Chlorophytum - the spider plant - is a genus of almost 200 species of evergreen perennial flowering plants in the asparagus family, native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Australia, and Asia.
They grow to 10–60 cm tall, with a rosette of long, slender leaves 15–75 cm long and 0.5–2 cm broad and thick, fleshy tuberous roots, small, usually white flowers produced on sparse panicles up to 120 cm long.
Among the 200 species is Chlorophytum comosum, the common Spider Plant, a native of South Africa and a very popular houseplant especially in its variegated form 'Vittatum'.
Sowing & planting
15 - 60
Identify my spider plant
The phalangera are exotic African perennials that form tufts of elongated basal leaves, most often linear or lanceolate.
In summer, clusters or panicles of flowers, sometimes accompanied by seedlings, grow.
Plant my spider plant
Originally from Africa, phalangères are houseplants, as such they should be planted in pots in a mixture of soil and potting soil/ compost, preferably in April.
Place them in bright, non-burning light, and you're done.
Water my spider plant
Water twice a week during the vegetative period, and once every two weeks in winter, to keep the soil moist. The chlorophytum stores water in its roots, so it will support more easily the omissions of watering than the excessive watering.
Empty the saucer a few minutes after each watering.
Fertilize my spider plant
In summer, add liquid fertilizer for green plants every 2 weeks. You can also add slow release fertilizer pellets to the soil mix when planting or repotting. Stop all fertilizer treatments at the end of summer.
Repot my spider plant
Every 3 or 4 years, at the end of winter, transplant your peperomia carefully to a slightly larger pot than it's current, adding a mixture of fibrous compost and garden soil, maybe with an extra of slow fertilizer.
Propagate my spider plant
For Chlorophytum comosum, it's very easy! In summer, collect seedlings from the stems and transplant them in a mixture of earth and compost. That's all!
Shelter my spider plant
As soon as the temperatures drop, bring in your phalanx, in full light.
Put outside my spider plant
You can put your phalangères out when temperatures exceed durably 10 ° C.