Spider Plant, How to Care for it?

spider plant, scientifically known as Chlorophytum comosum is a very familiar and adaptable houseplant which is available in many homes. People like it very much for its innocent beauty, recently I start liking it very much. Past couple of months, it was not favorite to me, but the scenery has been changing at all. I am the one who love it very much, especially its light lime type color touch me deeply. It doesn’t demand so much care and it can grow all type of environment. You need not watering it daily, so if you forget to watering it a certain period of time it doesn’t harm much only its tips become brown type color. When you start watering, after a couple of days it will return to its original color.


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One thing, if you like flower, then this plant is not for you but if you like a beautiful plant without flower then this is the best choice for you, it is actually very pretty. It is actually a hanging plant for living space contains leaves like narrow blade of grass which dangle downward looks really amazing.


Fist time I meet this plant in my aunt house when I was very little, hard remember, second time I meet them one of my friend houses, probably one year ago. I collect this plant as a little baby spiderettes from my uncle though I try to collect it from my friend but can’t arrange it. Whoever, I plant it into the small pot. This baby plant can survive any type of hard environment, luckily, the same spider plant also available in my house. You may have faced the same type of experience as mine. Hope you enjoy the same. I am sharing the very details about this plant so that you can ensure your best care to them. Every step is very important so if you have the same or if you are thinking that you are going to collect it them for you then you can follow me for the next steps, hope it will help.


Basic Needs of Spider plant

[][]Place the Spider plant in bright to moderate light in a room that’s a comfortable room temperature [68 to 77°F or 20 to 25°C] for everyone.
[][]Try to Keep the soil slightly moist.
[][]Water the plant in Once a week both in spring and summer.
[][]In winter, once in a week or when the soil dries a bit more between watering interval.
[][]Avoid tap water, use distilled water to water the plant due to tap water contain fluoride as Spider plant is sensitive to fluoride.
[][]Use organic fertilizer for better growth.


Care for Spider Plants

In planted environment, Spider plants characteristically do the best so its start with the preparation of the base of the plant which is associated with Soil. Let’s do the same to achieve the best environment for the baby spiderettes-


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Preparation of Soil

Generally, three to five inches in diameter for a young plant is the best option for growing the plant into the pot as it prefers the same. Allow some space to grow up the roots of the plant int to the pot. Clay pot is not the best option for the plant as when the roots grow, the clay pot may be broken up. Free-draining shall be selected for the Spider plants. A fertilized soil is not mandatory to plant the Spider plants, you can use any planting soil. Any type of growing medium shall be kept away from the Spider plants, Fluoride can truly cause the damage of the plant. Always use organic mixture to grow your plant. An organic mixture like loam, compost, coarse sand and peat, is the perfect choice to do the same.


Requirements of Water

These plants require a lot of water during the growing months but their consumption will slow in the winter compare to summer season. Soak the soil evenly and generously when you water your spider plant. Avoid the overwatering this plant, it can cause rotten root of the plant. It will be better to water the plant if the soil dries out little. Most of the cases, watering in twice a week is better or three time a week. Tap water contains Fluorine which can damage the plant, use distilled water for your little Spider plants. You can use your aquarium water to water the plant.


Growing of Spider Plants

You must know the seed collection time of spider plant to ensure timely growth at your end. 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. Place a few paper towels under the plant to collect the seeds is the best way to make sure the collection of Spider Plants seeds. The seeds will fall to the towel bed which you already placed under the plant, generally the seeds will fall when the pod dries up and begins to crack.

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The seeds color is nearly black and the seeds is look like small flat seeds like those that would find in a pepper. It would be wise decision to start planting the seeds when you collect the seeds. Don’t wait to planting the seeds because it would not keep well on long time. Collect the organic soil then place the seed about ½ an inch deep and cover it with organic soil [organic mixture like loam, compost, coarse sand and peat]. Do not attempt to move seedlings until they have three or four leaves as the Spider seedlings are very fragile.


Spider Plants Growing from Spider Plant Babies

To grow and flourish of these baby spider plants, it can be separated from their mother & planted in their own flower pot. Spider Plants can be planted in soil when it starts growing roots. The plant will soon sprout new growth with the help of water and bright light. Hang the baby spider plant over a container of water with only the root area making contact with the water If the roots have not formed but if the roots begin to form then plant these baby spider plans as well.


Winterize of Spider plants

As the Spider plants are typically grown indoors, it does not like cold weather or frost so the plant shall be taken enough for the winter. The plat shall be store in such a way that you can keep it indoor during winter and outdoor at summer.


Common Problems of Spider Plants

The common problem of the spider plants are the tips of the leaves turn brown. There’s no need for worry about it. It doesn’t mean that you are losing your plant and it is going to die, it means that you are giving them fluoride which comes from your water and causes salt buildup in the soil. To overcome this problem just drain out the water with the help of distilled water and repeat this step in several times. Make sure that you are giving them fluoride free water by giving distilled water and trim the brown areas to ensure their healthy growth.


Spider plants are considered most durable plants which will thrive your office or at home. If you forget to water the spider plant, it will not harm enough. If you are travelling for a week and forget water them, they will not harm due to it can store enough water to roots, just start watering after your vacation they will return at their original condition. This its best option for this plant. Larger growing space is not required for it until the roots are growing out of the flower pot. You can store in in a suitable pot to ensure its next level growth.

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