About Spider Plant: This unique plant grows wild in the plains of the South American countries of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. Botanical studies show that in its native area, this plant is principally pollinated by bats as they partake of nectar. The common names referring to spiders or whiskers are derived from the long, thin stamens that extend several inches beyond the flower cluster. This flower has traditionally been grown in the estate gardens of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello for generations.
Spider Plant Germination: Direct sow in late fall, planting the seed just below the surface of the soil; these seeds need light to germinate. For spring planting, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 30 days before direct sowing. Keep the soil evenly moist until germination, which should occur within 30-35 days. Seeds can also be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost of spring; plant the seeds on the surface of a flat, keeping the moisture consistent and the temperature around 70 degrees F. This plant grows best in well drained soil, though it adapts to nearly any soil type.
Growing Spider Plant Seeds: Water the plants regularly until they become established. Mature plants tolerate heat and drought well, and should not need watering unless the soil becomes very dry. Remove tips of the developing stems to encourage branching and bushy growth. Since this plant can become aggressive in its reseeding, deadhead spent blossoms. If aphids threaten the plants, discourage them by spraying them off with a stream of water; repeat until they have gone. This plant attracts birds, hummingbirds, and butterflies as well as deterring rabbits.
Harvesting Spider Plant: Spider Plant makes a good cut flower, though the entire plant does have a unique fragrance that some find unappealing. Watch out for the thorns on the underside of the leaves and on the stems.
Saving Spider Plant Seeds: After the flowers fade, the plant will produce thin 2” pods that ripen to a light brown; the ripe seed will also be light and dark brown. Remove the pods as soon as they ripen to prevent loss, since they will eventually split and release their seed. Spread out the pods away from direct sunlight to dry completely. Split the dry pods open and remove the seed. Store the cleaned seed in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Spider Plant Info: Origin: South America Other Common Names: Spider Flower, Cat Whiskers, Grandfather’s Whiskers, Bee Plant Duration: Annual Bloom Time: Summer-Early Fall Height: 48-60 inches Spacing: - Light: Full Sun Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry USDA Zone: 4-9 Seeds Per Oz: 12,750 Produces star-shaped clusters of 5-7 sticky, pointed leaves and tall clusters of fragrant pink, white, and purple flowers with long, thin stamens.