How to Care for a Spider Plant

How to Care for a Spider Plant

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


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 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 fluoride found in water, which causes build up. If this is the case allow the water to sit out overnight before watering.  


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.  


Your plant prefers temperatures between 60--80 degrees during the day and above 55 degrees at night.  


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.  


Mature spider plants will produce ‘spiderettes’ (baby spider plants) at their end of long, stiff stems. If you wish to share the plant love with family and friends or increase your own Spider Plant population, 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.  


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