Spider plant, like the Philodendron, is an excellent house plant to have. This particular plant will thrive in nearly any condition, it is easy to care for and make beautiful hanging basket plants as they grow and the baby spider plants hang down.
The spider plant is a bushy little plant that works very well in a wide variety of households. The name, of course, refers to the look of the plant, as it leaves bush out of the pot like the legs of a spider. Spider plants are easy to care for and very hardy.
There are not too many problems you will have to look out for when growing and caring for your spider plant. Still, there are some things you will have to be aware of, and this article will help give you some tips should you encounter any problems when growing and caring for your spider plant.
How do you grow and care for a spider plant? It’s not that hard, honestly. Spider plants are not too temperamental and tend to thrive in relaxed environments with even just a little bit of second-hand sunlight and hardly any water.
They can grow in almost any climate so long as they aren’t overwatered and exposed to too much sunlight. Once you’ve properly planted your spider plant and chosen a location with just a little bit of second-hand sunlight and a lower temperature, you can sit back and watch it thrive on its own terms.
Growing and caring for a spider plant isn’t hard at all if you know what to do. In this article we will prepare you for proper growth and maintenance of your spider plant. These beloved houseplants will make the perfect project for anyone regardless of experience with plants.
In fact, spider plants are a great option for those who have never planted a day in their lives, as there’s very little that can go wrong..
How to Plant Your Spider Plant and Where to Put It
Spider plants should be placed in a pot with holes to allow water to drain. One of the only problems know to affect spider plants is “root rot”, which is caused by an overabundance of stagnating water. For this reason, the spider plant does not require a lot of watering.
Once you’ve planted your spider plant, be sure the soil is properly drained and then place your spider plant in an area that has lower temperatures, let’s say ideally around 60 degrees, and minimal sunlight. The spider plant can survive off of only indirect sunlight.
How to Maintain Your Spider Plant
When your spider plant gets too big, you can separate it or put it into a bigger pot. Separating your spider plant as it grows will allow your spider plant to thrive and will also allow you to have more spider plants. It is always advised to keep your spider plant happy with lots of room to grow.
Spider plants are also known to benefit from a little bit of pruning. The spider plant will grow buds that mature into baby spider plants. These babies can be placed in their own soil and grown into a brand new spider plant. You can leave the babies attached to the mother in their own pot next to the mother spider plant and detach it once the baby has developed.
You will water the baby a little bit more than you would a full-grown spider plant, but still not too much. If you wish to separate them from the mother, they will also make do with a bit more sunlight than a full-grown spider plant.
How to Keep Your Spider Plant Looking Its Best
Another problem that spider plants are known to have is slight browning at the edges of their leaves. You shouldn’t worry too much about this, as it is natural. It is believed to be caused by salts in the water that build up in the soil.
One way that you can combat this is by thoroughly rinsing the soil and allowing it to fully drain every once in a while to eliminate some of the salt build-up. Doing this every few months will be a great way to keep your spider plant looking its healthiest and fullest, though its more of an aesthetic issue than a real health one.
If you want to avoid draining, another thing you can do is use purified water that doesn’t contain salts and minerals. This can be expensive, but spider plants do not need to be watered too often and only really need enough water to keep their soil barely moist.
How Often to Water Your Spider Plant
You will really only need to water your spider plant about once a week. You can water every week, or just check routinely to see when the top layer of soil is dry. When the soil at the surface is getting dry, you simply give the soil a little water and let it drain.
Be sure to dump the drained water out and not to let it stagnate in any dish or tray. Allowing your spider plant to sit in stagnating water is just about the worst and the only truly harmful thing you can do to it.
If you make sure the soil is moist and keep your spider plant from getting overwatered and are sure to rinse the soil and let it drain, your spider plant is bound to thrive regardless of your location, even if it is placed in a not-so-ideal location for plants. Outside and inside, spider plants find their way and are sturdy, hearty plants that will have a hard time being put down.
Supplementing Your Spider Plant With Fertilizer
Like any other plant, spider plants can benefit from a little bit of fertilizer a few times a year. Supplementing the soil for your spider plant with some fertilizer at the start of every season can help it to be the strongest and fastest-growing spider plant on the block, with buds that all the gardeners in your neighborhood will envy for.
Spider plants are not too picky about their food, and good, all-purpose general fertilizer will get your spider plant what it needs. You can fertilize the soil as little as once per year or not at all if you wish, but those who take pride in their spider plants will feel good giving it a little treat every season.
In a Nutshell
Spider plants love rich well-draining potting soil, but not “wet” soil and when fertilized every two to four weeks they will grow exceptionally well in a low light condition. They do however benefit from a sunny window twice a week or so but the like most other plants do not like drafts or the cold.
Spider plants propagation is relatively easy because they send out shoots or stalks and in the end are baby spider plants. All you need do is remove the baby spider plant and root it in water until they reach an inch or so then just transplant into a pot or container that is filled with a rich well-draining potting soil.
As the roots begin to become bound (set into) to the soil the new plant will begin to produce baby spider plants of its own. For this reason, they should not be transplanted into too large of a container.
Many people who have never grown houseplants have discovered that not only do they help keep the air clean during those long cold days of winter but that they also provide added beauty to your home. Once you start growing indoor houseplants, you will always want to have some hanging in windows or on display.