Spider plants (Chlorophytum) are easy to care for houseplants which are known to have air purification properties for the home or office.

The leaves have a lovely bright green centre with cream margins.

Tolerating average room conditions it is an easy plant to propagate.

When less than a year old, the plant produces small, white flowers on the tips of wiry, upright stems, called runners. The runners are soon weighted down with plantlets giving it a spidery appearance. These are the ‘baby’ plantlets which can trail to 3ft.

Keep soil evenly moist.

Keep plant out of direct sunlight because it can scorch leaves.

Pot size: 12cm

Native to: tropical and southern Africa

Eventual height: up to 2ft

Eventual width: 2ft plus

Hardiness: tender

Sun: bright indirect light

Soil: peat-moss based potting mix, such as African violet mix.

Leaf: dark green centre with cream outside margins

Minimum temperature: 10°C.


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