Submitted by jan on January 6, 2021 - 6:28pm. Submitted by Cat on September 2, 2019 - 6:12pm. I have taken good care of this (my favorite) plant for 30yrs or more & have gifted many pups. It is a common food source for the people belonging to the rural areas of Africa, where the leaves of this plant are cooked and eaten. African daisies look a lot like common daisies, with petals radiating around a center disk. It doesn't mind being watered frequently, but it … Cleome gynandra, also known as African Cabbage, African spider plant, Spider Wisp, and cat’ s whiskers – is a wild green leafy vegetable originated in tropical Africa and Southeast Asia. Submitted by Donnis Mack on May 10, 2019 - 10:18am, Submitted by The Editors on May 31, 2019 - 12:40pm. A mature plant will form tight rosettes of arching leaves with a profusion of hanging plantlets on long stems, up to three feet, somewhat like a bushy green mane. Spider plant is a rich source of antioxidants that helps in keeping your skin glowing and young. Submitted by Jesper Sandberg on August 15, 2019 - 8:26am. Submitted by Barbara L Butler on October 1, 2019 - 7:52pm. Native to tropical and southern Africa, Spider plants have a reputation for being nearly impossible to kill. Both planters are absolutely beautiful with Bud and Bud's babies!!! Here’s how to grow spider plants in your home! The South African tropical rainforest houses around 65 different species of spider plants. Thank you for the article, very informative, and confirming what I thought I knew about these great little plants. Spider plants grow from 30 to 60 cm (12 – 24 inches) tall and are often grown in hanging baskets. Graham, Tahiti is a French Polynesian island in the middle of the Pacific ocean. Spider plants can be grown with their roots in water—in fact, spider plant pups root quite well if started in water. If you want, you could remove it from its pot, trim off the roots that are starting to poke out and place it back in the same pot with some fresh soil. Submitted by The Editors on July 2, 2020 - 11:09am. Would a spider plant be a good candidate to be grown in a hydroponic environment? Still, they are an excellent source of phenolic compounds, vitamins like vitamin A and vitamin C and minerals like calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium zinc, copper, and iron. Michelle Obama Sold 725,000 Copies of Her New Book… In One Day! Cleome gynandra is a species of Cleome that is used as a green vegetable. We outlined a handful of the most common spider plant types below. This puts it into houseplant territory in most of the rest of the world. for some reason my spider plant will go a dull almost pale green. It also increased the lifespan of the mice having Ehrlich Ascites Carcinoma, and The hemoglobin levels and the count of red blood cells, white blood cells, and lymphocytes were restored to a healthy level. During the last couple years, it grew, had a few pups then was somehow traumatized & went down to almost nothing. That is normal. But when African daisies were first introduced to the market, they had vivid coloring many weren't used to seeing. We recommend the following varieties to newbie spider plant owners. Yup! It also produces branched stolons with small white flowers and baby plantlets.. Spider plants are very popular houseplants, and for good reason. Have never had a spider plant before so just wondering. 54history.com Help to reschedule Africa and find it Pan-African Stories, African History, African Foods, African Fashions, African Quotes, Black Excellence, Black Business, and more amazing content documentation. It pains me that we Africans spend more money buying drugs for minor issues instead of using herbs around us for little or no amount. Would you please tell me what is the greatest depth of a spider plant's roots? Submitted by Scooter on September 14, 2020 - 3:56pm. Spider plants are fairly expressive when it comes to showing their desire for water, so you should be able to tell when they’re thirsty (they’ll look a little wilted). Spider plants prefer temperatures between 55 and 80°F (13–27°C), which makes them a great indoor houseplant. Once the pups have rooted themselves to the soil, they can be cut loose from the mother plant. They are even in the Asteraceae family, along with Shasta daisies and zinnia. Spider plant contains high levels of potassium that helps in lowering high blood pressure by neutralizing the adverse effects of sodium. There is only a handful that we have brought into our homes though. It is an annual wildflower native to Africa but has become widespread in many tropical and sub-tropicalparts of the world. The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. These are great plants, so easy. We kept them in the same hanging planter for ever and kept adding fresh soil on the top and mixing it around a little of course with a little fertilizer once a month. A spider plant is inexpensive and a great choice for beginning plant lovers; an added plus, spider plants clean the air of harmful toxins. They grow from a central rosette. Essentially, the plant is not producing enough chlorophyll, which is what makes leaves green. A Spider Plant does need some attention in order to really get it performing at its best, but it's extremely tolerant should you accidentally forget about it from time to time. Submitted by Tina on June 27, 2019 - 1:01pm. The Spider Plant, Chlorophytum comosum, is a species of Chlorophytum native to South Africa.. Spider plants have long narrow leaves that are 20–40 cm (8–15 in) long and 5–20 mm (0.2–0.8 in) broad. Custom programming and server maintenance by. Maintain average room temperature and humidity. The most common varieties are the variegated forms: Solid green varieties are also available. You can get your plants placed and possibly qualify for a tax deduction. In the spring and summer months, keep the soil moist to encourage growth. And this was only two months ago! Submitted by Kay Brenner on August 28, 2019 - 9:24pm. Plant it in a place with well-draining soil under light or heavy shade. Therefore, when a spider plant has black tips, water may be the most influencing factor. Chlorophytum Comosum ‘Reverse Variegatum’ Every part of Cleome gynandra has been used effectively in traditional medicine in many parts of the world. Submitted by Stephanie Fischer on April 29, 2019 - 5:11pm. Its sparse leaves are each made up of 3–5 oval-shaped leaflets. Description The leafy green medicinal herb, African Spider plant (Cleome gynandra), is a critical component in the diets of millions of people around the world, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. Cleome gynandra, commonly known by several names such as spider plant, African cabbage, cat’s whiskers etc is a green leafy vegetable that is found growing all over the tropical regions of Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Although considered as a weed, the African spider plant is highly nutritious with plenty of vitamins and other nutrients and hence can be added to a healthy and balanced diet. Cleome gynandra, also known as African Cabbage, African spider plant, Spider Wisp, and cat’s whiskers – is a wild green leafy vegetable originated in tropical Africa and Southeast Asia. Despite the creepy-crawly name, the spider plant is among the most popular (and easiest to grow) of all hanging or trailing houseplants. Fertilize up to twice a month in the spring and summer, however, avoid overfertilization. As popular today as it was generations ago, spider plant is wonderfully easy to grow. Very attached & determined, I kept the faith & it eventually became as pretty as ever. Hope this helps and enjoy your anniversary! My spider plant who I named "Bud" was given to me almost exactly 40 years ago. That depends on where you live. The results showed that the extract helped in significantly reducing the volume and weight of the tumor. Alternatively, set the still-attached pups into pots of soil placed next to the mother plant. It is an amazing thing and an amazing plant! Spider plants are available with green leaves, green leaves trimmed in white, or white leaves trimmed in green. Submitted by The Editors on July 1, 2019 - 2:56pm. I greatly appreciate your articles about plants. I try to keep them out of direct sun as much as possible. It also contains certain amounts of fiber, carbohydrates, and protein. Spider plant is also known as oorpeultjie (Afrikaans), lerotho (in Sepedi and Sesotho), murudi (in Tshivenda), rirudzu, bangala (in Xitsonga) and Ulude (in isiNdebele) and is said to have originated in tropical Africa and Southeast-Asia. Spider plants can be grown outdoors as annuals during the summer. These little beauties are small, fully formed rosettes with leaves and a developing root system. You can prune them as you like. I just need one more and then I will be done. Just be sure to bring it back inside before the temperature drops enough to damage the plant. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum), also called airplane plant, is a perennial flowering plant native to South Africa.Spider plants have long, thin leaves—both solid-colored and variegated—and grow to be one to two feet tall. My goal in 54history is to bring more awareness to our African herbs. Submitted by Dutch Van Der Linde on December 5, 2019 - 5:21am. As the other commenter said, you could try repotting in fresh soil, or you could try giving the plant a weak fertilizer. Alternatively, I have read that spider plants are edible and the pups can be used in stirfries. Submitted by Graham on December 5, 2019 - 5:34am. I am not able to get a photo transferred over. In other words, they work well indoors with only moderate watering. This Delicious Fish Sauce Recipe Should Be Added To Your Food Menu Immediately, How to Prepare a Kenya Mutura and Mahu Recipe, How To Prepare Tunisian Couscous with these 10 Easy Steps. Spider plants are originally from South Africa. These easy-to-grow houseplants look especially nice in a hanging basket and were a favorite in Victorian-era households. Thanks for the tips! I decided to transplant it and when I dug it up, there were many roots that had swollen to the size of a pencil. This is most likely the one that you’ve seen sold in garden centers and nurseries. Spider plants produce a rosette of long, thin, arched foliage that is solid green or variegated with white. I wonder if anyone has ever tried this or would care to try and predict the outcome...? It thrives in bright light, but tolerates low light. The leaves and roots of spider plant are used as an anti-diabetic remedy. I repotted it once because it looked and felt droopy and roots were peeking out drainage holes. I can’t find anyone interested in having baby spider plants, so that’s out. Spider plants also go by the names “airplane plant,” “ribbon plant,” and “spider ivy.” Spider plants are originally from South Africa. The plant also has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that help in preventing acne and other infections. Spider plants can be sensitive to too much salt (nutrients) in their water, so use a diluted solution. It is an erect, branching plant generally between 25 cm and 60 cm tall. Why you need Malabar Spinach in your life. It is a fast-growing plant that is … Submitted by Rebecca on June 20, 2020 - 12:49pm. how do i correct this? AFRICAN SPIDER FLOWER, CAT’S WHISKERS, AFRICAN CABBAGE, CLEOME GYNANDRA This plant is not related to the Caribbean cat’s whiskers plant, but is more closely related to a cabbage, its DNA analysis has shown, so it was moved from the caper family, Capparidaceae or Cappariceae to one of its own recently, and is now in the Cleomaceae family. There shouldn’t be any problem with this planting arrangement. Would it be possible for a palm tree to share a pot with multiple spider plants? I’m not sure what to do. The spider plants natural method of reproduction in their native South Africa is by self-propagating its little plantlets that form on the end of the flower stems during the growing season. Submitted by Miss Kitty on September 12, 2019 - 7:28am. What's wrong? Nonetheless, they are a classic and attractive plant to add to your space. I've had a scrap of spider plant living in water for about five years now. Submitted by Dave K on December 8, 2019 - 8:39pm. African Cabbage is locally known in Africa as Nyevhe in Zimbabwe, Mgagani in Tanzania/Swahili, Jjobyu in Luganda, and Musambe in Angola. Wonderful Health Benefits of African mango. Submitted by The Editors on October 15, 2019 - 4:19pm. Spider plant, (Chlorophytum comosum), African plant of the asparagus family (Asparagaceae) commonly grown as an ornamental houseplant. This plant can lower blood sugar levels, and this may be due to the presence of the antioxidant phenolic compounds in it. So this summer I transplanted what was left of the original plans and two of his babies. Not really a fan of spiders, but this plant is fantastic. Submitted by Cat on September 2, 2019 - 6:30pm. I got a super small spider plant in December and 7 months later it looks 4x bigger! Traditional uses of African Spider Plant: Calling All The Stylish Ladies! Here is a Tanzanian folktale, Discover the unique history and benefits of African yam bean, Do you know that the African native potato is Anti-cancer? Or, simply leave it be. Submitted by The Editors on July 6, 2020 - 2:51pm. For outdoor use, it’s suggested as an annual. Black Woman Owner of 3 IHOP Restaurants is Giving Away Free Food to Disadvantaged Families, Young Brothers Now Famous With 550K Instagram Followers For Their Funny, Creative Videos Ikorodu Bois, brothers from Nigeria, Atlanta CEO Creative Mike The Rapper Raises $100K For Black-Owned Dope Coffee Startup. However, if the plants are fully submerged, they usually end up rotting after a while. Spider flower (Cleome gynandra) is also known as African cabbage. Spider plant originated in Africa and Tropical Asia but now has a worldwide distribution. Types of Spider Plants. These antioxidants protect your skin from oxidative stress, thus preventing signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots. Categorized by its botanical name, Chlorophytum comosum, the spider plant is native to South Africa, zone 9 through 11. They look especially good along the edge of a container or bed, as long as they are kept out of direct sunlight. They are one of the most adaptable and easy to grow houseplants, so they're perfect for people who don't necessarily have a green thumb! Keep spider plants on your desk to reduce indoor pollutants. Now, however the leaves bend & crease & there have not been any pups since. It seems like there are nearly as many of the stalls as there are leaves. Will this work out okay? The variegated species are the most popular types found in indoor gardens. I will try to send a couple of pictures so you can see what I mean. It’s a gorgeous plant. How often should you cut off the grown pups? Spider plants were once highlighted by NASA for their reported air-purifying ability, though a large amount of plants would be required to reap any benefits in the home. From this result, it can be confirmed that the extract shows potent dose-dependent anti-cancer properties. Do not let soil dry out too much. You may even think they've been dyed or painted. Indoor plant food is a help, especially when they are inside. The leaves of spider plants are quite bitter. The most common type of spider plant is Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’, featuring a white stripe in the middle of each blade. Spider plants grow fairly quickly and can easily become pot bound. Spider plant, also sometimes called airplane plant, is a houseplant that's withstood the tests of time. Rosary pea, the poisonous yet medicinal plant. Faded leaves can be a sign of a few things—usually a deficiency of some sort. My spider plant is quite healthy, started from 6 pups from a neighbors plant about 7-8 months ago. Thank you. They don’t like temperatures below 50 degrees F, so it’s unlikely that it will survive outdoors in all but the warmest parts of the U.S. While these exceptionally hardy plants will survive in less than perfect conditions, in perfect conditions they are stunning. They’re very hardy, growing best in indirect light with soil that’s allowed to dry out between waterings. We've had ours for about 25 years. Any suggestions? These fast-growing, fun plants are a great option for the first-time plant owner. Spider plants form arching clumps of grass-like leaves and get their common names from the baby plantlets that form on their dangling stems. I think the pot is quite big and I’ve read the plant doesn’t need that much repotting... is this normal or do I have to repot again? Osteospermum, or African daisies, have flowers that look very familiar, yet totally foreign. what am i doing wrong? Can my spider plant survive outside in the winter months? The scientific name for spider plant is chlorophytum comosum and they belong to the Asparagaceae family . Try fertilizing the plant or repotting it with fresh soil and see if that makes a difference! This Is How Patent Leather Should Be Worn in 2020, Who missed folktales? If you have a lot of the pups on your plant, try contacting a local school or charity thrift shop to see if they're interested in selling them as a fund raiser. Thank you! This plant always throws a fit when I move it around too much. I had planned to place the palm, in a separate, bottomless pot to keep its roots from being strangled, in a very large pot and plant alternating green and variegated spiders around the outer edges. I was wondering if it would be ok to trim back the stems, or cut them off. Submitted by Suzanne Scott on July 4, 2020 - 3:33pm. Submitted by Michael Taylor on December 4, 2019 - 10:43am. These scientifically proven Spider Plant Benefits will make you the fan of this low-maintenance houseplant.. As interesting as its name, these spider plant benefits are wonderful and can make you a fan of this plant.. Common Names: Airplane plant, St. Bernard’s lily, spider ivy, Ribbon plant, and Hen and chickens Botanical Name: Chlorophytum comosum 1. Healthy spider plants may eventually produce “pups,” which are offshoots from the adult plant that can be removed and replanted to start new plants. It grows very slowly (just barely replaces leaves that age out), but seems perfectly happy. It is a common food source for poor people belonging to the rural areas of Africa, where the leaves… During the summer, spider plants may produce tiny white flowers on long stems, as well as baby spider plants (offsets) called “pups.” The pups look like tiny spiders, hence the plant’s name! Spider plant is native to tropical Africa, so in most of the U.S. it’s grown as a houseplant, but you can place it outdoors, out of direct sun, during the summer months. African Spider Plant ( Variety is as shown in the pictures ) Also Known As : Cleome gynandra, Shona cabbage, African cabbage, spiderwisp, cat's whiskers, chinsaga and stinkweed In English, there are several names including African spider plant, cat's whisker's spider flower, and spiderwisp. Spider plants are native to South Africa, so they enjoy warm climates with moderate rainfall. Antioxidants are compounds that can fight off these free radicals and protect your cells from oxidative damage. Does anyone know how long I can leave my plant without it being watered? Submitted by The Editors on August 20, 2019 - 3:02pm. BONUS: You’ll also receive our Almanac Companion newsletter! This is in part due to the thick white roots, or rhizomes, it produces in order to store food and moisture for long term support. Thanks. Plan to repot a spider plant about every other year. The plant grew and I just left it alone for most of the summer. It is known by many common names including Shona cabbage, African cabbage, spiderwisp, cat's whiskers, chinsaga and stinkweed. Submitted by The Editors on September 4, 2019 - 2:48pm. Spider plants are content being pot bound—in fact, it may encourage them to flower and produce pups! Is it possible to have a spider plant that has dark green as well as green and while babies.?? The Spider Plant is also known for its tremendous air purifying qualities, making it a healthy addition to your home as well. Submitted by Polly on April 19, 2019 - 2:16pm. It is a common food source for the people belonging to the rural areas of Africa, where the … Spider plants also go by the names “airplane plant,” “ribbon plant,” and “spider ivy.”. Although there is a pure gr… The most popular varieties feature long grassy green-and-white-striped leaves. Very high in essential micronutrients including, Vitamin A & Iron, can serve to … Spider Plant (Cleome gynandra)—also known as African cabbage, spider wisp, and cat’s whiskers—is a wild green leafy vegetable that grows all over tropical Africa, Asia, and the Americas. I am going on holiday to Tahiti for 1 week. Spider plant (Cleome gynandra) has a sour taste and grows wild in East Africa, but 100g of the leaves can provide nearly the entire daily recommended allowance of … Read other health benefits. They are from tropical and southern Africa and cannot tolerate freezing temperatures. My original spider plant has to be a great, x 10 or more grandma by now. Submitted by Linda on October 12, 2019 - 7:08pm. Submitted by Kay Brenner on August 28, 2019 - 9:27pm. Submitted by Reziac on January 10, 2020 - 7:10pm. Is this a bad thing or a non issue? The formation of free radicals in your body can lead to many diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis. All varieties are easy to care for and fun to have. Why would it do that? The African native most likely originated in Eastern Africa, in Ethiopia and Somalia. If there are many pups and the mother plant start to look unhealthy, then consider at least removing the older ones. I have two spider plants that I keep out on my patio. I don't rotate it (since space is an issue) so all of the leaves are growing towards the light. Moreover, it also contains several antioxidant compounds that contribute to the blood pressure-lowering effect. The anti-cancer effects of methanol extract of spider plant against Ehrlich Ascites Carcinoma was studied in Swiss albino mice. The affected plant had been looking worse for the wear, but I suspected it was just due to the fact that it is a picky plant (alocasia polly, or the African mask elephant ear plant) and that I’d recently brought it indoors for the winter. To get rid of the brown discs on leaves, use your fingernail to scrape off the brown residue every few days. For the best results, allow pups to reach approximately two inches in diameter before removing them from the mother plant. Spider plants are graceful foliage plants. The plants thrive in almost any light, soil type and temperature provided there are no freezes. Or, simply be diligent in checking the inner pot to make sure that it’s dried out sufficiently before watering again. “Variegatum” – This variety features a white stripe running down the edges of the green leaves. Mr Dutch, I was just wondering were is Tahiti, the reason I am asking as me and my wife are looking for a lovely holiday destination for our wedding anniversary, please get back in touch as soon as possible. We started out as a variegated plant and now he's just solid green. Keep spider plants on your desk to reduce indoor pollutants. You’ll just to watch that all the plants aren’t getting too much water—or too little. I have so many now (they do make a great little housewarming gift) I think I'll try planting some outside in the ground and see if I can't figure some kind of vertical placement. Spider plant helps in keeping your skin nourished and hydrated and also helps in maintaining the pH balance. The plant is either cultivated or harvested from the wild. Submitted by samantha on June 30, 2020 - 9:20pm. Or could I thin them out some. Also, will this affect the plant from growing pups or flowers? During initial growth, water occasionally; once fully developed (within one year), water moderately. In warm climates, they are sometimes grown outdoors but in most regions they are grown as houseplants. As for the pot within a pot: it would be best to use a clay pot or a pot made of some other breathable material, as plastic may hold in too much moisture if you’re not careful. Often, this is caused by a lack of light or a lack of nutrients. Spider plants are native to the African tropics and southern Africa. We got darker curtains in our bedroom and he started withering away. I'm Cynthia Adeh Ekpong, and I write about African Herbs and how they benefit our health. I know that it sounds weird, but it depends on how many you have and how much you want to get rid of them. The flowers are white, sometimes changing to rose pink as t… Frost will kill this tropical beauty. Thanks. Known as shona cabbage, African cabbage, spiderwisp, cat’s whiskers, chinsaga, African spider plant, cat’s whisker’s, spider flower, feuilles caya, mozambe, volatin, masambey, jasmin de rio, wild spinach, vaminta, vayinta, marathi, chinsaga, dek, shwetahudhude, phak sian, munyevhe, ulude, white massambee, spider-wisp, small spider flower or even just Spinach in many parts of Africa. I had a hanging plant near a sandbox and one of the "pups" fell into it. He's 40! 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