Spider Plant "Vittatum"

Spider Plant 

Chlorophytum comosum "Vittatum"



My Spider Plant two months after purchase. 2018.

Care Source

PLANTING


  • Soil-based, well-draining potting mix. Even moisture; they don’t like to be too dry or too wet.
  • Bright to moderate indirect sunlight. 
  • Spider plants grow fairly quickly and can easily become pot bound. Plan to repot a spider plant about every other year.
  • Spider plants can be grown outdoors as annuals during the summer.

CARE

  • During initial growth, water occasionally; once fully developed (within one year), water moderately. 
  • In the spring and summer months, keep the soil moist to encourage growth. Do not let soil dry out too much.
  • Maintain average room temperature and humidity. Spider plants prefer temperatures between 55 and 80°F (13–27°C), which makes them a great indoor houseplant.
  • Fertilize up to twice a month in the spring and summer, however, avoid over fertilization.

PESTS/DISEASES

  • Spider plants are prone to tip burn, which can be caused by dry soil, low humidity, or a buildup of salt and chemicals that are found in some public tap water. Keep the soil slightly moist. Avoid watering with fluoridated or chlorinated water and cut off brown tips if they do occur. 
  • To get rid of the brown discs on leaves, use your fingernail to scrape off the brown residue every few days.
  • Mealybugs
  • Scale

HARVEST/STORAGE

  • Healthy spider plants may eventually produce “pups,” which are offshoots from the adult plant that can be removed and replanted to start new plants. For the best results, allow pups to reach approximately two inches in diameter before removing them from the mother plant. 
  • Alternatively, set the still-attached pups into pots of soil placed next to the mother plant. Once the pups have rooted themselves to the soil, they can be cut loose from the mother plant.


RECOMMENDED VARIETIES

  • The most common varieties are the variegated forms:
  • ‘Vittatum’ has green foliage with a single off-white stripe down the center of each leaf.
  • ‘Variegatum’ is the inverse of ‘Vittatum’, with an off-white stripe running along the edge of each green leaf.
  • Solid green varieties are also available.

WIT & WISDOM

  • Spider plants also go by the names “airplane plant,” “ribbon plant,” and “spider ivy.”
  • Spider plants are originally from South Africa.
  • Keep spider plants on your desk to reduce indoor pollutants.


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