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Spider Plant - Tips For Care and Growth

Chlorophytum comosum

The Spider plant is among the most adaptable houseplant and very easy to grow. A graceful plant that makes a statement anywhere—from a tabletop to a mantle, or with its lovely arching leaves as a hanging plant.

The Spider Plant is also known for its tremendous air purifying qualities, making it a healthy addition to your home as well. Native to tropical and southern Africa, Spider plants have a reputation for being nearly impossible to kill. These fast-growing, fun plants are a great option for the first-time plant owner.

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Common Names

  • Spider Plant
  • Airplane Plant
  • Spider Ivy
  • Ribbon Plant

Quick Spider Plant Stats

  • Your Spider Plant enjoys low to bright indirect light.
  • Your Spider Plant is great at helping to remove harmful pollutants from the air.
  • The Spider Plant is great for beginners.
  • Spider Plants are pet friendly. 

Light Requirements

Your Spider Plant will tolerate lower light conditions, however, they prefer bright indirect light where they will flourish. The striping on the leaves will be more prominent with indirect lighting.  Avoid direct sunlight as it will scorch the leaves.

Water Requirements

Water well, but do not allow the plants to become soggy, which can lead to root rot. This can be tested by checking your soil to see if it feels moist at a depth of one inch. Spider Plants prefer to dry out between waterings. If you notice browning leaf tips, it can be from fluoride found in water, which causes build up. If this is the case allow the water to sit out overnight before watering. Be sure to trim these brown tips off with a pair of sharp, clean scissors and cut in a v-shape to maintain the spider's original shape.

Humidity Preference

Your Spider Plant will do well in low humidity environments but will thrive with a bit more humidity. Brown leaf tips may indicate the air is too dry, so mist your Spider Plant regularly.

Optimum Temperature

Your plant prefers temperatures between 60--80 degrees during the day and above 55 degrees at night.

Plant Food

Fertilize up to twice a month in the spring and summer, however, avoid over-fertilization, which can lead to brown leaf tips. No need to feed in the autumn or winter when plant growth naturally slows. Always make sure the soil is damp before applying any fertilizer.

Additional Care

Mature spider plants will produce ‘spiderettes’ (baby spider plants) at their end of long, stiff stems. If you wish to share the plant love with family and friends or increase your own Spider Plant population, simply cut off the small plant, stick it in a small pot of moist soil and water gently. Another method is to stick the spiderette in a glass of water for 1-2 weeks then plant the rooted plantlet in a pot of soil.


The Spider Plant is non-toxic and safe for humans, dogs, and cats.

The Spider Plant was featured in the March 2019 Lunarly box.

Lunarly | Spider Plant | Lunarly March 2019 Lunarly Box

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