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Layering a Spider Plant

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You can easily multiply a spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum), as well as other indoor plants that produce long trailing runners such as strawberry begonia (Saxifraga stolonifera), Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata), episcia (Episcia spp.), rosary vine (Ceropegia woodii), and apostle plant or walking iris (Neomarica spp.).

Just place a small pot filled with potting soil near the mother plant and fix it one of the babies onto it with hairpin. Whenever the soil in the small pot is almost dry, water it. In a few weeks, when you can see a few roots through the drainage hole, you can free the baby by cutting off the stolon. It is now an independent plant that you can place as you please in your indoor decor.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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