Spider plants, scientifically known as Chlorophytum comosum, are popular houseplants because of how simple they are to care for and the fresh greenery they instantly add to any home. These plants are versatile as they can be hung or potted, and are non-toxic, making them safe to keep around pets and children. Read on to find out how you can care for your very own spider plant with ease.
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Spider plants received their nickname because of the nature in which they grow. Their leaves are green on the edges and white or yellow towards their center, emphasizing their narrow, pointy shape. These leaves can grow 1-1 ½ feet long and cascade downwards, making them ideal to plant in pots placed on high tables or in hanging pots. Spider plants also have smaller plants that grow off their main leaves, aptly named “spiderettes”, adding length to the plant’s flowing tendencies.
It is important to keep the soil of your spider plant moist without being soaked. Although they are a bit sensitive to overwatering, spider plants store water in their roots which allows them to better withstand infrequent watering. Typically, your spider plant likes to be watered once per week, but to double-check, if the top inch of the soil is dry it is time to water. Rainwater or distilled water is best for watering this plant because it is particularly sensitive to fluoride (commonly found in tap water), and high amounts of it can cause your spider plant’s leaves to brown.
If you want to make sure your spider plant is staying as fresh as possible, consider fertilizing in the spring, summer, and fall months. Your spider plant will fare worse with too much fertilizer compared to not enough, so like when watering, it is better to withhold it if you’re unsure. Once again, these plants are resilient, so any all-purpose, granular fertilizer should work just fine for your spider plant! To avoid over-fertilizing, try staying on a once every two-weeks schedule, following the bottle’s instructions for amount.
Spider plants thrive from indirect sunlight. Bright, direct light can scorch their leaves, and low light will slow their growth. Indoors, spider plants should be placed near a window that receives indirect sunlight for many daylight hours. Or, to ensure your spider plant is always getting the amount of light it needs, consider purchasing a grow light. The Small 20W Aspect from Soltech Solutions allows you to provide your spider plant with medium light for as many hours per day as it needs.
This hanging grow light will allow you to grow your spider plant in any area of the home, not only near a bright window. The freedom a grow light brings you is priceless, encouraging you to bring your spider plant into a room that may be otherwise dark and lifeless but needs a touch of nature! You can also bring your spider plant outdoors during the warmer months, but be sure to avoid bright, direct sunlight by providing high-coverage shade.
Temperature and Humidity
Spider plants come from the tropics, so temperatures between 55° and 75° are ideal for growing. They particularly dislike the cold, so make sure that they are kept away from any source of draft when kept indoors. Additionally, spider plants love humidity; misting your spider plant regularly in the mornings, especially during the cold months when indoor heating makes the air particularly dry, will help maintain your plant’s ideal moisture.
You should typically repot your spider plant once per year when it is young, and eventually once every two years when it reaches its mature size. Be sure to choose pots with ample drainage holes to support water flow and prevent the soil from becoming soggy.
If you are interested in hanging your spider plant from its early stages, consider the Loop Hanging Planter. Made entirely of recycled milk jugs, this 4-inch diameter planter has 360° drainage, perfect for blocking soggy roots. Mount this planter on a wall or hang it from the ceiling to allow your young spider plant to display its growing, flowing leaves.
As your plant matures and needs to be repotted, there are countless other hanging pots to consider, such as these Mkono Ceramic Hanging Planters. We particularly like this option because the sleek, white material will allow your spider plant to be the star of the display, and the polyester rope is adjustable, allowing you to customize the length.
If you want to display your spider plant on a table instead, consider a tall plant stand to place your pot atop. The top shelf of this three-tier bamboo plant stand is around 40’ tall, allowing plenty of height for your spider plant to prosper downward, and contains two more shelves beneath it to complement with other indoor plants or decorations! If you are choosing a standard planter, your spider plant will do well in almost any pot that has ample drainage capabilities.