Chlorophytum Spider Plant 7 deg C (45°F). South Africa.
This very graceful green and cream striped grass-like foliage plant can be seen on the windowsill of almost all who keep plants indoors.
The two varieties most readily available are C. comosum ‘Variegatum’ withup to 30-45 cm (12-18 in) long, and C. elatum, whose leaves grow up to 60 cm (24in).
Chlorophytums need little more than a light windowsill, ample in spring and summer, and with a liquid manure once a week in the summer. These accommodating plants are also very effective for hanging baskets.
Excessivein winter when temperatures indoors are generally lower will cause brown streaks to appear in the centre of some leaves.
Propagation is simplicity itself. Plants soon produce long archingwhich bear in» conspicuous whitish and tiny which extremely readily. Just peg them down into a pot of compost until they .
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This easy plant has grass-like leaves with a white centre stripe and clear green edges. Smallproduced at the ends of long arching stems make it suitable for wall or hanging baskets.
Growing season 15-22 °C (60-72 °F)
Minimum winter 7-10 °C (45-50 °F)
Soil: A well-drained soil-less compost. However, it is not fussy.
Where to: A very light position. Direct sun will cause the tips to dry. It resists draughts and temperature changes.
Watering requirements: Always keep soil moist and springy to thumb pressure. It is thirsty and needs frequent watering if the weather is hot or the plant big. Needs no specialtreatment or spraying.
General care: see that it has adequate room to grow, as stems bearing the young plantlets are not supple. The insignificantshould not be removed until dead. Feed weekly with diluted liquid fertilizer while growing. Before it becomes too big and coarse, pot up two or three of the plantlets; they root easily and will replace the mother plant once they are growing steadily. No other treatment is necessary.
Rest and care: No obvious rest period. Growth slows as light and warmth reduce in winter. Less water will be needed to maintain the soil condition. In winterat four-weekly intervals.
When it looks sick:
Thetips go brown and dry : This may be over-watering. This must be corrected. It could also be the result of sun scorch. If the soil condition is good, move the plant to a less sunny window.
The leaf tips brown and the plant begins to look unkempt : Re-pot; it has probably outgrown its existing one.