Houseplants forum: Planting Spider Plant Starts

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Jul 19, 2017 9:29 PM CST
Hello! I have a bunch of starts on my spider plant and I'm going to try to cut and plant them. I was wondering if anyone has much experience with this and if so what seems to be most successful? Thank you!
Name: Gene Staver
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Jul 21, 2017 10:05 AM CST
I would imagine that the greatest success rate comes from not cutting them but first pinning them down into a small pot of dirt so that their root can grow. Then setting them free from Mom. Gene

Jul 22, 2017 3:12 PM CST
With my spider plant babies I usually cut them and then place the roots in a glass of water. They grow out a bit and then I plant them in the dirt. It's also pretty cool seeing their root system grow in the water before planting them :)
Name: Will Creed
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Jul 22, 2017 3:22 PM CST
When the bottoms of the baby plants are in constant contact with moisture (water in a glass, damp soil, a damp sponge or even very high humidity) that will trigger the production of roots. So any method that provides constant moisture to that area of the babies is equally effective. Do what seems most easy for you.
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Name: Rick Moses
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Jul 22, 2017 3:31 PM CST
Welcome! @danellerachelle

Someday, when you find yourself with too many pups, and you will, check with local elementary school teachers. I regularly give my extras to our local teachers to use as teaching aids. They grow them on in water so the kids can see the root development and get a better understanding of how things grow.

Your profile doesn't mention where you live, but you can also place the potted parent plant on a pile of open soil that is both very loose and retains water. The pups will develop strong root systems and, come fall, you'll have plenty. If you started them on loose soil, they are very easy to lift. The advantage to this method is that the pups will not only develop strong roots, but they will also start developing their water storage systems because the ground was water retentive.
Name: Zack
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Jul 22, 2017 8:24 PM CST
Hello @danellerachelle! I'm a dedicated and chronic propagator of spiderplant pups! I can't help myself, sometimes. It's just too easy and too fun to multiply an established, happy spiderplant. Hurray!

I've tried straight up planting the pups and water propagation, mostly, though I've recently pinned a pair of pups into a pot to see how that goes (pardon the alliteration).

Straight up planting the pups is a very "survival of the fittest" way to go. Most of mine withered away, some of the withered ones came back, and the few that didn't wither or die got big and strong. This method is best for pups that have their wee rootballs already raring to go, right off the motherplant.

Water propagation is my favourite way to go, and is very easy! I'm ADHD and impatient (so don't give me seeds, I can't stand waiting for them), and I find it nice to see the root growth in a clear glass container. I can judge for myself when it's ready to be planted (which is, in general, when the roots are two-ish inches long, though I like to wait until the roots start to spiderweb out a bit). The only things to really watch for, in water propagation, are 1. you don't want any of the leaves actually in the water -- they will rot, and 2. you may want to change the water a few times, so that it doesn't get foggy or dirty.

As for pinning plantlets to the soil, without removing them from the momma spidey? I imagine it will be a successful endeavor, but I would usually find it a hassle to leave the pup attached to the motherplant, because this leaves me at the mercy of the stem in terms of where I put the baby's pot (or if I can get the baby to loop around and rest in the momma's pot to root). I also have pets, and at least one cat will eat enough of my dear Clorophytum comosum plants to cause a delightful cat mess that needs to be picked up. Thoroughly. For me, it's best to remove pups and put them up, instead of leaving a leafy snack where a cat can reach.

However you plan to move forward, I wish you the best of luck! Group hug

Oh! And I'd love to see a picture of your spiderplant pal. I have some huge, established Variegatum, innumerable young and baby Variegatum, and oodles of baby Vittatum (which I took home after resuscitating my maternal grandmother's ailing Vittatum spidey duo). I aspire to have an unvariegated spidey and a Bonnie, and others if others exist, haha.

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Name: Zack
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Jul 22, 2017 8:30 PM CST
@RickM and @danellerachelle, to add to this, you can also give away spider babies to friends, family, guests, etc. My favourite (indoor) garden tradition is giving propagated plants to people who visit you. I don't get to do this very often, but I love the way people generally receive the plants. They're usually quite flattered and happy to have a new, green member in their family!

I also bring plants to my local church, usually in plastic pots and settled into simple macramé hangers made from yarn, to give to the request-of-the-week (which I ascertain the week before - occasionally with a color request for the macramé hanger). I'm constantly overflowing with spideys (and, lately, arrowhead philodendron/syngonium and easter cactus), so I like having new homes to send them to.

I also have lots of cape ivy, but I'm addicted to the stuff, so it's all mine, haha. Lovey dubby

Again, best of luck!
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