Propagation: Spidey the Curly Spider Plant


Heisann! Tonti here. Plants are the gifts that keep on giving, and today we are going to learn about the safe and effective ways to propagate the Curly Spider plants you receive from Gnomesy. 

Spider plants grow quickly, and when happy, produce plant spiderettes (babies) abundantly. This makes the whole process pain-free and an easy way to grow your own greenspace, or gift plants to friends and family. 

Step 1: Identify the babies

The babies you are looking for will look like small versions of the big plant, growing off of shoots that burst up from the plant. When you identify these little plants, simply cut off the little guy, leaving a bit of the original twig it was growing on, on either end. 

Step 2: Place in a small water container. And keep an eye out for the roots that will sprout!

A glass container works best so that you can see when the roots grow. They are little white nubs that will only take a day or two to develop. Keep these glass jars near the original plant, so the babies are getting the same kind of light and environment as the big plant. 

Step 3: Once roots have sprouted, plant in small potting containers. 

(Supplies needed for this step: black form pots, and soil). 

You will want to choose a container that has good drainage. Black form pots are an effective choice, and can be purchased online, or at your local greenhouse or hardware store. Any kind of potting soil will do. Repot in the way of the gnomes by adhering to the following steps:

Step 1: Fill form pot ¾ of the way with potting soil. 

Step 2: Make a little hole in the center of the soil with your finger. 

Step 3: Take the plant babies with freshly sprouted roots, and put root-side down into the freshly dug hole. Leave all the leaves aboveground. 

Step 4: Gently pack the soil around the roots, to the nape of the plants neck (where the leaves begin to sprout). 

 

Step 4: Watch your plants grow! The soil should be very moist the first day that you pot your plant babies. Afterwards, the freshly potted plants should be kept on the same watering schedule as the momma plant. Make sure the soil is dry before you water, and water so that the soil is moist, but not soggy. If you do overwater, just let the soil completely dry out before watering again. 

Keep an eye out for your little plants outgrowing their britches (containers). There will be some sure signs: the roots are growing out of the bottom of the drain holes or the form pot is bulging at the sides. When this begins to happen, simply repot using the method described in Step 3 above, but with a bigger, more attractive container.

When they begin to look too big for the form pots, simply repot into a bigger, more attractive container. 

Step 5: Give your new plants to friends and family, or keep them to build your own greenspace!

Remember...keep calm gnome matter what. . .

-Tonti