This is my humongous spider plant. Well, it's several spider plants in one container. My mom gave me a start from her spider plant when my wonderful husband and I moved into our first home after getting married almost 19 years ago. I have repotted it numerous times adding some starts from the spider plant to fill in the container, but I have never divided it. This is the largest container I want to keep it in. So, it is time to divide the spider plant. I've been putting it off as long as possible, but it is obviously root bound as it dries out quickly.
The roots are also pushing the soil up and over the container's edge which means there is usually potting soil on the floor of the living room.
Here she is all stretched out on the patio.
I slid off the container and found this tangle of roots.
The roots have even shaped themselves into the feet that give the container some clearance in the drip pan.
I used a square shovel to divide the spider plant in half.
Then, I used the shovel to divide one half in half.
I put half back into the original container with some nice new potting soil, and I put the other two pieces into temporary containers as I want to add them to some hanging baskets for the patio this summer.
Here's the largest spider plant back on its stand in the living room.
The other two pieces are waiting with the overwintered plants to go into patio containers.
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