Spider Plant   

The spider plant is one of the most common and in all likelihood the easiest to grow, of all the hanging or trailing plants. Spider plants make wonderful houseplants. They will flourish in almost any condition in your home. While these exceptionally sturdy plants will survive in less than perfect conditions, in perfect conditions they are awesome. They are the ideal starter plant for aspiring avid gardeners.



A very fully grown plant will form tight rosettes of arching leaves with a richness of hanging plantlets on long stems, up to three feet, much like a bushy green mane. Although there is a pure green variety, the most familiar variety seen in garden centers is the green-and-white striped variegation. Fully Grown spider plants have small white flowers.



Growing Conditions: spider plants do better when cultivated in containers and hanging baskets, where their shoots and tiny baby spider plants can hang down. Spider plants favor bright light; however, they will grow in conditions ranging from semi-shade to direct sun. Water liberally through out the summer. Cut watering back during winter. Apply liquid fertilizer weekly during the summer or you can use pellets at the beginning of the growing season.



Propagation: Spider plants are one of the simplest houseplants to propagate. Do make sure the young plantlets have developed roots. You can also divide the mature plants during re-potting. Spider plants do send out shoots or stalks. Tied to these stalks will be tiny baby plants. Lightly remove these baby spider plants and place the roots in water. After the roots have reached an inch or two, transplant them into a container with rich, well drained potting soil.



Care and Maintenance: Spider plants are very easy to care for. They prefer a well drained, rich potting soil. Check to make sure that the soil drains well as they do not like wet soil. They will benefit by being placed in a sunny window once or twice a week.



Keep them away from the window on cold nights as they do not like really cold temperatures. Do not over fertilizer or over water because the leaves might turn brown. Right the problem, prune off the brown leaves and your plant will produce new replacement leaves.



Now go out and buy some spider plants because they will enrich your indoor greenery.




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