Growing Spider Plants Indoors is easy, but you need to know a few basic Spider Plant Care tips comprised in this article!
This attractive houseplant has been attributed to increasing productivity, decreasing stress, and sending out happy vibes. Read these tips and learn Growing Spider Plants Indoors to improve the air quality and appearance of your home or office.
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Best Types of Spider Plants
There are three types of spider plant varieties–Variegated, Green, and Curly!
- The most common variety is the variegated kind, which can be a very spectacular-looking plant with lots of off-shoots.
- The green variety is not easy to find. Many nurseries do not carry it.
- The curly spider plant looks like a variegated plant with curly leaves. The off-shoot it forms remain curly too. This unusual and attractive spider plant variety is not easy to find either, but an online search can give you favorable results.
Spider Plant Appearance
All spider plant varieties produce long, slender leaves that arch up and over the container. Long slender stems, called off-shoots, grow from the plant and hang two-three feet below or near the container. Each off-shoot develops at least one new baby spider plant, which can be left on the plant or used to create an entirely new spider plant.
Choosing a Pot
It can be a beautiful hanging basket or a normal pot. Whatever type of plant pot you select, select according to the plant size. Choose one size bigger pot than the root ball of your spider plant and keep updating it from time to time when it becomes root-bound.
Requirements for Growing Spider Plants Indoors
Place it in a location that receives bright indirect sunlight, away from heating or cooling vents. Regular direct sunlight burns the plant leaves, so keep it at least 10-12 inches away from South or West facing windows.
It does well in low-light environments, making it an ideal choice for the office building where lights may turn off during non-working hours.
Outdoors, spider plants can grow best in the soil with slight moisture retaining capability. However, when growing spider plants indoors, conditions are different. Choose soil that is light and drains well.
Adjust the watering according to the weather and planting location. Keep the plant slightly moist in the warm season or if your plant is root bound or you’ve kept the pot in a brighter location that is dry with good air circulation.
In winters and fall, when the temperature decreases, reduce the watering and water only when the topsoil seems dry. Do the same if you’re growing spider plants indoors in low light, moist or cold areas.
Optimum spider plant growing temperature falls in the range of 70-90 F (21 C – 32 C). However, it can tolerate temperatures down to 35 F (1.6 C) and up to 100 F (38 C).
Spider Plant Care
Fertilize your spider plant with a 3:1:2 ratio fertilizer. If you’re using a liquid fertilizer, feed the plant once a month (according to the instructions on the fertilizer packet) when it is actively growing. Usually, in spring, summer, and early fall.
If you’re using granular 3:1:2 ratio fertilizer, for example, 19-6-12, use it 4 grams per 6 inches pot every 3 to 4 months.
You can also use balanced liquid fertilizer, which you use for other houseplants in a weak dose.
- Choose a fertilizer that has no trace of Fluoride and a low level of Boron.
- To avoid overfertilization and salt buildup, water the plant thoroughly until it starts to drain from the bottom.
Spider plant grows rapidly and needs to be repotted often. This is to prevent it from becoming pot-bound. However, it should be done only when it is actually pot-bound. Avoid planting your spider plant in a too big pot.
Pests and Diseases
Be careful about spider mites and mealybugs. You can take care of them both with a neem oil solution or an insecticidal soap.
Spider plants are prone to tip burn, causing the tips of the leaves to turn brown. This can be caused by overfertilization, dry soil, low humidity, or a buildup of salt and minerals that are found in some public tap water.
Small brown discs can develop on the leaves, indicating an infestation of scale insects. Use your fingernail to scrape off these brown discs and dispose of them properly. Scale insects are easily transmitted from one plant to another, so keep an infected spider plant away from all the other houseplants.
Spider Plant in Water
You can also grow spider plants in water, displaying them in beautiful vases and glass jars. Change the water once in 5-7 days to keep them healthy and thriving!
We have a detailed article on growing Spider Plants in the water here
Spider Plant Benefits
- It absorbs carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and xylene. These are commonly found in homes and office buildings.
- Safe for children and pets. The entire plant is non-toxic.
- Spider plants are said to improve overall well-being by reducing stress and increasing productivity.