Repotting the Spider Plant

About two years ago I acquired a white and green spider plant baby. It has now become mature and started producing its own "babies". After it reaches a mature state maybe 9 months or so (also depends on the season that you plant the baby. The plant matures quicker in warmer months) a stem grows from the center with little white buds that soon flower, then little leaves sprout after the flower drops, thus forming a spider baby which hangs from the stem. 

When I got the plant I was overtly excited and potted her into a planter without holes for drainage but I added rocks on the bottom to help drainage. After two years I saw that the plant mother wasn't doing as well as it used to. It might have been because it outgrew the container and the roots had nowhere to go or it also may have been sitting in water, which is bad for the plant and can lead to the roots rotting. The leaves slowly began to yellow and became droopy. I had to repot to save it.

I also have another spider plant that is all green and the same thing happened to it. This variety of spider plant is generally larger. Larger leaves and grows quicker too. I didn't have to wait too long for it to mature and grow its own babies.

After I pulled the plant out from the pot, I was really amazed at how it found its way around all the little crevices, completely wrapping around the entire pot and in between the rocks and formed its roots in the shape of the pot.  

The roots were a lot bigger than I thought they would be. Thick and thin roots, some would start thick, then go thin, then go back to thick again. 

 I shook the soil and rocks out to take a good look at the overgrown roots.  It looked almost alien-like.  I took garden shears and trimmed away at the roots down to a manageable size. I detangled what was tangled and cut off excess. I left a few thicker roots so it can still absorb water and not be in complete shock.

I shook the soil and rocks out to take a good look at the overgrown roots.  It looked almost alien-like.

I took garden shears and trimmed away at the roots down to a manageable size. I detangled what was tangled and cut off excess. I left a few thicker roots so it can still absorb water and not be in complete shock.

After trimming the roots I potted it into a plastic pot with drainage holes. Then I put some pebbles on the bottom of the original pot for better drainage. Even though I know the roots won't be sitting in water, I still wanted to be safe. 

The plant will be in shock for a week or so. I will need to pay close attention to it and water it every other day so it can get acclimated again.  

***While having a plant adds to the atmosphere of a space, the spider plant specifically remove formaldehyde from the air. Formaldehyde is a chemical that is used in building materials as well as household products which can cause cancer.