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How to Transplant Spider Plant Cuttings

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Spider plants are one of the easiest plants to transplant when you have cuttings. Spider plants come in two varieties, which include a deep green leaf and a variegated leaf of green and white. The cuttings can be taken from a baby spider that cascades down on a crawler from the mother plant or you can take a section of the mother plant that has grown out of the soil. Keep in mind is that a spider plant does not have babies until it becomes root-bound in a pot. Therefore, use a smaller pot when starting new plants.

Place the baby spider plant in a small container of soil, while it is attached to the mother. Lay the baby on top of the soil with the bud on the soil. Pack some soil around the ball and water thoroughly. Keep the soil moist for three weeks until the baby has roots. As the baby grows roots, it will grow into an adult plant while still attached the mother plant.

Cut the baby off the crawler that keeps it attached the mother plant. Make sure to keep the ball on the bottom intact. Place some soil in a small container. Use your finger to make a small hole in the soil about a half-inch deep. Place the ball in the soil and cover with soil. Water the plant. Keep the soil moist until roots grow, which will take about three weeks.

Cut the baby off the end of the crawler. Instead of planting it as in Step 2, place the ball of the baby in a glass of water for about two weeks until it has at least four or five roots. Plant the newly rooted baby in a small pot with all-purpose soil.

Clip a section of the spider plant at the roots. Some plants will have roots sticking out of the soil once the plant becomes root bound. Gently find a section that has grown away from the main plant. Clip the roots with a scissors. Plant the cutting in a small pot with potting soil. Because the roots were clipped, you need to keep the soil moist until the roots start to grow on their own, which could take three to six weeks.

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