Free Chlorophytum Comosum 'vittatum' Plants

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The Chlorophytum is one of the most common and popular houseplants, and is quite tolerant of a variety of conditions. It is often used in planted arrangements, but due to its vigour it is probably best not planted in constrained objects such as terrariums and bottle gardens, as it will quickly outgrow them. With its characteristic trailing stems and plantlets, the Chlorophytum is particularly good as a hanging plant in a basket or pot. To maintain the plant's appearance, trim off brown leaf tips with sharp scissors, taking care to leave a small area of dead tissue.

Plant type : Foliage plant with divergent habit and trailing stems producing plantlets
Season of interest : All year round
Size : 20-40cm (8—16in)
Flower : Tiny, white, on ends of long trailing stems, produced in spring and summer
Leaf : Grass-like, cascading in splayed fashion, 46-61cm (18—24in), succulent, green and white striped
Temperature : 10-18°C (50—65°F)
Aspect/Light : Well-lit situation, out of direct sunlight
Humidity : Moderate
Watering : Keep compost evenly moist in spring and summer; keep drier in autumn and winter
Feeding : Once every two to four weeks with houseplant fertilizer in spring and summer
Propagation : Root plantlets in houseplant potting compost or water in spring and summer at 18-20°C (65 — 68°F)
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Aphid, leaf scorch with too much sun, browning of tips in dry air
Availability : Commonly available throughout year
Uses indoors : Wide range of uses, especially on windowsills or in hanging baskets
Other varieties : C. c. 'Picturatum' - green leaves with yellow stripe, C c. 'Variegatum' - green-edged white leaves