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Name: Sandy Houck
Central, New York (Zone 4a)
Region: New York
Shouck65
Oct 28, 2016 5:04 PM CST
Spider plants have always been one of my favorite house plants. Growing up I remember my mother having them. I've just recently started collecting different ones. All of mine are young starts, 14 so far. I would enjoy seeing and hearing about what other growers have. How about other species of Chloraphytum also? So far I only have varieties of C. Comosum, but I've seen other species that have really caught my eye also. So what do some of you have and enjoy out there?
Name: tarev
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tarev
Oct 28, 2016 5:22 PM CST
Hello Shouck65, welcome to NGA!
I only grow the common one Chlorophytum comosum actually I think I got mine as a baby and multiplied on and on. They grow like weeds here, growing them outdoors year round in containers. Have been giving them away at times, and always have a spare or more, just keeps on growing here.

I don't collect the other types, I know I will just have problems finding space for them, but they are fun to have always giving lots of new little plants! So I just keep these ones already thriving in my garden.

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One time I divided a very root bound one, and got these ones which I gave away.
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Name: Sandy Houck
Central, New York (Zone 4a)
Region: New York
Shouck65
Oct 29, 2016 5:14 AM CST
Nice! You sure know to grow them. Those are some nice photos you took. I almost think the original green species is one of my top favorites.
Name: Steve Claggett
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madcratebuilder
Oct 29, 2016 6:11 AM CST
Spiders are one of my favorites, I have 13 named varieties crowding me out of the house Crying Fast growing, easy care, only problem I have is if I forget to water one it well loose some leaf tips.
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Oct 29, 2016 10:17 AM CST
They are really quite forgiving, thanks to those thick roots. I also get brown, leaf tips, due to our very dry conditions here. But just give them water again, and it will bounce back. Our mild winter is fun time for them, free water from Mother Nature Smiling
Name: Sandy Houck
Central, New York (Zone 4a)
Region: New York
Shouck65
Oct 29, 2016 10:18 AM CST
I tend to over water. I need to check that at the door. I also have quite a few snake plants and jades that would not appreciate over watering either. Luckily I have other plants that enjoy watering more. Many of my house plants are new starts. I'm leaning away from outside stuff a bit. Our summers (and winters actually) are getting a bit crazy and the deer are a little too abundant besides...
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Oct 29, 2016 10:30 AM CST
I have one growing indoors, just with clay rocks, but the container has two holes about half way the container, no holes at the bottom of the container. So it is like an overflow at that point, and creates a water reservoir below and the clay rocks holds water but still allows air circulation at the root zone. My Spider plant likes that set-up, no overwatering and no fungus gnats as well.
Name: Steve Claggett
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madcratebuilder
Oct 29, 2016 10:43 AM CST
Shouck65 said:I tend to over water. I need to check that at the door. I also have quite a few snake plants and jades that would not appreciate over watering either. Luckily I have other plants that enjoy watering more. Many of my house plants are new starts. I'm leaning away from outside stuff a bit. Our summers (and winters actually) are getting a bit crazy and the deer are a little too abundant besides...


I forgot to add Welcome!

I have snakes and jades also and all are just young starts. My spiders are six months old and growing much faster than I remembered from years ago, filling out 8" baskets and putting on pups already.

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plantmanager
Oct 29, 2016 10:47 AM CST
Your plants look very happy, Steve!
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Name: Sandy Houck
Central, New York (Zone 4a)
Region: New York
Shouck65
Oct 29, 2016 1:43 PM CST
Thanks for the welcome and your spider plants look great! Apparently you know what they like. Has anyone tried the orange stemmed relative, Fire Flash? I have seeds coming. That one caught my eye.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Oct 29, 2016 7:39 PM CST
Have not tried that, but will happily want to see your photos when it grows! Big Grin
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tarev
Oct 29, 2016 7:40 PM CST
Steve that is one happy Spider plant colony Big Grin Thumbs up
Name: Steve Claggett
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madcratebuilder
Oct 30, 2016 6:55 AM CST
Shouck65 said:Thanks for the welcome and your spider plants look great! Apparently you know what they like. Has anyone tried the orange stemmed relative, Fire Flash? I have seeds coming. That one caught my eye.


I believe Fire Flash is Chlorophytum amaniense, it is similar to Chlorophytum comosum. It does not send out runners or :pups: like the Spider plant does.
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sallyg
Oct 30, 2016 7:31 AM CST
I have bad luck with regular spiders, I probably overwatered although I generally do OK in that regard.
I was about the mention Fire Flash. I saw it once but haven't owned one.
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Oct 30, 2016 12:02 PM CST
In my area, the Spider plants ably handles our heat waves, as long as I water often. But I did lose one container last summer, while we were away for more than a month in late June. That container is the first to get the intense direct sun, while the others were safely shadowed by the foliage of our city trees, so I guess that helped the rest of the spiders to survive.

Fall season is fun for them, comfy cool temps with on and off rains. So they are perking up nicely and gives me a chance to move the new little ones.

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crawgarden
Nov 1, 2016 6:03 PM CST
Nov 02, 63 deg and the Spider is still growing! These are a few of the baby spiders that rooted during the summer, they also rooted in my paver path, have the mother plant put up for the winter.
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Nov 1, 2016 6:39 PM CST
Nice! 60's is still okay with it, even up to 50's actually. It is in the range of 40F and below that you will see damage, unless you can keep it totally dry. It quickly bounces back when temps warm up to the 70's.
Name: sy
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syzone8aUK
Nov 8, 2016 8:28 AM CST
I just got my first spider plant! I normally pass on these cause theres always dracaena on display at the same time! but I have 9 dracaena now and finally purchased the spider plant Thumbs up



Can someone tell me if this is about to bloom? or finished blooming? I don't know what to make of it! I didn't even notice it until I got home.


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Name: Rick Moses
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RickM
Nov 8, 2016 8:42 AM CST
Welcome! @Shouck65 !

I have no idea what varieties we have other than plain green and green/white. I never thought of spiders as a 'collector' plant.

We put our spiders outside for the summer. They do well... too well! We're working on bringing things for the winter and are wondering where to put everything. So far, we've gotten down to the mid-30s at night, but the spiders don't seem to care.

I potted up a bunch of pups back in the spring for a yard sale that never happened. Right now, I"m looking at a dozen plain green pups in small pots and heaven only knows how many pups are still attached. And the neighbors are getting tired of me asking if they want any more! Whistling
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Nov 8, 2016 9:27 AM CST
Hi Sy, that stalk will grow longer, it may make new blooms up and down the stalk first then at the tip, more blooms and the new pup. In my area I get them during mid Spring.

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