The Marvelous Spider Plants
You can buy spider plants from a specialist nursery. These can be bought on the Internet or from a street shop. It is always a good idea to do a bit of research before you buy your plants so that you are sure of the type of conditions that your plants will need. A plant care buying guide will not only give you some advice about which plants are best for what situations, it should also be able to give you a list of the things you need to look out for when buying your plants and growing them in your garden.
If you are buying plants online, then you will have to consider shipping costs when you have to spend a little extra money. If you are planning to grow them in containers then you should take this into account. If you are thinking about buying your plants directly from a garden centre then you may not have to worry about this factor. Just remember that if you do buy your plants from a specialist then you will usually be able to arrange for any associated shipping costs to be included in the price of the plants. So it is important to know whether you will be paying more for your plants just because of shipping.
Another factor to consider when buying spider plants is how much sun or shade the plant gets. Most plants sold are very tolerant to sunlight but some varieties are more delicate and require a lot more sun or shade to thrive. Choose plants with dark green leaves if you live in areas where there is a lot of sunlight. If you have a lot of woodland areas, then choose plants with large foliage that filter the light instead of absorbing it.
You can usually tell which plants are the best for your climate by looking at the leaves. Plants that have glossy leaves will need more sun than plants with duller green leaves. Also look at the flowers that the plant has, if they have multiple petals then you can be sure that the plant will need lots of sun.
A tip when buying Spider Plants online is to go for quality over quantity. If you buy cheap varieties then you might end up with plants that die after just a few days. Beware of buying plants from online sources that don't provide a good refund or return policy. If possible, get hold of local nurseries that specialize in native plants before making your purchase.
If you are growing your own plants, rather than purchasing them from a garden center, check out what resources are available to you. Many nurseries have newsletters, publications and catalogs that you can sign up for. This will give you information on new species and their growing conditions.
It can sometimes be difficult to tell which types of Spider Plants are suitable for your climate. If you are buying from a local source that sells mainly native plants, then it may be a good idea to get advice from a local nursery to make sure you know what you are buying. Alternatively, ask an expert in the field if they can recommend a particular type of plant for your climate.
If you are growing the plant from seeds, check the plant care manual or go to a local library and check out some plant books. These should give you some ideas on how to care for the plant once it has been transplanted. Once you have bought your plant, there are some basic maintenance tips that you need to be aware of. Make sure the roots are well anchored to the potting medium and water them regularly to encourage new root growth. Spider Plants can be very difficult to take care of, but the rewards of this little natural wonder are worth the effort.