How to Care for a Spider Plant

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How to Care for a Spider Plant
Care for a Spider Plant

A beloved favorite and popular choice from beginners to houseplant enthusiasts, the spider plant or Chlorophytum comosum is typically an easy one to care for. With the proper light, temperature and watering conditions, your plant will thrive for years to come. Follow these quick and easy steps to care for your spider plant and keep it looking and feeling great.

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    Place the spider plant in an area of the home that is not hit by direct sunlight. Spider plants thrive in bright, natural light environments common in the home. Keep yours in an area such as a living room or dining room, away from a window with direct sunlight, but light enough for adequate nutrition.

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    Water the plant when the soil feels dry to the touch. Give it enough water to moisten the soil, but do not let it get soggy. Typically, you should water about once a week. If you find that the ends of the leaves on your plant are turning brown, this could be from the water you're using. Try using distilled water as it's free from the chemicals found in tap water.

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    Feed your spider plant approximately every 3 to 4 months with a high-quality, commercial house plant fertilizer. Spider plants only need limited fertilizing to grow well, so dilute the recommended strength in half.

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    Prune your plant often. Spider plants reproduce like wildfire. The more "babies" your plant produces, the more water and food it needs to stay alive. Pruning back the new growth will keep your plant healthy. You can also propagate the new growth by setting a small pot of soil next to the large plant and standing the offset into the surface of the soil. It will soon plant roots and you can separate it from its mother for a whole new plant.

Tips and warnings

  • Spider plants can easily burn. Keep your plant away from windows with direct light and indoors to prevent leaves from turning brown and dying.

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