How to Propagate a Spider Plant

I think it is safe to say we are all a little bit obsessed with houseplants at the moment and quite frankly I am fully on board with this awesome interiors trend… I love it! I have always been a huge fan of having as much greenery around as possible and love how easily a plant can inject a bit of life into a room. We all love a good cactus, but when it comes to looking after them I know that a lot of us have a bit of a struggle – time to introduce the spider plant!

Spider plants are the perfect houseplant for beginners. They will live pretty much anywhere with good light, are super easy to grow and are easy to propagate! In other words, if you want to fill your space with greenery then this is the plant for you. After you’ve had your original spider plant for a while it should begin to sprout little babies on long stems – otherwise known as plantlets – and today I am going to show you how you can use these babes to fill your home with green…

What You Will Need | Small Plant Pots | Compost | Trowel | Watering Can | Adult Spider Plant | Strong Wire
  1. Investigate your spider plant and see if it has any plantlets growing out of it.
  2. Count your largest plantlets and find the equivalent amount of small plant pots. Fill each plant pot with some compost or just plain soil.

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3. Water your soil filled plant pot, this way the soil will be nice and moist when you come to plant your plantlets.

4. To plant your plantlet (now there’s a mouthful), take your plantlet and slightly push it into your soil filled plant pot.

5. Now, take your U-shaped wire and pin the plantlet down into the soil so it is secure. This will help to hold your plantlet in the soil until it develops roots. See photos for reference.

Perfect Spider Plant Conditions | Light, but out of direct sunlight | Hanging in a tall pot, suspended from the ceiling or on a side table | Keep soil fairly moist, but don’t overwater

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6. Leave your plantlet attached to the main spider plant for the time being. Keep checking over the coming weeks to see if it has developed roots, when it has you can chop it away from the main plant.

7. Repeat these steps as many times as needed and soon you will have a house full of spider babies! Keep them or use them as lovely housewarming or birthday gifts.

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And there you have it, you’ve propagated your spider plant – how easy was that! They are such lovely plants, and really do well in so many environments – I think you’d have to be pretty talented to kill one. If you’ve just bought a new spider plant, it normally takes 1-2 years for them to start developing plantlets, but it is well worth the wait!

Don’t want to propogate your baby spider plants? Simply leave them to hang – after all the spider plant is classified as a hanging house plant and they look amazing hanging from up high.

Now, I better get busy because all of those babies aren’t going to plant themselves! What’s your favourite houseplant?

Love Holly x

4 Comments

  1. I’m going to grow some spider plants but I don’t have an adult one to propagate from. You know what I’m going to say. Any chance I can have one of your babies? I love the black socks and sandals look. xx

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