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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Spider Plant - Chlorophytum comosum

It feels like ages I wrote anything. Gardening seemed to be a distant passion now. Somehow, I do manage to water and reset my plants but even that seemed to be with my mood swing.
I guess I would blame it on the rain. My wife often laughs when I prepare myself to garden - for one she would know that I would be chased back to the living again - being me grumpy all over again, half soaked wet.

Yeah.. Gardening is a passion that doesn't wears out easily, except when it rains.
Its just feel being washed out. Now I remember - why I'm having that sore throat now.
Didn't fully recover from the cold I had from last week - gardening time.
Rain - sure spoils my mood but this time I decided to wrestle against it.
And look what happen now - stuck with a cold & a headache that won't just go away.

OK. You must be wondering what I'm ranting all about now. Let's get back to gardening.

I had found two pots of spider plant being thrown out along the roadside. It was in a bad shape, one of the pots was broken. I guess the owner decided to discard it. After inspecting, I too was not too sure what & how to revive it.
The root ball was totally absorbed the whole pot - there was no soil to consider. The babies looked over matured but still hanging and surviving from the mother plant.
I had it for another 2 months and then decided that I'm going to reset it.

Wow - it was really a lot of work. I really felt I was opening up the husk from a coconut shell. The root mass was unbelievable. It didn't let go easily and took a lot of force just to reset all of them.
Replanting them was a risk too. Not all the babies survived but the ones that did - thrived well and now flowers often.
I had also manage to give away so many of these baby plants to friends (now, I wonder whether the plant had survived)

Anyway, some thoughts and experiences concerning this plant:

1) Watering
This plant is forgiving if you forget to water it in a day or two. You will find that this plant will slightly discolour and may lost its usual strong colour when lacking water. They will bounce back once watered.
2) Too much watering may cause the leaves to fall off from the base.

3) They do well as shaded plants. I had seen the abuse they go through when gardeners place them on open direct sunlight. They do seemed to look adjusted but its more of a survival thing rather than thriving. You will find tell-tale signs of burned & withered leaves.
Eventually they will mature faster and look over-spend.

4) This one doesn't do well with chlorinated tap water. If you can - use filtered watered or the best rain water.

5) If the plant starts to dry & mature - its going to be a messy in pruning and keeping the right ones. The best option is to replant it. It is never going to look like its former glory. I have not seen a spider plant dying out after it being matured. Chances are it would have died more likely of neglect rather than being fully matured or aged.

1) The first 2 - when I first found them - rescued
2) 3rd pic - slowly recovering within a month
3) Others - the plants been reset & replanted from the original pot.
Finally giving out new stolons and spikes bringing a second generation.

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