How to propagate: Spider plant

Spider plant, or Chlorophytum, is a very easy plant to propagate. From spring until summer it is possible that the plant will grow small white flowers. The flowers provide not only cheerfulness, but also sprouts. The nice thing is that you can also use the plant as a hanging plant, just like a pea plant or the Ceropegia Woodii.

As soon as the flowers have flourished you will see small shoots. Leave these shoots attached to the mother plant for another month or so. This way you can be sure that the shoots has some roots.

Supplies

  • Spider plant (Chlorophytum)
  • Scissors or knife
  • Disinfectant
  • Glass, vase(s) or mug with water
  • Optional: rooting hormone

Propagating a Spider plant in 4 steps

Step 1: Disinfect

First clean the scissors you are might be using.

Keep the scissors under hot water and clean them well. This prevents you from unnecessarily transferring bacteria during the propagation.

Do you happen to have disinfectant or pure alcohol? Disinfect the tools after the hot water. Let's get away with those bacteria and fungi!

Step 2: Take cuttings

First of all, clean the scissors. You can use alcohol or disinfectant so that the scissors are well disinfected. Scissors clean? Then it’s time to propagate!

Carefully cut off the young shoots from the mother plant. Pay close attention to the roots of the young shoots. Try to protect them as much as possible. This way you avoid damaged roots.

Step 3: Apply rooting hormone

Do you happen to have rooting hormone at home? Then you can apply the rooting hormone to the ‘open wound’ of the cutting. Let the powder dry well!

Don’t have any rooting hormone? No problem. You can also easily propagate without. Although the use ofrooting hormone can stimulate root growth. So it is an interesting option to consider.

Step 4: Taking care of the cutting

Place the cutting in a vase with water. Make sure that no leaves are touching the water.

If there are leaves that are touching the water, make sure to cut them off. If you let the leaves touch the water the can rot.

After 2-4 weeks roots will develop. If the roots are around 5 cm you can move the cutting from water to soil.

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