Spider plants are often seen as a nuisance because they’re so difficult to grow indoors. They have very little tolerance for poor lighting conditions or lack of air circulation. If you want to grow them, it’s best if you can provide all these factors. There are many ways to do this including using natural light sources such as sunlight, artificial lights like fluorescent tubes, and even CO2 gas vents (which are really cool).
Spiders are attracted to bright light and will build webs in your house. They’ll then start laying their eggs inside your home.
These spiders lay their eggs in a cluster around the base of the plant, which is called a “spider web.” Once hatched, baby spiders emerge from the egg sacs and begin crawling around looking for food. You can kill them with heat or chemicals, but that doesn’t always work well either!
There are several things you can try to keep them away from your house. One way is to use UVB lamps.
Another method is to use carbon dioxide vents. Both methods are effective, but neither one works forever. Eventually the spider babies will die off and eventually you’ll need to replace the bulbs or remove the venting system altogether, depending on what type of spider plant problem you have.
How to Get Spider Plant Babies (Without the Moms)
For those of you who don’t have a spider plant problem, but want some free spider plant babies, here’s what you can do:
Get a bunch of spider plant cuttings. They typically have a thick white root-like stem at the base.
You’ll want to cut them off and put them in water for a few weeks to promote new root growth.
When they’ve developed in soil, you can transfer them to small pots or plant them directly into your garden. If you’re keeping them indoors, put the potted plants under lights and keep them there until they start growing babies.
What You Need:
A bunch of spider plant cuttings (see above)
A black tray (a plastic tray with holes works great)
A few hours to kill.
What You Do:
1. Time to get some spider plant babies.
If you want to get the spider mums along with the babies, here’s what you do: Get a bunch of spider plant cuttings (cut off about an inch or so from the white root base) and stick them in a black tray with holes. Don’t put them too deep in the water; just let the white base of the stem touch the water.
You don’t want them drowning.
2. You’ll want to keep them in a dark place that stays around room temperature.
If you live in a place that gets really hot (72 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) or really cold (below 50 degrees Fahrenheit), it might be hard to keep them growing. You can buy an incandescent light bulb and put it inside a paper bag to help raise the temperature a bit (incandescent bulbs put out more heat than they do light).
3. After about a week to ten days, tiny white roots should start growing out of the stems.
Check them every day or two to see if they’re ready to be transferred into soil. If you wait too long, the roots will be too developed and they won’t do well in soil.
4. Use a small pot (one quart works well) and put some potting soil in it.
5. Take the cutting and gently pull it from the water.
Try not to tear or snap the thick white root at the base. If you do, that’s OK; just take a pair of scissors and cut off any damaged roots.
6. Gently place the spider plant baby into the soil and pack it in firmly.
7. Place in indirect sunlight for a few days so they can start getting used to soil life.
After a few days, they should be ready to plant outside or in your house.
Where Do Spider Plant Babies Come From?
The spider plant (or Chlorophytum Comosum) is a popular houseplant because it’s pretty and easy to grow. It has long, arching green leaves with white stripes running down them, and tiny white blossoms that grow at the top of a tall stalk.
The white stripes on the leaves contain a poison that kills insects that land on the plant; the insect then gets eaten by the plant through osmosis.
Sometimes, after being in the same pot for years and years, your spider plant will grow a stalk with a tiny white bud at the top. That’s called a “bunny.” If you take the bunny and plant it, you’ll be able to grow a whole new plant. The white part that holds the bud is called a spathe.
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Starting a new plant from a spider plant is easy. When the spathe starts to form, place some potting soil or sphagnum moss around it and hold it in place with panty hose or a latex glove.
(No, you don’t want the spathe touching the bare skin on your hand!) Keep it moist but not wet, and wait for it to grow roots. If you’re impatient, you can speed up the process with root hormone.
Sources & references used in this article:
Development of a Plant Care Guide for the Veterans Hospital Horticultural Therapy Program by J Schneider – 2016 – digitalcommons.esf.edu
Plant Magic: A Year of Green Wisdom for Pagans & Wiccans by S Kynes – 2017 – books.google.com