Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’

Family: Asparagaceae

Countries: Africa

The common name of Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ is the Spider Plant.  This is an easy to grow, tender plant that grows exceptionally well as a house plant.

Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ can be grown in a hanging basket, where the plant will make a lovely feature.  Over time, the small white flowers and the baby Spider Plants that develop on the pendent stems of Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ will cascade over the side of your hanging container very prettily.  You could also grow a Spider Plant in a regular pot on a shelf and allow the baby plants to grow over the side of the planter, below the shelves.  Whichever planter you choose, ensure that your Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ plant’s container has holes at the base to allow water to run over the plant’s roots, through the compost and out of the bottom of the pot.

Choose a bright location to cultivate Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ plants.  Select a position that’s away from any harsh, direct light and avoid shaded areas.  Look for a light, bright spot with soft lighting.

If your home has a very dry atmosphere, misting your Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ plant’s leaves regularly will benefit your plants, as they will appreciate the increase in humidity.  Grouping houseplants together will also raise humidity levels and improve the conditions for Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’.

I don’t recommend Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ plants for terrariums.  However, nine years ago, I planted Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ in my BiOrbAir terrarium.  You can see more photographs and find out how this plant got on inside my long-term review of the BiOrbAir.  This link will take you straight to the trial update which was written at the time when this Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ specimen was first planted inside this terrarium.  You can follow this Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ specimen’s growth and development in this and the following trial and review updates.

Pot Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ plants up in pots or containers filled with peat-free compost.  Choose a terracotta or plastic pot with drainage holes at the bottom.  You can always pop your plant (complete with its plastic pot) into a decorative planter, to hide the plastic pot and improve the appearance of your plant.  The optimum time to re-pot Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ is in springtime.

Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ is a tender plant that will be killed by frosts.  Ensure your Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ plant never experiences temperatures below 14C (57).  To see more houseplant pages and information on growing a wide range of indoor plants, please click here.

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