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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.

Planting

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

Care

  • 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.

Pests

  • 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.

Comments

Avoid leaving them exposed to

By Keith Harris on April 14

Avoid leaving them exposed to canaries - if you let your canaries fly around they will savage the plant by chewing through the leaves.

Must be something in the plant that canaries like ...

Plant sitting a spider plant

By Troy S.

Plant sitting a spider plant for my mother that is over two hundred years old my mother says.not sure if its that old itself or what but the ends of the leaves are dying off and not sure what i need to do!!! it is getting sunlight and watered once a week.I have it hanging near a basement window.very warm area.wood heat.more heat that it is used too.need Help Please !!!!
Thanks Troy

I read somewhere that the

By dwiser on April 3

I read somewhere that the fluoride and/or chlorine usually found in tap water can cause leaves to brown at the tips. They recommended distilled water.

Cut the dead ends off with

By Harley r

Cut the dead ends off with sicssers and it sould be fine thats what i do to my spider plant

Hi Troy, Spider plants need

By Almanac Staff

Hi Troy,
Spider plants need bright light and 65-75°F temp. If the plant is close to wood heat the air is very dry. Mist the plant with water a couple of times a week and make sure the soil is moist. Do not overwater in the winter months.

Thanks.i moved them today to

By Troy S.

Thanks.i moved them today to a much brighter and a cooler area.Hoping this helps

I'm plant sitting a spider

By DOANN

I'm plant sitting a spider plant for a friend. She started one of the babies off of this variegated mother plant and the new plant has solid green leaves. Why does this happen?

Some varieties of spider

By georgewilson

Some varieties of spider plants will produce babies that don't look like mama.
For example, the Hawaiian Spider Plant looks solid green when grown but also produces variegated babies; what happens is that it loses its variegation over time.
Also: If you plant from seed, you can get green babies because the variegated mother may have been a mutation. It's better to plant the offsets because they're usually the same color.

I have a spider plant that I

By jbuligan

I have a spider plant that I transferred from New York to Las Vegas NV, the plant can't come into the house because of a gnat infestation, I'm not sure if I should replace the soil or leave it outside until the gnats die out?
I have a philodendron inside the house in a glass of water, I don't want it to be near the other plant. What would be the best solution for that plant?
Also are rope and fern the only type of hanging plant container that I can use inside the house?

Thanks.

I have had a spider plant for

By Heather A

I have had a spider plant for the past two years that started rooting in a jar with nothing but water. I then just put it in dirt in a plastic hanging plant. Other than having a cat chew it into a Bart Simpson haircut, I have had no problems with it at all.... Hope this helps

I have 4 spider plants which

By Laura Goodall

I have 4 spider plants which I separated from one large plant. They are healthy and green but have not produced any babies and I am wondering why.

I have just begun fertilizing them for the first time this month (December)and wonder if I just need to be patient and wait; in other words, if the fertilization will do the trick and how often I should do it during the winter months (I'm using Miracle Grow liquid fertilizer.)

Thanks.

I have two happy, mature

By toothette on April 13

I have two happy, mature spider plants that get fertilizer, I've had them for several years, and they've never produced babies. I'm pretty sure they are male plants.

Hi Laura, A happy mature

By Almanac Staff

Hi Laura,
A happy mature spider plant will start producing babies. You just need to be patient. Look at our care advice on this page for tips on fertilizing.

I have a spider plant that is

By Carole Corralejo

I have a spider plant that is about 7-8 years old. It has beautiful leaves that stay very green, I live in No, CA and have the plant outside in a semi-covered atrium. That plant has so many babies that I don't know what to do. I was thinking about starting to train them to climb, either with plant wire or tape. I haven't ever heard of anyone doing that - do you think it would work? The longest strands are about 5' . The plant itself is about 3' in diameter. I just don't know what else to do... Any more ideas???

In their native habitat, in

By Almanac Staff

In their native habitat, in southern Africa, spider plants spread along the ground. When they form a flowering stalk, a baby plant forms on top with tiny roots; eventually, the stalk (or scape) will bend over and the baby will root in the soil. Eventually, there will be a mass of spider plants forming a groundcover. The spider plant does not have tendrils or other features to help it cling to vertical surfaces. However, you can certainly attach the scape (or "runner") to a vertical surface with ties.
 
Another option is to remove some of the babies--cut the "runner" off close to the base of the mother plant, as well as just before the baby. Plant the baby in soil or place in water until it develops strong roots and then transplant to a pot filled with soil. Once the babies have established, you can keep them or give them to friends.
 
Spider plants tend to form babies if the mother plant is potbound. If you'd like to stop or slow the formation of new plants, check to see if the mother plant needs repotting.

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?

Plant the baby in soil or

By Heather A

Plant the baby in soil or place in water until it develops strong roots and then transplant to a pot filled with soil. Once the babies have established, you can keep them or give them to friends. I read this in the above comment replies, hope it helps

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