Houseplants forum→Can I break my spider plant into parts?

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Mar 25, 2018 3:49 AM CST
I have a spider plant that is beautiful - full, long leaves, etc. But it is definitely pot bound. I have started 10 babies from its runners - they are doing well in water now. I want to grow all of them hydroponically - not just in water, but in water that has ph, hardness maintained, aerated, fertilized, etc. Can I break the mama plant up into smaller parts? I cannot find whether spider plants have tap roots or not. Usually if a plant does not have a tap root it can be done.
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Mar 25, 2018 6:58 AM CST
Yes, it can be done,just be careful when separating the root ball. I find it easier if I soak it first to get off all the soil and then separate the roots. Other members will have more advice for you nodding

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Name: Will Creed
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Mar 25, 2018 10:19 AM CST
If your Spider Plant is indeed truly potbound, then trying to separate the roots will be extremely difficult without damaging a lot of the roots as well as creasing many of the leaves.

I suggest getting a long, sharp knife and slicing down firmly from the top between the separate plants. Try not to saw or hack - just make single firm cut all the way through.
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Mar 26, 2018 9:13 AM CST
Each rosette is a separate individual. If you are going to move them from soil to hydro, you'll need to remove all of the soil. The roots can become enormous if they have the depth to do so, and look just like white carrots. In a pot, expect them to be much smaller and contorted. There are a couple pics of roots here:
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

If you have the patience, you can try to separate them, or if not, you can slice most of them off.
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