How to Propagate Spider Plants at Home (The Easy Way) (2023)

Everything You Need to Know About Successfully Propagating Spider Plants at Home

With cascading leaves and cute little plantlets, it’s no wonder spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) are popular houseplants. If you want to add more spider plants to your home, you’re in luck – these plants are easy to propagate! We’re going to cover two methods to propagate spider plants via plantlets as well as one other method.

Table of Contents:

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  • How to Propagate Spider Plants – The Essentials
  • Can You Propagate Spider Plants?
  • Considerations When Propagating a Spider Plant
    • Level of Difficulty
    • Time of Year
    • Should You Use Water or Soil?
    • Can You Propagate Spider Plants From a Leaf?
  • How to Propagate a Spider Plant
    • How to Propagate Spider Plant Pups in Water
    • How to Propagate Spider Plant Pups in Soil
    • How to Propagate Spider Plants Via Division
  • Common Spider Plant Propagation Problems, Questions, and Remedies
  • Wrapping Up
  • Spider Plant Care at Home

How to Propagate Spider Plants – The Essentials

The easiest way to propagate spider plants is by using the pups, aka plantlets, that mature plants produce. To encourage these pups to develop roots, you can place them in water or soil. You can also use division to propagate large spider plants.

Can You Propagate Spider Plants?

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Not only can you propagate spider plants, but doing so is a breeze! Spend some time with a healthy plant, and you may soon find yourself with an army of little spiders.

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If you’re new to propagating plants, the spider plant is a great plant to start with. After you master duplicating this plant, you can move on to more advanced options.

Considerations When Propagating a Spider Plant

Level of Difficulty

As long as you start with pups, spider plants are extremely easy to propagate! They can be rooted in water, soil, or even on the plant.

Even if your spider plant isn’t producing pups, healthy plants are easy to propagate by division.

Time of Year

While some people say you should propagate spider plants in the spring or summer (similar to repotting a spider plant), you can propagate any time of year. New plants will grow a bit slower in the fall and winter, but propagation can still be successful.

Should You Use Water or Soil?

One of the age-old debates in the plant propagation world is whether you should propagate plants in water or soil. Proponents of each method like to root for their method, but the truth is it depends on the plant and your preferences.

Spider plant pups can be propagated in water or soil, it really just depends on what you prefer.

Can You Propagate Spider Plants From a Leaf?

While the easiest way to propagate many plants is via a leaf cutting, this isn’t true for spider plants. If you cut a mature leaf and place it in water, it isn’t likely to form roots.

Fortunately, you can easily propagate spider plants from the tiny plantlets that form after the plants flower.

How to Propagate a Spider Plant

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How to Propagate Spider Plant Pups in Water

As we mentioned above, rooting spider plant pups is the easiest way to produce new spider plants. While it may sound obvious, you need access to these small plantlets to get started!

Young plants and those in poor environments are unlikely to produce pups. However, even if you have a healthy plant in tip-top shape, it may not be producing any babies! If this is the case, double-check the environment and practice patience.

Gloves – even though spider plants aren’t considered toxic to humans, it’s prudent to wear gloves throughout any extended houseplant care project.

Once you have a plant with spider plant pups, you can propagate using these steps.

  1. Use a sharp and sanitized pair of shears (as you would to prune a spider plant) to remove the pup from the mother plant. Cut near the base of the planet while avoiding cutting the actual plantlet.
  2. Fill a container with a small amount of water, about half an inch. You can use a mason jar, drinking glass, or any other container.
  3. Place the pup in the water, so only the base of the plant is covered. The leaves should not be submerged.
  4. Set the container in an area with lots of indirect light.
  5. Change the water every few days.
  6. After a week or so, you should see roots begin to form. At this point, you can plant your spider plant in soil or allow the roots to grow longer.

How to Propagate Spider Plant Pups in Soil

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Propagating the pups in soil is similar to the process of propagating them in water. If you use this method, it’s best to start with pups that have already started to grow roots. At the very least, you should start with pups that have nodules indicating root formation is about to begin.

  1. Use a sanitized pair of scissors or shears to remove a planet. Try to cut close to the base without cutting the plantlet itself.
  2. Obtain a pot with drainage holes. The container only needs to be big enough to fit the plantlet.
  3. Fill the pot with a well-draining soil mix, such as the FoxFarm Happy Frog mix.
  4. Use your fingers or a trowel to make a small hole in the soil. The hole only needs to be large enough to fit the base of the spider plant and any roots.
  5. While this step is optional, you can apply a rooting hormone to the base of the plantlet. Follow product instructions if you opt to use a rooting hormone.
  6. Place the plantlet in the soil. Only the base of the plant should be under the soil.
  7. Water well.
  8. Place the pot in a warm place with indirect light.
  9. From this point on, treat your plantlet like you would a mature spider plant.

How to Propagate Spider Plants Via Division

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If you don’t have access to spider plant babies, you can also use division to propagate new plants.

  1. Start with a spider plant that is at least three inches in diameter.
  2. Remove the plant’s root ball from the pot and gently shake off excess soil.
  3. Use your hands to gently tease the plant’s roots apart. You may need to use a trowel or knife if the roots are dense.
  4. Once you have two sections of leaves and roots, place each one in a pot filled with a well-draining soil mix.
  5. Water well and place in a warm area with indirect light.

Common Spider Plant Propagation Problems, Questions, and Remedies

Can a spider plant live in water forever?

Spider plants can live in water for a long time. However, if you don’t move them to soil, you will need to frequently change the water.

How long does it take to propagate spider plants?

If you start with a spider plant with pups, you can have new spider plants in a matter of a few minutes! However, it may take up to a few weeks before these new plants develop roots.

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Are spider plants hard to propagate?

No, spider plants are one of the easiest plants to propagate.

Can you grow a spider plant from a broken leaf?

No. Unlike many other types of houseplants, you cannot propagate spider plants from leaf cuttings. If you have a broken leaf, it’s best to toss it.

Can a spider plant grow from one leaf?

No, you cannot propagate a new spider plant from a leaf cutting. However, you can easily propagate these plants via spider plant babies, aka pups or plantlets.

Why is my spider plant not rooting?

Spider plants can take a few weeks to root, so you’ll need to be patient. You also want to ensure the plant is in a warm area with bright, indirect light.

Propagating Spider Plants – The Final Word

With this information in tow, it’s time to start propagating your spider plants! If your plant is producing pups, use these to produce new plants. And if you don’t have access to pant babies, try your hand at division.

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Spider Plant Care at Home

For more, see our essential spider plant care guides to:

  • Dealing With Common Spider Plant Pests and Diseases
  • 10 Popular Types of Spider Plants and How to Grow Them
  • When and How to Fertilize Spider Plants
  • The Best Soil Mix for Spider Plants
  • When and How to Water Spider Plants
  • Where to Position Spider Plants in the Home or Office

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Briana holds a B.S. in Plant Sciences from Penn State University. She manages a small market garden where she grows vegetables and herbs. She also enjoys growing flowers and houseplants at home.

FAQs

What is the best way to propagate a spider plant? ›

Spider plant propagation simply involves planting the spiderette in a pot filled with any lightweight potting mix. Be sure the pot has drainage holes in the bottom. You can leave the baby attached to the parent plant until the new plant takes root, then separate it from the parent by snipping the runner.

Are spider plants easy to propagate? ›

Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) are popular hanging houseplants that are very easy to propagate. With the right care, mature spider plants grow babies, or pups, on long runner stems. Some call these baby plants Spiderettes. The spider plant babies grow roots fairly quickly, usually in about a week or two.

What are three ways to propagate the spider plant? ›

There are three ways to propagate spider plant babies: by cutting them off and planting them alone in soil; by planting them in soil while they are still attached to the mother plant, severing them off of the mother plant later; and in water.

Will a spider plant root in water? ›

Many houseplants are easy to grow in water for a period of time, such as Pothos and spider plants. Taking cuttings or offsets is an easy way to propagate a favorite plant. These cuttings root quickly in just a glass of water. Once rooting is established, the new plant needs nutrients for future development.

Should I cut the babies off my spider plant? ›

Pruning spider plants keeps them at a more desirable and manageable size and rejuvenates their overall health and vigor. In addition, the more babies it produces, the more the plant needs fertilizer and water as this uses up much of its energy. Therefore, the spiderettes should be removed as well.

How long do spider plant cuttings take to root? ›

You should start to see new growth in the form of new roots within a couple of weeks. Usually 7-10 days. Keep the dirt moist but not wet.

How often should spider plants be watered? ›

How often should I water my spider plant? A light drink every week or so is all your spider plant needs, watering less frequently in autumn and winter. You're just looking to dampen the compost. A good way to check if it needs watering is to dip your finger into the soil, up to the second knuckle.

What kind of soil do spider plants like? ›

Plant spider plants in Miracle-Gro® Indoor Potting Mix. Water when the top inch of soil is dry.

Can spider plants grow in rocks? ›

Spider Plant Basic Information

This plant can easily be grown in hydroculture (growing in rocks). It should be kept pot-bound and well-fed and it will thrive.

How do you propagate properly? ›

You can propagate with seeds or roots, but the easiest and most common method is by cutting, or transferring a piece of a mature plant into water or soil and letting it grow a new root system. Propagating with cuttings offers a lesson in plant biology.

Why are my spider plant babies dying? ›

The reason for a dying spider plant is usually because of root rot due to over watering which causes the spider plant to droop and turn yellow with a dying appearance. Spider plants can die back due to excess fertilizer, under watering and low humidity which causes brown leaf tips.

How do I make my spider plant thicker? ›

If you have a plant that is already going and you want to thicken up the growth in the pot you might just want to add the baby to it right away. In that case just dig a little hole and plant it in. After you finish planting it remember to water the plant right away.

How long do spider plants live? ›

The typical lifespan of a healthy spider plant is about 20 years, although some gardeners have kept their spider plants alive for over 50 years.

Do spider plants like to sit in water? ›

Never let your plants sit in standing water. To ensure maximum drainage, use orchid bark or peat moss at the bottom of the pot before adding soil. Because they are root-bound, spider plants only need to be re-potted approximately once every other year.

What are spider plants good for? ›

Spider plant helps clean indoor air. Studies have shown that spider plant is quite effective in cleaning indoor air by absorbing chemicals including formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, and carbon monoxide in homes or offices. Thick, fleshy roots allow spider plant to tolerate inconsistent watering.

What happens if you don't cut the babies off a spider plant? ›

If your spider plant has put out spiderettes, it's telling you it's ready to take over the world. Of course, you don't need to remove these baby spider plants. You can leave them attached, and they will continue to grow right along with the main plant, even creating spiderettes of their own.

Can I cut my spider plant in half? ›

Can you split a spider plant? Yes, you can.

What kind of fertilizer do spider plants like? ›

There is no specific spider plant fertilizer. Any all-purpose, complete, water-soluble or granular time-release fertilizer suitable for houseplants is acceptable. There is some discrepancy in the number of times you should feed your spider plant during the growing season.

Does spider plant need direct sunlight? ›

Spider plants like even moisture; they don't like to be too dry or too wet. Keep plants in bright to moderate indirect sunlight. Spider plants do not appreciate direct, hot sunlight, which can burn their leaves, causing brown tips and spots. Spider plants grow fairly quickly and can easily become pot bound.

Can a spider plant grow back from just roots? ›

Yes, probably: Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) regrow roots very easily. Use pruning shears or sharp scissors to snip the long, fleshy section of the root about an inch below the knotty-looking cluster of small aerial roots, says BBG's Jennifer Williams. Trim back the remaining stub, which may send out new growth.

Do spider plant flowers turn into babies? ›

Mature plants will produce a rapidly growing flowering stem on which small white flowers appear. The flowers are quite small and don't have a strong scent. They last for a few weeks before fading and then Spider Babies form where the flowers were a week or so later.

Should spider plants be watered from the top or bottom? ›

BOTTOM WATERING
  • Fill the plant tray with water.
  • Make sure the soil is in contact with the water on the tray.
  • Wait for about 10 minutes.
  • Feel the soil to see if it absorbed enough water —> if the soil is moist throughout, remove any excess water from the tray.
  • If it's still dry —> add more water to the tray.

Should I cut the brown tips off my spider plant? ›

Once your spider plant's leaf tips turn brown, there is nothing you can do once the damage is already done. Simply trim the brown leaf tips off with a pair of sharp scissors.

How do you get spider plants to have babies? ›

Temperatures of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18-23 C.) will promote flowering and enhance the chance of runners and babies forming. Spider plants are heavy feeders. Use a good liquid houseplant food from spring to summer every two weeks.

Does milk help a spider plant? ›

You will want to just add just a tablespoon or two of milk to a quart-size pitcher filled with water. Mix it and then pour the diluted milk into the soil once or twice a month. I've tried it and had great success with my Jade Plant, English Ivy, Parlor Palm, and Spider Plant.

What room is best for spider plant? ›

If you give it too much sunlight the beautiful white streaks on the leaves will fade to green. If you give it too little sunlight, the leaves will turn yellow and will start to drop. What is this? You can place your spider plant in any room that gets some sunlight, but it shouldn't be placed in the full afternoon sun.

Is bottom watering good for spider plants? ›

Spider plants can be bottom watered every few weeks to give them a deep watering. Bottom watering is a technique that involves placing the plant in a shallow container filled with water.

What makes spider plants grow? ›

Spider plant needs are simple: Place the plant in bright to moderate light in a room that's a comfortable temperature for everyone. Keep the soil slightly moist. Once-a-week watering is sufficient in spring and summer; in winter, allow the soil to dry a bit more between waterings.

Can I plant flowers of spider plant? ›

If you really want spider plant flowers, you can also try a bloom boosting fertilizer in spring. If you're lucky enough to have a blooming spider plant, then enjoy them. You can even collect seeds from the spent flowers once the green pods have turned brown.

Do spider plants like plant food? ›

Spider plants benefit from a moderate amount of fertilizing during the growing season which takes place between spring and late summer and a low-dose or balanced N-P-K is best.

What is the easiest method of propagating? ›

The simplest method is planting seeds; division & stem cuttings are fast; and with layering, there are almost no failures.

What is the easiest way to propagate? ›

Method 1: Water Propagation

This is by far the most common and simplest way to propagate a plant. All you need to do is take a cutting of a plant that has a node. Plants that do well with water propagating are Pothos, some Philodendron, and Monstera just to name a few.

How do you propagate for beginners? ›

Generally, all you have to do is place the cutting in a glass of fresh or denatured water. Change the water daily. Once you see roots, plant the new start in fresh potting soil. These easy methods are almost fool proof provided the new plants have sun, warmth, and consistent moisture.

How do I revive a dying spider plant? ›

If it appears droopy, perhaps with some browning leaf tips, and has been sitting in bright direct sun, try giving it a deep soak for several minutes and then relocate it to a cooler, shadier spot. If it is wilting somewhere in full shade or far away from a window, then move it to a spot that gets more light.

What do I do with all my spider plant babies? ›

Cut the spider plant babies off of the mother plant and then put those cuttings into small pots. They'll be planted directly in the soil and you can allow them to propagate there. It might take some time for the roots to establish, and this means that you might not notice new growth for a bit.

Why is my spider plant growing a stem? ›

When a Spider Plant reproduces, or propagates, it grows a long stem that will develop tiny “spiderettes,” or Spider Plant babies. These babies can be kept on the stem until they have developed roots, which will look like small protrusions at the base of the spiderette.

Where is the best place to put a spider plant? ›

Spider plants also love humidity, so the perfect spot for them is near a sunny window in a steamy bathroom. But as long as they have access to some sunlight, they're relatively tolerant to many conditions.

Do spider plants like Epsom salt? ›

Fertilizer. As the plant stores all the necessary nutrients in its tubers, you don't have to feed it frequently. A weak dose of all-purpose liquid fertilizer, once every 5-8 weeks during the growing season, will be more than enough. Also, occasional foliar spray of Epsom salt will make this plant lush and green.

Do spider plants outgrow their pots? ›

Spider Plant Repotting

It is often necessary to repot houseplants as they outgrow their pots, and spider plants tend to grow faster than most. Spider plants are native to the coastal areas of South Africa. The plant's tuberous roots allows the species to thrive despite varying levels of precipitation in the wild.

Can a spider plant go 2 weeks without water? ›

A lack of water for up to two weeks can result in the leaves of plants curling and drooping. However, your plants will recover as long as you give them adequate deep watering according to their watering routine. Unfortunately, a longer period of dehydration can cause irreversible damage to your plants.

Are spider plants hard to keep alive? ›

Caring for spider plants is easy. These tough plants tolerate lots of abuse, making them excellent candidates for newbie gardeners or those without a green thumb. Provide them with well-drained soil and bright, indirect light and they will flourish.

Do spider plants like coffee? ›

Spider Plant

Popular for thin, variegated, spider-like foliage, this air-purifying houseplant does well in mild-acidic soil. Take one part coffee to three parts of water to promote growth.

Do spider plants like deep or shallow pots? ›

Do Spider Plants Need Big Pots? What is this? Spider plants don't need big pots necessarily, as the best pot size is about one or two larger than the plant's root ball. The best thing to remember is to look for signs that the plant needs re-potting before deciding to upgrade to a slightly larger pot.

Does milk help plants grow faster than water? ›

A plant will not grow bigger with milk because it does not have all the macronutrients nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in significant amounts. Milk can help eliminate calcium deficiency in plants. You can use it to get rid of powdery mildew as well.

Why is spider plant lucky? ›

Why is the Spider Plant lucky? Spider Plants are known to bring luck and good health in eastern culture. Mainly because the Spider Plant's natural, sturdy and long vines will grow to symbolize stability in life. They also improve air quality and are one of the most popular indoor plants for good luck plant hobbyists.

Why are spider plants good for the bedroom? ›

Spider Plant

A common carcinogen, formaldehyde, which is found in many household products, is removed by spider plants making it a perfect bedroom plant. Spider plants will also emit a lot of oxygen, helping you breathe more naturally in the evening while you sleep.

Is spider plant harmful to humans? ›

Toxicity: non-toxic

These plants are not poisonous or there is no known record of toxicity.

When can I take cuttings from a spider plant? ›

Once you see small knobs and roots on the bottom of your spiderettes, that's when you'll know they're ready for cutting — either by snipping the runners or leaving them attached to the parent plant. If your spiderettes don't have roots yet, or if they're tiny nubs, then wait until the babies are a little more mature.

Can I regrow a spider plant from the roots? ›

Yes, probably: Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) regrow roots very easily. Use pruning shears or sharp scissors to snip the long, fleshy section of the root about an inch below the knotty-looking cluster of small aerial roots, says BBG's Jennifer Williams. Trim back the remaining stub, which may send out new growth.

How often should you water spider plants? ›

How often should I water my spider plant? A light drink every week or so is all your spider plant needs, watering less frequently in autumn and winter. You're just looking to dampen the compost. A good way to check if it needs watering is to dip your finger into the soil, up to the second knuckle.

Does milk help spider plants? ›

You will want to just add just a tablespoon or two of milk to a quart-size pitcher filled with water. Mix it and then pour the diluted milk into the soil once or twice a month. I've tried it and had great success with my Jade Plant, English Ivy, Parlor Palm, and Spider Plant.

Do spider plants like bathrooms? ›

Spider plant

They prefer some humidity but they can also handle low levels of it, making them another low maintenance choice. They're one of the best hanging bathroom plants and will produce baby spider plants that you can cut off and use to grow your collection, so you end up with a lot of plant for your money.

How long do spider plants live for? ›

When well-cared for, these plants can live anywhere from 20-50 years! Ready for this? The typical lifespan of a chlorophytum comosum vittatum or chlorophytum comosum variegatum, the two most common varieties, is around 20 years.

Why isn't my spider plant propagation? ›

There are a few reasons why your spider plant babies won't root. They either weren't mature enough, they dried out, they were too wet and rotted, or the environment is too cold. Only use mature spiderlings that have their own roots forming, and make sure to keep them in a warm location.

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