How to Get More Spider Plant Babies

I love wild and wacky Spider Plants but I love them even more when they produce lots of babies.  I got mine from Santa Ynez Gardens and bought it with me when I moved to Tucson.  It’s hanging outside right near the front door but the grow pot just wasn’t knocking my socks off. It really has sent a lot more babies in the 2 months that I’ve lived here but I wanted a jazzier decorative pot to put it in. This is 1 way to get more Spider Plant babies, which is all about the pot size and repotting.


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A few of my Spider Plant babies – some are almost white.

Spider Plants can go rather limp and stop producing babies if the conditions aren’t to their liking. Besides lots of light, they also prefer warm temperatures to bring on that flowering which subsequently turns into the babies. You’ll find that your Spider Plant won’t begin to set blooms in the cooler months with less natural light. Another way to get them to produce those blooms and babies, which is the subject of this post and video, is to keep them tight in their pots.

I’m not talking potbound for 10 years but comfortably tight, sort of like those jeans which fit like a glove but you can still move and groove in them. Finding decorative hanging containers is always a challenge for me but I found these pots which I really like a lot – the lines are simple, they’re lightweight and the color selection is varied.  The variety of spray paints is so extensive now that if a color doesn’t appeal to you, then spray it!

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My Spider Plant in its new pot – the bright yellow is a joyful color that I see each time I enter or left the house.  The space it’s hanging in is not that big so the pot fits in just fine.

This new pot is slightly larger than the grow pot so it has a bit of room to grow but will at the same time restrict any rampant root growth.  You’ll see in the video that the root ball was quite developed and crowded.  I’m sure the plant is enjoying its new freedom to grow a bit.  Another thing I love about this pot is the fact that the chain snaps off and off with a hook because it makes it so much easier when repotting.

Spider Plants aren’t fussy as to soil so you can use any good organic potting soil which ensures they have good drainage. (I was out of potting soil so I used planting mix combined with succulent and cactus mix (this ups the ante on the drain factor).  I also mixed in and top dressed with a bit of my favorite amendment, worm castings.

Just remember, don’t rush to repot your Spider Plant and don’t give it too big a home base to grow into.  Mine is happy and so am I every time I look at it!

Happy gardening,

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As you can see, roots appear off the base of the babies. they practically propagate themselves!


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  1. Is it okay to use tape to fix bent leaves? One of my spider plants leaves was almost broke because it had bent so much and I taped it. Will this affect the leaves growth?

  2. Hi Jennifer, I accidentally broke 3 or 4 stems off of my spider plant. Two of them have fairly good size babies on the ends of them but the others are very tiny. They all have buds up and down the stems. Are the teeny babies salvageable and can the budding stems be saved?

  3. I have a beautiful spider plant. I’ve have it for about 2 years and have never repotted it but can’t get it to grow babies. What can I do?

  4. Hi Arlene – If the tiny babies have roots showing, then yes they can. Put them in a little water (Just covering the base) so those roots can grow out. In terms of the stems, I’ve never heard of them being propagated. Nell

  5. Hi Mildred – A few reasons could be: the plant isn’t old enough (young plants usually don’t produce), not enough light (they do best in medium, natural light), too much room in the pot, or it needs feeding. Nell

  6. My babies in water are producing their own babies, probably bc I let them grow decent roots in the water. So they’ve produced their own babies within 2 months!

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