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Chlorophytum comosum

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Spider plant is part of the Chlorophytum genus. Its scientific name is Chlorophytum comosum.

The Spider Plant, Chlorophytum comosum, is a species of Chlorophytum native to South Africa. Spider Plant and its cultivars provides an attractive hanging plant for bright locations. The species, Chlorophytum comosum, has medium to dark-green satiny leaves, but only accounts for about 10% of spider plant sales. Chlorophytum comosum `Vittatum’ is the most commonly grown spider plant and has long recurved medium green leaves with a broad central white stripe. This cultivar, when allowed to grow, is the larger sized plant often sold in hanging baskets. Chlorophytum comosum `Variegatum’ is a somewhat smaller cultivar than `Vittatum’ and has medium to dark-green leaves margined with white bands.

Spider plants may also reduce indoor air pollution.

If allowed the platelets will root when they touch the ground. Makes great as a good ground cover.

The Spider Plant is an especially popular plant with beginners, as it is easy to grow and propagate and is very tolerant of neglect, being able to thrive in a wide range of conditions.1

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Floral white and   Pale green and   Light yellow. When mature, blooms are roughly 0.8 cm (that's 0.31 inches in imperial) in diameter. The mature flowers take a clustered form, with an approximate petal count of 5. Leaves appear approximately as a   Forest green (web) and   Cream

Spider plant is a flowering non-edible houseplant / herb perennial, it will last at least up to several years in its native climate.

Normally reaching to a mature height of 11.7 inches (30.0 cm). This plant tends to be in bloom all year round.

South Africa is believed to be where Spider plant originates from.

Spider plant is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Spider plant have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Spider plant

  • Dappled Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Can deal with various conditions really well, but doesn’t prefer direct sun light.

Very easy to care for this plant has a very vigorous root system and is very drought tolerant.

Enjoys a dappled sun / partial sun position in your garden and remember to water moderately. Spider plant needs a potting mix, sandy and loamy soil with a ph of 6.0 to 6.5 (weakly acidic soil). Keep in mind when planting that Spider plant is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Spider plant to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Spider plant from seed

The easiest way to grow new plants is to plant the immature plants that form at the end of the flower stalks. Pot them into compost, pin the stalk close to the compost with a bent matchstick or hair pin and cut from the mother plant in a few weeks when the new roots have formed. Use a free draining compost or mix in some vermiculite

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 18°C / 64°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Spider plant

Use a mixture of vermiculite and compost to make an open free draining, compost and pot on when roots are visible at the bottom of the pot. Potting on quickly promotes leafy growth, leaving the plant to become pot bound makes many new baby plants grow on flower stalks

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around 10°C / 50°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Spider plant is a tender plant.

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Spider plant Folklore & Trivia

In Spanish it is called ‘mala madre’ because the baby plants are “thrown” away from the mother.

Other names for Spider plant

Airplant plant, mala madre, ribbon plant, St Bernard's Lily, Reverse spider plant

Chlorophytum capense, Chlorophytum, Chlorophytum comosum bonnie

Misspellings: Spiderplant, airplant, air plant

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