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Spider Plant

Botanical Name
Chlorophytum comosum
Hardiness
Zones 9 to 11
Height
2 to 3 feet
Width
24 to 30 inches
Flowers
Loose panicle of white flowers
Light
Bright indirect light
Soil
Moist, well-drained
Planting & Care
  • Keep soil slightly moist to avoid brown tips (caused by fluoride and chlorine in tap water)
  • Fertilize with a dilute houseplant fertilizer during active growth
  • Avoid exposure to drafts during the winter
  • Divide tuberous roots and repot to avoid expanding growth from cracking the container
  • Offshoots can be potted to start new plants
  • Do not fertilize newly potted plants for at least 4-6 months
Problems
Root rot in poorly drained potting mixes, brown tips with low humidity or too dry soil, mites, scale, whiteflies, aphids
Varieties
  • Variegatum - leaves have white margins, many offshoots
  • Vittatum - white strip down center of leaves
  • Mandaianum - dwarf spider plant, foliage 4-6 inches in length, dark green with yellow stripe
  • Zebra Grass - green leaves with white margin
  • Picturatum - leaves have central yellow stripe
  • Milky Way - cream leaves edged in green
  • Hawaiian Spider - variagation on new leaves that fades with age
  • Variegated Bonnie - curly green leaves with cream stripes
  • Bonnie - curly green leaves

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