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You have this great spider plant, or Chlorophytum comosum, that started to throw out all these Spider Plant babies, which are now cascading down from their mother plant.
What to do next? How to propagate your spider plant babies?
First of all, you don’t need to do anything.
You can just leave them there. They will grow and can later even have babies of their own, trailing all the way down like a waterfall.
But if you are anything like me, you want to grow at least a few new Spider plants from its plantlets.
The 3 Ways you can Propagate your Spider Plant Babies
There are three ways to propagate your Spider plant and turn those babies into new full-grown plants. All three ways are discussed more in detail later in this post, but here they are real quick:
- Propagate in water.
- Plant Spider plant babies directly in soil.
- Root spider plant babies in soil while still attached to the mother plant.
If you do experience any problems with your spider plant, it is usually easy to fix.
Add to that that it purifies the air like a champion, and is non-toxic to pets.
When to Propagate your Baby Spider Plants
When your spider plant matures, it will send out multiple runners with delicate white flowers on the ends. These small flowers will become the new little plants.
First, do a little happy dance.
Second, try to be patient. Let the babies grow a bit before doing anything.
After a while, you will start seeing small nubs appearing on the bottom of the plantlets. These are aerial starter roots. You want these.
Now you can start thinking about how you want to grow your new spider plants.
Do you root them in water first? Or dive right in and put them straight into the soil? Maybe go for the striking visual of potting them, but leaving them attached to the mother plant.
Whichever way you choose, make sure to give the plantlets adequate bright, but indirect sunlight. No full sun!
The spider plant is a great plant when you want to try propagating for the first time. The baby spiders, hanging from the mother plant, are basically complete plants already. Just miniature versions.
Ways to Propagate your Spider Plant
1. Propagate in water
When you propagate plants in water, you’re letting the roots grow first, before transferring the plantlets to the soil.
Start by carefully removing the spider plant babies from the mother plant. Cut them from the long stems they’re hanging onto.
Next, place the babies in a small glass vessel with a little bit of water. You want the water to only cover the roots of the baby plant.
Leave them for about a week. Make sure to keep the water clean by changing it regularly. Once the plantlets develop good roots you can transfer them to a small pot with well-draining soil.
After removing the Spider Plant babies, you can cut away the entire runner from the mother plant. But if you don’t mind it, just leave it. As long as it’s not dried up, new babies can still grow from it.
2. Plant baby spider plant directly in soil
The simplest way to propagate the spider plant is just to cut off the babies and plant them directly into the soil in their own pots.
This way it could take a little longer for the plantlet to settle in, and show new growth. But that is nothing to worry about.
Your plant is working on its root system first. Until you see new leafs appearing, keep the soil slightly moist, but not too wet.
3. Root spider plant babies in soil while still attached to the mother plant
When you think of it, keeping the plantlets attached to the mother plant is most like how they grow in their natural habitat.
The mother pushes out the long stems and grows her babies all around her. The babies hang down and come in contact with the soil. So they root right there next to the mother.
To mimic this, don’t cut them loose. Just put the baby spider in a small pot filled with moist soil next to the mother plant. Don’t pot it too deeply. Only the starter roots need to touch the soil.
This way, the plantlet gets strength from its own soil, and, at the same time, is still being cared for through the stem by the mother.
Wait until the baby starts to show new growth, then cut it away from the parent.
TIP: Plant a few Spider Plant babies together in one pot for an instantly fuller look.