Plant Care Tips: How To Grow and Care For Spider Plants

Plant Care Tips: How To Grow and Care For Spider Plants

Spider plants are similar to other plants in that they have specific water, light, and soil requirements to ensure optimal health. The spider plants (Chlorophytum cosum) are one of the easiest and versatile indoor plants. They are easy to grow and look great in a hanging basket. The plant is tolerant to a variety of climates and has only brown tips.

It has narrow, long leaves that grow in rosettes above the edge of the container. There are also longer shoots that produce plantlets that can be rooted from the parent.

How to Care for a Spider Plant:

Spider plants are similar to other plants in that they require specific water, light, and soil conditions for optimal health.


Spider plants like slightly moist soil that isn’t too wet. Overwatering can cause root rot, which can eventually kill the plant. These plants are sensitive to chlorine and fluoride, which can lead to the leaf tips turning brown. If possible, use rainwater or distilled water for container plants. Even though uneven watering can be detrimental, spider plants won’t suffer from it because the tubers are well-hydrated.


Spider plants thrive in partial shade. They can tolerate heavy shade but their development will not be as strong. Direct sunlight can cause leaves to become scorched. Indoors, a bright window or patio door with indirect sunlight is ideal.


Although they can be grown in many soil types, spider plants prefer loose, loamy soil that has excellent drainage. Spider plants can tolerate soils that are slightly acidic or alkaline, but prefer neutral soil pH. The leaf tips can turn brown if there is too much salt in the soil.

Humidity and Temperature

Warm, humid conditions are the best for spider plants. They are not comfortable at temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. They should be kept indoors, away from drafts and vents of air conditioning. The leaf tips may also turn brown if the humidity drops too low. Regular spraying can help maintain a healthy humidity level.


These plants require moderate feeding during the spring and summer active growth seasons. This should be done about once per month. Too much fertilizer can cause brown leaf tips, while too little fertilizer can lead to weak growth.

Follow label instructions to use an all-purpose granular fertilizer or water-soluble fertilizer throughout the growing season. You may need to adjust the amount depending on how your plant grows.

Growing Spider Plants from Seed:

Seed propagation is not very common because spider plants can be grown vegetatively by simply planting offsets or dividing roots. If you are able to find a plant that is producing seeds and has begun to flower, this technique can be used.

To cross-pollinate spider plants flowers and produce fertile seedlings, you can use a small artist brush or cotton swab. Brush the blooms with a cotton swab as soon as they appear. To ensure that pollen is transmitted to all blooms, make sure to brush them all.

When the flowers have faded, you will see several small green seed pods. These can be removed from the plants and broken apart to collect the seeds. The seeds should be placed in a container with about 1/2 inch of potting soil. Keep the mixture warm and moist until they sprout. To increase your chances of success, you should plant multiple seeds.

Spider Plant Common Problems:

The most common problem spider plants cause is major damage. However, solutions are often quite simple.

Plant Is Too Sparse

When a spider plant seems to be in trouble, the natural instinct is to increase its water or fertilizer rations. However, this is not the right approach for them. A better choice is to pot medium and divide a plant that has too many roots. These plants grow quickly so if yours starts to show signs of weakness after months of strong growth, you may need more space for its roots.

It can be beneficial to cut some of the young plants, as it attempts to concentrate the plant’s energy towards growing new shoots.

Tips for leaves that have been burned

Many houseplant varieties, including spider plants, are especially sensitive to chemicals or salts in tap water. If your plant begins to develop burnt tips, it is better to switch to watering with untreated bottled water or collected rainwater.

Brown tips can also occur if a spider plant is exposed to too much direct sunlight. These plants prefer indirect or shaded lighting.