If you’ve been following along you know that Spider plants don’t have a long life expectancy under my care. Which is weird because I remember growing up my mom had them for years and years and they just kind of lived and thrived and I seem to recall it being a nuisance to clip off the long springy things when they got too long and springy. What I didn’t know then that I know now is that those long springy things are, in fact, baby spider plants.
While I most certainly killed the last spider plant that came to stay with me in September of last year (and the one before that and the one before that) I managed to save a couple of the babies that were already boinging off of the plant when it first arrived. I didn’t clip them off as much as I accidentally broke them off when I was (unnecessarily) repotting the plant.
I should have taken a picture when I repotted it so you could see wound structure. At the time, doing no research, I thought the poor dear was root bound and needed to be repotted RIGHT AWAY. Some plants LOVE being snug in their pot.
What can I say? I was wrong. It turns out that spider plants are one of the types that kind of like being snug in their pot. It is, in fact, what causes them to shoot out those cute little baby plants.
The photo above is in fact the dead mama spider plant I killed late last year. And those little sticks springing off of her are the very baby sider plants you can see in that milk bottle above. I managed to keep them alive. I have remarkable luck with water propagation. Remarkable luck or it’s just so simple that even I do well with it. Let’s take a closer look at the picture from the top of the post, shall we?
That is the bitty little weeeeee root system on one of the baby spider plants that came from the late great mama spider plant I most recently failed to keep alive. That root is thriving in water but the baby spider plant is just kind of chilling out doing its thing. With the roots so clearly thriving it’s time to transplant this little dude and give it a tiny pot of its own.
And that’s where the live part comes in. I’m planning to pot this baby spider plant tomorrow and I thought… why not do that live? So tomorrow, Friday January 29 at 10am PST I’m going to go live from the My Fits & Starts Instagram account to pot this little plant and then, with the remaining 28 minutes show you some other plants sitting around my house, answer plant related questions, and chat.
If any of you show up that is.
If you want to check it out live you can follow @myfitsandstarts on Instagram.
This will be my first time going live there, and I’ve heard something about something with complications of recording it but I didn’t pay much attention at the time. So I’ll do my best to upload the content for later sharing as well, but on that I make no promises.