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Question: My spider plant leaftips are turning brown. The leaves underneath are dead. What is the proper way to care for this plant and can I start new plants from the original one?

Answer: Chlorophytum, or Spider Plant, likes average household warmth, bright light (but not direct sunlight), liberal water spring through autumn but little water in the winter, and frequent feeding. There are many causes for browning tips in Spider Plants. If your water has chlorine or fluoride in it, change to filtered or bottled water for your plant. Other causes are too much or too little water, too much or too little fertilizer, or excessively hot air. Try to remedy the situation by using bottled water, keeping the soil moist in the spring, summer and fall but allowing it to dry out a bit during the winter, feed every two weeks with a diluted liquid fertilizer, give it bright light and adequate air circulation. If the air is very dry, mist your plant daily. Following the above guidelines should help your Spider Plant recover and thrive. You can start new plants by clipping off a 6" length of stem and placing it in a glassful of water. It should readily root.

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