Chlorophytum comosum

Chlorophytum comosum

The spider plant or Chlorophytum comosum is always in fashion because it is so easy to grow and multiply. Who has never taken plantlets from a mother plant home to let root in a glass of water?

It can be difficult to find in the trade because it is so easy to find a plant to take cuttings from and quickly grow a new plant.

Not only does it look beautiful indoors, you can plant it out in the garden. It will not survive the winter, you will need to plant new ones the following spring.

It is also a very rewarding office plant that you may forget to water when you go on holiday.

The flowers are small and white and grow on long white stalks. It is on these stems that plantlets are formed.

Origin:

South Africa

Substrate:

Any soil but provide good drainage to avoid root rot.

Light:

Light but no direct sunlight, tolerates partial shade and shade. The light has an effect on the color of the leaves: with more light, the color is light green, with less light, the leaves turn dark green and the white stripes are not as broad. Avoid direct sunlight as this may burn the leaves.

Water:

Water 2-3 times a week, less in winter. Make sure that the plant does not remain in standing water to prevent root rot. The spider plant will resist some drought if you forget to water it.

Fertilizer:

Every 2 weeks.

Temperature:

Room temperature, ideally 18-32 °C but resists lower and higher temperatures. Will die at 2 °C.

Repotting:

At least once a year. The plant forms a strong root system that quickly occupies the whole pot. Check the bottom to see if the roots grow out of it.

Propagation:

Division, cuttings and air layering.

Division:

Divide the plant when repotting.

Cuttings:

Cut the plantlets growing on the flower stalks. Let them root in a glass of water or plant them in a pot with soil.

Air layering:

The plantlets can also be planted in a pot with soil while still attached to the parent plant. Cut them loose when the roots are formed.

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