House Plants/spider plant


I have a spider plant that is growing very well, it produces whites flowers that later dies and don't produce any plantlets, what is the reason for this I give bright light and water it every other week like I said it is very healthy and growing bigger in size so what can be the problem?

Hi Tawana,
  There are a couple of reasons why the plant is not producing plantlets.
It may not be mature enough yet. When Spider plants are grown from plantlets it can often take them a couple of years to become mature enough to produce plantlets.

Another reason could be fertilizer. Spider plants store up energy and nutrients to produce plantlets and it may not be getting enough of one of them. If it is getting enough light then you will need to fertilize it about every 2 weeks during the growing cycle. Any well balanced fertilizer is OK. I recommend using 1/3 of the amount called for in the directions on the package. Liquid fertilizers are best. Dilute 1 part liquid fertilizer to 2 parts distilled water. Be sure to never fertilize a plant when the soil is dry. This could cause the plant to take up too much fertilizer at once.

I hope this helps. If you have any questions or need additional information please don't hesitate to ask.

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