Gardeners searching for a dependable houseplant that will thrive indoors often select the attractive spider plant. Spider plants require only basic gardening care and medium light to grow into large and healthy houseplants. A healthy spider plant will begin to produce plantlets at the end of long runners. A gardener can separate these plantlets from the parent plant and start them in separate containers.
Place the spider plant in a location that receives at least a medium amount of sunlight. Do not allow direct afternoon sun to reach the spider plant, but ensure the temperature does not fall below 40 degrees where the spider plant is located.
Provide distilled water at regular intervals for the spider plant. Allow the soil to dry completely between watering. Do not overwater the spider plant because this will lead to decay.
Mist the spider plant one or two times per week with the spray bottle to add humidity to the environment and prevent spider mites.
Fertilize the spider plant during the spring and summer. Mix the fertilizer with water according to package recommendations for the size of your container. Fertilize twice per month when the plant is producing new plantlets or is flowering. Fertilize once per month at other times during the growing season.
Propagate the spider plant by snipping off one of the baby plantlets from the parent plant. Plant the plantlet in a smaller container filled with potting soil by setting the plantlet on the surface of the soil and gently covering the tiny roots with soil. Place a plastic bag over the top of the container and place the container near the parent plant (yet out of direct sunlight). Keep the soil evenly moist and the plantlet will begin to grow. When the plantlet begins to grow new growth, remove the plastic bag and maintain it in the same way you maintain the parent plant.