Spider Plant: How to Grow and Care for a Chlorophytum comosum

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The Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is a true classic. And no wonder. It is one of the easiest to care for indoor hanging plants there is.

Spider plants can grow in almost any soil, any location and in any temperature. They are that easy! But… they do have certain care preferences to make them live their best life and thrive.

Since the spiderplant is so easy to care for, it makes a great plant for beginner plant parents, dorm rooms and offices.

Spider Plant with baby plantlets. Easy Care Guide

Indoor spider plant care

The long grass-like leaves grow from the center of the plant and can grow fairly fast. You will soon need to hang your spider plant to give it enough room to grow out and grow spider plant babies cascading down from long runners.

Spider plant variations

There are a number of different types of spider plants. The three most common ones are the solid green (Chlorophytum Comosum), variegated green with white stripe (Chlorophytum Comosum ‘Variegatum’), and the spider plant with striped curly leaves (Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie Variegated’).

All spider plant types have similar needs and require the same care.

Make a beaded macrame plant hanger for your spider plant. It will love it.

Curly Spider Plant Chlorophytum comosum 'Bonnie'
Curly Spider Plant Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie’

How much sun light does a spider plant need?

It is often said that the spider plant is a low light plant. While this is true, it can not grow without any light at all. It won’t survive in that bathroom without windows, I’m sorry.

As a matter of fact, the spider plant does best and will grow more spider plant babies, in a spot where it gets plenty of indirect bright light.

Watch out for too much direct sun, it can burn the spider plant’s leaves.

When to water a spider plant

In spring and summer, when the spider plant is actively growing, keep the soil evenly moist. Water regularly with tepid water.

During the winter the spider plant is resting and should be watered less often. Let the soil dry out slightly between waterings, but don’t let it be dry for too long.

Spider plants are known to be sensitive to chlorine found in tap water. Using tap water to water your spider plant often causes the tips of the leaves to turn brown.

To prevent browning of the leaves due to tap water, opt for distilled water, or let tap water to sit overnight before using it.

Bring your spider plant into the bathroom when you are showering for a quick humidity boost.

When to fertilize a spider plant

Fertilize bi-weekly in spring and summer when the plant is actively growing.

Don’t fertilize in winter when the plant is resting.

How to propagate spider plant babies

Another great thing about spider plants is that they are super easy to propagate. You can plant the spider plant babies, and let them grow into new full plants.

In summer, spider plants can grow small white star-shaped flowers on long runners. New baby spider plantlets will grow from these flowers when they are finished blooming.

Don’t remove those spider plant babies right away! Let them grow a little. You want those plantlets to have grown some starter roots first. Let them hang if they don’t have roots yet, or if you still just see small nubs.

You can propagate your spider plant in three different ways:

  1. Remove the baby spider plantlets and root them in water.
  2. Remove the plantlets and propagate them directly in soil.
  3. Leave the plantlets attached to the mother plant and root on soil.

I have had success in all three ways. And they are all interesting in their own way. Get all the details on how to propagate your spider plant and grow those little spider plantlets big and happy.

You don’t have to cut the babies off your spider plant. You can just leave them attached to the mother plant and they will continue to grow.

Watch out if the runners dry out, that means no water or any nutrients can reach the plantlets. That is when I advice you to remove and propagate asap.

Easy hanging houseplant: spider plant indoor care guide.

Common Spider Plant Problems

Don’t see your spider plant problem? Leave a comment with your question down below, and I will try to answer it asap. Let’s talk plants!

Even though spider plants are easy to care for, you can run into some problems caring for them. It happens to all of us.

Most common problems are that the leaves turn yellow, and brown tips appearing on a spider plant. It can suddenly turn droopy and pale looking.

Usually, these problems can be easily sorted out by adjusting things like how you water your spider plant, or by moving it to another location with more or less light. Troubleshoot and get easy solutions to your spider plant problems.

Where can you buy a Spider Plant?

Spider plants are commonly for sale in most plant nurseries, garden centers, and specialty plant shops. Choose a healthy-looking plant, maybe you can even find one with a few baby plants already on it.

I prefer to handpick my new plants, but you can order plants from the comfort of your home. There are a few great online plant sellers that sell spider plants on Amazon. Get free shipping with Amazon Prime!

Looking for more super easy to care for houseplants? Check out the Snake plant or Sansevieria. It’s another low maintenance choice for your home.

Easy hanging houseplant: Spider plant indoor care guide.

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