Today we’ll look at how to care for a spider plant, one of the most popular and easiest plants to grow. Spider plants are a great choice to add some greenery to your home, and their care needs are very basic. With a bit of water and sunlight a well taken care of spider plant can live for well over 50 years! Spider plants are a great choice for those looking for a good looking but low maintenance houseplant.
Soil and Planting
To start, look for a container a few inches larger than the current plan you’re looking to plant. Spider plants grow best when confined a bit by their container, so it’s better to periodically repot it than to start with too large of a container. Spider plants do well in a variety of containers, and also look great in hanging ones.
For soil, look for a well draining, general purpose potting soil . The majority of potting soil you can find at any hardware store or nursery should suffice.
Lastly, an important part of spider plant care is repotting. Spider plant’s roots grow very quickly, and when left alone they will eventually crack through their container. That’s why it’s important to periodically re-pot. Once you see the roots poking through the top of the soil it’s time to move to a new pot a few inches larger. How often you do this depends on how fast the plant grows which depends on care so it will be different for everyone. Expect to have to do so a few times over the plant’s lifetime, generally more often for younger plants.
Starting From Seeds
You can also choose to start from a seed. Sow your seeds about ½ inch deep into high quality soil and keep the soil warm and moist. It can take a few weeks for germination so don’t be concerned if it seems to be taking longer than other seeds.
Once the seedling shows 6+ true leaves you can transplant it. This is a bit more than other plants as spider plants dislike being transplanted too soon. It’s best to wait an extra week or two before moving to their true home than to transplant too soon. The stress can kill the plant if done too early.
Spider plants enjoy lots of indirect light. They don’t need to be sitting in full sun all day, but should be in a sunny location that is indirectly lit.
A foot or two back from a large window is a good spot that will provide them with enough light. Spider plants are fairly hardy though, so they will grow in lower light and shady conditions as well. In these cases, expect them to grow a bit more slowly, and consider giving them a brighter location in winter when the sunlight is less intense. You can utilize grow lights if needed, but in most cases this will be unnecessary.
Spider plants like to be watered thoroughly then left alone to dry out. You don’t want them sitting in soggy soil as that can kill the plant.
Wait until the top inch of the soil is completely dried out before watering until the soil is saturated. This can sometimes feel like too long, but trust us, your plant will be okay. For younger plants watering about once a week is around the average. Older plants will need water even less, and every other week isn’t uncommon.
For feeding, look to do so roughly once per month in the summer growing season. You can cut back to less during the winter when the plant’s growth will slow in cooler climates. Use a water based fertilizer, and look to dilute to about half strength.
One last thing you might notice is the browning of the tips of the leaves. This can be caused by too intense of direct sunlight, but is more often caused by minerals that are found in most tap waters. If you notice this happening you can switch to purified water, or simply leave tap water out overnight. This will help remove some of the minerals that can build up in the soil.
How To Care For a Spider Plant
Spider plant care is relatively simple and the plants themselves are quite hardy; these combined make spider plants very popular for anyone looking to add greenery to their home. Spider plants are perfect for first time growers, all the way up to experts, and are a beautiful addition to any home.
How Do You Repot a Spider Plant?
Simply dig up the plant (gently!), lightly wash and trim the roots, then place it into its new container and cover the roots with soil. Look to move to a container only a few inches bigger than the previous as spider plants grow best when container bound.
Why are The Tips of My Spider Plant Browning?
This can be caused by too intense sunlight, but often is the result of minerals present in tap water. When watering, use purified water, or leave tap water out overnight to remove some of these minerals naturally.
How Long Do Spider Plants Live For?
Well taken care of a spider plant can live 50+ years. Many families pass them down generations as the plant can often outlive its owner.