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Mar 25, 2017 12:21 PM CST
I have a nice size spider plant with nice size babies hanging down. Well I'm growing shoots out of the babies. What are these and what do I do? Also, do I trim off the dead ends of the main and plant and the babies too?
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Name: Cindy
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Mar 25, 2017 3:10 PM CST
Rah - I do trim the dead bits off my two spider plants. You can leave the babies if you want or trim them off. I do root some of the bigger babies to use as "pot fillers" in warm weather containers instead of buying other fillers.
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Mar 25, 2017 3:16 PM CST
Hi RahRah and welcome to NGA!

Those shoots coming off the babies are flower stalks.

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Mar 25, 2017 3:18 PM CST

The shoots from the babies are the same thing as the shoots from the mother plant. They may have small flowers and more babies at their ends. So you'll potentially have babies growing from the existing babies.
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Mar 25, 2017 3:27 PM CST
You can leave them all if you like a full plant. I cut off and root most of the babies because I continually give them away.
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Mar 25, 2017 11:41 PM CST
You have a lovely spider plant. I wish mine was as happy where it hangs!

You can snip off a few of the babies and replant them. They restart easily. I usually set my offsprings in a glass of water until I see a few roots then put them in soil.

My house has a heat pump, which means the humidity is lower than spider plants like. So I'm always struggling with them. I try to remember to mist them daily, but I don't think that is enough.

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