Caring for Your Spider Plant
Spider plants are known for their thin and arched green leaves that are laced with white stripes. They are one of the most popular types of houseplants not only because they look good, but also since they are incredibly easy to grow and care for.
Frankly speaking, you don’t need a green thumb to successfully grow a spider plant. However, it does help if you know a little bit about what it prefers:
- Bright but indirect light: Spider plants appreciate bright but indirect light in moderate quantities – but they do not need it. If you can place it near a slightly shaded window that would be best, but just make sure that it doesn’t get too much direct sunlight or its leaves will pay the price.
- Water occasionally: Generally, spider plants don’t require too much water, and you need to make sure the soil is well-drained and doesn’t get too soggy. Try to let the soil dry out between waterings, and check the top two inches are dried out before you water the plant.
- Maintain average temperature: Keep in mind that spider plants prefer a relatively cool or average temperature that is between 13 to 27 degrees Celsius. Maintaining that temperature shouldn’t be an issue indoors, but you’ll want to be careful if the plant is next to a window that gets a lot of sunlight.
- Keep slightly humid: Spider plants enjoy a slightly humid environment. If you have a humidifier you could use one, or simply misting the spider plant’s leaves regularly should do the trick. Placing a few pebbles in a bowl of water next to the plant may help too.
- Avoid over-fertilization: Fertilizers can be good for spider plants, especially during their growing period (i.e. spring and summer). It is recommended that you fertilize the plant no more than twice a month and be careful that you don’t over-fertilize it.
- Watch for tip burn: One of the most common issues with spider plants is tip burn – which is browning leaf tips. It is normally caused by dry soil, low humidity, or a buildup of salt, fluoride, and other chemicals due to the water that is used. If you do notice any brown tips you should cut them off immediately and then try to identify the cause.
- Deal with the pups: If your spider plant is healthy, it will eventually produce ‘pups’ – which are essentially offshoots of the plant. It is possible to remove and replant these pups if you want to propagate the spider plant. Assuming you don’t, you can leave them on the plant and wait for them to detach naturally.
- Trim when necessary: Although spider plants don’t need to be trimmed regularly, sometimes it can help to snip it a little bit. In particular, you should trim out any foliage that looks discolored, dead, or diseased.
As you can see it really doesn’t take much to care for a spider plant due to how mundane and simple its requirements are. In fact, it is often said that when it comes to spider plants, ‘less is more’ – and you should try not to overthink its care.
After reading this article you should have a good understanding of what spider plants prefer and how to make sure they’re healthy. That in itself is more than enough, and if you start to apply it you’ll be able to watch as your spider plants thrive and begin to produce pups of their own.