Spider Plants

How to Grow and Care for Spider Plants

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Spider plants produce a rosette of long, thin, arched foliage that is solid green or variegated with white. These easy-to-grow houseplants look especially nice in a hanging basket and were a favorite in Victorian-era households. Spider plants are known for their air-purifying ability and may even produce tiny white flowers during the summer. Here’s how to grow spider plants in your home!

Planting

  • Grow in a soil-based potting mix in bright to moderate indirect sunlight. Spider plants do not appreciate direct, hot sunlight!
  • Maintain average room temperature and humidity. Spider plants prefer temperatures between 55 and 80°F.

Care

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

Pests/Diseases

  • Spider plants are prone to tip burn, which can be caused by dry soil or a buildup of salt and fluoride that’s found in some public tap water. Keep the soil slightly moist. Avoid using fluoridated water and cut off brown tips if they occur. 
  • To get rid of the brown discs on leaves, use your fingernail to remove the brown residue every few days.

Harvest/Storage

  • Healthy spider plants may eventually produce “pups,” which are offshoots from the adult plant that can be removed and replanted to start new plants. For the best results, allow pups to reach approximately two inches in diameter before removing them from the mother plant. 
    • Alternatively, set the still-attached pups into pots of soil placed next to the mother plant. Once the pups have rooted themselves to the soil, they can be cut loose from the mother plant.

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Wit & Wisdom

  • Spider plants also go by the names “airplane plant,” “ribbon plant,” and “spider ivy.”
  • Keep spider plants on your desk to reduce indoor pollutants.

Botanical Name: 

Chlorophytum comosum

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