for beginning house plant enthusiasts. People have seen the capability of this plant to filter the harmful elements from the air. Taking proper care can result in having a house full of spider plants with many to share with your friends and family.

How To Take Care Of Spider Plant: A Guide For Beginners
How To Take Care Of Spider Plant: A Guide For Beginners

Pot Mixing For Spider Plant

Spider plants need an easy draining, well-aerated potting mix. A general-purpose potting soil or soil-less medium works well. Make sure that the soil dries out after adding water to it thoroughly. Root rot can result from a soil mix (or container) that does not drain quickly or from overly frequent watering. Also, be aware that many houseplants can be sensitive to the chlorine and salts in most tap water, so using distilled or a mixture of both can prevent problems later on. Watering your houseplants from an alternate source such as your fish tank, a compost tea, or your outdoor rain barrel is beneficial.

It Is All About Hanging

These plants are lovely when grown in hanging baskets where the curve of the scapes and leaves, and the cascading plant-lets produce a draping effect. Hanging pots with open holes in the base will dry out fast when plants are actively growing, so check the soil often. Put your plant in a hanging bowl, and you will have dozens of new plants in no time. Spider plants prefer to have little room in the pot, so a small container for a small plant is perfect.

Spider plant produces most of its siblings when there are too many in the pot. They prefer to live in semi-pots. So, make sure that you change the containers when you can see the fleshy roots. You would find out the necessity of doing this when you would find watering difficult. The primary root mass can be divided to make new plants. However, the roots are firm and grow in a tangle. So you can use a tool or any fingers for separating them.

How To Take Care Of Spider Plant: A Guide For Beginners
How To Take Care Of Spider Plant: A Guide For Beginners

Nurturing Spider Plants

Once the plant is large enough, it begins sending out light-colored hardy cylindrical stems or runners, from which new baby spider plants grow. As the new individual plants appear, they can be left alone, or you may fill a small pot with soil and a small amount of fertilizer and plant them until they take root. After this, the stem should be cut, and the newly freed plant may be given away as a gift or moved to its location in the house. You can use a narrow neck bottle or something like Popsicle sticks, wooden skewers, or chopsticks to create square support over a jar with a full mouth for rooting them in water. It would make sure that the bottom of the young plant touches the water.

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