Spider plant soil mix

Lots of people ask me, “Where can I buy a spider plant?” If you don’t live near a plant nursery or your local shop doesn’t sell spider plants, where do you go?

I’ve compiled a list of places below where you can buy spider plant seeds, cuttings and even plants. They conveniently ship directly to you, some with free shipping. =)


Where to Buy Spider Plants:

You can buy spider plants (plantlets and cuttings) online through eBay. Choose from variegated, reverse, curly and green. Cuttings typically come in groups of about 4-10 and range in price depending on the seller.

Most groups of these spider plant babies cost less than $15 total, and many come with free shipping as well. I think the prices are good, although you need to select what’s available at any given time.

You can also buy spider plants (full-sized plants) for sale on eBay. For example, already rooted Orange Mandarin Spider Plants in 4″ containers.

Where to Buy Spider Plant Seeds in Bulk:

You can buy a variety of chlorophytum (spider plant) seeds online via Alibaba. For example, you can get green and white leaves, solid green, curly spider plants and rare purple chlorophytum.

They typically cost between 25 cents and 50 cents per 100 seeds. However, the rare purple variety costs more, about 1 cent per seed. Shipping is free.

Does this deal sound too good to be true? Well, rest assured that it is not. Suppliers ship seeds from outside the USA, so seeds typically take between 1-2 months to reach you. Hope you’re not in a rush.

More Options for Where to Buy Spider Plants:

  • Spider Plant Cuttings
  • Curly Spider Plants in containers
  • Variegated Spider Plants in containers

In optimal growing conditions, I have found that baby spider plants can grow into an average-sized full-grown plant in as little as 6 months.

If you want your plantlets to grow off-shoots sooner, plant them in smaller containers. Once the soil becomes crowded with roots, the spider plant will start growing babies.

Repotting Spider Plants: How Do You Repot A Spider Plant

Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) are popular houseplants. Flexible about the level of care they receive and tolerant of abuse, they are perfect for gardening beginners. When should you repot a spider plant? These plants grow fast and the tuberous roots can crack open a flower pot. It’s important to start spider plant repotting before this happens. Read on for information on moving spider plants to larger pots.

Spider Plant Repotting

Repotting spider plants simply means moving spider plants to larger pots. It is often necessary to repot houseplants as they outgrow their pots, and spider plants tend to grow faster than most.

Spider plants are native to the coastal areas of South Africa. The plant’s tuberous roots allows the species to thrive despite varying levels of precipitation in the wild. These same water-storing tuberous roots assist your spider houseplant to survive when you forget to water it for a few weeks. The roots grow fast, however. At some point before the roots crack open the pot, it’s time to think about spider plant repotting.

When Should You Repot a Spider Plant?

Spider plants grow best when they are slightly pot bound. However, the plants, roots included, grow fast. You’ll want to think about repotting spider plants before the plants crack their pots.

Plants get different cultural care, so their growth rates vary. You just have to keep an eye on your spider plant. When you see roots showing above the soil, it is time to start moving spider plants to larger pots.

How Do You Repot a Spider Plant?

How do you repot a spider plant? Repotting a spider plant is fairly easy. You gently remove the plant from its current pot, rinse and trim its roots, then replant it in a larger pot.

When you are moving spider plants to larger pots, make sure the new pots have good drainage holes. Spider plants don’t tolerate wet soil for very long.

Use a general-purpose potting soil or soilless medium for spider plant repotting. Fill the bottom of the pot with soil, then place the plant’s roots in the soil. Keep adding soil and tucking it around the roots until all the roots are covered. Water the plant well and care as usual.

I felt bad for my Spider Plant—it was so unhappy. But all that has changed in just a few months time. Now it’s a healthy green and babies have appeared. What did I do to make this happen? The solution is simple: spider plant repotting. I revitalized my Spider Plant by repotting and moving it to a new location.

My Spider Plant was happily growing outdoors in coastal California (USDA hardiness zone 10a) but then I moved and brought it along. It took a turn the 2nd year of living here in Tucson (Zone 9a) and unhappiness set in. I had it hanging right outside my front door and the hot, dry, sunny summers here in the Sonoran Desert had taken their toll.

When Is It Time to Repot Snake Plants?

The color had faded to a yellowish-green and most of the leaves (especially the outer ones) were badly tipped brown. It was only getting 2 hours of the morning sun but in the desert in summer, it’s brutal. Plus, the babies were smaller, much fewer in number and some had dried up completely. As it turns out, my plant was very pot bound.

My Spider Plant on the potting table waiting for some repotting action.

Spider Plants, like Dracaea marginatas and Ponytail Palms, are prone to brown tipping on the very ends of their leaves. It’s simply a reaction to the dry air in our homes. But my Spider Plant had more than just brown tips – some of the leaves were halfway brown and others well on their way.

Time to be a good plant mama and spring into action. Spider Plants are tough as nails (except for those brown tips!) and not at all fussy.

How I Brought My Spider Plant Back to Health

1.) By repotting the snake plant.

2.) Shaving the rootball. Yes, it sounds painful & you’ll see me do it in the video below but the plant is doing gloriously well after 3 months time.

3.) Putting it in a new pot with fresh soil mix.

4.) Amending the soil with worm compost & compost.

5.) Moving it indoors. It was outside in the heat (plus a little morning sun) which was stressing it.

Oh, those poor dried up babies. Last year it was loaded with much better-looking pups.

Best Time for Spider Plant Repotting

Spring through summer. It’s best to wait until the temperatures have warmed and the days have gotten a bit longer. In temperate climates, you can do it into early fall.

I repotted the 1 you see here at the very end of March.

Avoid repotting your Spider Plant in winter as it’s the time for houseplants to rest.

Repotting Materials

1 – 14″w x 9″h decorative plastic pot; directly planted in
A dull bread knife & a sharp floral knive

As I said, Spider Plants aren’t finicky when it comes to their soil mix. A good quality (preferably organic) potting soil will be fine. It should say that it’s formulated for houseplants on the bag. You don’t want a planting mix for outdoor plants – it’s too heavy.

Potting Soil

I’m partial to Ocean Forest because of its high-quality ingredients. It’s a soilless mix & is enriched with lots of good stuff but also drains well.

The majority of this mix is potting soil & if that’s all you have, that’s just fine. The ingredients below are optional, but because I have way more plants than 1 person needs, I have them on hand. Besides, I like to baby my plants when planting because the mix is their foundation & they deserve it. I also used:

5 or 6 handfuls of coco chips with a little fiber

I use the Prococo Chips Block – this is similar to what I used.

2 handfuls of charcoal

Charcoal improves the drainage & absorbs impurities & odors. Pumice or perlite up the ante on the drainage factor too.

2-3 handfuls of compost

I use less when planting indoor plants. It, along with worm compost, slowly enriches the mix.

A 1/4″ topping of worm compost

This is my favorite amendment, which I use sparingly because it’s rich. I’m currently using Worm Gold Plus.

You can read how I feed my houseplants with worm compost & compost here: How I Feed My Houseplants Naturally With Worm Compost & Compost

In the process of shaving the oh so tight root ball.

Snake Plant Repotting

Your Spider Plant may not be as big as mine so you can skip the root ball shaving portion. Their roots are very strong & grow very tightly. You’ll need to massage the root ball & gently pull the roots apart a bit. Just like kneading & pulling pizza dough!

1.) Water the plant thoroughly 1-3 days before transplanting. You don’t want to repot a stressed plant.

2.) I knew the plant was potbound (putting it mildly) so I took a dull butter knife & ran it around the perimeter of the root ball. This loosened the roots away from the sides of the pot. Don’t worry if you cut some roots in the process – Spider Plants have a lot of them.

Those are some rugged roots

3.) Remove the plant from the pot by turning on its side & gently pulling out.

4.) Fill up the bottom of the pot as needed (so the top of the root ball is slightly below the top of the pot) with ps, cc & charcoal.

5.) Fill in around the sides with mainly potting soil. Details towards the end of the video. You can also see how much root ball I shaved off.

6.) Top with a very light layer of worm compost.

How to Care for a Spider Plant After Repotting

I put it on the top of the wall under my Pink Grapefruit tree in bright shade. After a couple of days I watered it well. It settled in for a couple of weeks before I removed the leaves that were badly tipped, yellow or dead. I removed a lot of them because the plant was sun & heat stressed. The babies came off too because none were worth saving.

The Results

It’s been 3 month since I repotted my Spider Plant. I’ve since moved it into the house & it sits on the floor in my bedroom next to my Variegated Dracaena marginata.

It sits 4′ away from a large, north facing window. The sun shines intensely here in Tucson so it’s very happy in this location.

My Spider Plant has greened up beautifully. Not only has the color returned to the foliage but it’s put out so much new, fresh growth.

And, the best part – 2 babies appeared after 1 1/2 months. It now has 6 babies on it. Oh you know it, Spider Plant propagation video coming soon!

Close up before the repotting

3 months later after being brought indoors. The color has returned & it’s lookin’ good. Yes, there are still some brown tips but that’s the nature of this plant. It tips in our dry homes.

Spider Plant (Good Things to Know)

My Spider Plant was even more tight in its pot than I thought. Even though those roots & tubers store water, they weren’t able to absorb it. Potbound plants don’t hold as much water as those which have a bit of room for the roots to grow.

Don’t be afraid to cut the root ball. Spider Plants are tough as nails & they can take it. Mine looks none the worse for wear!

Don’t give up on a plant which looks bad. Sometimes it needs a new location, repotting or an adjustment in watering to have it revitalize.

1 last pic before heading it heads into the great indoors.

My Spider Plant is a happy camper now. And, more of those babies are on the way!

Happy gardening,

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The Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is a favorite, houseplant. It is practically foolproof for novice gardeners.

These sturdy little houseplants are easy to care for and hard to kill!

They grow with zeal, reproducing babies in even the most challenging of circumstances.

In this article, we provide helpful information on growing these simple, cheery houseplants. Read on to learn more.

How Many Spider Plant Varieties Are There?

Are you wondering, “what does a spider plant look like?”.

There are almost 200 Chlorophytum species (191 at last count). The most popular is the well-known spider plant – Chlorophytum comosum. There are several other cultivars of Chlorophytum comosum:

  • Chlorophytum comosum “Vittatum” – broad white stripe down the center of the leaf, popular in the 1990’s. The “Vittatum” cultivar is the plant most people recognize. It has longer, curved leaves of a medium shade of green. This type of airplane plant is very popular for growing in hanging baskets.
  • Chlorophytum comosum “Variegatum” – The reverse of ‘Vittatum’, ‘Variegatum’is generally more compact with white stripe, margins or edges and dark green leaves. Over time this striking variety replaced the popular ‘Vittatum’ in most garden centers.
  • Chlorophytum comosum “Bonnie” – is growing fast in popularity. ‘Bonnie Spider Plant’ carries the color pattern of ‘Vittatum’ but the leaves bend and curl. Some call it the – curly spider plant. It is also more compact than other varieties. Its compact size makes ‘Bonnie a perfect addition for small areas like a bathroom.

In fact, Spider plants are one of the best low light plants for the bathroom. Some refer to them as “toilet plants.”

I guess they like them since “spiders” are one of the few plants that don’t need much light! I guess they like them since “spiders” are one of the few plants that don’t need much light!

The common spider plant carries many common names. You may hear them referred to as:

  • Variegated Spider Plant
  • St. Bernard’s Lily
  • Airplane Plant
  • Spider Plant
  • Ribbon Plant
  • Anthericum
  • Spider Ivy

Chlorophytum comosum is the formal botanical name of the plant. The basic spider plant has green leaves of a dark to medium shade.

The green spider plant is not the most popular variety. In fact, it only makes up about ten percent of sales of this type of plant.

Spider Plant One Of NASA’s ‘Top Clean Air Plants!’

Researchers at NASA conducted a study to determine the best methods of keeping the air clean at space stations. According to this comprehensive Clean Air study, there are many excellent benefits to keeping live plants in any setting. As a result of the NASA study, the humble green Chlorophytum comosum was considered one of the best indoor plants tested.

Learn more about the Clean Air Study in our article: THE FALSE TRUTH On The “12 Best Plants” To Improve Indoor Air Quality

Do Spider Plants Have Any Medicinal Uses?

Just as indoor houseplants bring specific benefits to space stations, homes and bedrooms, they have also been proven to enhance healing in medical settings. Kansas State University conducted a study showing that patients staying in hospital rooms with plants had lower blood pressure and steadier, slower heart rates.

They needed less pain medication, felt less stress, were less fatigued and recovered more quickly.

Are Spider Plants Poisonous To Cats And Humans?

According to the American Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (ASPCA) Chlorophytum Comosum is non-toxic to both dogs and cats. In fact, these enthusiastic, easy-to-grow plants are actually edible.

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Aside from its healthy effect on your immediate environment, the Chlorophytum comosum imparts a wide variety of other health benefits. The Chlorophytum originates from South Africa, and in Africa it is considered more than just a pretty face. It is also a healthy, green, leafy veggie!

The leaves of the Ribbon Plant are just chock full of micronutrients, vitamins and minerals, such as:

  • Powerful anti-oxidants
  • Beta-carotene
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Protein

For these reasons, it makes up a significant portion of the daily diet of many rural Africans. If you grow yours in great abundance, you can use them to enrich your daily diet by preparing them as you would tough greens, such as mustard greens.

Pick young, tender leaves. Wash them thoroughly and cook in boiling, salted water for about ten minutes. Sauté the boiled greens with sliced onions, carrot and garlic in coconut oil until all veggies are tender. Some people find the greens bitter. Serve with a white gravy (milk and flour gravy) to counteract this quality.

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Why Choose Spider Plants?”

It’s easy to see that keeping houseplants is a great way to make your home, work or school environment healthier and more pleasant. However, many people are very concerned they just cannot keep houseplants alive. With Chlorophytum comosum, you needn’t worry.

Even if you have never kept a plant before, you are very likely to have good luck with a spider plants. Only the most egregious neglect and abuse can kill them, and when you start with one, you are sure to have a whole family of little spiders in no time at all. Growing spider plants is an enjoyable, easy, satisfying, affordable way to fill your home with happy greenery.

What Light Does Chlorophytum Grow Best In?

You don’t need a lot of space or an elaborate setup for spider ivy. They are very happy growing in hanging baskets and pots, and they do fine in indirect lighting.

For this reason, they are an excellent choice as a bedroom plant. They are also very nice to keep in the bathroom where lighting may be a bit dim.

If you have a sunny window with bright indirect lighting to fill with plants, Ribbon Plants will do well there, too! They also do nicely under fluorescent lighting (as in an office or school setting) or with full spectrum artificial light or grow lamps.

Spider plant light requirements:

The type of lighting you provide will affect your plants’ appearance, but all types of light work well to keep these hardy little troopers healthy. Generally speaking, more sun will produce more pronounced variegation in striped varieties and darker green in solid varieties.

Lighting also affects the rate of blooming and reproduction. Plants kept in brighter lighting tend to produce more flowers and offspring than those kept in dimmer settings.

Too much blazing, direct sunlight can be detrimental and will tend to burn the leaves. If planting or setting your plant outdoors, keep it out of the midday sun.

Chlorophytum Comosum Care Provides Consistent, Moderate Temperatures

Chlorophytum comosum tolerates a range of temperatures, but you should provide a consistent temperature. Sudden changes in heat and cold are always to be avoided.

Also, simultaneous contrasts in temperature are to be avoided. For example, you should not place any plant in a location where it will receive a chill from a window and a blast of heat from a heating vent.

Generally speaking, your plants will do best at consistent temperatures ranging from 70°-90° degrees Fahrenheit; however, they can tolerate lower temperatures.

A plant kept at a consistent 65° degrees Fahrenheit will live nicely, but it won’t grow or reproduce much. If the temperature accidentally drops as low as 35° degrees occasionally, the plant will survive, but these low temperatures are not at all recommended. The plant will not survive freezing.

Occasional extreme heat can be tolerated, but consistent temperatures higher than 90° degrees Fahrenheit are not recommended.

Where Are The Best Places To Keep Chlorophytum Comosum Plants?

Some good locations to place your Spider Ivy plant around the house and office include:

  • Hang one or several baskets above your shower in your bathroom.
  • Set small, potted plantlets on the back of your toilet.
  • Place a potted plant on a corner shelf near a small bathroom window.
  • Keep potted spider ivy under a fluorescent, full spectrum or grow light in a windowless room.
  • Keep a potted airplane plant your office desk under fluorescent and/or natural direct or indirect sunlight.
  • Keep plantlets in small pots or rooting in cups of water on a sunny kitchen windowsill.
  • Shade your bedroom window with an arrangement of hanging spider plants.
  • Fill hanging baskets on your sun porch or patio.
  • Plant airplane Chlorophytum comosum plants in large, sheltered outdoor planters.
  • Establish sheltered beds outdoors during warm weather.
  • Plant in a tall cylinder planter for a unique look in a small space.

Clearly, your Chlorophytum comosum will be happy almost anywhere you choose to place it. No plants really do well without light altogether, but the rugged spider plant is flexible and accommodating to just about any level of artificial or natural light.

Airplane pup with roots and leaves with white stripes down the center

What Soil Type Do Airplane Chlorophytum Plants Grow Best In?

As with most indoor house plants, good aeration and a well-draining soil will produce good plant growth. However, aside from that recommendation, there are few strong suggestions in growing medium. Airplane plants are very tolerant of a wide variety of types and textures of soil.

A standard potting mix made for African violets seems to be best, or try creating your own mix using potting, container or garden soil mixed with light ingredients such as:

  • Vermiculite
  • Pine Bark
  • Coco coir
  • Perlite
  • Peat

Limestone and/or dolomite are good additions to help raise the pH level. Chlorophytum comosum prefer a fairly neutral pH of 6.0-6.5. If you are an experienced gardener, you may wish to try mixing your own spider plant soil, but this is not at all necessary.

Any good, light potting or container mix will do fine. As mentioned, using a soil mix designed for African violets will serve the plant well.

Can You Grow Spider Plants In Water?

To a limited extent, spider plants will grow in water or using the system known as hydroculture. This is a method of growing in which an inert type of growing medium (e.g. clay pebbles or LECA – lightweight expanded clay aggregate) is used in the place of soil.

Use this method to root baby plants (plantlets) and keep the plants growing this way. However, plants can be transferred to a regular potting medium.

How To Root Spider Plants In Water

Root small plantlets by popping them into a small glass or bowl of filtered or distilled water. Simply place them in the water as you would flowers in a vase. The water should cover the roots without contacting the leaves.

Place the container in a still location with indirect lighting. Change the water daily to prevent bacteria and mold growth. Once the plantlets develop good roots, transfer them to a pot, hanging basket or planter with the appropriate growing medium.

Rooting your airplane plants in water can be a convenient way to keep a number of plantlets alive while you arrange for a more permanent setting. But it is not a good way to keep these plants long term. They like a well-drained growing medium, and water does not meet that description.

Additionally, in the long term, the plants will need more nutrients than plain water can provide. While you can purchase specially prepared spider plant fertilizer mixes for hydroponic gardening, these are not ideal for spider plant care. This type of plant kept in water on an ongoing basis will not thrive and will live a short life.

How To Root A Spider Plant In Soil

Propagating Chlorophytum comosum naturally, in soil is dead-simple.

These plants naturally send out multiple runners (plant babies) from the mother plant with white, star-shaped flowers become little plants dangling from the end.

In the wild, these little spider plant babies come in contact with the soil, sink their roots and take off on their own.

Spider plant “Vittatum” babies ready to be separated from the mother plant

Replicating this process is easy. Simply clip the little plants off the ends of the shoots with a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears like these and set them lightly in loose soil in their own pots, planters or hanging baskets.

Keep your little plants in a sheltered area with a consistent temperature and indirect lighting. Water as needed. Before you know it, they will begin to take root and start growing.

If you want to be “more like nature”, set up host pots of soil around your parent plant and guide the babies into their own pots. Peg them in place if needed and firm the soil around them. When they sink roots, cut them loose from the parent by clipping the connecting runner with sharp shears or scissors. Clip close to the baby plant.

It’s really very hard to go wrong when propagating spider ivy. If your plant is happy and healthy, you are sure to find it weighed down with plantlets in fairly short order.

If you see the mother parent plant being pulled to one side by a horde of little plants, you’ll know it’s time to remove or redirect those babies to their own homes. With any luck at all and a modicum of skill, you are sure to have astonishing success.

How Often To Water Spider Plants

These plants don’t require lots of water. Your specific watering schedule will vary depending upon the temperature and level of lighting you maintain.

Generally speaking, check the soil weekly by poking it with your finger. If the top inch of soil is dry, give your plant a moderate watering.

Keep the soil lightly moist during the warmer months when the plant is actively growing and reproducing. Cut back watering in the cooler months to give the plant a chance to rest and go semi-dormant.

Do Spider Plants Need To Be Fertilized?

Spiders do not require lots of much fertilizer. However, spider plants respond well to an application of liquid plant food every few weeks during the spring and summer. Use a good, general purpose, water-soluble houseplant fertilizer like these. Mix it half strength.

Another option is to apply a granular balanced time-release fertilizer in the spring when plants begin to grow and another in 3 months. Personally, I’ve found the best results with liquid fertilizer applications.

The fertilizer you choose should have no fluoride and very little boron.

Be sure not to overdo the strength or frequency of fertilizing because this can cause brown leaf tips on spider plants.

Once spring and summer are over, stop fertilizing through the fall and winter.

Repotting And Transplanting Spider Plants

Just as with propagation, Chlorophytum easily transfers to larger pots and containers or even transplant them outdoors to a sheltered bed in the warmer months.

Remember, transplanting or repotting spider plant ivy is optional, though. These types of plants don’t mind being root-bound at all.

Don’t worry when you begin to see the rhizomes (tubers) protruding from the soil. Simply thin them out with a sharp spade and plant them in new pots (or in the ground during warm weather).

There is really no need to replant or repot your original parent plant. It can remain perfectly happy in its original pot indefinitely. Unless they get like the spider plant below which is root bound!

image: via flickr / Keith Williamson

How Long Do Spider Plants Live?

A happy Chlorophytum comosum can live for decades. These sturdy indoor house plants make spiders plants wonderful “test plants” for those looking to learn about houseplant care.

Once you establish the right conditions your spider plant enjoys, you will never lack for botanical companionship again.

Spider Plants Care

For the most part airplane plants are impervious to disease and pests. The main causes of problems are overwatering, poor drainage and excessive fertilizer treatment.

Here are some of the symptoms to watch for, along with some simple fixes.

Red Spider Mites: Look for dull, gray leaves with webby substance on the underside.

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Hunger: Dull, floppy leaves may indicate your plant is ready for feeding with a balanced, liquid houseplant fertilizer.

Remember to mix it half strength and apply only a couple of times monthly.

Brown Rotten Vegetation: If the center of your plant is brown and rotten, it’s probably from over-watering.

Try allowing the plant dry out and see if it will make a comeback.

However, once rotting and root rot sets in you have probably lost the plant. Hopefully, it will have produced some offspring to take its place.

Soft, Transparent Leaves: If your plant has been exposed to very cold or freezing temperatures, the leaves may be damaged.

Move the plant to a warm, sheltered area and monitor it closely. If the roots were not damaged, the plant may rally.

Drought Damage: If your plant has dry, colorless, lanky, weak leaves it has probably been damaged by excessively hot, dry conditions.

Relocate the plant to a cooler, sheltered area and provide it with more water.

Brown Leaf Tips: This symptom can be caused by a lot of different things. Among them are:

  • Too much direct sunlight
  • Fluxes in temperature
  • Chemical laden water – use distil water over tap water
  • Excessive draft
  • Drought stress
  • Spider Mites
  • Aphids

No matter what caused the problem of brown leaf tips, moving your plant to a sheltered area with a consistent, desirable temperature and indirect lighting will probably help.

Water using filtered or distilled water only. If you see signs of pest infestation, treat with a natural pesticide.

Bleached Leaves: If the area near the bend or flex of the leaf is faded or bleached, it is probably the result of excessive sun exposure.

Move the plant to a protected area with indirect light or provide shade.

Caterpillars: You are unlikely to have this problem indoors, but outdoors if you find holes in the leaves, you may be having trouble with caterpillar infestation. Caterpillars can usually be picked off successfully.

If re-infestation occurs, move the plant or protect it with netting.

Where To Buy Spider Plants

Because Chlorophytum comosum is so easily self-propagating, you may not have to buy your first plants. You are very likely to know someone who has babies to give away. If not, little “spiderlets” are often available cheap or free at springtime plant sales, farmer’s markets, flea markets and the like.

If you don’t have any of these resources close at hand, you can surely find lovely specimens offered at your local garden center or in the garden department at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Wal-Mart or any other big or small store offering houseplants.

When choosing airplane plants, seek out healthy, robust looking “spiders” with clean, untorn, undamaged leaves and NO brown lips on the leaves. Check the leaves for signs of illness and infestation as described above. Stay away from plants that may introduce a disease or pests to your home and garden.

Can Spider Plants Be Planted Outdoors?

In addition to being happy-go-lucky, trouble-free houseplants, your spiderplants can make a superb addition to your summer garden and/or a year-round ground cover or exotic food crop if you live in a very temperate setting such as Florida.

It’s easy to start a stand of Chlorophytum comosum in your yard if you already have one or more in pots. Transplant your parent plant and/or your plantlets into a prepared bed. Alternately, simply set your parent plants out in a sheltered area with prepared soil and let nature take its course.

In an ideal setting, your plants will thrive and send out runners with pretty, white, star-shaped flowers. Each of these will develop into a plantlet that will take root in the ground surrounding the potted parent plant.

When a sufficient number have taken root, can cut them loose and return the parent plant to your home, patio or office.

Another interesting “look” or idea is to plant Chlorophytum on a topiary frame like the one below.

If you live in an area that is warm year-round (zones 9-11) maintain your bed and thin your inevitable extra plants from time-to-time. Used in this way, they make a great ground cover or border plant. Be advised, under ideal conditions, this plant can become invasive.

9 Smart Outdoor Spider Plant Care Tips

#1 – Start with a good location! For best results when planting your Ribbon Plants outdoors, choose a location with filtered sunlight or partial shade. Avoid excessive, harsh sun exposure as this can cause sunburn.

#2 – Avoid excessive sun exposure. Because Chlorophytum comosum grows from thick, water storing rhizomes, they are somewhat drought tolerant, but they do not do well with relentless sun exposure.

#3 – Make the most of the plant’s natural habits. Enjoy these plants outdoors in hanging baskets and planters. Their rampant trailing, tumbling aspects make them particularly attractive when used in this manner.

#4 – Start plants indoors in cold climates. Start plantlets indoors during the winter months and set them out in a bed after all danger of frost has passed.

#5 – Establish and maintain the right soil conditions. Be sure the soil is light, well-draining and slightly acidic. Keep it evenly moist until the young plants are completely established.

#6 Avoid chemicals. Remember the spider plant is sensitive to fluoride and to chlorine. It is best to gather rainwater for them. If not, allow tap water to stand for a full 24 hours so chemicals can dissipate before watering.

#7 – Fertilize lightly. Outdoor fertilizing guidelines are very similar to indoor. Use a balanced (10-10-10 ) fertilizer every other week. It is better to err on the light side than to overdo it. Apply fertilizer at half strength.

#8 – Make your own natural insecticide. When kept outdoors, these plants become more susceptible to pests such as spider mites, whiteflies, scale and aphids. These can be treated using an insecticidal soap or make your own by combining:

  • 2 ounces of dish soap (Dawn is the classic)
  • 4 ounces of mouthwash (Listerine or knock-off)
  • 1 gallon of filtered or distilled water
  • Put into a spray bottle and spray liberally as needed.

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#9 – Decide whether to grow your plants as perennials or annuals. If you live in an area with warm spring and summer months but freezes in the winter, plant your spider plant outdoors as an annual. Take them up and keep them indoors in the winter time or simply let them die back and start over again in the spring.

Is The Spider Plant The Ultimate Beginner’s Plant?

They may not be the ultimate beginner plant. Some would argue for the other “easy to grow” houseplants like the Sansevieria cylindrica (snake plant), zz plant or cast iron aspidistra, but it ranks right up there.

Even if you have never had success with plants, you are bound to do well with Chlorophytum comosum. In fact, you are very likely to end up with more than you need!

Luckily, these sturdy little plants are versatile and can enjoy luxuriant growth in any home, office or garden setting. If and when you are overrun, share the wealth with your friends and relations. Just think of the money you’ll save on gifts for all occasions!

Spider plants make excellent houseplants for learning about plant care. They are truly forgiving plants. Most if the time only flat out neglect can kill them. However, they do require some attention and make excellent plant teachers!

Don’t confuse the inexpensive spider plant with the “Spider flower” (Cleome hassleriana) – easy to grow, inexpensive to purchase and wonderful plants to learn from.

Also there is another commercially grown “spider plant” the variety is Chlorophytum amaniense, also known as Chlorophytum orchidastrum. One selected cultivar known as “Fire Flash” came to the foliage trade from Thailand on the 1990’s. It’s bright orange spider plant mid-veins produce a striking appearance.

The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is a very adaptable houseplant that can be found in many homes. It is typically easy to care for, and it will grow well in a variety of environments. If you happen to go away and forget to water your spider plants, the tips may become brown, but it will most likely be fine for a few weeks until you return. Spider plants are beautiful, but they do not produce bright flowers for your enjoyment, just tiny white blooms which are actually very pretty. The leaves resemble a narrow blade of grass, and the leaves dangle downward, which will look amazing as a hanging plant in your living space.

I can recall my mother having spider plants for as far back as I can remember. One memory from when I was just a girl that I remember fondly is one where my mother and I would take the baby spiderettes and plant them into pots to give to our loved ones. Being the hardy plant that this is, it is extremely difficult to kill, so I still have that same spider plant today that I had in my room as a child. You can have the same experience with your child, so I created this guide to help you know how to care for these plants and how to plant new ones to share with others.

How to Plant and Care for Spider Plants

Spider plants typically do the best in a planted environment, so let’s start at the base of the plant with the preparation of the soil.

Soil Preparation

Since these plants like to grow in pots, you will need to choose one that is four to six inches in diameter for a young plant. Clay pots are not optimal options because this plant will have no place for the roots to grow, which can lead to a broken pot. A free draining planter is going to be the best planter for this fast growing plant.

Spider plants also need to be planted in a soil that is free-draining as well. General planting soil is fine for this plant, but you will not want to use any soil that is fertilized. Fluoride can actually cause damage to the plant, so you need to steer away from any growing medium that will introduce that mineral to the plant. I find that an organic mixture of compost, peat, loam, and coarse sand is perfect.

Water Requirements

During the growing months, these plants require a lot of water, but their consumption will slow in the winter. When you water your spider plant, soak the soil evenly and generously, but then wait a while until you water it again. These plants like to have the soil dry out a little between watering because the roots tend to hold a lot of water, which can cause root rot if the plant is overwatered.

As I already stated, Fluorine can damage the plant, so be cautious about using tap water. Distilled water is the best option for watering spider plants, or if you have an aquarium, your plant will love some of the water from the fish tank once in a while.

How to Grow Spider Plants from Seeds

To successfully grow a spider plant form a seed, you will need to know when you can collect the seeds. Once the blooms start dying out, you will notice that they have been replaced with small green pods. These pods carry the seeds but don’t attempt to collect them until they have had some time to dry out. The best way to make sure that you can collect the seeds is to place a few paper towels under the plant. Once the pod dries up and begins to crack, the seeds will fall to the area that you prepared.

The seeds look like small flat seeds like those that you would find in a pepper, but they will be black in color. Once you have the seeds, don’t wait to plant them because they will not keep well. Use a starter pot to place the seed about ½ an inch deep, cover it with the organic soil mix I mentioned, and wait for it to grow. Spider seedlings are fragile, so do not attempt to move them until they have three or four leaves.

Growing Spider Plants from Spiderettes (Spider Plant Babies)

These baby spider plants can be separated from their mother and planted in their own flower pot to grow and flourish on its own. If the spiderette has begun growing roots, it can be planted in soil. With water and bright light, the plant will soon sprout new growth. If the roots have not formed, hang the babies over a container of water with only the root area making contact with the water. Once the roots begin to form, you can plant these spiderettes as well.

How To Winterize

Spider plants do not like cold weather or frost, but since they are typically grown indoors, that should not be much of an issue. If you do have your plants outside during the warm summer months, then keep them in a pot that you can easily just bring inside for the winter.

List of Common Problems That Spider Plants Have

One issue that is commonly seen in spider plants is that the tips of the leaves turn brown. This does not mean that the plant is going to die, but it does typically mean that there is fluoride in the water that you have been giving it. To fix the issue, you will need to trim the brown areas away and give the plant distilled water to ensure that it can grow properly.

Spider plants are extremely durable plants that will thrive in your office or at home. Not much can cause harm to these plants, even neglecting to water them will not cause any damage. If you are looking for a plant that does not take a lot of effort to grow, you now know what type of care is required to maintain a healthy spider plant. Just remember, if the roots are growing out of the flower pot, it is time for a larger growing space.


Learn How To Spider Plant Care Indoors

john smiteFollow Jul 4, 2019 · 3 min read

The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is an adaptable houseplant which may be found in many houses. It is easy to care for, and it’ll grow in various environments. The hints may become brown if you happen to go away and forget to water your spider plants, but it will be okay before you return. Spider plants are beautiful, but they don’t create flowers that are bright for your pleasure, just white blossoms that are pretty. The leaves resemble a blade of grass and the leaves dangle which will look amazing as a hanging plant.

Kinds of Spider Plants The most common variety is the type, which may be a plant with many off-shoots. The green variety isn’t easy to discover. Nurseries do not carry it. Curly spider plant resembles a plant with leaves. Remain curly. This attractive and unusual spider plant variety is not easy to discover, but an internet search can give you positive outcomes.

Typically grown in a hanging pot so the off-shoots could be observed, these houseplants are also grown in a pot sitting at a shelf. Snip off any undesirable and allow a few to stay on the plant to get a beautiful appearance that is trailing.

Spider Plant Care Indoors

Selecting a Pot

It can be a gorgeous hanging basket or a standard pot, whatever sort of plant pot you choose, select based on the plant size. Choose a pot that is one size larger than your spider plant’s root ball and keeps upgrading it as it becomes root bound.

Spider plant grows well in a marginally root-bound state, do not bother to transplant it in a much larger pot than its correct size.

The spider plant is happy in most indoor environments, but it does not tolerate direct sun, blasts of cold or warm air.


Please put it in a place that receives bright indirect sunlight, away from heating or cooling vents. Regular sun burns the plant leaves keep it at least 10–12 inches away from West or South facing windows. This plant does well where lighting may turn off throughout non-working hours, which makes it an ideal option for the office building.


Outdoors, spider plants can grow best in the dirt with slight moisture preserving capability. When developing spider plant inside, conditions are different. Choose soil that drains and is light. An all-purpose potting mix will operate or create your own, an article on potting soil is here.

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Fix the watering based on the weather and planting location. Maintain if your plant is root bound or the plant from the season or you have retained the pot. In autumn and winters, once the temperature decreases, reduce the water and watering when the topsoil is dry. Do the same if you are growing spider plant indoors in moist low light or location.


Fertilize your spider plant using a 3:1:2 ratio fertilizer. If you are using a liquid fertilizer, feed the plant once a month (according to the directions on fertilizer package ) when it’s actively growing. Usually, in autumn, and spring summer. If you are using granular 3:1:2 ratio fertilizer, 19–6–12, by way of instance, use it 4 g per 6 inches pot.

Pick a fertilizer that has no hint of Fluoride and low degree of Boron.

To prevent overfertilization and salt buildup, water the plant thoroughly until it begins to drain out of the bottom.

Temperature, However, it may tolerate temperature down to 35 F (1.6 C) and over 100 F (38 C).


Spider plant grows rapidly and has to be repotted often. This is to stop it.

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