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How to care for your...Spider Plant

by Lea charpier on August 15, 2020

Does a Spider Plant need direct sunlight?

Spider plant is happy in most indoor environments, but it doesn’t tolerate direct sunlight, blasts of cold or hot air.

Place it in a location that receives bright indirect sunlight, away from heating or cooling vents.

Regular direct sunlight burns the plant leaves, so keep it at least 10-12 inches away from windows. This plant does well in low-light environments, making it an ideal choice for the office building where lights may turn off during non-working hours.

Take the time to observe your Spider Plant over the space of a few weeks to determine whether you have it in the right spot.

Be aware that they probably won’t produce as many babies without natural light.

How often do you water Spider Plants?

Adjust the watering according to the weather and planting location.

Keep the plant slightly moist in the warm season or if your plant is root bound or you’ve kept the pot in a brighter location that is dry with good air circulation.

In winter, when the temperature decreases, reduce the watering and water only when the topsoil is dry.

Do the same if you’re growing spider plant indoors in low light, moist or cold area.

Do Spider Plants need fertilizer?

Fertilizing a Spider Plant must be done in moderation.

Fertilizer for spider plants should be applied sparingly, as over-fertilization will result in brown leaf tips just as chemically laden water.

There is no specific spider plant fertilizer. Any all-purpose, complete, water soluble or granular time-release fertilizer suitable for houseplants is acceptable.

A Spider Plant only needs to be fertilized during the growing season and not more than once every 3 months. A balanced, water soluble, indoor plant fertilizer will be suitable. Alternatively, you may wish to explore natural options for fertilizing your Spider Plant. 

Whenever preparing the fertilizer, only make it up at half the recommended strength. The reason for this is that plants living indoors typically grow more slowly than those grown outside, so their nutrient needs are lower.

By reducing by half, you reduce the risk of nutrient toxicity and will help to keep your Spider Plant thriving.

How to keep the ends of my Spider Plant from turning brown?

Spider plants are prone to tip burn, causing the tips of the leaves to turn brown. This can be caused by overfertilization, dry soil, rotted roots caused by overwatering, low humidity, or a buildup of salt and minerals that are found in some public tap water.

To fix the issue and bring your plant back to health, place container in a sink or tub and flush the soil with distilled or purified water to leach the salts and chemicals from the soil. 

Can I cut the brown tips off my Spider Plant?

When your Spider Plant starts presenting brown tips and you figure out what the problem is, you might want to spruce the plant up while it recovers.

There is nothing less aesthetically appealing than a plant with brown or dried out leaves, but what can you do? Should you cut the tips off the Spider Plant’s leaves, or are there better ways to spruce up the plant? 

The best way to spruce up your Spider Plant is to cut off the leaves that have brown tips. Alternatively, you can pull the leaf out of the plant completely. If you just wish to snip the tips off, that is also a good idea. Use a sharp pair of scissors and ensure you clean the scissors with rubbing alcohol before and after using them to avoid spreading disease.

The tips of the Spider Plant leaves are sharp and pointed. To minimize the appearance of cut leaves, you can snip the tips off at an angle, to look just like the natural angle of the leaves – no one will even know that your Spider Plant had brown tips in the first place.

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