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I love spider plants because they remind me of a beautiful bad hair day. Actually, it’s like an eighty’s hair-do, which I still love to rock every once in a while. Which of course Bob gives me a bad time about, well, more like teases me, which is precisely what I used to do with my hair… tease it. Haha Anyway, we are here to talk plants, not my hair-do. So, let’s see what we can find out about these lovely plants.

Here’s what I love about spider plants… they look like they are so full of energy and they add a wonderful contrast when decorating with them. Depending on their size, they can fill in a space in a room, giving it a lush appearance. Since they do well in low light as well, they are great for most rooms in your house or office. Just remember that most plants that can handle low light conditions, often thrive better with more light. So, if your plant isn’t growing or thriving, try relocating it to a different spot.

Light Requirements

Spider Plants will tolerate lower light conditions, but they prefer bright indirect light to flourish. The striping on the leaves will be more prominent with indirect lighting.  Avoid direct sunlight as it will scorch the leaves. I have my spider plant on my living wall that gets northern sun exposure.

Water Requirements

When watering spider plants allow them to dry out between waterings otherwise the plants to become soggy, which can lead to root rot.

Temperature & Humidity

They prefer temperatures between 60–80 degrees during the day and above 55 degrees at night. Spider plants do well in low humidity environments but will thrive with a bit more humidity.  Watch for brown tips, as this may be an indicator of not receiving enough humidity.

Fertilizer – Plant Food

Fertilize up to twice a month in the spring and summer, however, avoid over-fertilization, which can lead to brown leaf tips. No need to feed in the autumn or winter due to the plants going dormant unless you live in an area with warm winters.  Always make sure the soil is damp before applying any fertilizer. If you over-feed your plants, they will let you know. Here are a few things to watch for:

If you overfeed a plant, you can remove the houseplant from its current soil and repot it in fresh soil. This technique is undoubtedly the best way to get rid of the excess nutrients affecting your plant. Alternatively, you can flush the soil, which involves drenching the soil with water and letting it drain out. Repeat this several times to help the soil get rid of excess fertilizer.

Additional Care

Plant Characteristics to Watch For

Diagnosing what is going wrong with your plant is going to take a little detective work, but more so… patience! First of all, don’t panic and don’t throw a plant out prematurely. Take a few deep breaths and work down the list of possible issues. Below, I am going to share some typical symptoms that can arise. When I start to spot troubling signs on a plant, I take the plant into a room with good lighting, pull out my magnifiers, and begin by thoroughly inspecting the plant.

Brown Leaf Tips

Fading Leaves

Wilting Leaves

Brown Bases on the Leaves, not the tips

Common Bugs to Watch For

If you want to have healthy house plants, you MUST inspect them regularly. Every time I water a plant, I give it a quick look-over.  Bugs/insects feeding on your plants reduces the plant sap and redirects nutrients from leaves. Some chew on the leaves, leaving holes in the leaves.  Also watch for wilting or yellowing, distorted, or speckled leaves. They can quickly get out of hand and spread to your other plants.

IF you see ONE bug, trust me, there are more. So, take action right away. Some are brave enough to show their “faces” by hanging out on stems in plan site. Others tend to hide out in the darnedest of places, like the crotch of a plant or in a leaf that has yet to unfurl.

Toxicity

Spider plants are pet and people friendly!!

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