"How to propagate a spider plant"

How to propagate a spider plant

Propagation is very simple with the spider plant. If your plant gets to a certain size, it'll start to give you little sprouts like the picture above. The plant rewards your good care with new plants, how amazing is that? In this post, I'll explain when you can start to propagate a spider plant and what steps you can take to go through the whole process.

Before you read this post, make sure you've read "How to care for a spider plant". Because, without good care, you won't be able to propagate this wonderful house plant. Now that you know how to take care of your spider plant, let's get started with propagation.

When do I propagate?

You can start to propagate when your mother plant starts to shoot out little bundles. You can see what this look like in the picture at the top. All of these little bundles are completely new plants.

"Cutting the sprouts off the mother plant" Cutting the sprouts off the mother plant

This is a picture of one of the spouts up close. You can see that it already has small roots. When the roots are as large or larger then this, you can cut off the sprout from the "mother plant" with some scissors like shown in the picture. If you cut them off the mother plant any earlier, you can risk the sprouts. They may not be able to get enough nutrients by itself and die off. So be sure to wait a little longer if you're unsure whether the roots are long enough for the plant to be self-sufficient.

How do I propagate?

When you cut the spouts off when they get roots you can simply put them in some soil. If you want to be able to see the roots of the plant grow, you can also put them into a small jar with water. When the roots are about 5 cm (2 inches), you can put them in soil. This way you can watch the root grow and you can plant them in soil later on.

For this guide, I waited to propagate my own spider plant, so in the picture above you can see that I carefully cut the sprout off the mother plant and in the picture below I've laid them out. You can see that the sizes of the sprouts vary a little bit. This is okay, the most important things are the size of the roots. If the roots are healthy and strong, there is a very high chance that you'll have a healthy and strong plant. The size of the sprout doesn't matter too much.

"The separated sprouts" The separated sprouts

The sprouts in the picture above will all be planted in soil as I, at the time of writing this, don't have any leftover jars to put water in and water propagate these plants. This just goes to show that you can propagate these plants in different ways. The smaller sprouts are placed together in a pot because these still have plenty of space to grow. If the initial sprouts are of a good size, like the top 3 in the picture, they'll be placed in a small container by themselves. These sprouts will need a bit of extra space. The smaller sprouts, like the 4 a the bottom, will be placed together in a container. Each of the containers will contain two of the smaller sprouts.

"The planted sprouts" The planted sprouts

This is the result of planting the sprouts. They're all planted in small pots. This stimulates the growth, as these plants love to be in small, confined spaces. They love to take over the pot and grow their roots all over the place. In the picture below you can see that I currently have spouts in some soil at different stages of their development. Some are still small and others have developed themselves into a fully fledged spider plant.

What happens after propagation?

The more the roots grow, the more of the pot they will take over. At a certain point, you will need to repot them. You can read all about this in my guide "Everything about repotting a spider plant". At this point, you can also choose to place several of these grown sprouts together in a container. This will again stimulate growth because they'll be in a tight space once again, but they will have more room to grow. You can see I did this in the picture below. The containers on the left are all the small sprouts that I've planted in the smaller containers. The bigger pots on the right are 2 to 3 of the smaller containers combined after the sprouts had outgrown the small containers.

"The growing sprouts" The growing sprouts

I hope this post helps you to create more plants for your house or to give away to friends and family. When you care well for these small, new plants, they'll grow out to be as big and strong they'll need to be repotted into bigger containers. If you want to know when and how to repot these plants, read "Everything about repotting a spider plant" and you'll be well on your way to making this a success.

Thank you for reading this post! I hope it helps you to keep your plants healthy and beautiful! If you're looking for more guides on specific plants, let me know on Instagram or Twitter and I'll do my best to help you.

Posted on: May 22nd, 2019

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