How to Care for your Spider Plant

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How to Care for your Spider Plant

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What is a Spider Plant?

The common name of the Spider Plant is not beckoning if you're a little squeamish to the creepy crawlies. But don't pass this one up so fast! If you need to fill air space, it's often called an airplane plant too! This airy indoor plant is typically hanging in baskets. It's arching stems flow over the edges like a ballerina poised in a stance. At the end of each slender stem are baby plantlets with more green, variegated leaves. They add lushness and interest to the plant making the top-ten-favorite-list for many. And bonus, you can propagate them into new plantings for yourself, friends and family. Hence why it's a great 'pass-along' plant. 

Bloom: Small clusters of white flowers bloom on tall, arching stems of the plant. Fading flowers are succeeded with leaves that appear and flourish into plantlets.

Toxicity Level:  This plant is non-toxic to pets, cats, and dogs, according to the ASPCA website. However, studies have found that this plant may give off a mild hallucinogenic impacting cats. Cats tend to swat at the stems while playing and consequently consume them. Thus, gastrointestinal issues may occur.

Air Cleaner: This green variegated leafed plant is perfect for filtering toxins in the air. Formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene are the toxins it removes. So, breathe deeper with this plant in your air space! Make room for this indoor plant in all areas of the home suitable to its light needs to get the full benefits. 

Great for People: 

  • Who claim they don't have a green thumb!
  • Who like to 'share the love' with plants.
  • Who have hanging space or shelving so the stems can be on full display.

Great for Space:

  • Rooms with bright indirect light (southern and western exposures). 

How to Care for a Spider Plant

Light preference: These adaptable indoor plants are one of the simplest to grow. It grows in several conditions, although it prefers bright, indirect light. Rotate your indoor plant a quarter turn each time you water to provide adequate light on all sides.

Water/Humidity: Water when you receive the plant. Water thoroughly and allow the soil to dry between watering’s. Depending on the temperatures and light in your home, water every 10-14 days. Check the soil moisture each week for dryness. Spritz each week to raise the humidity level. 

Ideal Temps: Spider Plants perform best with temperatures between 60-90°F (15°-32°C). They like higher humidity but not standing water. A good spritz once a week will keep them from avoiding leaf tip burn.

Plant Food/Fertilizer: See our available organic fertilizer. Fertilize once per month for optimum growth and plant health. 

Repotting Frequency: Spider Plants prefer being pot bound, but more moisture is needed to prevent the roots from drying out. When you find your plant needs more moisture frequently, it's time to repot. When transplanting, use a  well-drained potting mix. Split the plant up into smaller portions to 'spread the love' or accommodate it in a larger container. 

Cleaning: As the plant develops an abundance of stems with leaflets, remove them and propagate. Too many become tangled and can zap the main plant of energy. If brown tips occur, trim off with a sterile pruner and adjust your watering schedule accordingly. 

Common Issues of the Spider Plant

  • Leaf tip burn may occur if the Spider Plant is not receiving enough humidity or moisture. Therefore, modify the watering program.  
  • If leaves turn black or brown, then overwatering may be the culprit. 
  • If you find reddish-brown tips, it's a good indication of too much fluoride in the water. Switch to filtered water or use rainwater. 

Complimentary Plants with your Spider Plant: 

Variegated English Ivy is another superb air quality plant that is a hanging vine. Combine with your Spider Plant since it's a more undemanding beginner plant and requires similar humidity. This plant's variegated leaves drape over the container and provide a lush elegance to any space. 

For another air space or shelf plant, try this popular requested plant! The Golden Pothos prevails at removing several toxins from the air. This indoor plant is an easy-care plant to maintain. Its beautiful draping leaves spill over and gives you that tropical green space to achieve inside your home. 

For more information on caring for your new indoor plant, check out our comprehensive care guide here