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How To Repot A Spider Plant
Publish Data: May 16, 2021
Spider Plant, also called by the name Airplane Plant, is one of the most seen in-house gardening plants. This quick-growing plant just needs indirect sunlight and to be free from frost or moist to outgrow any other plant with little like almost no care. The plant also bears tremendous air-purifying qualities besides its nice and decent look. These plants are adored for their cute little white flowers besides green leaves. Due to their ever-pleasant look, they can be placed almost anywhere in the house and boost the interior of the house.
These popular indoor plants often outgrow their pots. Sometimes it becomes necessary to repot them in a bigger pot to keep them alive. It’s important to repot spider plants before they outgrow their pot. Keep on reading this article to know more about spider plant repotting and how to repot a spider plant.
Basics of Spider Plant Repotting
Spider plant repotting means moving plants to a slightly larger pot. It sometimes becomes necessary to repot to keep them growing and lively. As spider plants grow faster than others, it becomes more essential for the plant to repot, at least when a baby spider plant starts to grow into a mature plant.
Spider plants are native to the coastal areas of South Africa. The plant’s tuberous roots help the plant to store water which helps them to survive without any water. On the contrary, as the tuberous roots can not stay in excess water, the plant also can not resist water or moist. Moreover, it cannot stand direct sunlight nor low temperature. As baby spider plants grow faster, they might crack open the pot and create extra hazards. It’s high time to plant it as a mature spider plant.
When to Repot Spider Plant
These popular houseplants grow best when they are root-bound or pot-bound. You’ll consider repotting your baby spider plant before it starts to outgrow and crack its pot as it grows faster than other plants.
To know about the perfect time to repot your spider plant, you have to keep an eye on the plant first. Because, the plants will grow at a different pace owing to the amount of light, water, and other care they are getting. Wait till you notice small white roots coming above the ground.
What Kind of Pot and Soil to Repot into
You might be wondering what pot to select for a planting spider plant. You might have the information in your mind that spider plant loves to be root bound. So get a pot slightly bigger than the current pot. Don’t use any pot which is a lot bigger than the pot it is currently in now.
Also, keep an eye on a pot with a better drainage system. Poor drainage may lead to root rot. As the plant can not stay in excess water, you need a pot with a bigger drainage hole or a better pot drainage system to keep it free from moisture and healthy.
For soil, you may use your regular general-purpose potting soil to plant spider babies. However, well-draining soil with the ability to get rid of soil moisture easily will keep you ahead in the game.
How to Repot Spider Plant
Repotting spider plant is way easier than spider plant propagation. You don’t need to follow any plant guide to repot a mature spider plant. Instead, follow the steps below:
At first, fill up the pot with a good amount of soil so that the pot is ready to plant. You may use some perlite in your potting mix to improve the soil’s drainage ability. Don’t forget to keep a small hole to put the plant.
After preparing the pot let’s move to the baby plant. Remove the plant from the current pot. Then lose some dart from the root. Cut off a portion of the root to make it more convenient for potting. Look and cut off damaged and insect-affected roots.
After cutting off the roots, gently place the plant into the pot of soil and fill up the pot with more soil until the roots are submerged in the soil surface. After that, gently sprinkle some tap water to let the soil set. Remember to put a bit of water and keep dry soil. Don’t keep the plant in water which may result in brown leaf tips or droopy leaves.
After the soil dries you can keep the plant in your desired location or your garden centers and treat it like a mature plant with green variegated leaves.
How to Care Spider Plant
It takes very little effort behind spider plant care as it naturally grows quickly without much hustle. However, a little effort will help you keep adult plants green and lively. here is a small plant guide for your use:
Spider plant cutting : Pruning the leaves in summer or spring helps the plant stay healthy and manage humidity level to average humidity. For the same, you need to cut off the excess leaves direct from the base of the adult plant. For adult spider plant cutting, you may use a garden scissor or a pair of scissors.
Avoid direct sunlight : Spider plant is a sunlight-sensitive plant. For the same, it needs to be kept out of reach from direct sunlight. Keeping it in direct sunlight will burn the leaves, and eventually, the plant will die. But again, the plant needs some light to survive. So, never forget to keep the plant in a place with indirect light.
Better Water drainage : Spider plant is also a water-sensitive plant. It would be best to make sure the pot you are using has a better drainage system, and extra water does not stay on the soil for long. You will also need to refrain from watering the plant in winter or cold weather. If you keep feeding them in winter, the plant will eventually die out of water.
Winter care : Spider plant hates cold temperature besides extra humidity. So, in these conditions, you will need to give them some artificial heat or light to survive.
Repotting spider plant is way easier than propagation. Anyone can be good at this just a little bit of enthusiasm and passion for plants. Remember to get pot and soil with better drainage system to keep the plants cheerful and appealing.