Caring For A Spiderwort Plant
The spiderwort plant is a perennial herb. It is a native of North America and in the spring it produces purple blooms and seed like fruit. The leaves that surround the blooms are long and they resemble a tall grass. They are light green in color and they droop in a downward position as they grow. The blooms from the spiderwort plant have 3 heart shaped petals that form into 1 flower. In the center of the bloom there are 6 dark green threads that protrude out. On the ends of these threads are bright yellow tops.
This plant grows at a fast rate but it is a smaller plant. It can grow to reach one foot in height but it spaces out nicely. It can be used to accent a garden area or as a ground cover or even as a perennial bordering plant. If you were thinking about keeping a spiderwort plant in your garden, you will have to make sure you have the right climate. This type of plant cannot handle colder weather. In fact, you shouldn’t place it outside at all if the temperatures go below 40 degrees for a long period of time. Fortunately, you can keep this plant indoors.
The spiderwort plant is very easy to maintain. But it requires a lot of water. Most flowering plants can have difficulties with root rot as a result of too much water. But you really cannot water this plant too much because in the wild it is known to live by streams, ponds or lakes. It likes being in wet, moist soil. It can tolerate drier types of soil but the plant might not produce as many blooms or fruit in the springtime.
You should start your spiderwort plant by using cutting or divisions. You can start it from seed but it is difficult to grow this way. You can use a single note stem, late in the season. Or you can divide the roots and plant them in the early spring. For a healthier plant, you should also divide the leaves. Spiderwort plants that already exist will self sow.
The roots on this plant are a bit shallow so it might be a good idea to stake the young plants. Depending on the location, you may have to do this for 2 to 3 years. To avoid this, you can place your plant in an area that is sheltered from windy conditions. But even if you have done that, you should stake the plants for the first few months of growth. Use a wooden or metal pole and insert it behind the plant. You can use sectioned cotton cloth pieces to tie the plants to the stake. Tie them up loosely and make sure that the plant is able to grow without be strangled by the cloth. You will have to check them frequently to make sure they are loose enough. When the plant can stand up by itself, you should be able to safely remove the ties.
You should clip back the longer leaves of the plant, so that it has a more uniformed appearance. If the stems are removed after the first blooming, you can enjoy a second blooming that happens in late summer. Because this plant grows so rapidly, you may also have to divide and remove a few of the roots to avoid overcrowding.
Make sure to keep an eye out for snails around your spiderwort plants. They will consume the leaves if they are not addressed and you should purchase insecticide to stop the infestation. This plant is very strong but the 2 things that can kill it quickly are a lack of water and a snail infestation.