Chlorophytum comosum ‘Lemon’

Spider Plant

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One of the most popular and easy to care for houseplants in the world, the Spider Plant is a fantastic choice for any room in the home.

The Chlorophytum comosum ‘Lemon’ cultivar produces a rosette of lush, lime green arching foliage that looks fantastic cascading from a shelf or pouring out of a hanging basket.

Origin: Sub-Saharan Africa
Genus: Chlorophytum
Species / Cultivar: comosum 'Lemon'
Common Name: Spider Plant
Synonym: Anthericum comosum

Plant Biography

Native to South Africa, Chlorophytum comosum is a perennial flowering plant widely distributed as ground cover in forests and along rivers in steep valleys, growing up to 60cm in height.

It has gained in popularity because how easy it is to care for, and this at least in part due to its adaptation to the low-light conditions of the forest floor. It’s so successful that it has become naturalised across the tropical regions of Africa and Australia.

Chlorophytum comosum ‘Lemon’
Light: Medium
This plant likes a spot further away from bright windows, but still lit by natural light.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: >10°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Final Size: Small
Will stay small enough for a desk or shelf.
Water Requirement: Light Watering
Water when several cm of soil depth is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold drafts and heat sources.
Maintenance: Low
Requires no attention beyond correct position and watering. An ideal starter plant!

Expert Tip

Spider plants are non-toxic to humans and pets, and were successful in the NASA Clean Air Study at removing formaldehyde and xylene from the air.

Spider Plant 'Babies'

If you’ve ever owned a Spider Plant it’s likely you will have witnessed new Spider Plant ‘babies’ or ‘spiderettes’ grow out from it. When the plant is mature enough (usually within a year) and in the right conditions, a flower stem will emerge, potentially producing a flower which is then replaced by these ‘babies’, called plantlets.

These plantlets are essential to Chlorophytum comosum’s survival in the wild, where the plantlets grow long enough to reach the ground, allowing the plant to successfully reproduce and thrive as ground cover. It’s actually the appearance of the plantlets which give Spider Plants their common name.

These plantlets are easy to propagate yourself, just snip off the plantlet and plant in potting soil – no water propagation is needed.

Care & Size Guidance

Spider Plants are incredibly tough and easy to care for, making a perfect gift for a new plant owner. Whilst it thrives most in bright indirect light, it is tolerant of low light conditions.

Make sure not to overwater as this can cause root rot. To make sure, simply let the top few inches of soil dry out between waterings.

If you want your Spider Plant to abundantly produce plantlets it will need a good amount of light – in poor lighting conditions it will only produce leaves.

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