Chlorophytum Variegatum - Spider Plant
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- Light watering: It’s very tolerant of forgetful waterers. Let it dry out between drinks and don’t let the plant sit in water.
- Most light conditions: It’s a pretty easygoing guy who’ll put up with any light conditions, except harsh direct sunlight.
- Feeding: It appreciates a feed once a month in spring and summer. Dilute it by half as this plant likes his drinks weak.
- Tip: A healthy plant will develop little plantlets on long stems. You can pinch these off and put them in compost to easily create new plants.
- Hanging Pot
A classic of the houseplant world, the curly spider plant has been grown indoors for decades because it’s incredibly easy to take care of. In the wild, it’s most commonly found in tropical parts of Africa and Australia.
A wild version might grow as tall as 60cm, with, bizarrely, flower stems that can be up to 75cm long. Indoors, it’s a compact plant that will live cheerfully in living rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens - anywhere. It’s equally happy hanging as in a pot.
Water it lightly and give it bright, indirect light for best results (it will be fine in lower light too, but growth will be weaker). You can also give it a growth boost by feeding it with liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer.
This is one spider nobody need be afraid of.