Spider plant rescue
Spider plant is a succulent with hoodia leaves that has many different uses. It is the preferred plant for indoor plants and is known for its strong fragrance and attractiveness to pollinators and insects. The plant has adapted well in the tropics and can get hot even in the southern hemisphere. It does like to be sheltered and ideally planted in deep containers.
I used to have spider plant in my basement because I knew it would be necessary to maintain it a tiny bit later in the summer. I would leave it on the large section of my concrete floor. Of course, it was only until late summer and early fall when the leaves of spider plant died down that I had to tear the plants out of the soil and move them out of the basement due to repeated frost scares.
Over the years, I spent more time working on spider plant rescue than anything else because I discovered the unanticipated way that spider plant grows now lives. Because the plant is habituated to heat and sunlight, it is typically 20 to 30 degrees hotter than it was when I was working on it over many years. I learned that spider plant grows exceptionally well in a heated greenhouse and in a dark or fluorescent light, which has a noticeable effect on its natural fresh scent. The plant also prefers a variety of irrigation systems including suspended irrigation or drip irrigation.
What is Spider Plant?
The name spider plant actually comes from the Latin word “scatch” which is used for soil removal. The plant grows from the ground up, underground, up and down like an onion. It does not have a root ball, which is known as a “lampirium” and is the root area of most of its major features. Spider plant also has hair and arch of leaves that are often mistaken for ears.
Spider plant is most known for the black, powdery-looking “creamy” sap from the plant’s roots. It is not toxic and is also poisonous to dogs, cats and other animals. The sap is a source of flavanoids and is also released through other plant products of other species.
Spider plant prefers well-drained and well-maintained soil, although it lives in wet soils as well. It prefers composted or finely mixed potting soil mixed with coarse sand or a mixture of the two. Spider plant can also be grown in colder climates in full sun until the leaf shoots fade and the plant eventually dies.
It is important to keep the plant moist but not soggy. When the leaves begin to brown, it is time to apply a mulch of aged organic matter such as bark or straw. Tomatoes and cabbage are just two examples of plants that require spider plant to provide them with a strong base of nutrients. Look for stronger and heavier foliage to find spider plant.
Spider plant requires plenty of sunlight and space, although it is not as hardy as other plants in a greenhouse. The spider plant itself also requires 20 hours a day of light to be alive, even more so than traditional houseplants. The spider plant grows in a flower pot or even a special container made with a tear in the mesh. Spider plant thrives in a container that is slightly moist but not wet. Spiders generally start their growth in the pot and then work their way out.
Spiders are showing up in more and more stores now and stores will generally include them in their case. Collect them as a hobby plant or use them in your home garden. So, while they still deserve their nickname as “super weeds,” they’re pretty darn resilient.
Author: ©2016 Lucius Gantt