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How to Root Spider Plant Cuttings

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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.

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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