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Indoor Plant Care Guide: Spider Plants

Indoor Plant Care Guide: Spider Plants

Spider plants, scientifically known as Chlorophytum comosum, are popular houseplants because of how simple they are to care for and the fresh greenery they instantly add to any home. These plants are versatile as they can be hung or potted, and are non-toxic, making them safe to keep around pets and children. Read on to find out how you can care for your very own spider plant with ease.


Growing Patterns

Spider plants, offer robust growth patterns that contribute to their popularity as houseplants. Characterized by their long, slender leaves that arch gracefully from the center of the plant, spider plants have a unique aesthetic appeal. These leaves are often variegated with white or yellow stripes, and can grow 1-1 ½ feet long and cascade downwards, making them ideal to plant in pots placed on high tables or in hanging pots.adding to their decorative look.


One of the most distinctive features of spider plants is their reproduction method. They produce offspring through small “spiderettes”, or "pups," which form on long, trailing stems called stolons. These stolons extend outward and downward from the main plant, creating a cascading effect that is especially attractive in hanging baskets. The plantlets at the ends of these stolons can root themselves when they come into contact with soil, allowing the spider plant to spread easily. This makes propagation simple; gardeners can snip off the plantlets and plant them directly in soil, or let them root in water before transplanting.

Spider plants are also known for their adaptability and resilience. They thrive in a wide range of environmental conditions, tolerating various light levels, though they prefer bright, indirect light. They are forgiving with watering, surviving occasional neglect, but perform best with consistent moisture. Their ability to purify the air by removing toxins such as formaldehyde and xylene adds to their appeal as indoor plants.

Overall, the growing patterns of spider plants, with their striking foliage, unique reproductive strategy, and ease of care, make them a popular and rewarding choice for both novice and experienced plant enthusiasts.


Watering spider plants appropriately is crucial for their health and vigor. These plants prefer evenly moist soil, but they are also relatively drought-tolerant, making them forgiving for those new to plant care. The key to watering spider plants is balance; they should not be left in waterlogged soil, nor should they be allowed to dry out completely for extended periods.


The frequency of watering depends on various factors like the plant's size, the pot's material, ambient humidity, and light exposure. Generally, spider plants need more water during the growing season (spring and summer) and less during the dormant period (fall and winter). A good practice is to water the plant thoroughly, allowing excess water to drain out of the pot's bottom. This ensures the roots get enough moisture without sitting in water, which can lead to root rot. 

To determine when to water, check the top inch of soil. If it feels dry to the touch, it's time to water. Over-watering is a common mistake; symptoms include yellowing leaves and a spongy feel at the plant's base. Conversely, under-watered plants may have brown, crispy leaf tips. It is important to keep the soil of your spider plant moist without being soaked. Although they are a bit sensitive to overwatering, spider plants store water in their roots which allows them to better withstand infrequent watering. Typically, your spider plant likes to be watered once per week, but to double-check, if the top inch of the soil is dry it is time to water. Rainwater or distilled water is best for watering this plant because it is particularly sensitive to fluoride (commonly found in tap water), and high amounts of it can cause your spider plant’s leaves to brown.

Spider plants also appreciate occasional misting, which helps maintain humidity, especially in dry environments. By following these guidelines, spider plants can thrive, showcasing their lush, arching foliage and contributing to a healthy, green indoor space.


Spider plants are not heavy feeders, so a moderate approach to fertilization is best. Over-fertilization can harm them more than under-fertilization, as excess nutrients can lead to brown leaf tips and diminished health. If freshness is a concern, and you feel you must fertilize, consider doing so in the spring and summer months.


A balanced, water-soluble houseplant fertilizer, typically one with equal parts nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (such as a 10-10-10 NPK ratio), is suitable for spider plants. During the growing season (spring and summer), fertilize spider plants once a month. It's important to dilute the fertilizer to half the recommended strength to avoid chemical burn to the roots and leaves. This lighter application provides sufficient nutrients without overwhelming the plant.

In the fall and winter, when growth naturally slows, reduce fertilization or stop it altogether. This seasonal approach aligns with the plant's natural growth cycle and prevents the accumulation of excess salts in the soil, which can be detrimental. Additionally, flushing the soil with water every few months helps remove any buildup of fertilizer salts. This can be done by running water through the soil for a few minutes, then allowing it to drain completely. Overall, a gentle, consistent fertilizing routine supports the health and beauty of spider plants, helping them to thrive indoors with their characteristic lush, green foliage and cascading growth.

 Your spider plant will fare worse with too much fertilizer compared to not enough, so like when watering, it is better to withhold it if you’re unsure.


Proper lighting is essential for the health and growth of spider plants influencing their vigor and the vibrancy of their foliage. These adaptable plants thrive in a wide range of light conditions, but they do best in bright, indirect light. A spot near a window that receives filtered sunlight is ideal. This level of light encourages robust growth and the development of the plant's characteristic variegated leaves, which may become more pronounced in brighter light.


While spider plants are tolerant of lower light levels, too little light can lead to leggy growth, with longer gaps between leaves on the stems. The leaves may also lose their variegation and become more uniformly green. East-facing or north-facing windows are generally excellent locations for spider plants, offering bright but not harsh light.

On the other hand, too much direct sunlight, especially during hot summer months, can scorch their leaves, causing them to turn brown and crispy. If the only available light is from a south or west-facing window, placing the plant a few feet away from the window or using a sheer curtain to diffuse the light can prevent direct sun exposure.

Of course, you can also ensure your spider plant is always getting the amount of light it needs, consider purchasing a grow light. The Aspect™ hanging pendant growlight is a great option for those looking to optimize control over their plants light exposure and schedule. Remember, providing the right lighting conditions for spider plants enhances their beauty and health, showcasing their lush, arching foliage and contributing to their effectiveness as air-purifying indoor plants.

Temperature and Humidity

Spider plants are known for their adaptability, but they do have preferred temperature and humidity conditions that help them thrive. Ideally, they prosper in average room temperatures, between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 24 degrees Celsius). These plants can tolerate fluctuations outside of this range, but they are sensitive to extreme cold. Temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) can cause growth to slow down significantly or even damage the plant.

Humidity is another important factor in the care of spider plants. They prefer a moderate to high humidity level, which is often higher than the average indoor environment. In environments with low humidity, such as those found in many homes during the winter, spider plants can develop brown leaf tips. To increase humidity around the plant, you can use a humidifier, place the plant on a tray filled with pebbles and water (ensuring the pot is not sitting directly in the water), or group it with other plants, which naturally increases the humidity in the immediate area.

Avoid placing spider plants near heat sources, air conditioners, or drafts, as these can cause sudden temperature changes that are stressful to the plant. Consistency in temperature and humidity is key to keeping your spider plant healthy, promoting lush growth and vibrant foliage.


You should typically repot your spider plant once per year when it is young, and eventually once every two years when it reaches its mature size. Be sure to choose pots with ample drainage holes to support water flow and prevent the soil from becoming soggy.


As your plant matures and needs to be repotted, there are a variety of settings you can display a spider plant from. We recommend a plant stand, or other cabinet/ shelving setting to make best use of the trailing feature of this plant, especially as it reaches maturity.

Of course, floating planters are always an option, as well. We love this option, paired with a wall mounted Grove™ grow barlight!


Spider plants are a great option for anyone looking to introduce an easily cared for and easily propagated plant into their life! This adaptable and forgiving selection is a perfect option for beginners.