HOW TO TAKE CARE OF SPIDER PLANT INDOORS

Published Date: June 21, 2021

The Spider Plant, commonly known as the Airplane Plant, is one of the most common indoor plants. These fast-growing plants only require indirect sunlight and are frost-free or moist as like any other tropical plant to outgrow any other plant with little to no maintenance. Aside from its attractive appearance, the plant has excellent air-purifying qualities. Apart from their green leaves, these plants are loved for their adorable small white blooms and also called ribbon plant due to their curly white stripes. They may be placed practically any place in the house and enhance the inside of the house due to their ever-pleasant appeal.

Spider plant is one of the easiest plants to grow. Even for beginners, it’s very simple to look after adult plants through some very easy steps. Spider plants hardly need any specific care comparing to other plants. Sometimes face the plant reacts through syndromes like brown leaves, root rot, brown spots, spider mites, brown leaf tips, and so forth. But they can be also treated very easily through in-house care or by modifying indoor conditions.

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Where should I keep my spider plant?

Spider plants can adjust themselves to any place you want. You can simply keep them in your bedroom, drawing room, or even in the bathrooms. You can also place them in the hallways or lawns. But you must ensure that the plant gets indirect sunlight or low light. As Spider plant does not like strong light, keeping the plant in direct sunlight will eventually kill the plant.

In short, a place must be free from moist, indirect light and a place with much air ventilation will help your surrounding be full of oxygen and healthy air. Sometimes you might need to arrange for artificial light for your indoor spider plant to maintain better light conditions. 

When should I water my spider plants?

Spider plant is very sensitive towards the water and may even heavily react if you overdo watering them. These plants contain tuberous roots which help them to store water. There is no fixed quantity to which extend you should water your plant. It may vary upon certain facts; like location, soil type, time of the year, and even the growth stage is your plant currently in vary its need for water from the plant nearby.

Watering the plant once a week may become a good game to you but still, it may vary for your case due to weather, humidity, and other aspects. So, do check before watering. You may simply dig the soil up to one inch and if you find the soil dry then water them. Overwatering will make your healthy spider plant droopy and turn the leavers brown. Halt your watering schedule for a while if these symptoms are seen.

Also, you might refrain from watering your plants in the winter depending upon the soil. You can simply water them using tap water. But you might need to filter or purify tap water if they contain chlorine or any kind of chemicals. These chemical substances may also harm all of your plants and lead them to death.

When should I prune my spider plant?

Pruning or trimming spider plants is an essential step in spider plant care to keep the plants healthy and happy. Pruning spider plants helps to cut off excess leaves and spider plant babies, furthermore, keep your spider plants in a nice, beautiful shape.

You may use your regular pair of scissors to simply cut off excessive leaves from your spider plant. You may follow these simple steps and reshape the foliage of your adored plant.

  1. At first cut of the unhealthy-looking brown or yellowish leaves: Take your pair of scissors and cut off the damaged or unhygienic-looking brown or yellow leaves directly from the base of the plant.
  2. Cut off some babies: it’s better to cut them off some spider plant baby to keep it at a minimum number. To do this, you may simply cut off the stem that connects the baby with the mother plant from the adult plant’s base and separate unwanted babies.
  3. Prune foliage to stop overgrowing: Spider plants usually grow around 12 in (30 cm) in diameter and 12 in (30 cm) tall. If your plant is getting too large for its space, cut away healthy, growing leaves near the base of the plant.
  4. Prune of some roots: If the spider plant becomes root bound, trim the roots. If your spider plants are producing a lot of foliage, root pruning should be done every 2 years or so. It will also help you to prevent root rot.
  5. Prune annually in Spring: Even if you do not find any reason to prune your spider plant, you can always do an annual pruning to your plant as of its care. You may also do pruning once in two years if you want to do it less. But don’t go below it as it might hamper your plant’s overall health.

How to plant Spider plant babies

Let’s talk now about spider plant babies propagating. The method of plant propagation is as easy as it sounds. select a spider plant baby with some nodes or tuberous roots below the leaves for propagation. Spider babies with tiny nodes bear a better chance of producing a healthy tree.

Follow these steps below to plant a spider plant baby:

At first, separate the baby plant from the parent plant. Cut off the Spider baby from the mother plant and remove the hard branch completely. After removing the hard branch, it is now time to remove the tiny little leaves near the nodes or roots and make the root free from any extra leaves. Now it’s time to plant the tree into the soil pot.

At first, dug out the soil a bit and make a small hole to place the placed the baby plant in and put the plant gently onto the pot of soil and level the ground gently. Add some soil in the pot if needed. Fill up the pot with soil so that the roots or nodes stay under the soil. After that, gently water the soil with a bit of water and try to keep the plant dry or free from moisture. After watering, let the excess water drain out from the moist soil. After water being drained out, place the plant in a shaded area, especially free from direct sunlight, to keep the plant alive. After two weeks, the plant will have some mature roots and you may treat them as mature plants.

How to choose the perfect pot for the spider plant?

Mature Spider plant hates to waterlog and needs to be free from excess water. For the same, you need to get yourself a pot with a good drainage system. A pot containing a bigger drainage hole will help you a lot to keep your plant out of soggy soil.

What soil should I choose to plant spider plants?

As spider plants are water sensitive, you need to get yourself well-drained soil so they can pass through the extra water and keep your plant out of moisture. This kind of potting soil will also help your plant to maintain its preferable humid condition. You may also use some compost or water-soluble fertilizer with fresh soil in your pots of soil and some perlite on the soil surface to make the soil more well-draining soil.

How should I repot my spider plant?

To keep them alive, it’s sometimes necessary to repot them in a larger pot. Repotting spider plants before they outgrow their containers is a must. Their health would likely deteriorate if they become root-bound.

To repot your spider plant, at first, fill up the pot with a good amount of soil so that the pot is ready to plant. After preparing the pot remove the plant from the current pot and lose some dart from the root. Look for damaged and insect-affected roots and cut them off. After cutting off the roots, gently place the plant into the pot of soil and gently sprinkle some tap water to let the soil set.

After the soil dries you can keep the plant in your desired location or your room and treat it like a mature plant with green variegated leaves.

These were some common tips to take care of your spider plants indoors. You may look up some of our other articles related to spider plants to get more detailed information. Happy Gardening!