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Spider Plant Care

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.

How to care for your Spider Plant

Use these instructions to care for a Spider Plant. This guide will tell you how to water a Spider Plant; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

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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 well, but do not allow the plants to become soggy, which can lead to root rot. Spider Plants prefer to dry out between waterings. 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 60–80 degrees during the day and above 55 degrees at night.

FOOD

Fertilize up to twice a month in the spring and summer, however, avoid over-fertilization, which can lead to brown leaf tips. No need to feed in the autumn or winter when plant growth naturally slows.  Always make sure the soil is damp before applying any fertilizer.

TOXICITY

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

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What's a Spider Plant?

Botanical Classification: Chlorophytum comosum

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The Spider plant is among the most adaptable houseplant and 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.

Native to tropical and southern Africa, Spider plants have a reputation for being nearly impossible to kill. These fast-growing, fun plants are a great option for the first-time plant owner.

Fun Fact

Mature spider plants will produce ‘spiderettes’ (baby spider plants) at their end of long, stiff stems. If you wish to propagate your spider plant, simply cut off the small plant, stick it in a small pot of moist soil and water gently. Another method is to stick the spiderette in a glass of water for 1-2 weeks then plant the rooted plantlet in a pot of soil.

Pictured Left: Spider Plant
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If you see the vibrant green stripes of your Spider Plant starting to fade, it’s likely thirsty. Give you Spider Plant a good soak, and watch it come back to life!
- Plant Mom

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