Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie’

Family: Asparagaceae

Countries: Africa

Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie’ is a a widely available form of Chlorophytum comosum, a tender, houseplant, which is usually known as the spider plant.  Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie’ differs from the spider plants that were commonly seen growing inside homes in the1970s, as this spider plant has slightly wider leaves, but a more compact size and a slightly abstract curl or twist to the plant’s leaves.  Each leaf seems to twirl slightly, curling inwards, with a pronounced curl, under the centre of the plant.

Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie’ producing a baby.

Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie’ makes a great houseplant!  Spider plants can be grown in hanging baskets, where the plant’s babies hang rather decoratively below the mother plant, or you could plant your Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie’ plant in a regular container, placed on a shelf or another piece of furniture and let your plant’s babies hang down below the container.  It’s so easy to propagate Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie’, just as it is with all spider plants, so don’t rush to remove your plant’s babies, allow each baby spider plant to form a good root system, as the baby plants grow hanging down from their mother plant.  Once a baby spider plant’s root system has developed, the young plant can then be removed from its mother and potted up into its own container, as they develop roots of their own.

A closer look at one of this Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie’ specimen’s leaves.

Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie’ flourishes in a bright room, in a position where the plant will receive bright, but indirect light.  This is an easy going plant, one that grows surprisingly well with very little care and attention.  Plant Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie’ in a peat free compost, ensure you use a free draining compost mix and plant your spider plants into containers which have a drainage holes at the base, to allow the water to run through the compost and escape into the sink, or shower, or bath, or wherever your water your houseplants.  Water Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie’ with rainwater if you can, although this plant does tolerate tap water.  Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie’ is very tolerant of many growing conditions, although I find that spider plants grow best in bright, indirect light, being watered every couple of weeks or so.  This spider plant, like other spider plants is happier being on the drier side, this plant doesn’t want to be watered every week. Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie’, like other spider plants, truly are easy to care for houseplants!

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