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Grow Your Spider Plant Outdoors

By Dutchlady1
February 7, 2012

If you live in zone 9 or 10, you can grow the 'Spider Plant' (Chlorophytum comosum) outdoors. This plant, which is native to South Africa, makes a wonderful ground cover. Just start with one and watch the baby plants spread around the mother. They can easily be moved if they get into areas where you don't want them.

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 6, 2012 6:25 PM CST
I agree with Hetty.
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KyWoods
Feb 6, 2012 7:31 PM CST
Zone envy here...I have too many spider plants overwintering in the basement and not enough friends who won't kill them! Sad
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Debbie
Feb 7, 2012 12:13 AM CST
Hetty, where do I source them?
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Feb 7, 2012 4:39 AM CST
Debbie - They tend to be available - mostly in hanging baskets - in many of the usual outlets, but if you can't find any I can imagine someone on here could share some babies...
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Debbie
Feb 7, 2012 10:21 AM CST
Thanks Hetty, I'll check the nurseries around here.
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Feb 7, 2012 1:45 PM CST

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Samigal
Feb 7, 2012 2:33 PM CST
I have a huge plant with a lot of baby plants waiting to be potted. Seems to be only one of the plants that won't die on me. Never thought about putting it in the ground.
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Feb 7, 2012 2:46 PM CST
I hadn't either until about two years ago when I went to someone's house and found them used as ground cover.
Name: Sallee
High Desert, So. Calm, USA (Zone 8b)
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SorchaGriannon
Feb 11, 2012 8:51 PM CST
I live in zone 8 (So. Cal. High Desert), and my spider plants did very well outside. They would die back in the Winter, then as soon as it warmed up, they would be back.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 11, 2012 9:05 PM CST
I had wondered about that Sorcha. I used to live in zone 10 like Hetty but then moved to the northern portion of the state & began to wonder if the spider plants would overwinter here. Good to know. Thanks.
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Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Feb 14, 2012 8:50 AM CST
I put them in the ground here in N. Central TX, by tucking them in bare spots and then mulching in the fall. They don't have too much growth since they die back in the winter, but do fill in nicely.
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Debbie
Feb 16, 2012 7:07 PM CST
Thanks Sue for the info. I am going to make a trip to Forest Hills nurseries at the end of the month and they have them listed on their availability list.
Great idea to use them for ground cover. Thanks everyone.
Sheila, how did they do for you last year in the drought ya'll experienced?
And finally, sun or shade or does it matter.
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gingin
Feb 17, 2013 3:38 PM CST
hmmmm...may have to try a few babies outside this year and see what happens.
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fiwit
Mar 31, 2013 7:12 AM CST
Sheila_FW said:I put them in the ground here in N. Central TX, by tucking them in bare spots and then mulching in the fall. They don't have too much growth since they die back in the winter, but do fill in nicely.


Wonder if I could push the zone here...might try that this year to fill in a bare patch behind the house. It's fairly protected, so they might survive the winter here. I know they love spending the summers on my front porch. Hmmm......
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Mar 31, 2013 8:37 PM CST
You know Mary, it just might work if you plant them in that location AND mulch them very heavily before winter. I'd say it's worth an experiment. You can always take some pups inside for winter in case the experiment fails & that way you would have some to start anew with in the spring.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Mary
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fiwit
Mar 31, 2013 9:10 PM CST
Yep! The way I see it, as long as I keep one or two babies as indoor houseplants, I'm not risking anything. Thumbs up And I'll ALWAYS have one or two babies from this plant - it came to me as a baby from my Aunt Ruth's spider plant. No way I'd risk losing it entirely. Lovey dubby
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