I have a spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) that I've had for about three or four years. I got it as a tiny plant in a 2 inch pot; I moved it to a 4 inch pot shortly afterwards, and it's been there ever since. It's been neglected and abused a couple of times over the years (left without water for a week or two, eaten by cats...), but it's always come back strong. Right now it's got about 6 big healthy leaves and several smaller leaves.
Or so it did, anyway. Today I had an unwelcome surprise: my plant has fallen over! It must have snapped under its own weight, or maybe a cat did it. In any case, when I looked at the plant today, I saw this:
The plant hasn't wilted; the leaves seem to be well-hydrated. But the leaves which once stood upright (well, mostly upright) are now laying there limply. From the way they move when I push and pull on them, it's obvious that something has physically broken near the base of the leaves.
What should I do to keep this plant alive and healthy? I can't just leave it like that, can I? Should I tie the leaves to a stake to keep them upright? Or maybe I should just cut off the entire visible part of the plant; will it grow back if I do that? (The plant has a lot of old, dead, dried-out leaves that have accumulated over time.)
Is this a good time to divide the plant? The plant only has the one shoot; if I break the root system into pieces and plant the pieces, will they sprout?