Often called an Airplane Plant, a Spider Plant is a fast- growing sitting or hanging houseplant that originally came from South Africa. This graceful interior houseplant produces leaves directly from the center of its pot. When kept root-bound, a Spider Plant sends off numerous long stems with baby plants at the end that can easily be used for propagation. Spider Plants are available with green leaves, green leaves trimmed in white, or white leaves trimmed in green. All Spider Plants are easy to care for and fun to have. A Spider Plant is inexpensive and a great choice for novice plant lovers. An added plus, Spider Plants clean the air of harmful toxins.
LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS: Spider Plants like medium to bright indirect light. Solid green Spider Plants need less light than variegated Spider Plants. No Spider Plant should ever be put in the direct sun.
CARE INSTRUCTIONS WATER: The top 50% of the soil of the soil in a Spider Plant pot should dry out before you water. A good way to tell when a Spider Plant needs water is to look at the leaves. The green color in the leaves of a Spider plant starts to fade when the soil is dry. Water high in salts and chemicals causes brown tips on a Spider Plant. Never use water that had passed through a water softener for a Spider Plant.
FERTILIZER: Fertilize a Spider Plant once a month with a balanced plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Spider Plants need food only when they are actively growing. Feeding a Spider Plant too often causes the tips of the leaves to turn brown.
TEMPERATURE: A Spider Plant does well in temperatures between 45 to 80 degrees.
HUMIDITY: Spider Plants prefer high humidity but still do well in most homes and offices.
FLOWERING: A Spider Plant produces very small inconsequential white flowers at the ends of long stems. Spider Plant flowers are usually followed by the development of “baby spider plants.”
PESTS: mealy bug, spider mite, scale, and Aphids are plant pests that can infest Spider Plants. Spraying a Spider Plant monthly with the green solution helps prevent houseplant pests.
DISEASES: Spider Plants are rarely bothered by plant diseases.
SOIL: Spider Plants grow well in a good organic houseplant soil. An African Violet soil is very good for Spider plants also.