Wondering how to propagate spider plants? There are a few different ways, but today I’m going to talk about spider plant propagation in water. In my opinion, it’s the fastest, easiest, and most rewarding way to do it. Read on for more.
How to Propagate Spider Plants
I have to admit that spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) aren’t my favorite plant. I have had some bad luck with them in the past despite supposedly being really easy to care for. Truthfully, it was probably user error before I knew much about plants. So I wanted to give it another shot.
What influenced me? This absolutely stunning spider plant FULL of flowers and babies my mom has in her dining room. Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s throwing those new shoots and tiny babies out every which way, giving a kind of crazy vibe. I can dig that.
But instead of buying a new spider plant, I decided to propagate spider plant babies from my mom’s tree. I don’t really have room for a large plant right now, and her plant is so healthy and beautiful that I figured I could just work from that. So let’s chat a bit about the spider plant.
Spider Plant Care: How to Propagate More Spider Plant Babies
Although it isn’t really my favorite plant, I gotta give credit where credit is due: the spider plant is a true propagation power house. I say that because it literally propagates itself without you doing anything. The spider plant babies that mother plants produce are basically new plants that you can pop off and work with.
Or you can just leave the babies on the mother plant. If your plant is happy and thriving, the babies will mature and also create babies. This will lead to a crazy trailing look. My mom’s plant is surely headed that way!
But how can you get your spider plant to grow more spider plant babies? Giving it the right growing conditions is the first step. Spider plants enjoy bright to moderate indirect sunlight and warm temperatures. Once you see the plant flower, you know you’re doing something right. It’s these small white flowers that turn into new spider plant babies!
Want more plant care tips? You’ll also love my guides on how to take care of monstera plants, the ponytail palm, snake plants, elephant ear plants, pothos plants, rubber plants, fiddle leaf figs, cape ivy, peperomia plants, pilea peperomioides, succulents, and philodendron.
Don’t give this plant too much direct light, though, as the leaves are prone to burning. While spider plants can tolerate low light levels, they won’t thrive and likely won’t flower or produce babies. Misting your plant with a spray bottle can also be helpful, especially if it gets a lot of light.
Aside from the right care conditions, keeping spider plants snug in their pots is a good way to encourage spider plant baby growth. But don’t worry if you need to repot your spider plant to a slightly larger pot. If it’s happy it will grow quickly, filling up that space and getting snug enough to churn out more spider plant babies.
Spider Plant Propagation Methods
There are three ways to propagate spider plant babies: by cutting them off and planting them alone in soil; by planting them in soil while they are still attached to the mother plant, severing them off of the mother plant later; and in water.
I think water propagation is the easiest because the spider plant babies sprout new white roots so quickly in water. You can let the roots develop quite a bit before planting the propagated babies. This helps to ensure the plant rebounds quicker and doesn’t go into too much shock. You’ll also probably see new growth faster.
Spider Plant Propagation in Water
Here are the steps to propagate spider plants in water. You’ll just need an existing spider plant, a clean knife or pair of scissors, and a container of water.
Step 1: Remove a spider plant baby
First, look for a spider plant baby that has little nubs on it. These are the beginnings of those beautiful new roots that will help your new plant thrive. They look like the picture below. Make sure you get at least one of these when removing your baby.
Step 2: Grow roots in water
Next you’ll need to add your plants to a bit of water. Since the tiny spider plants don’t have long stems, I like to use a mason jar with just a bit of water or a bowl. You want the water to cover the root area only, not the entire plant.
Set the plant and water in a spot with bright, indirect light. Check it every few days to monitor root growth, adding more water as necessary. Make sure the roots remain covered in water throughout this process. I like my roots get nice and long over about 1 month in water.
Step 3: Planting the New Spider Plant
Once the roots are sufficiently established, you can plant the spider plant just as you would any other plant. I planted three rooted spider plant babies together in one pot so it wouldn’t look so piddly. You don’t have to do this, though—you can plant them alone.
As for the soil, a good well-draining potting soil helps to ensure the roots don’t stay too wet. A soil mix labeled for indoor use is best. If you don’t have an indoor potting mix, lighten up your dirt by adding some peat moss and perlite, sand, or both!
Here’s all of my little babies clumped together and planted as one for a full look. Unfortunately I left this sitting on the counter in Henry’s reach and he got up and chewed all of the ends off because he’s an asshole…but it will grow back 🙂
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