Spider Plant Water Cultivation: Can You Grow Spider Plants In Water Only

by johnah on November 26, 2020

Spider Plant Baby In Water?

There are many species of spider plants. There are the common ones like the sunflower, but there are also other types such as the nightshade family (Allium). These include tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and potatoes. All these kinds of plants have a stem with leaves which grows from the top of their parent plant up into the air or water. They all need some sort of support to stay afloat in their environment. Some of them grow without any support at all.

The spider plant baby needs something to keep it afloat. It does not float in the air, but rather falls down when it gets tired. If its mother doesn’t provide enough support then the baby will die. So if you want your spider plant to survive underwater, you must provide some sort of support for it!

Some people think that they can just put a rock or piece of wood under their spider plant and it will float. That’s not true either. The only thing that works is if the spider plant is very young, so it hasn’t grown big yet and you don’t want to disturb its growth too much. Otherwise, you’ll have to use something else to keep it afloat!

How To Make A Spider Plant Baby?

It is very easy to make a spider plant baby. You just take a cutting from the mother plant and stick it in some water. If you’re not sure how to do this then just look at the mother plant and cut off a small branch with multiple leaves on it. Make sure your cutting has lots of leaves. It is better to choose a younger one so that it has enough energy to grow and develop its own roots.

Once you have your cutting, you will notice that it has one or two little white hairs at the bottom. These are called “root” hairs and if they get wet, the baby spider plant will start developing its own roots. But don’t just stick the cutting in water right away! First you need to “bleed” the cutting.

What do I mean by bleed?

You have to let the cutting sit in running water, without allowing the root hairs to get wet. So hold the cutting under the faucet and let the water run over it. At first you won’t notice anything different. But after about 5 minutes you will see that the white hairs start turning a light gray color. They are exuding a sort of “dust”. This is good! This means they are ready to be planted.

Now you can take your cutting and stick it in water. You should do this in the evening so you can check on it a few times at night. You have to make sure that the root hairs stay completely under the water, but the leaves and stem should be left to float in the air. If all goes well then by morning you should see tiny white roots coming out of the bottom of the plant.

Congratulations, your baby spider plant is alive!

What’s Next?

From this point on it is very important that you change the water every day. The water will get dirty and it is full of root fertilizer which is good for the plant, but you don’t want to let it build up too much. If you have an aquarium then this is a good time to use it!

If not, then get a little plastic container that has a lid. Fill it about 1/3 of the way with plain water. Then poke some holes in the top big enough for the water to drain out, but not so big that small pieces of dirt can get in.

After your plant has a lot of roots (a week or two) then you can transplant it into dirt. Be sure to keep it completely immersed in water though, because it still needs this to live!

The next step is to get some dirt. The best kind is plain old potting soil you can get at any store that sells plants. You don’t want the kind that has fertilizer in it, because you will be feeding your plant later and you can get that kind at the same store. Get a big bag of soil because you will need to fill up a container with it so you can plant your baby spider in there!

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Once you have your soil, find a container to plant it in. Find a big enough one so that when you fill it up with soil, the top of the soil is level with the top of the container. After you put some soil in there, place your baby spider plant in it and gently fill in around it with soil, but don’t cover up the leaves! The top of the soil should be level with the top of the container.

Now comes the fun part!

You get to feed and water your new little spider plant! Take the jug of water that you have been using to feed it and pour some into the soil. Then take the bottle of fertilizer and pour some of that in there too. You really don’t need to measure it or anything, just put in enough so that the soil is nice and wet.

Wait a few minutes then pour some more water in there. Do this until the soil is nicely soaked, but not dried out. You want to see some water draining out the bottom of the container.

Place the container somewhere that it will get plenty of sun (but not hot sun) and keep soaking the soil whenever it gets dry. In a few weeks you should see little baby spiders pop up in there! Once they are bigger than the size of your fingernail, you can gently pull them apart and transplant them into separate containers. Let the baby spiders grow big and strong until they are ready to mate.

Then you can have babies of your own to give away or keep.

Now that you are an expert at growing plants, you can try other things. You could even grow strawberries or tomatoes! But no matter what you choose, always remember to water your plants and play music for them!

Thanks to all the people who helped me by proof reading this page and suggesting things to add. If you see something that doesn’t look right, is incorrect or needs fixing, please let me know. Thanks!

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