Probably because it is so easy to grow and propagate, the spider, or ribbon, plant is one of the most popular of all plants both in homes and offices.
The grassy, ribbonlike leaves, which form an arching clump, are 6-12in/15-30cm long and are green, with central bands of creamy white. In spring and summer, sprays of small white flowers are produced on long, yellow, wiry stems that cascade gracefully down from the parent plant. Spider plants are especially attractive in hanging baskets or wall-mounted pot-holders.
The flowers are followed by clusters of baby plants, each producing a miniature clump of variegated leaves. Roots soon develop on these plantlets, which can be removed from the parent and potted individually.
Chlorophytum Comosum FACT FILE
ORIGIN South Africa.
HEIGHT To 10in/25cm.
POTTING MIX Soilless or all-purpose mix.
REPOTTING Move into a container one size larger when roots start to appear through the base of the pot.
PROPAGATION Pot baby plantlets when they start to develop roots, or divide the rosettes in spring
KEEPING PLANTS These are hardy plants and will go on for years, provided they are given good growing conditions and are repotted when necessary.
Chlorophytum Comosum PLANT CARE
- Bright light is essential for well-colored leaves; too much direct sunlight will scorch the foliage.
- Minimum temperature 45°F/7°C.
- Keep the soil moist at all times in spring and summer; water more sparingly in winter.
- Feed with a standard liquid fertilizer every 10 to 14 days from early spring to late fall.
- Brown tips to the leaves develop if the plant is allowed to dry out or if the air is excessively hot and dry. Mist the foliage occasionally.
- Flowering stems can be trained around a cane hoop as well as being allowed to cascade from the parent plant.
- The plant needs good light to ensure the best color contrast on the variegated leaves.