How to Easily Propagate a Spider Plant

Spider plant propagation

Hi friends!  After browsing through my past blog posts I realized that I haven’t shared many posts about my #plantlady status and my love of propagation.  Propagation is an easy and inexpensive way to multiply many of your common house plants, like Pothos, Spider plants, rubber plants and Snake plants (Sanisvera) (and let’s not forget herbs, like basil, and mint) are a few of the easiest plants to propagate from cuttings.  Today I’m sharing how to propagate a spider plant.

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While Spider Plants aren’t super popular or trendy at the moment, they are the plant that keeps on giving, and I appreciate that!  I have seen a few hanging at local hardware stores for the buying, but my my spider plant is very, very old.  It belonged to my grandmother, and when she passed I went in and rescued a few of the houseplants that I know she’s owned for probably over 20 years!  I remember being a young girl and snipping a few spider babies to attempt to grow with my then irresponsible pre-teen black thumb.

Spider plant propagation

Now, as an adult, her spider plant is doing pretty well,  and is growing many babies which I gifted to a few of my grandmother’s favorite people (my cousins, my mom and a couple of my aunts) so they could all have a piece of my grandmother’s memory.

Propagate a Spider Plant by Water Rooting

What You’ll Need:

  • Small plastic cups, or propagation vials (if you’re fancy)
  • Water
  • Spider Plant Baby/Spiderette

how to snip a spider plant

Snip your spider plant baby.

Set the base of the plant (or multiple pups as I did) into a cup of water,  or these really cute test tubes.  

Be sure to check the roots often as they don’t take very long to root.

water rooting a spider plant

Once you see that root begin to grow (usually within 5 days) you can transfer it to a pot with soil.

water rooting a spider plant

Above you can see how the roots have grown over a few days–Now it’s ready to be potted!   Below is a bit of a different story.

I left this spider plant in water for a long time and had forgotten about it-here you can see how much the roots can grow.

For a girl’s night I hosted (pre-stay at home), I purchased these adorable little clay pots to gift the spider babies.

mini clay pots

Aren’t they the cutest?  They’re about 2.9″x2.5″

I bought them in a 12 pack-they are great to have!  You only need to add a couple of tablespoons of potting soil to plant the spiderettes.  But remember to water them often, as the clay pot absorbs a lot of water.


For my girl’s night, I grabbed some paint markers and let the ladies go to town decorating their pots!

It was such a fun activity and an even better party favor with special meaning behind it.  Unfortunately we were having so much fun, none of us took a minute to document the process🙃.

Spider Plants are not fussy plants, in fact I can usually tell when mine needs watering based on the color of it’s leaves–the green tends to be a little less saturated, and shortly after watering, the color comes back and I assume it’s happy again.  Spider plants love light and warm temperatures. This has always been my method for rooting a spider plant.

Above is the spider plant I let root for far too long. It's doing really well now, though :)




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