How to Propagate Spider Plants

If you’re looking to increase your houseplant collection, this is the easiest way to do it!  I’m going to show you How To Propagate Spider Plants!

Spider plants are seeing a resurgence in popularity and I’m loving it. I grew up a kid in the 70’s and 80’s when spider plants were all the rage.  My mom grew them and hung them from macrame plant hangers she made…oh man, if only I’d had the foresight to keep those treasures…who knew how popular macrame would become again!

While I don’t think I’m going to be hanging plants from my ceilings any time soon, I am loving having green life in my home again.  Plants make a home feel alive…and after the loooooongest winter ever, this is a really really good feeling.

How To Propagate Spider Plants

What I’m really enjoying right now is rooting and growing new plants from shoots. I love being able to increase my plant collection with plants that I already have at home…or with little shoots that I snip off from my family and friends plants…watch out if I come over with a pair of scissors 😉

How To Propagate Spider Plants

It’s just SO EASY to grow new plants and not have to do it from seed.  A while back I shared how simple it is to root plant cuttings in water, and today I’m sharing the most simple method ever, for growing spider plant babies.

How to Propagate Spider Plants:

  • There are 3 ways to propagate spider plants:

    1. You can cut the spider babies (spiderettes) off the mother plant and root them in water.  Refer to my blog post here for instructions on how to do that.
    2. Propagating spider plants in soil is the easiest and most tolerated method for little plants.  You can leave the spider babies attached to the mother plant, and simply place the babies in soil.
    3. Or you can snip off the spider babies and place them in new pots of soil, like I have done here.

Propagating Spider Plants in Soil:

Snip off the spiderette from the mother plant.  I snip the stem off as close to the spiderette as possible.  Then, if you look closely at the bottom of the spiderette you will see little knobs or roots.  Simply place the spiderette onto a pot of soil, and gently press it in so that the little roots are covered by soil.  That’s it.  You’ve propagated a spider plant!  Now all you have to do is wait and watch a new spider plant grow.

Tips for Growing New Spider Plants:

  • Use a cloche to house your new plant as it roots and grows…it acts like a mini greenhouse, offering moisture and protection for the little spiderettes.
  • You should start to see good roots in 7-10 days.
  • Keep the soil moist but not wet.

How To Propagate Spider Plants!

This particular planting that I created is actually 2 spider babies, and they’re about 1 week old and have doubled in size already!  I’ll come back here in a few months time and update this post again with a new picture of my growing spider plant, so you can see how it’s grown over time!

How To Propagate Spider Plants!

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Happy growing!

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