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    How to Grow and Care for Curly Spider Plant Bonnie

    As the name suggests, the Curly Spider Plant “Bonnie” is a more compact and curly-leafed variation than the regular Spider Plant we all know and love. In this guide, we'll cover everything you need to know about spider plant bonnie care.
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    Spider Plant 'Bonnie' in a white nursery pot on a light blue background.

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    Chlorophytum Comosum Bonnie, commonly known as Curly Spider Plant, is an evergreen perennial and a member of the Asparagaceae family. The Clorophytum species originates from Africa. Like regular Spider Plants, The curly variation is easy to grow and makes a wonderful houseplant for beginners
    They tolerate a wide range of growing conditions and even handle some neglect. Together with Pothos, Philodendron, and Snake Plants, they are one of the most common and beginner-friendly houseplants on the market today. 
    Do curly spider plants stay curly?
    Yes! The curling foliage of Spider Plant Bonnie is part of its natural growth pattern.

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    What is a Spider Plant Bonnie?

    As the name suggests, the Curly Spider Plant “Bonnie” is a more compact and curly-leafed variation than the regular Spider Plant we all know and love.  The “Bonnie”  comes in an all-green variety or a variegated version with a white stripe down the center of the curly leaves. Chlorophytum Comosum Bonnie is commonly grown as an indoor plant due to their air-purifying benefits
    When given enough bright, indirect light, Spider Plants will produce little plantlets, or ‘Spiderettes”, which you can propagate to make baby spider plants and expand your plant collection or gift to loved ones! 
    You will often see these plants grown in hanging baskets, which look stunning! Due to its identical growth pattern, with long offshoots and dangly spider babies, this plant can be fully appreciated when grown as a hanging plant.

    Spider Plant Bonnie Plant Care Guide

    Chlorophytum comosum ‘bonnie,’ Chlorophytum bonnie
    Airplane Plant, Air Plant, Curly spider plant, Spider Plant Bonnie
    Evergreen Perennial
    Fast growing
    Feed monthly with all-purpose fertilizer at 50% of the recommended strength. 
    Bright, indirect sunlight. Tolerates low light. Best windows for plants.
    Allow the top half of soil to dry out between watering.
    Well-draining soil. Three parts potting soil to one part perlite.
    6.0 to 6.5
    Produces runners “Spiderettes” 
    Spring to Summer
    60F to 90F (15C - 32C)
    Near a south-facing window, out of direct sunlight.
    Sansevieria trifasciata (Snake Plant), Agleonema
    Toxic to dogs and cats
    Spider Mites, Root Rot, Aphids, Mealybugs, Whiteflies, Fungus gnats
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    How to Care For Spider Plant Bonnie

    Chlorophytum Comosum Bonnie is not difficult when it comes to caring. Besides having curly hair, Bonnie is no different from the regular Spider Plant and needs the same care requirements to thrive.
    Your Spider Plant Bonnie needs well-drained soil to keep it looking fresh and healthy. A well-draining soil mix will help prevent overwatering issues like root rot and other bacterial diseases. Like succulents, Spider Plants are drought-tolerant and do not appreciate being in wet soil, especially during the winter.
    It requires bright indirect light to thrive, and moderate humidity is needed to keep the foliage green. Fertilize monthly during the growing season to ensure it has all the nutrients and building blocks needed to reward you with stunning new leaves all spring and summer!
    Spider Plant Bonnie is not fussy and will grow very well in most conditions. Before you know it, you will have a beautiful and lush houseplant that puts out new leaves and spider babies throughout spring and summer!

    📚 Spider Plant Bonnie Care Tips

    • Water your Spider Plant Bonnie when the top layer of soil feels dry. Ensure your plant sits in a pot with drainage holes to avoid waterlogging the soil.
    • Give your Bonnie Spider Plant bright, indirect light. The all-green variety will tolerate lower light conditions. 
    • Easily propagate your Spider Plant through the plantlets it puts out when given the right conditions. 
    • Opt for rain- or distilled water to prevent brown leaf tips on your Spider Plant Bonnie.

    💧 Water

    During the growing season, water your Spider Plant well but avoid overwatering. These plants are drought-tolerant and do not like to be overwatered. A general rule of thumb is to let the top half of the soil dry out before giving it a drink again. 
    During winter, you will need to water less frequently as the plant will not grow actively. Always check the soil before watering, ensuring the top half of the soil feels dry.
    Ensure that your plant sits in a pot with drainage holes. This will allow excess water to drain from the pot, preventing overwatering and root rot. After watering, always empty the saucer or cache pot to prevent the soil from remaining wet for too long. 
    Like Calathea and Dracaena, Spider Plants are sensitive to fluoridated tap water. For this reason, it is recommended to water your Spider Plants with rain or distilled water to prevent brown, dry tips from forming on your leaves.

    ☀️ Sunlight

    To keep your Spider Plant Bonnie looking healthy, provide it with bright, indirect light as much as possible. Avoid placing it in direct sun because this will burn the leaves. 
    The all-green variety will tolerate lower light conditions, like a north-facing window. If you own a variegated version, you will want to give it more light to keep the white coloring on the leaves! An east- or west-facing window will ensure you’re growing a healthy plant. 

    🌡️ Temperature and Humidity

    While Spider Plants can tolerate low humidity, they are prone to brown and dry leaf tips when they don’t have enough moisture. These brown tips don’t cause your plant much harm, but if you like to keep your foliage lush and green, a humidifier can help prevent the brown tips.
    The ideal temperature range for these plants is between 60F and 80F. Avoid exposing your Spider Plant to temperatures below 50F.

    🌱 Best Soil for Spider Plant Bonnie

    Like the regular spider plant, the Bonnie Curly Spider Plant will appreciate a well-draining potting mix. A mixture of two parts regular potting soil, and one part perlite, will provide your plant with adequate drainage and retain enough moisture to keep your Spider Plant hydrated. The perlite will add aeration to the soil, which will aid in the prevention of diseases like root rot. 
    When choosing a planter for your Spider Plant, select a pot with drainage holes. Using a plastic nursery pot inside a decorative cache pot will work perfectly!

    🌻 Fertilizer

    To keep your Spider Plant Bonnie healthy and strong, fertilize it once a month with a diluted fertilizer during spring and summer. Give it a break from fertilizing during winter months. You may continue feeding in April. A balanced 1-1-1 NPK fertilizer will ensure your plant gets the right building blocks to produce new growth and pups.

    😎 Pruning and Maintenance

    Due to the plant’s growth pattern, pruning is unnecessary. However, if you’ve been growing your Bonnie for a while, you will notice that it becomes very bushy and messy. For aesthetics, you may prune back some of the foliage to give the plant a cleaner look. 
    It is also recommended to remove dead leaves regularly. Not only does this make your plant look healthier, it helps to prevent fungal issues by improving airflow around your plant. 

    ☢️ Toxicity

    This plant is safe for cats, dogs, and humans, making it a great choice for those looking for a safe plant to keep around the house.
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    How to Propagate Spider Plant Bonnie From Plantlets

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    Image Source:Photo by Navaashay rawat on Getty ImagesBeautiful spider plant also known as spider ivy or ribbon plant in flower pot
    Propagating your Spider Plant Bonnie is incredibly easy, as the plant does half of the work for you! When given the right conditions, mature plants will produce offshoots. These are called Plantlets. These spider babies can be used for propagation and grow into a whole new plant! 
    There are multiple ways to propagate your plantlets. The easiest method is via water propagation. Below is a step-by-step guide on propagating your Spider Plant in water!

    Spider Plant Bonnie Step By Step Propagation Guide

    • Step 1: Select the plantlets you want to cut. Once they are about 2 to 3 inches in size (5cm), they will be ready to propagate. Ensure you are only taking cuttings from a healthy mother plant!
    • Step 2: Take sterilized pruning or regular scissors and cut your plantlet from the mother plant. Cut as close to the plantlet as possible at the end of the long stem shoots. 
    • Step 3: If you look closely, you will see some tiny knobs at the base of your plantlets. This is where the roots will emerge! Place your plantlets in a jar or vase of water (any vessel that holds water will work!). Make sure the root knobs are submerged in the water.
    • Step 4: Place your cuttings in bright, indirect light. Giving them enough light will encourage fast root development.
    • Step 5: Change out the water weekly and wait for roots to grow. 
    • Step 6: When the roots have grown to about 2 inches (5cm) long, you may transfer your cuttings into soil. This should not take long. Spider Plants will grow large roots within a few weeks!
    You will have a beautiful, full, established plant within a few months. We recommend keeping the soil slightly moist for the first couple weeks after transplanting your cuttings to soil to encourage root development. After the first initial weeks, you may care for your new plant as regular!
    Can I leave babies on my spider plant?
    Yes, you can. But remember that your plant will need more energy to sustain the plantlets; thus, it will require more water and fertilizer than if you were to remove the babies.
    When should I remove the babies from my spider plant?
    When the plantlets are about 2 to 3 inches (5cm) in size, you may remove them from the mother plant by following the steps above.

    How to Repot Spider Plant Bonnie

    Spider Plants like to be slightly root bound. It encourages them to put out plantlets, too! But your Spider Plant Bonnie will appreciate extra space when the soil becomes too cramped. A good indicator for when to repot your plant is when you see roots poking through the bottom or see roots at the top of the soil. 
    Chlorophytum Comosum is a rapid grower and will likely need to be repotted annually. The best time to repot your plants is spring because the plant will acclimate to the new environment best. If you need to repot your Spider Plant, below is a step-by-step guide to help you out. 

    Step By Step Repotting Guide

    • Step 1: Start by selecting a new pot for your Spider plant. Opt for a pot about 2 inches (5cm) wider than its current pot, and ensure that the new pot has drainage holes in the bottom. 
    • Step 2: Remove your Spider Plant Bonnie from its old pot. If the plant is very rootbound, squeeze the pot gently to release the roots. 
    • Step 3: Detangle the roots. This can be especially tricky if the plant is very root bound. Take your time doing this, and be gentle. You want to damage as little of the root system as possible!
    • Step 4: Fill up the bottom of the new pot with a layer of well-draining potting mix, add your Spider Plant, and fill up the rest of the pot with soil. Gently press down the soil to remove any air pockets. 
    • Step 5: Give your plant a drink. This will help prevent shock and allow the roots to acclimate to the new soil. 

    Common Spider Plant Bonnie Pests & Disease

    Beautiful Spider Plant Bonnie in day sunlight.
    Image Source:Photo by Navaashay rawat on getty ImagesBeautiful Spider Plant Bonnie in day sunlight.
    Like any plant, Spider Plant Bonnie does not like being overwatered. Frequent overwatering will quickly result in root rot, killing your plant if left untreated. If this is your first time experiencing root rot, read our full guide on root rot
    You can actively prevent root rot by ensuring that your Spider Plant Bonnie is planted into a pot with drainage holes, has a well-draining soil mix, and you only water when the top layer of soil is dry. 
    In terms of pests, this plant is susceptible to fungus gnats, thrips, spider mites, or mealybugs. To prevent pests from attacking your Spider Plant, use an insecticidal or homemade neem oil spray every four to six weeks. Because pests feed on the sap of your houseplants, avoid overfertilizing and overwatering your plants. This will make them less attractive to pests.
    Why does my spider plant bonnie have brown leaves?
    Brown leaves can be caused by low humidity or fluoridated tap water. Consider giving your Curly Spider Plant a humidifier or swap to rain or distilled water.
    Why is my spider plant bonnie losing its curl?
    Overwatering is the most common cause of straight leaves on your Spider Plant Bonnie. Try reducing watering frequently and allowing the soil to dry out between watering to bring back the curls in your plant’s leaves.

    Where to buy Spider Plant Bonnie?

    If you are looking for a lovely addition to your plant collection, the curly Spider Plant “Bonnie” may be an excellent pick. This plant will add an interesting visual to your home, requires little maintenance, and won’t break the bank. 

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