Spider Plant Babies: How to Propagate Them Easily

Do you like getting new plants for free? This program is for you. Chlorophytum propagates easily from young plants that sprout from the end of the mother plant’s long, curved stems.

Chlorophytum—the botanical name for Chlorophytum chinensis—is one of the easiest plants to propagate.

Read on to learn how to propagate them and grow plants from baby-sized shoots.

It is considered one of the most popular houseplants in much of the United States, or grown outdoors in summer as an annual.

Chlorophytum has many nicknames — spider plant, airplane grass, St. Bernard lily, ribbon plant, and even (erroneously) Chick and Hen, a more common nickname for a popular succulent.

Spider Plant Flowers:

Although this plant is grown for its beautiful foliage, it also has small flowers. The plant produces delicate, white, delicate flowers in summer, from which grow Chlorophytum chinensis.

The flowers are very small, only about 2.5 cm in size, somewhat like miniature lilies.

Spider Plant Babies:

It is not uncommon for a well-developed spider plant to send out a branch, which in turn sends out branches of its own. This results in a cascade of young plants hanging below the mother plant and each daughter plant.

There are several methods you can use, but the easiest method is to let young spider plants grow into mature plants.

Chlorophytum seedlings are branches or seedlings of Chlorophytum that will grow under favorable conditions. When each baby eventually matures into a large plant, they can easily grow new plants. With well-drained soil, some water, and some sun, these low-maintenance plants will bring you cascading stems that babies can hang freely from.

When your spider plant is fully grown, multiple stolons will emerge with small white flowers at the end. Tiny spider plants sprout from these flowers. They are essentially miniature spider plants, so they are very easy to propagate.

 Methods of propagating these plants

The first option, the most common and easiest, is to grow small spider plants attached to full-sized plants. Cut the rooted cuttings and root them into the potting soil while holding onto the mother plant.

You can also grow new plants from cuttings. Either plant the baby in soil, or let it take root in water. Some gardeners prefer to cut the seedlings and root them into a planter box.

Since juvenile spider plants are not as robust as adult plants, special care is required during root formation. It is best to keep them on a high shelf or out of the reach of children and teens. Keeping babies in a wet bathroom can help them recover. Just make sure they get plenty of water and bright, indirect sunlight, and bring them indoors in cooler temperatures.3

How often should I water spider plants?

Drinking a little drink about a week can meet all the needs of Chlorophytum. Watering needs to be reduced in autumn and winter. You just want to moisten the compost. A good way to check if water is needed is to dip your finger in the soil up to the second knuckle. When your fingers are clean and dry, it’s time to water your plants.

How much light does my spider plant need?

Chlorophytum tolerates most light conditions but will thrive in well-lit areas of the home. Keep spider plant out of strong, direct sunlight; he’ll love standing on a table or hanging on a shelf.

What is the best temperature for Chlorophytum?

Your spider plants will tolerate almost any temperature as long as you make sure they are not exposed to the heat of the midday sun or exposed to cold conditions.

Does my spider plant need extra love?

Trim off any brown tips and spray them with a little water now and then to dust off the leaves, but caring for your spider plant doesn’t need to be complicated. If you want to boost your spider plant’s growth, give it a liquid fertilizer once a month during the warmer months.