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Propagating the Spider plant


How do you propagate a Spider plant?

A Spider plant, or Chlorophytum, is a very easy plant to cut. From spring until summer it is possible that the plant will grow small white flowers. The flowers provide not only cheerfulness, but also cuttings. The nice thing is that you can also use the plant as a hanging plant, just like a pea plant or the Ceropegia Woodii.

As soon as the flowers have finished flowering you will see small shoots. Leave these shoots attached to the mother plant for another month or so. This way you can be sure that small roots have already formed.


  • Spider plant (Chlorophytum)
  • Scissors
  • Disinfectant
  • Vase with water
  • Optional: cutting powder

Propagate a Spider plant in 4 steps

1. Disinfecting tools

First of all, clean a pair of scissors well. You can use alcohol so that the scissors are well disinfected. Scissors clean? Then it’s time to cut!

2. Cut the shoots loose

Carefully cut off the young shoots from the mother plant. Pay close attention to the roots of the young shoots. Try to protect them as much as possible. This way you avoid damaged roots.

3. Put the cutting on water

Do you happen to have cutting powder in your house? Then be sure to make use of it. Apply some cutting powder to the roots of the cutting and the open wound of the mother plant. Let the cutting powder dry thoroughly. Put the cuttings in a glass on the water. You can best put the vase with the cuttings on the windowsill. This will give the cutting enough light to grow new roots.

4. Repot it!

Does the cutting have sufficient roots? Then the cutting can be repotted. Use fresh potting soil, so you don’t accidentally release mourning flies. Mourning flies can develop in potting soil as soon as it is moist and not sealed well enough.

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