All Plants

Spider Plant

Chlorophytum comosum

Plant Type
Herbaceous, perennial
Mature Size
1-2 ft tall, 1-2 ft wide
Sun exposure
Light shade
Soil Type
Loamy, well-drained
Soil PH
Neutral
Bloom Time
Flowers regulary
Flower Color
White
Hardiness Zones
9-11 (USDA)
Native Area
Central and Southern Africa
Toxicity
Not toxic
Spider Plant

Introduction

Plant Care

The spider plant is a perfect starter green for those looking to get into caring for plants. It's hardy nature and ability to thrive in low light make it an ideal addition to any home or office. Read on to learn the essential tips for caring for your spider plant so that you can enjoy its luscious foliage and beautiful flowers!

Light

Spider plants require bright, indirect light although they can tolerate low light conditions as well. Place it near a south-facing window with sheer curtains, and provide protection from strong afternoon sun. Alternatively, you can utilize artificial lighting such as a fluorescent bulb placed about 15 centimeters away from the plant. Make sure to rotate the pot periodically so that all sides of the plant receive equal amounts of sunlight.

Soil

The ideal soil mix should be well-draining while still retaining some moisture. You can create your own mix by combining one part potting soil with two parts perlite and one part peat moss or coir. Additionally, ensure that your container has adequate drainage holes at the bottom so that water doesn't pool at the base of the pot.

Water

Spider plants are very efficient in using water, and just like sunlight, too much of it can do more harm than good! Water when the top inch of soil feels dry but never when it's dripping wet or soggy — this will help prevent root rot from occurring due to over saturation of moisture. Additionally, make sure not to let the roots sit in standing water as this could also lead to root rot.

Temperature & Humidity

Spider plants prefer temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C) with average household humidity levels being fine; however, misting may be beneficial if you live in an especially dry area or during winter months when central heating dries out air indoors.

Fertilizer

Feed your spider plant every 3 weeks during spring and summer with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half according to instructions on packaging label; skip fertilizing in colder months as plants go dormant then and may burn from too much fertilizer. Additionally, don’t forget to flush out containers by running water through them every few months which will help remove salt buildup from accumulated fertilizer use over time!

Plant Types

Pruning

Propagating

Potting and Repotting

Common Pests

Common Issues

Plants A to Z

Explore other popular plants within our A to Z index.
Zebra Plant
Design

Zebra Plant

Discover the beauty of Zebra Plants, a unique and exotic plant that adds distinctive patterns and textures to any home or garden.
Dumb Cane Plant
Design

Dumb Cane Plant

Give your indoor space a touch of natural beauty with the Dumb Cane Plant - it's easy to care for and adds a lush, tropical vibe!
Aluminum Plant
Design

Aluminum Plant

Discover the amazing benefits of growing Aluminum Plants - low maintenance, easy to care for and beautiful foliage.