Houseplants forum: Baby spider plant that needs help

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Oct 16, 2015 10:36 AM CST
It's probably not savable but I thought I could try. I have a baby spider plant someone gave me but I had it in water. Now it seems like it's just going to die. Any helpful tips to save this little guy?
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Name: Lin
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Oct 16, 2015 11:12 AM CST
Hi Ravenmoon, Welcome! to All Things Plants!

It looks like those roots are still viable so I'd say that your little Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) still has a chance at surival! Since it is a small plant, don't use a real large container; pot it up in a well draining potting soil and place it in a location of warmth with bright, indirect light (no direct sun which can scorch the foliage) and be sure to keep the soil moist but not soggy. You can raise the humidity level around the plant by sitting the pot on a tray of moist pebbles or misting the plant every so often.

We have a member here on ATP, @JB who is very knowledgeable about Spider Plants so hopefully she will pop in with some advice and tips for you.
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Oct 16, 2015 12:44 PM CST
Hello Ravenmoon! Your baby spider still has a chance to survive, I still see good roots. If you intend to keep them growing in water, you can try using clay rocks. I grow one indoors in clay rocks and water semi-hydro style. So I have a container where I have two holes punched a few inches from the bottom of the container, not below the container. So it is like the spill over hole, when I water the plant from the top, water spills outside the holes and keeps a reservoir below. The plant then just grows the roots deeper, and the clay rocks wicks water too, so it helps keep the roots just adequately moist without making it too mushy. At the same time it allows air around the roots. Those roots are quite drought tolerant as it matures so it likes to just be moist and dry out gradually. I like this style indoors, no pesky gnats.

Or if you want to grow them in soil, it will also work, just do not be surprised if the roots die off a bit, it will be adjusting from water to soil media. But it will also grow the proper roots later on. Use a very well draining media in a small container, the plant is still too young. Keep it warm, in bright light.
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Oct 16, 2015 3:42 PM CST
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