How to Get My Spider Plant to Have Babies (7 mind-blowing steps to try)

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Spider plants are awesome houseplants, but what if you want to make more of these ribbon plants? Or airplane plants as my little nephew likes to call them. If you’re wondering how do spider plants produce, just know that there are many factors you will need to consider.  

How to get my spider plant to have babies?

Besides being at least 1-2 years mature, you’ll need to provide the right spider plant care in order for spider plant reproduction to happen. That means providing the right level of lighting, watering, humidity level, and fertilization. Once a spiderette plant baby is born, it’s important to learn what to do with spider plant babies as well as if you can leave the babies on your spider plant.

First things first. The key to achieving the spider plant look is age. It might require years of patience and grooming, but no plant will grow into its own potential without the proper time and management. The better you raise your indoor plant, the better your chances of achieving that sought-after baby spider look is. 

Quick care tips for baby spider plant care:

*Spider plants love humidity so misting it regularly is encouraged–especially since they hate dry air. You may also want to make a humidity tray to help increase the moistness level.

*If spider plants are wilting, this is usually a sign that they need more water or humidity. It’s also possible that you’re using too much fertilizer on them. Try cutting back or completely eliminating fertilizers altogether for a while to see if it helps!

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Steps on how to get my spider plant to have babies

  1. Pick up your spider plant without allowing it to touch the soil. Be sure that you have a pot ready for planting before picking up the plant!
  2. Plant with care by adding well draining soil mixed with some sand and perlite in order to provide better drainage. Make sure that you plant the spider plant so that it is not sitting in water.
    1. Organic potting mix (I personally love this one for spider plants)
    2. Perlite (this one contains coconut coir, which lasts longer)
    3. Charcoal (this is great for nutrient retention)
  3. Place your pot on a tray of gravel or pebbles to allow for better drainage and also provide an extra spot where excess water can be absorbed by these materials–keeping both you and your spiderettes happy!
    1. Make sure that the pot does not touch any part of this tray, but instead allows room at least one inch from either side in order to prevent root rot which could lead to death.
  4. Watering should only happen about once every three days–make sure that there is plenty of air circulation around the leaves when watering as well as using warm tap water during winter months (cold water may shock the plant).
  5. Fertilize your spiderettes once or twice a month with an all purpose fertilizer.
    1. This will give them the nutrients they need to grow and flourish–and may even increase their numbers!
  6. Your spider plants should be placed in bright indirect sunlight, but avoid direct sunlight since this could cause scorch marks on their leaves which are not only unattractive, but also detrimental to its health.
    1. They can do well indoors near windows that don’t get much sun as long as it is given adequate lighting from other sources such as lamps or fluorescent lights. When outdoors, they prefer partial shade when grown during hot summer months (these plants like cool temps!) so they don’t overheat, but full sun when grown in cooler climates.
  7. When spider plants are getting too tall for their pots (usually around the time they reach about three years of age), you’ll need to repot them into a larger pot that can accommodate their roots and provide more room to grow.
    1. If this isn’t done, eventually the plant will become rootbound with restricted growth which could lead to dropping spiderettes or leaves turning brown from lack of nutrients. This is important so your plants stay healthy!

How to get my spider plant to have babies

How do I make my spider plant grow babies quicker?

Time and patience will help your spider plant eventually achieve the look you want. However, not everyone has the patience and some want the spider plant in their at-home set up as soon as possible. The best way to grow spider babies in your spider plant is to propagate the growth by planting spiderettes in potting soil. 

a spider plant placed in an area with bright lighting

Read here to learn more about propagating spiderettes.

If this process still isn’t quick enough for you, you can consider propagating spider plant babies in water.

Stick the spiderettes in a glass of water for 1 to 2 weeks and watch them grow exponentially over time. While you do not have to go through the trouble of watering the plant separately, some people still enjoy the process of growing a plant in a glass and watching it grow. 

These curly spider plant babies are so cute and fun to look at when you’re doing plant propagation through the water.

It’ll take approximately 7-10 days for your spider plant babies to grow roots once in water.

 The choice is yours on whether you want to place the plantlet in soil or water for the roots to grow. 

You can either leave the baby on the parent plant until it has taken root, or you can snip the runner and detach them. This will work either way. I prefer to snip it since I have a hanging spider plant. 

How long does it take for spider plants to reproduce?

Spider plants will typically reproduce faster than other house plants. Once the airplane plants has matured enough and becomes rooted within 1-2 years, the reproduction cycle can start. I would recommend to check on your plants drainage holes every year just in case they become too root bound. 

Several factors go into the efficiency of the reproduction process of your spider plant. To get the best results in the quickest time, you will want to keep these factors in mind.

  • Drainage hole in the pot
  • Indirect light and the environment surrounding the pot
  • Is your plant well-rooted?
  • Proper ventilation 

When your spider plant is reproducing properly, you will notice the long stem that will develop the spiderettes you’ve been looking for. Once these baby spiders develop their own roots, you can decide to cut them off and root them separately in soil or water for a more effective growing experience. 

a close up of a striped spider plant

The amount of time it will take your plant to reproduce will vary. The determining factors surrounding the environment where your plant is growing will have an impact on how long it takes your spider plant to reproduce and create the spider plant babies that give it volume and life. 

Can I put spider plant babies in water?

To expedite the growth of your spider plant babies, it is highly recommended that you propagate spider plant in water. Put your spider plant babies in water until you can noticeably see the new roots growing.

You will need to monitor the amount of water you use because too much can lead to your plant rooting and drowning.

The biggest concern for rooting spider plant babies in water is that they come out weaker when rooted in water and it might take them more time to recover after being planted back in the potting mix.

spider plant images

This is easily manageable, but other options are available if you do not wish to go through the hassle.

The last thing to keep in mind when planting your spider plant babies in water is that you will want to cut or trim off any excess leaves that are growing at the base of the plant. Any extra plants or foliage that is exposed to the water will start to rot and may compromise the rest of your plant. 

Related: How to Clean Water Spots off Plant Leaves {my secret weapon}

What time of year do spider plants have babies?

Like most plants, spider plants grow best in seasons with long days and great weather. Summer and fall are two prime seasons of growth for spider plants and they are most likely to produce babies during this time period.

The growth of the spider plant babies also depends on the type of care they are receiving. 

  • How much lighting they are receiving
  • How much their living condition resembles their natural habitat
  • How often you water a spider plant
  • How healthy spider plant roots are

Your plants will not grow as rapidly or efficiently as you are probably hoping for if you are not taking proper care of them and putting them in an area of the house that draws in a lot of sunlight.

Spider plants are at their best when they are exposed to bright indirect lighting for long hours of the day. Long sun exposure will encourage the growth of spider plant babies.

When the plant starts to experience decreases in day lengths, it will respond with flowers once the days start to bring more sun. Nightfall and sunlight tend to work together to encourage a spider plant’s growth.

After your spider plant producers flowers, give it extended times of nightfall and it will produce tiny plants instead. 

curly spider plant babies with multiple spider plants in one pot. Read more in how to get my spider plant to have babies

Another way to expedite the growth of spider plant babies in the summer and fall seasons is to leave your plants outsides so that they can be exposed to more sun, but keep them in a shaded area.

After leaving them outside and exposing them to plenty of light through the shade, bring them back indoors and they will experience a natural decrease in light, promoting the spider plant baby growth. 

Do I need to feed my spider plant?

The best time to fertilize spider plants would be in early October, November, February, or March when they are most likely beginning their active growth cycle following dormancy periods during winter months.

This will give them optimum conditions when growing new leaves after the winter dormancy period has ended that helps avoid leaf drop!

Quick tips on how do you take care of a spider plant indoors?

full grown spider plant
  • Spider plants can’t tolerate frosty temperatures so make sure not to let them freeze during the winter months.
    • You may want to bring them inside before any heavy snowfalls start happening as well since their leaves will droop when exposed to cold weather and ice; these conditions could permanently damage the plant. Once spring comes around again, yay!
  • Spider plants are non poisonous but if eaten can cause an upset stomach.
    • So it’s important not to have them near places where people or pets could reach and eat the leaves.
      • This includes childrens’ play areas, lawns, gardens, etc., so make sure you put these guys somewhere safe that they’re inaccessible from those kinds of locations.
  • If placed in full sunlight every day for 8 hours or more, this will eventually lead to leaf burn.
    • In fact, most indoor spider plants do better when there is only artificial light rather than natural light streaming into their environment all day long.
      • This helps them save energy and keep their leaves looking green instead of crispy brown.
  • Spider plants don’t need to be watered as often as some other houseplants, which is great news for busy people who tend not to remember how much and how long they last watered their plants the day before.
    • The general rule of thumb is a good amount of water every week or two; this will keep them happy and healthy in your home!
    • Be careful when transplanting spiders into different pots, as they are sensitive to root disturbances.
    • Spider plants grow best when watered with tepid or lukewarm water so make sure not to overdo it during watering sessions!
      • The most common cause of leaf droopiness is usually due to the plant being thirsty.
  • Do – watch for insects and pests, such as spider mites–if this problem arises don’t spray with insecticides or use heavy soaps; these will only make the situation worse.
  • Spider plants are great to have around your home because not only do they provide a nice green touch without needing much care but they also filter out toxins like benzene that can be found in household cleaners!

Final thoughts on how to get my spider plant to have babies

Remember: spider plants can produce babies without any help from humans! This may occur if they’ve been living on a windowsill for some time and acquire enough light – but this is rare.

You might see tiny white flowers grow as well which some people find quite beautiful; it also means more spiders will come soon after!

There are several ways to help your spider plants have babies. Most people who grow spider plants want to achieve that unique and look of volume and nature in their home decor set up.

The best way to get your spider plants to have babies is to expose your plant to proper living conditions and sunlight that encourage healthy growth.