How to Make a Spider Plant Make Babies
If you grow spider plants, you don't really need to do much to make them "have babies." Spider plants naturally produce root runners at the end of their stalks that can be simply removed and planted as new plants. All you need to do is properly care for your spider plant and it will do the rest of the work "making babies" on its own. Most offshoots will develop in the autumn when the days began to get shorter.
Grow your spider plant in a place where it gets indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight can burn its leaves and stunt its growth. Keep away from windows in the winter to avoid cold drafts.
Use general-purpose potting soil when planting a new spider plant. Use water-soluble or a time release houseplant fertilizer, following the directions on the label.
Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Feel the soil each day before watering to make sure it's dry before adding water.
Maintain temperatures of 65 and 75 F during the day and 50 to 55 F at night for optimal temperatures.
Divide and repot your spider plant as it gets bigger. Otherwise it's roots may crack through the pot or container.
Ivy Spider Plant
Spider plants comprise a clump of long, drooping leaves that range from eight to 16 inches and often feature yellow or white stripes. The plant is named named for the small white flowers growing on its long stalks, resembling green spiders and eventually turning into baby spider plants. Spider ivy plants are tough and able to withstand a variety of growing conditions. Though they fare best in sunny places, spider plants also tolerate shade. Inspect spider ivies regularly for brown leaf tips, which indicate dehydration or an abundance of salt, usually caused by giving them hard water. During the summer, the plant's soil requires more moisture and more frequent watering. Although spider plants are pleasing to the eye and easy to grow and care for, they are also beneficial to air quality and human health.
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