How to Propogate a Spider Plant


The chlorophytum comosum, more commonly known as the spider plant, is a common house plant that is very easy to grow. If it has the right growing conditions, it will reward the grower with tiny blossoms in the fall. Each healthy plant will have "babies," and each baby has the potential to become a new plant, expanding your house plant collection easily.

Step 1

Pinch off a baby spider plant from the mother plant just above the stem that connects the two. You should wait until the baby has at least 2 inches of growth.

Step 2

Place the baby spider plant in a jar of lukewarm water, making sure the bottom part of the plant is completely submerged in the water. Place the jar in a warm location out of full sun for at least a week. Check it periodically to keep the roots submerged, and add water if needed.

Step 3

Check the plant after a week. You should see roots beginning at the bottom of the plant. If no roots have begun, keep the plant in water another week.

Step 4

Plant the baby plant in sterile soil in a sterile pot once roots are at least 1/2 inch long. Keep the soil very moist for the first week to allow good root development, then taper off so that you are only watering the plant once a week.

Things You'll Need

  • Small jar of water
  • Sterile plant pot
  • Sterile potting soil
Keywords: propagate, spider, plants, babies, roots

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Linda Batey has been working as a freelance writer for two years and specializes in travel writing. She also writes on Helium,,,, trazzler and She has been published in "Gardening Inspirations" magazine. Batey holds an Associates Degree in paralegal from Beal College. She also is knowledgable is gardening, herbal and home remedies.

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