The Q&A Archives: Spider Plants

Question: What information can you give me on Spider plants?

Answer: The botanical name for Spider plant is Chlorophytum. The most commonly grown is Chlorophytum comosum vittatum. This variety has green leaves edged with white. Chlorophytum comosum has been grown as an indoor plant for over 200 years. Arching leaves form an attractive rosette, and the long stalks that radiate from the center of the plant bear plantlets that can be cut away from the mother plant and rooted. If left on the mother plant, the baby plants resemble spiders. Chlorophytum need average household warmth, a well lit spot away from direct sunlight, frequent watering to keep the soil moist, and occasional misting to provide humidity.

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