Spider Plant Chlorophytum comosum, 6" HBBrand - PlantX US
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The Spider Plant is a houseplant classic. This well-loved plant has been popular for generations for its easy care-free attitude and tolerance for neglect.
Key Information and Plant Overview
- Binomial Name: Chlorophytum comosum
- Care Level: Easy
- Light: Bright to medium indirect light
- Water: Allow the top 2” of soil to dry before watering
- Pet Friendly: Yes
A houseplant classic! This well-loved plant has been popular for generations for its easy care attitude and tolerance for neglect (Just don’t overwater it.) Indigenous to South Africa these hardy plants have developed tuberous roots that retain nutrients and moisture for periods of drought. The long variegated strappy grass-like leaves arch gently over the plant's pot rim, creating an organic chandelier.
PlantX Top Tip: Browning leaf tips are not a cause for concern, but are usually due to a dry environment or salt/fertilizer build-up in the soil.
How to Care for Spider Plant
- Light: Bright to medium indirect light with no direct sun.
- Water: Allow the top 2 inches of the soil to dry before watering and drain any excess water. Remember the tuberous roots can retain moisture - think of a storage unit for excess nutrients and water.
- Humidity: Average relative humidity of 25% to 49%
- Temperature: Average from 18°C to 24°C (65°F - 75°F)
- Fertilizer: Follow a monthly fertilizing schedule when the plant is actively growing. In most cases, this is in the spring and summer. Use a balanced fertilizer - this means a ratio of NPK that is all the same. Ex: 10-10-10.
- Soil: Use a well-draining, high organic matter soil mix.
- Propagation: Spider plants produce stolons that can be propagated by removing the “babies” and placing them in moist soil or water until the roots become 2-3” long then repot into moist soil.
- Repotting: This can be done every 12-18 months. Choose a pot that is 2” larger in diameter than the original pot.
- Cleaning Tip: Wash the leaves of dust and debris with a showerhead
- Toxicity: Non-toxic. But it’s always a great practice to keep plants away from pets and children.
Spider Plant - Common Problems
Should I cut the brown tips off my spider plant: The brown tips are more of an aesthetic problem than anything else. The two main causes are a dry environment or salt and fertilizer build-up from regular care. Feel free to up the humidity by misting the plant and flush the plant on a yearly basis to reduce chemical buildup.
Why are the leaves on my spider plant becoming dull and lifeless: Spider plants can’t tolerate direct sunlight but if you have placed your plant in a dark room, it will also start to fade due to lack of light. Place your plant in a spot with bright to medium indirect sunlight.
My spider plant is beginning to rot at the base and turn brown: Reduce watering as this is usually a sign of overwatering. Allow the top 2” of the soil to dry before watering.
Signs of Overwatering: New growth becomes soft and brown and the leaves begin to drop.
Common Pests: Susceptible to aphids, whitefly, and spider mites. Always check your plants on a weekly basis.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I cut the babies off my spider plant?
Yes, these are called stolons which produce on the long runners that develop from the main plant. You can cut the babies off and propagate them to grow new plants. Either place the babies in moist soil or in water until they form roots that are 2-3” long then transplant them into moist soil.