Spider plant question

I have a spider plant that I used to start new little plants from but the plants I started don’t have any “babies” growing. The plants are at least 2 years old, why don’t they? Any ideas from anyone?

  8 answers
  • Kim Corneliusen Kim Corneliusen on Apr 07, 2018
    might be too big of a pot, they won't produce "babies" unless they are crowded.

    • B B on Apr 07, 2018
      Two are in small pots but still not producing babies

  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Apr 08, 2018
    The babies grow when the plant is pot bound....could you have planted the babies in too large a pot?

  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on Apr 08, 2018
    needs to be seriously pot bound, and kept on the 'dry' side w/ little to no fertilizer. Technically, it has to think it's DYING ! before it will make babies!!

    • B B on Apr 08, 2018
      Thank you. I have two small plants in small pots that should be root bound but maybe I’m watering them too often. I’ll give your suggestion a try

  • A A on Apr 08, 2018
    It's always been interesting to me that some plants must be root bound before they reproduce (via babies or flowers, etc.). How does that happen in nature where the plants are not in pots? I know it to be true, but I've always wondered. Overcrowding, I suppose (except that new plants would just contribute to the overcrowding and on and on . . .).

    Here's some info on your spider plant question:

  • Debbie Green Debbie Green on Apr 08, 2018
    Maybe you are watering them too much?? I've had my Spider plant for about 3 years and it just started producing babies about 6 months ago. I only water mine once a week and it is thriving well. It also needs natural light. I keep mine close to my door wall window. I only get direct sun for a few hours early in the morning (when I am still sleeping Lol) but I open my blinds all of the way and it's working for me.

  • B B on Apr 08, 2018
    I am still confused why or how to get my spider plants to produce babies. I’ve gone to two different web sites and got two different answers. I have two small plants that I started from the babies from a mature plant and keep them in my south/east window and they are surviving. They look like they are root bound and are about 1-1 1/2 years old. ( no babies). Guess I’ll have to wait and see if they’ll ever get spiderettes. If they don’t they are still a pretty plant.

    thanks to everyone who responded to my question....

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Apr 08, 2018
    Try using a liquid fertilizer such as "Schultz".

  • Christel Christel on Apr 11, 2018
    If they've been in the same soil for two years, they've probably eaten up a lot of nutrients they needed to grow. I would replace the soil and put them in larger pots if they are getting root bound. They're produce "babies" when they're happy and have the extra energy that goes into making them. :)