Use a balanced, slow-release granular fertilizer with an NPK ratio (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium) of 10-10-10 or 14-14-14. This balanced ratio ensures that the plant receives essential nutrients in the right proportions.
Apply the slow-release fertilizer during the growing season, typically in the spring or early summer. Follow the instructions provided on the fertilizer packaging for application rates and frequency.
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If you prefer organic options, you can use compost or well-rotted manure as a natural fertilizer. Apply a thin layer of compost or well-rotted manure around the base of the plant, taking care not to let it touch the leaves or stems. Water the plant after applying organic fertilizers to help them incorporate into the soil.
Pests and Diseases
When growing spider plants outdoors in the garden, it’s important to be aware of potential pest issues that can affect their health. Some common pests that may target spider plants include spider mites, aphids, mealybugs, and scale insects.
To manage these pests, you can use insecticidal soap, neem oil, or a strong stream of water to wash them off the plant. It’s important to regularly inspect your spider plants for any signs of pest infestation and take prompt action to prevent them from spreading to other plants in your garden.
To prevent fungal issues, it is important to provide well-draining soil and avoid overwatering, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out before watering.