The spider plant, also known as the airplane plant, is one of the most popular plants for gardening, mini-greenhouse, and indoor aesthetics.
Anywhere apart from frost, it can quickly outgrow any other indoor plant without much hassle. They also grow up almost anywhere if there is bright indirect sunlight.
These fast-growing plants bear tremendous air-purifying qualities besides their good look and easy-to-grow qualities. They are also quite famous for spouting off their offspring in almost no time.
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Now let’s talk about the propagation of spider plant babies. The plant propagation method of spider plant is as easy as it sounds. Anyone, even from the beginner gardener, can also propagate spider plant babies without much hassle.
Choosing a good baby spider plant
Spider plant propagation is as easy as it sounds. However, some little things are needed to be checked back before diving into planting a baby spider plant.
A mature plant that is root-bound produces more babies. Plants that are rooted also grows fast and healthier. You have to keep an eye on the mother plant and cut unnecessary leaves regularly to get more lively parent plants.
You have to select a spider plant baby with some nodes or tuberous roots below the leaves for propagation. Spider babies with tiny nodes bear a better chance of producing a healthy tree. You may also find some Spider babies with small roots below them. These are better for planting and growing more spider trees.
Choosing good soil and the perfect pot
Don’t forget to get yourself a pot with a better drainage system. A pot with drainage and better ventilation will help you keep the plant out of moisture. So, get yourself a pot with sufficient drainage hole and help you get a healthy baby spider plant as the plant hates soil moist.
Well-draining plotting soil will help you to get a perfect plant. You can also add some compost and perlite to the soil if you want. Perlite will make the potting soil well-draining soil and help the baby plantlet being a nutrient and happy plant.
Let's plant spider plant
Follow these steps below and get a new spider plant for your friends and neighbors:
At first, select a spider baby with which has some tiny nodes and also some little roots on them. Then separate the baby plant from the parent plant. Cut off the Spider baby from the mother plant. After that, remove the hard branch which connects the two plants from the baby spider plant completely. Make sure the hard branch is no more attached to the baby spider plant. After removing the hard branch, it is now time to remove the tiny little leaves near the nodes or roots and make the root free from any extra leaves. Now it’s time to plant the tree into the soil pot.
At first, dug out the soil a bit and make a small hole to place the placed the baby plant in it. You can use your finger and makeup space. Then put the plant gently onto the pot of soil and level the ground gently. Add some soil in the pot if needed. Fill up the pot with soil so that the roots or nodes stay under the soil. After that, gently water the soil with a bit of water and try to keep the plant dry of free from moisture. After watering, let the excess water drain out from the moist soil. After water being drained out, place the plant in a shaded area, especially free from direct sunlight, to keep the plant alive. After two weeks, the plant will have some mature root, and within a couple of weeks, it will fully become a mature plant to place in your garden or gift the extra plant to your friend or neighbor.
Alternative ways: Using wet tissue or water pot to plant
If you are a little bit curious and want to observe the plant and the root grows in front of your eyes, you can plan the baby spider plant in a whole different way. Just after removing the tiny leaves in the previously mentioned process, you can place the plant in a pot of water instead of soil. But in this case, you have to ensure that the water is at the level of the roots or nodes and the leaves are in the air. You will also need to take care of the water level issue and frequently check back the water level so that the roots stay in the water while the upper part is free from moisture and water. As a water-sensitive plant, the baby spider plant will not grow into a plant rather might die in the process. You need to keep the plant in a shady area and avoid direct sunlight, or the plant will get burned. Also, you can use a tissue instead of a water pot for the same process. For this method, you need to keep a tissue wet or moistured. This method is more tiresome. The plants need to be checked back very frequently so that the tissue stays drenched and does not get dry. This process might get you more tired than any other method, but it will indeed ensure you a healthy baby spider plant. You will also need to provide that the plant stays in a dark shaded area, away from direct sunlight. Or else the plant will get burned in the baby stage.
Taking Care of Spider Plant
As gardening friendly and easy to grow plant, a mature Spider plant does not require must attention. You don’t need any plant care article to plant spider plant. But there are a few measures that will help you get happy, healthy, lively spider plants.
Spider plant cutting: Pruning the leaves in summer or spring helps the plant stay healthy and lively. For the same, you need to cut off the excess leaves direct from the base of the adult plant. For spider plant cutting, you may use a garden scissor or a pair of scissors. It will ensure a compact plant with vibrant leaves resulting in an energetic garden environment.
Avoid direct sunlight: Spider plant is a sunlight-sensitive plant. For the same, it needs to be kept out of reach from direct sunlight. Keeping it in direct sunlight will burn the leaves, and eventually, the plant will die. But again, the plant needs some light to survive. So, never forget to keep the plant in a place with indirect light.
Better Water drainage: Spider plant is also a water-sensitive plant. It would be best to make sure the pot you are using has a better drainage system, and extra water does not stay on the soil for long. You will also need to refrain from watering the plant in winter or cold weather. If you keep feeding them in winter, the plant will eventually die out of water.
Winter care: Spider plant hates cold temperature besides extra humidity. So, in these conditions, you will need to give them some artificial heat or light to survive.
Now you have an idea about planting a spider plant with two alternatives. Keep your eyes open for sunlight and watering issues. Happy gardening!