The search for the spider plant.December 31st, 2012 by Jon Leonhardt
Everyone has heard of the spider plant right? The airplane plant? Chlorophytum comosum for all the plant people. Ok right everyone knows what I am talking about. There are different types of spider plants. So I decided to see how many different varieties there were out there. This is what I have found.
Lets start with the most basic all green version. This was actually the hardest to find! Just because its all green doesn’t make it boring. Its got a great color of green and because its all green without the variegation it is actually a healthier plant. All variegated plants are weaker due to the fact that the white part on the leaf doesn’t produce chlorophyll.
This plant here is Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum”. The most commonly found version of the spider plant. The leaves have an interesting variegation kinda streaky.
Now this one is probably the second most common airplane plant. Chlorophytum comosum ‘Reverse Variegatum’. This one has a green center with white edges.
This one looks a lot like Chlorophytum comosum ‘Reverse Variegatum’ but has a yellower edge that eventually turns to a white. I bought it under the name of Chlorophytum laxum “Zebra” I find that it seems to stay a little shorter then then rest.
I recently found this Chlorophytum comosum but was told its called the Hawaiian spider plant. The coolest part of this plant is that the plant will start out with variegation and finally turn all green again. Then producing the babies, with variegation again. These if potted will grow into a large plant that is variegated before turning all green again. If the babies are left on the plant they will eventually turn green as well. So the plant will have various different combinations going on!
All of the spider plants prove to be super easy to grow being able to survive what most plants can’t. There are other varieties out there, but seem harder to purchase. There is a “bonnie” which has more curly leaves. But many people say its just a stressed plant.