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How to Root Spider Plant Cuttings

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017
Spider plant.
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One of the easiest houseplants to grow in an indoor environment is the prolific spider plant. Spider plants are prolific because not only will they grow into a large and beautiful plant, but often a spider plant will create baby spider plants that dangle down from the mother spider plant. Clip these baby spider plants dangling from the mother plant. Root them in water for one to two weeks and then plant them in their own containers.

Clip as many baby spider plants from the mother plant as you wish to root. Fill one canning jar with cool water for each baby spider plant.

Insert each baby spider plant into the water in a canning jar, making sure that just the underside of the baby spider plant is beneath the water. Keep the top foliage of the plant above the water.

Place the canning jars in a sunny window and leave them undisturbed for up to two weeks. Watch the rooting progress through the sides of the canning jars and you will see the roots as they form in the water.

Prepare a planting container for each baby when you see active root formation in the baby spider plants. Fill each planting container almost to the top with potting soil and make an indentation in the center for the roots of the plants.

Remove the baby spider plants from the water and insert them carefully into the prepared planting containers. Take care not to disturb or damage the roots as you insert the baby spider plants into the potting soil.

Firm the soil gently around the baby spider plants and water them generously immediately after planting.


Things You Will Need

  • Mother spider plant
  • Scissors
  • Canning jars (pint size)
  • Cool water
  • Sunny window
  • 6-inch planting container
  • Potting soil

About the Author


Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.