Spider Plants do well with fluorescent light to bright, indirect light. If they are given too much light, they will lose their variegation and the leaves will start to burn. Spider Plants like to dry out between watering, and produce small white flowers on long thin green strands that become spider plant pups. These plants are incredibly easy to maintain.
Growing Zone: 9-11
Mature Height: 10″ – 12″
Mature Width: 12″ – 18″
Classification: Colorful Foliage
Sunlight: Fluorescent to bright indirect
Habit: Compact habit, insignificant flower
Flower Color: White
Foliage: Green and white striped
Soil Condition: Likes to dry out some between watering
Water Require: If unsure, do not water
Uses: Attractive plant to be featured or in the background of any room in the house, does well with minimal care
Does Not Ship To: AK, AZ, CA, HI, OR, WA
Spider Plants are named for their propagation: they send out long shoots with flowers on the ends that become small pups. These small flowers that become pups resemble spiders, and can be planted once they produce small white roots. Spider plants are very easy to propagate. The green and white foliage lightens and blends in to furniture and decor indoors. They like fluorescent light to bright indirect light.
Light Requirement of Spider Plants:
We suggest planting your newly purchased Spider Plant into a container 2″-4″ wider in diameter, and 3″-5″ deeper than the container it is in currently. Use a well draining potting mix, and be sure to disturb the roots when transplanting. We recommend adding a slow release fertilizer to the new potting mix. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the container. Keep in mind that this new potting mix will retain more moisture than the previous container, so watering in the beginning should be less frequent.
Watering Spider Plants:
The Spider Plants should be watered relatively infrequently, as the plants like to dry out occasionally between watering. The easiest way to tell if a plant needs to be watered is by the weight of the container. If the container is very heavy and the foliage is upright, chances are good the plant doesn’t need water, whereas a light container and limp foliage means the plant needs some water. Sometimes, water pours out of the container without being retained by the soil. Soaking the dry soil in a small dish or saucer can be a useful way to solve this problem. It is important not to water the foliage of these plants, or to over-water them as this will lead to leaf damage or plant death. If you’re unsure, it is always better to let the plant go dry instead of drenching it with water. Moisture meters are another easy way to tell if plants need to be watered, and usually come with a guide to indicate what number or level of moisture different plants require. The tips of the leaves of the Spider Plant will start to turn brown if the plant is kept either too wet or too dry.
Fertilizing Spider Plants:
Indoor houseplant fertilizers fall into two groups: water soluble, liquid quick release, and granular, slow release fertilizers. Jack’s Classic Indoor plant food works well as a powder, quick release fertilizer that is mixed with water to quickly provide nutrients to a plant that has been in a container for an extended time. On the other hand, Biotone Starter or Osmocote Indoor/Outdoor is an option as a granular, slow release fertilizer that can be applied while potting and planting. Any type of fertilizer offers nutrients that help plants with the transition to a new environment. Fertilizing Spider Plants will actually discourage them from flowering and producing pups.
Best Growing Soil for Spider Plants:
The best soil for houseplants is a well balanced mix of peat moss, perlite and vermiculite that dries some between watering but takes a long time to compact. Typically, any reputable potting mix will work well and includes those ingredients. Adding a granular, slow release fertilizer while planting is a good way to help the plant thrive in the transplanting transition.
History and introduction of Spider Plants:
Spider Plant is native to South Africa, first written about by Swedish naturalist Carl Peter Thunberg in a book about the plants of South Africa. These handy plants have been shown to reduce formaldehyde from the air indoors. The white and green leaves and flowers are pet friendly, making it an excellent choice for people with cats or dogs for pets. The plant produces large tuberous roots which store food and nutrients in time of need.
Chlorophytum comosum is the Latin name for Spider Plant. Chlorophytum means green plant, and comosum means hairy.