Chlorophytum Variegatum (Spider Plant)
Chlorophytum Variegatum is a spider plant, with creamy margins and a green centre. It is an attractive, cascading plant, with small white flowers and 'babies' forming on long, narrow stems called runners. Ideal as a hanging plant.
Origin: South Pacific and South Africa
Height: Plants grow up to 1 ft (30 cm) tall, with stems trailing to 3 ft (90 cm) in length.
Light: Give your plant bright, indirect light to maintain the variegation on the leaves. Keep plant out of direct sunlight because it can scorch leaves.
Water: Keep soil evenly moist. If your tap water contains fluoride, use distilled or rainwater to prevent brown leaf tips on your plant.
Humidity: Moderate indoor humidity. If the leaves turn brown and crispy, raise the humidity around it.
Temperature: Average room temps 65-75°F/18-24°C suit this tropical plant perfectly. It doesn't like the cold; don't expose it to anything below 50°F/10°C.
Soil: Peat-moss based potting mix, such as African violet mix.
Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks spring through summer with a liquid fertilizer diluted by half.
Propagation: Set a small pot filled with damp potting mix next to the plant. Sink a new plantlet into the soil of the small pot, so that the root buds are barely covered. You may need to use a bent paperclip to hold the plantlet in place. It should root in 2-3 weeks. After that time, sever it from the parent plant.