Spider Plant Care Guide
Originally from South Africa, this lovely plant is a great addition to any home. The spider plant is proven to reduce pollutants in the air, providing health benefits. In the summer months, they can produce small white flowers with long stems and offsets that are called “pups”. Since these baby plants look like spiders, the plant was named such.
This plant prefers even moisture, so make sure to find a good balance between too dry and too wet. As a young plant, water only occasionally. Once the plant has reached a year old it is fully developed you can begin to water moderately. In the spring and summer, the spider plant’s soil should be moist. Take care not to allow the soil to dry out too much.
Light and humidity
Spider plants like bright to moderate indirect sunlight. Avoid direct and hot sunlight, as this can cause damage to their leaves such as browning tips and spots. Maintaining an average room temperature and humidity level will keep the spider plant happy. They prefer temperatures between 55F-80F (13C-27C). They enjoy spending the summer months outdoors as annuals. Consider placing them on the edge of a bed or container, so long as they are kept in the shade out of direct sunlight.
Soil and fertilizer
Use a well-draining, soil based potting mix. You can fertilize twice a month in the spring a summer, but be careful not to over fertilize.
Cleaning and pruning
Spider plants can experience tip burn, caused by dry soil, low humidity or from watering with tap water containing fluoride or chlorine. To avoid this, chose a filtered water that is free of salt and chemicals so they do not build up and cause health problems for the spider plant. If this does occur, cut off the brown tips. If your plant develops brown discs on its leaves, simply use your fingernail to scrape off the brown residue every 2-3 days.
When mature, healthy spider plants may produce baby plants or “pups. These can be removed and replanted to grow new plants. Allow the pups to grow to two inches in diameter before removing them. Alternatively, you could place the pups into a pot of soil while they are still attached to the mother plant. When they have taken root, you can remove them.
Spider plants tend to grow rather quickly, which can cause them to become pot bound. Repotting every other year is recommended to keep it healthy. Check out our repotting guide here for tips.
The spider plant makes a wonderful addition to any house plant collection providing beauty and air purification. They were quite popular in the Victorian-Era, especially hanging in baskets. With some careful attention to watering, the spider plant can thrive in your home as well.