How to Divide a Spider Plant



Why choose wikiHow?
wikiHow marks an article as reader approved once we have received enough feedback to know that most readers were able to successfully complete the task. In this case, we have also received several testimonials from our readers, who told us how this article truly helped them.

How to Divide a Spider Plant

Spider plants, also commonly known as ribbon plants, spider ivy, St. Bernard's lily or airplane plants, are perennial members of the lily family. Easy to grow as house plants, spider plants propagate themselves by shooting off baby plants, or plantlets, while the mother plant continues to grow in size. When the mother plant gets so large that it is spilling from the pot, or becomes pot bound, it is time to divide and transplant it.

Steps

  1. Prepare your work area to make cleanup easier.Spread newspaper or plastic down on your work surface to catch soil spills.
  2. Put 3 or more inches (7 cm) of soil in each pot.You may need to add more later, depending on the size of the pot and root ball. The soil in the bottom should raise the base of the plant to surface level and allow ample room for plant growth.
  3. Loosen the soil and any roots that are attached around the inside of the mother plant's pot.
    • Insert a butter knife or hand shovel into the pot along the side.
    • Move the tool around the inside of the pot, keeping it close to the inside perimeter. Wiggle the knife as needed to pry away attached roots.
  4. Remove the plant from the pot.
    • Place one hand palm-side down on the surface of the soil. Spread your fingers on that hand to cover as much of the surface as possible.
    • Turn the pot upside down using your other hand, dumping the spider plant into your palm.
  5. Shake loose soil that adheres to the tuberous roots back into the pot.Use your fingers to loosen and remove remaining dirt to get a better look at the plant's root base.
  6. Separate the tubers to divide the plant.The root base of a spider plant is made up of water-rich tuberous roots. A network of roots grows from each tuber.
    • Pull the tubers apart into 2 to 3 smaller clusters using your fingers. The roots of the plant will separate from each other to stay with their attached tuber. Don't worry if some of the roots tear off, new ones grow quickly.
    • You can also use a clean, sterilized knife to slice through the tubers.
    • Determine the size of your divisions by the size of the pots you are using for your new plants. The root base of the new plant should sit entirely below the soil in the pot and have room to grow before needing transplanting or division. The roots of these plants grow quickly.
  7. Plant each division into a new pot.Place the roots under the soil and make sure the base of the plant is at surface level. Fill the space around the root base with moist potting mix.
  8. Water the plant regularly.Keep the soil moist to encourage the tuberous root base to grow. Spider plants take quickly when divided and transplanted and rarely show signs of transplant shock or distress.
  9. Finished.

Community Q&A

Search
  • Question
    How do I replant baby spiders from my mother plant?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Put the babies in a glass of water to grow their own roots. When the roots are long enough (about 1" long), plant in a new pot.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Is there a better time of year to separate a spider? During the summer while it's growing, or in the winter while it's dormant?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    I was taught that winter is not a good time to disturb them. I have followed this philosophy for over 40 years, although I have also had emergencies when I was forced to repot in the winter. I have found that they will survive in that event, but they seem happier when moved in warmer weather.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Can I transplant the mother plant if it has new plantlets growing out of it?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes. These are very hardy plants. Just transplant as you normally would. I don't like to remove the babies until I have a new home for them. They are fine to stay with the mother even during transplant. I often like to wait for them to get bigger before I move them so mom can be moved independently. Sometimes there are so many babies that I only take the big ones.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    My dog ate my spider plant, and the only thing left is a big root that looks dead. Is there any way to revive this plant?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    The lily family is tough. Although I have not had this happen with a spider, my guess would be that if you give it some time to recover from the trauma and keep it a little more moist than normal, it will probably come back.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Can young plants be planted in same pot?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Thanks!
  • Question
    My plant has several babies. Can I leave the babies with the mother and not replant them, or is it important to cut them?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can leave them on or remove them and place them in a glass of water to root. I like to root them together with several others, because they tend to lean on each other for strength. It makes for a hardier plant. They'll last in water for several weeks and are very pretty.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Can I grow a spider plant from only the tubers?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes. Just cover the singular tube with water and leave it alone. It may even have siblings.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Can I trim the top of the spider plant? The leaves part.
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    If you are talking about the brown tips, yes. There is no need to trim the leaves. Just trim them at an angle so they don't look stubby.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Is it safe to cut some of the roots off?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, but do it with caution. The thicker roots contain more water so it has a chance of being infected. Try not to trim away too much.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Do spider plants grow new plants?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, the mother plant forms baby spiders from a long, brownish stem. It flowers, and then a small plant grows from the flower, which can be harvested and grown. The mother plant can also split and form two or more separate centers, which leaves then grow from.
    Thanks!
Unanswered Questions
  • Is it possible to relocate a spider plant tree if it's fully grown?
  • What can I do to facilitate the growth of plantlets, and when should I expect them to begin sprouting?
  • Can I trim the top of my spider plant if the center is growing tall and flopping over and then grow some roots in water?
  • How long should you keep the soil divided and moist?
  • How do you plant the plantlets?
Ask a Question
200 characters left
Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered.
  • Spider plants are commonly grown as hanging plants, used in window gardens, or potted and perched on shelves and other areas where they are encouraged to grow hanging babies.
  • Spider plants thrive in moderate to cool environments with bright, indirect light. They might lose their green pigment or sunburn if grown in direct sunlight. In areas without enough light, the spider may fail to produce spider babies.
  • Spider plants can also be propagated by planting the babies. Place a prepared pot next to the mother plant and allow the plant to rest on the soil in the new pot. Roots will develop and a new plant will grow. You can also cut the babies off of the main plant and root them in water or plant them immediately in moist soil. Baby spider plants transplant easily.





Video: How to Propagate Spider Plants

How to Divide a Spider Plant
How to Divide a Spider Plant images

2019 year
2019 year - How to Divide a Spider Plant pictures

How to Divide a Spider Plant recommendations
How to Divide a Spider Plant advise photo

How to Divide a Spider Plant pics
How to Divide a Spider Plant photo

How to Divide a Spider Plant How to Divide a Spider Plant new pictures
How to Divide a Spider Plant new photo

foto How to Take an Online Defensive Driving Course in Texas
picture Module:Convert

The Biggest Mistake People Make When Setting Goals (and What to Do Instead)
Jab to banish body fatSuccess In Reaching Goals Is Determined By MindsetTinder Adds New Feature Allowing Men To Show Off Muscle Flexing

High-Dose Vitamin D Failed to Curb Heart Disease in Study
Everyone Missed the Awkward Thing Meghan Markle Did With Her Hand Before Kissing Prince Harry

43
How To Tell If Shes Flirting With You Or Just Being NiceDiabetes and Tuberculosis are becoming a Growing ThreatBobbi Brown Greige Fall 2015 Makeup Collection

Watch How to Divide a Spider Plant video
Watch How to Divide a Spider Plant video

Discussion on this topic: How to Divide a Spider Plant, how-to-divide-a-spider-plant/
Forum on this topic: How to Divide a Spider Plant, how-to-divide-a-spider-plant/ , how-to-divide-a-spider-plant/

Related News


Flat Belly Diet Foods
How to Report an Employer to the Labor Board
Tune in Tonight to Watch Joe Zee Take on a New Batch of Designers in All on the Line
Chinese capital issues first smog alert of winter
Being a Mom Is Hard. Being a Mom With ADHD Feels Impossible
When Can Kids Start Running
How to Snow Blow Your Driveway
Prebiotics Are Very Important
The Men’s 2015 Trouser Guide
Heck Yeah Banana Pancakes
18 Dandruff Remedies To Stop Flaking



Date: 10.01.2019, 08:31 / Views: 73463