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Name: Erika
Kenosha, WI (Zone 5b)
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msteacher
Dec 19, 2017 2:01 PM CST
Got a new spider plant yesterday because it has a million babies. Super excited about that, but the stems leading from the parent to the babies is an orange-ish color. Is this normal or is something wrong? It had brown tips but i cut those off, and watered it with water I let sit out overnight because the soil was dry when I got it.

Also some of the babies look like they are dying (pale leafs) should I remove those ones.

Thank you,
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Dec 19, 2017 2:08 PM CST
There is nothing abnormal about the color of the plantlet stems. You should also expect to lose some of the baby plants along the way. Just remove them.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 19, 2017 2:10 PM CST
Yes, the yellowish color on the stems of the runners is normal. Nothing to worry about.

But some of those baby plants could use a pot of their own, in my opinion. Any of the bigger ones that have roots showing below the leaves can be potted up. I always put 3 or 4 offsets in each 6in. pot because these plants seem to grow better if they are a bit crowded.

I'd also pot up any of the babies that are pale colored. Usually that's a sign that they're not getting enough water, so cutting them off and either letting them root in a glass of water (if they don't have roots yet) or damp pot of new potting soil will probably save them
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Dec 19, 2017 2:10 PM CST
I think orange stems are pretty normal once mature. Your plant looks healthy to me.
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Name: Erika
Kenosha, WI (Zone 5b)
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msteacher
Dec 19, 2017 2:29 PM CST
Thank you all Smiling My other two younger spiders didnt have this color so I was a little worried the stems were dying or something!

Dyzzypyxxy, I am planning on repotting some of the babies on thursday. Just waiting for the rooting hormone and heat pad since it is cold in Wisconsin this time of yeat Smiling I will try potting the pale ones too and see what happens!
Name: greene
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greene
Dec 19, 2017 3:34 PM CST
If the babies already have formed roots, you don't need the rooting hormone; that is used more for cuttings. You will probably run out of friends to share plant with before you run out of spider babies.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 19, 2017 4:00 PM CST
The only Spider Plants I have ever seen that continued to grow thousands of offsets were growing in a greenhouse.
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Name: greene
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greene
Dec 19, 2017 4:05 PM CST
DaisyI said:The only Spider Plants I have ever seen that continued to grow thousands of offsets were growing in a greenhouse.


Not sure where you came up with the amount 'thousands', but, once the plants are set free, they grow fairly wild here in South Georgia; some grow them as ground cover. They are happy and make lots of babies.

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 19, 2017 4:14 PM CST
Greene, it has to do with heat and humidity. You LIVE in a greenhouse. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Dec 19, 2017 5:39 PM CST
Yes, they do well here too.
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Name: Erika
Kenosha, WI (Zone 5b)
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msteacher
Dec 19, 2017 6:31 PM CST
Thank you Greene, I didn't know it was just for growing roots from cuttings, I thought it was also good for getting the roots to grow faster. Guess I'll save it for when I try my hand with succulents this summer :)
Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Dec 19, 2017 7:55 PM CST
greene said:

Not sure where you came up with the amount 'thousands', but, once the plants are set free, they grow fairly wild here in South Georgia; some grow them as ground cover. They are happy and make lots of babies.



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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 19, 2017 8:03 PM CST
msteacher said:Thank you Greene, I didn't know it was just for growing roots from cuttings, I thought it was also good for getting the roots to grow faster. Guess I'll save it for when I try my hand with succulents this summer :)


Don't use it on your succulents either. Smiling

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Name: Erika
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msteacher
Dec 19, 2017 8:07 PM CST
@Daisyl, why not use it on succulents? I'm planning on trying to propagate them with leaves and stem pieces wouldn't it help with that?
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 19, 2017 8:19 PM CST
Succulents root easily without any help. Sometimes adding rooting hormone causes them to rot before they root.
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Name: Sue
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Zuni
Dec 19, 2017 10:32 PM CST
I agree. Spider plant babies are super easy. You can just put them into some good potting soil and water them . You don't need the heating pad either, for these. But, you can use it to start some tomato seeds :-)

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