Plant Guide

How To Care For a Spider Plant

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Chlorophytum Comosum

Nickname : Spider Plant

The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is considered one of the most adaptable of houseplants and the easiest to grow. This plant can grow in a wide range of conditions and suffers from few problems, other than brown tips. The spider plant is so named because of its spider-like plants, or spiderettes, which dangle down from the mother plant like spiders on a web. Available in green or variegated varieties, these spiderettes often start out as small white flowers.

How to take care of Spider Plants



Caring for spider plants is easy. These tough plants tolerate lots of abuse, making them excellent candidates for newbie gardeners or those without a green thumb. Provide them with well-drained soil and bright, indirect light and they will flourish.

Lucky for you, a spider plant is extremely easy to care for. They can tolerate lots of abuse (not that you should abuse them), and still thrive. So new plant parents, rejoice! Just be sure to drain the soil completely after watering, and provide bright, indirect light and you will be fine. 

Never have the bottom of the soil be wet because it will cause root rot (Plant 101 for pretty much all plants)

Since spider plants prefer a semi-potbound environment, repot them only when their large, fleshy roots are highly visible and watering is difficult. 

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Humidity

30-40%

Average indoor home humidity

Light

Bright Without Direct Sun

Water

Lightly water to keep moist. once every 1-2 weeks to keep the soil moist. In the winter months, let the soil dry out 1-2 inches deep before watering again.

Temperature

70-90Β°F

Plant Food

Fertilizer for spider plants should be applied sparingly, as over-fertilization will result in brown leaf tips just as chemically laden water. There is no specific spider plant fertilizer. Any all-purpose, complete, water soluble or granular time-release fertilizer suitable for houseplants is acceptable.

Pests

This plant is suseptible to aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites.

Pet Toxicity

Non-Toxic

Repotting

Re-pot in spring, if needed (outgrown its pot). Look for roots growing out of the drainage holes of the current pot.

Frequently Asked Questions

Bright Without Direct Sun

Unlike a lot of houseplants, Montersa actually prefer growing indoors and not in heavy direct sun. They like the room to be lit bright but not under direct sunlight.

No

Spider plants are non toxic to pets.

The best thing to do when you've overwatered a Spider Plant is to stop watering and relocate it to a place with a lot of sun so that you can dry out the soil. After that, you probably will want to inspect the roots for root rot and repot the plant.

Yes

Spider plants can't grow if they are too dry. Keeping them moist will help them thrive!

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