The spider plant is one of the most common and probably the easiest to grow, of all the hanging or trailing plants. Spider plants make extraordinary 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 perfect starter plant for aspiring avid gardeners.
A very fully grown plant will form tight rosettes of curvy leaves with a richness of hanging plantlets on long stems, up to 4feet, 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. Grown spider plants have small white flowers.
Growing Conditions: They perform better when cultivated in containers and hanging baskets, where their shoots and tiny baby spider plants can hang down. They also favor bright light; however, they will grow in conditions ranging from semi-shade to direct sun. Give the plant more water during 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: They are one of the easiest houseplants to propagate. Do make sure the young plantlets have developed roots. You can also divide the mature plants during re-potting. They do send out shoots or stalks. Attached to these stalks will be tiny baby plants. Gently 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. The leaves might turn brown if you over water or over fertilize. Right the problem, clip off the brown leaves and your plant will produce new substitute leaves.
Immediately, go out and buy some spider plants because they will enrich your indoor greenery.