Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

The spider plant is a member of the large lily family (Liliaceae). It shares a common flower type – six petal-like segments and six stamens - with other plants in this family, including the tulip, tiger, hyacinth, onions, and asparagus.

Spider plants get their name form the little plantlets that grow from long stems dropping down the sides of the “mother” plant; these little plants look like spiders dropping from a web. It is one of the easiest house plants to keep.
The ribbon-like leaves of the spider plant grow in clusters, arching out gracefully from above the plant’s fleshy roots. Out from among the leaves shoot long vines that produce smaller spider plants at interval along the vine. The little baby spiders never get as big as the mother plant because, unlike the mother plant which has its roots potted in soil, the baby spiders are left to dangle in the air and take all their life from the other plant.

The grass-green leaves grow in the sun or shade, in warm or cool rooms (at a minimum temperature) of 5 °C, humid or dry, and it causes no problem if occasionally forget to water. The slim, tapering leaves are usually at least 12 inches (3 cm) long and up to ¾ inch (2 cm) wide. They range in color from dark to light green, some with a white streak down the center of the leaf.

The plant also produces white flowers throughout the year. It is a popular plant to have around the home, and it will produce plenty of offspring.
The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
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