Spider Plant

Spider Plant - About, Care and Maintenance

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Spider plants are easy to propagate and make great gifts for friends & family. The baby spiders, or pups as they are called, grow at the end of long stems coming off of the main plant.  Leave the pups attached to the Mother Spider and plant each one in a separate 4” pot.
  The babies will continue to get nourishment via the stem attached to the main plant until their own roots are established (4-6 weeks). Once the roots are formed, cut the pup off of the stem and watch how quickly the new plants grow. You can also root the baby spiders directly in a glass of water.

LIGHT AND TEMPERATURE:  Prefers a well-lit spot and average warmth.

WATER:  If possible water your spider plants from the bottom and keep moist in the summer and water sparingly in the winter.

FERTILIZER:  Fertilize spiders monthly as long as they are producing new leaves & pups. Do not fertilize the new baby spider plants for at least 3-6 months. The salt in the fertilizer will damage the delicate new roots.

Spiders are susceptible to scale, mealy bugs, aphids, and spider mites. Try spraying a solution of undiluted alcohol mixed with a few drops of mineral oil and a few drops of ivory soap. If the scale is really bad, you will see hundreds of what looks like very tiny brown hard shell like dots lining the leaves, you might have to use a children’s toothbrush to literally scrub the scale off of the leaves.

Whether you choose a solid green spider, a regular spider (white & green), or a reverse spider (green & white), they are great plants to have in your home.



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