If you dream of a lush green spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) covered with cascading babies you may have assumed all your needed to do was buy a plant and wait for it to begin its magic. You probably realized after several months that it wasn’t going to happen anytime soon. While some spider plants will thrive in nearly any location and fulfill your wishes by sending out shoots covered with baby spiders, most are a little more finicky about blooming and reproducing.
You may have heard that your spider plant will produce babies when it becomes rootbound, but that’s only part of the story. According to the University of Florida, light also has a lot to do with when they send out shoots. Typically, spider plants produce new babies, calledspiderlets or pups, when they are exposed to bright light for at least 12 hours a day. That means that unless you live near the equator, your spider plants aren’t likely to produce baby spiders in the winter months. If your spider plant is not producing babies, try moving it to an area with more light and keep the room dark at night.
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