Chlorophytum comosum

Family: Asparagaceae

Countries: Africa, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Chlorophytum comosum is usually harder to find than the more commonly found, variegated forms of Chlorophytum comosum.  However, this all green form is easier to grow than the variegated types of spider plant.  Chlorophytum comosum copes better with lower light levels and this form is more resilient than any of the variegated spider plants, so if you love spider plants but your home is not quite bright enough to grow the variegated forms successfully, you may want to seek out this green leaved form of Chlorophytum comosum.  The ideal situation for Chlorophytum comosum to be grown is a position that enjoys bright, but indirect light, with a minimum temperature of 12C (53F).  If you like the look of the spider plant but have not managed to grow the usual variegated form successfully, it’s definitely worth giving this green leaved form a try!

Here’s my Chlorophytum comosum plant pictured back in January 2019. This lovely Spider Plant was looking fantastic and by January 2023 it had formed a large bushy plant with lots of babies. However, this plant got a bit battered when we moved house and I dropped it on its head several times, snapping many of the leaves and breaking the stems with all the baby spider plants on. The picture at the very top of the page shows the same plant in September 2023.

Chlorophytum comosum grows in every way the same manner as the variegated form, by the time this green leaved spider plant has grown and reached maturity, this plant will have formed a medium sized plant, which produces babies on pendent stems that hang at the side of and beneath the plant, as is seen in all spider plants from this genus.  When the babies are large enough, if you want to, you can detach and pot up the spider babies individually, or you can leave the young plants attached to their mother for a more decorative, decadent look.  Spider plants look fantastic when grown in indoor hanging baskets, with their babies hanging in chains below!

Grow Chlorophytum comosum in a container which has holes at the base, to allow water to drain away.  Select a pot which is just one size larger than your plant’s previous container, choose a free draining, peat free compost and then plant your Chlorophytum comosum plants up and find a suitable position.  Chlorophytum comosum favours being grown in a location that enjoys bright, indirect, filtered light, this plant can cope with a more shaded location that the variegated forms of this popular houseplant.  Avoid growing your plants in a position where they will receive any harsh, direct light, which may scorch this plant’s leaves.

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