suggestions for a really big spider plant

karlawithakNovember 19, 2013

Plant is in a hanging basket with whatever those liners are called and dirt. I just bought this and I am wondering if I should switch out the old liner and use fresh dirt. I don't know what to expect if I take it out of the pot. Would these typically have a tight root ball or be all over the place? Should I find a larger planter? Should I split it? In the picture, plant is upended slightly due to the weight.
Thanks for suggestions

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I wouldn't mess with a plant looking that good. Removing the few dead leaves at the top would put it in the 'looks great' category. As far as roots go, I don't see them separating them from the coir liner easily, if at all. They make huge tubers that store water. In the ground, they get much larger, and can go down about 12 inches. The coir liner is obviously much better than a plastic hanging basket pot, in which the roots smush against each other so tightly that the inside of the root ball can become hydrophobic. Saturating enough to remedy that makes this pancake of roots at the bottom unhappy, plant not happy either way, after roots have filled such a pot.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 11:48AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Nowhere for these roots to go/grow. Plant started looking terrible.

If weight is an issue for your plant, you could remove babies from inside the 'globe' of them without changing the appearance at all. Fantastic plant!

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 11:51AM
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coir fiber last for sev years. if you really want to add a bit of newer soil without disturbing the plant much i'd suggest getting a basket with coir liner that is larger and just lifting it out from old wire basket and plopping it into the new, without doing anything else. the older coir liner will get thinner and thinner with time until it almost dissolves.
you could also top-dress with a couple of inches of new soil, the older rhizomes usually start pushing out of the soil, so it's good to cover them a bit.
i'd also thin out the babies - easy to start them in water or reg soilless potting mix.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 12:18PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Petruska, that's brilliant!

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 12:43PM
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OMG!!! Your Spider is the largest and pretties I've ever seen.
It must weight a ton, unless it's all roots..

I can't believe the number of shoots/babies.

Beautiful. Toni

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 1:02PM
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Wow! That is a giant spider plant. Biggest I've seen. Keep us updated on your decision.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 2:03PM
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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

Remember Eva's spider plant page? I cannot find it anymore.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 3:30PM
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OMG, that is gorgeous !!!!!

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 6:08PM
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Hi....that plant is fantastic.....just keep doing what you are doing.....I have never seen one so huge....I am green with envy......thanks for posting....linda

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 6:50PM
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    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 11:26PM
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Hello, hello, karla? Please tell us how your huge, beautiful spider plant is doing and what you did to it, if anything.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2015 at 10:34PM
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