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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, we'll go over everything you need to know about propagating your spider plant 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.

In this guide, we'll go over these questions:

  1. When do I propagate a spider plant?
  2. How do I propagate a spider plant?
  3. What happens after propagating a spider plant?

Let's get right into it and find out how you can turn your baby spider plants into fully-grown plants.

When do I propagate a spider plant?

Back to top You've given your spider plant great care for a while and little shoots like this start to pop out of the parent plant:

Sprouts on a spider plant Sprouts on a spider plant

As soon as these little shoots are starting to grow their own roots, you know they're ready for propagation. You can choose to leave these baby plants on the parent plant, but you can also choose to propagate them and let them grow up to be big plants themselves.

"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 them off the parent plant with some scissors, as shown in the picture. If you cut them off the mother plant any earlier, you can risk losing them, as those roots won't be able to absorb enough nutrients to keep the plant alive. 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 a spider plant?

Back to top When you cut off the spouts from the parent plant, after they've grown roots to a sustainable size, you can plant 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.

We've laid out some spider plant sprouts in the picture below to give you a good view of what your sprouts should resemble during propagation. 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 high chance that you'll have a healthy and strong plant. The size of the sprout itself doesn't matter, but the size of the roots do.

"The separated sprouts" The separated sprouts

The sprouts in the picture above will all be planted in soil, but you can also propagate them in water. This is up to you and what you prefer. 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 can grow in a small pot by themselves. These sprouts will need a bit of extra space in the short term. The smaller sprouts, like the 4 at the bottom, will grow in the same pot. Each of the containers will contain two of the smaller sprouts. Again, this is up to what you have and what you prefer. Spider plants do like to be root bound, so don't give them a really large pot right away.

"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 spouts in different stages of development and how quickly they grow. These spider plants are propagated just a few weeks apart. Some are still small and others have developed themselves into fully-fledged spider plants.

What happens after propagating a spider plant?

Back to top 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 again, but they will have more room to grow. This is exactly what we did with the spider plants in the picture below. The pots on the left contains the plants that were are all the small sprouts that were planted in the smaller pots. The bigger pots on the right are 2 or 3 of the smaller containers combined after the sprouts had outgrown the small containers.

"The growing sprouts" The growing sprouts

Hopefully, this post helps you to grow more spider plants for your house and/or to give away to friends and family. When you care well for these small, new plants, they'll grow out to be big and strong. When the do, 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 growing new spider plant babies.

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, you can always request a plant guide to get a guide for the plant you have trouble with.

Tags: spider plant, propagation

Posted on: May 22, 2019 Last updated on: Oct 3, 2020

Other common names for this plant

  • Chlorophytum comosum

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Frequently asked questions

When can I propagate a spider plant sprout?
You can propagate a spider plant sprout when it's roots are at least 1.5 cm (half an inch). At this size, the roots are able to absorb enough nutrients to be able to feed the plant and keep it alive.

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