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how long can spider plant babies stay attached to the mother plant? i like the look of the babies and don't want to remove them,but i worry the babies will get to big and brake the stems off. i have one that i had to cut the stem off because the stem started dying off and i did want the babies to die (i hope i can save them) i don't know if i did it when i moved it or just to big   kim

Hi Kim,

Don't worry, the baby plants can stay on the main plant as long as you want or as long as the stem to which they are attached stays healthy.

The more light your Spider Plant receives, the stronger the stems (runners, actually) will be. I have seen baby plants stay attached for many years when the plant is hanging in a sunny window. In reduced light, the stems will not be as thick or strong and eventually may no longer be able to support the baby plants as they grow larger.

I suggest that you simply observe your plant. At the first sign of the stem starting to discolor and die back or the baby plant starting to wilt a bit, then sever the baby and move it into its own pot. It will not be too late at that point.

So, keep your babies intact as long as you can and enjoy the fountain-like look that the plant will attain!

Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional questions.

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