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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.

Garden writer and blogger, author of more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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