One of the easiest indoor plants to maintain, the Spider Plant produces oxygen whilst purifying the air in your home and office by absorbing carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and xylene.
When it comes to spider plant care, less is often more. In fact, you don’t need much of a green thumb to successfully grow these relatively easy plants.
When you bring your plant home from the nursery, the first thing you need to do is remove your spider plant from the plastic container that it likely came in. These temporary pots prevent air from circulating and this can eventually causing the plant to rot.
The next step is to repot your spider plant in something porous, like a terracotta pot with a drainage hole. To ensure maximum drainage and prevent root rot, use orchid bark or peat moss at the bottom of the pot before adding soil. Because they are root bound, spider plants only need to be re-potted approximately once every other year.
How Much Sun Does My Spider Plant Need?
Spider plants need bright, moderate or indirect sunlight. They tend to get sunburned easily, so avoid watering them when the sun is high and or directly shining on the plant or they will burn.
How Much Water Does My Spider Plant Need?
Every spider plant has its own water needs. A good rule of thumb is to wait until the top two inches of soil are dried out, but not totally dried before watering. When in doubt, it’s best not to overwater spider plants. It’s more detrimental to overwater than to wait longer between watering.
If you notice the leaves turning brown, that’s not a good sign. The plant has likely been overwatered, probably with tap water, which can have high levels of salt. Salt is toxic for tropical plants like spider plants because it is out of their native element. An important spider plant care tip is to only use distilled water.
My Spider Plant Had Babies, what Do I Do?
The babies are called pups and are like newborns. While the pup is still attached to its mother, plant it in its own container in lightweight, drainable soil. When the pup is established on its own you can cut them apart and plant them in their own pots or plant a few with their mother.
Spider Plants are non-toxic and are in fact edible, making them safe for pets and young children, so we hope this article will motivate you to introduce these lovely plants into your home. Happy gardening!