Spider Plants

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Botanical name: Chlorophytum Comosum

Plant type: Houseplant

Sun exposure: Part Sun

Soil type: Any

Flower color: White

Spider Plants or Airplane Plants produce arched green and pale yellow stems that extend to be 12-18 inches long. When less than a year old, Spider Plants may produce tiny white flowers during the summer. These easy-to-grow plants look especially nice in a hanging basket.


  • Grow in soil-based potting mix in bright to moderate sunlight, but not directly facing hot sun. 
  • Maintain average room temperature and humidity.


  • During growth, water occasionally; once fully developed (within one year), water moderately. 
  • In the spring and summer months keep the soil moist.  Do not let soil dry out.
  • Fertilize twice a month in the spring and summer, however, avoid overfertilization.


  • Prone to tip burn from dry soil or salt and fluoride found in some public water. Keep the soil slightly moist. Avoid using fluoridated water.
  • To rid of the brown discs on leaves, use your fingernail to remove the brown residue every few days.

Recommended Varieties

Common varieties are the Ribbon Plant and Spider Ivy.

Wit & Wisdom

Keep spider plants on your desk to reduce indoor pollutants.


I have a large spider plant

By keltie

I have a large spider plant that has seen better days and would like to move it to another location in my house where it won't get frostbitten but the only other location doesn't get much sun so will it live if I move it.

Spider plants do need access

By Almanac Staff

Spider plants do need access to sunlight. It's not important if it's direct or indirect light, but the Sun needs to brighten the room. It also needs real sunlight because growth responds to length of day. Hope this helps.

I just got the plant and it

By sylvia gary

I just got the plant and it is beautiful and I want it to stay that way. so o need your help. thank you.

I have found out that to

By helen t

I have found out that to produce spider babies, you have to let the plant get root bound. also by feeding them jobs food sticks once a month will help the babies grow healthier and the mother will produce more babies.

I have two Spider plants

By Eva L. Jones

I have two Spider plants which are both producing babies. The babies are about 1 month old.

How soon can I plant/replant them; also do I start the babies in water or soil?

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