Today my good friend Ginni came over to my house bearing an interesting gift--a spider plant! I readily accepted the large, long-leafed plant, thinking about where I would put it--in my room or in a hanging basket in the kitchen. But there was more to this event than just giving me the plant. Ginni explained to me that she has about a dozen of these arachnid plants at her house, and all of them came from one spider plant. That’s right, the spider plant buds more spider plants, and the baby spider plants bud more, and, well, you get the idea.
All you have to do is just spilt the main rosette (a circular arrangement of leaves) or you can remove the tiny plantlets that bud on the main plant. These plantlets can then be planted into separate potted plants with moist soil or just put them in a glass of water. Voila! You have little baby spider plants that are ready to grow and eventually propagate more plants. Follow this link to read about more information on caring for spider plants.
Grow a spider plant, and give the plantlets to others, and soon, there will be a wave of spider plants. Ginni likes to call this spider plant idea the “friendship plant.” Make friends while simultaneously spreading the word about growing plants! Spider plants make nice indoor plants, and they can reduce indoor air pollution. They’re attractive and are a natural air filter for your home! What have you got to lose? Look out, there may be a baby spider plant coming your way!
Photo credit: Katherine Bailey