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Spider Plant Care

Posted by Alexander Holdinghausen on

The Spider plant is among the most adaptable houseplants, and is very easy to grow. A graceful plant that makes a statement anywhere—from a tabletop to a mantle, or with its lovely arching leaves as a hanging plant. The Spider Plant is also known for its tremendous air purifying qualities, making it a healthy addition to your home as well.

 

Light

Your Spider Plant will tolerate lower light conditions, however, they prefer bright indirect light where they will flourish. The striping on the leaves will be more prominent with indirect lighting. Avoid direct sunlight as it will scorch the leaves.

Water

Water your Spider Plant when the top 50% of the soil is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer. If you notice browning leaf tips, it can be from chemicals found in water, which cause build-up. If this is the case, allow the water to sit out overnight before watering or use filtered water.

Humidity

Your Spider Plant will do well in low humidity environments but will thrive with a bit more humidity. Brown leaf tips may indicate the air is too dry, so mist your Spider Plant regularly.

Temperature

Your plant prefers temperatures between 15-20 degrees during the day and above 10 degrees at night.

 

Food

Feed once every month during the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants.

Toxicity

The Spider Plant is non-toxic and safe for humans, dogs, and cats.

Additional Care

Mature spider plants will produce “spiderettes”, or “pups.” These are new plant offshoots from the mother plant that you can trim off and nurture to produce an entirely new plant. To propagate, cut off the small plant from the mother, and place the bottom end in a glass of water. You should see roots develop in 2-4 weeks. After roots develop, plant the pup in soil and water regularly.

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