Flora & Fauna: Spider Plants

Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum)  are easy to grow house plants that are also pretty easy on the eyes.

When you spend as much time as I do looking at plants, you begin to develop preferences for certain shades of green their leaves grow in.

The spider plant’s leaves are a cool, calming green – one of my personal favorites!

The plant itself, native to tropical climates as well as parts of southern Africa, grows like a weed – when you re-pot it, it quickly sprouts leaves to accommodate it’s new, bigger home.

Their leaves hang out of the pots they grow in, making them aesthetically well suited to hanging pots.

These plants aren’t particularly thirsty, and they actually do much better when they are allowed to totally dry out between watering.

One of the main reasons I now own two of these plants is primarily for their purported air purification abilities, combating potential home pollutants.

I have one I’ve kept for almost a year now, and a second one that’s a more recent addition, that I hope to hang up when it gets a little larger.

The spider plant is just one species of plants I keep specifically to help keep the air in my home fresh – I may write a bit more about those in later posts.

All in all this easy to grow plant is one I would be certain to recommend as a first purchase to a beginning indoor gardener!

You can read more about them here, and purchase them at most gardening stores.

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