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Spider plant is a vintage plant in the houseplant world. It has been grown and enjoyed for decades—calling Victorian parlors home and bringing life to studio apartments a century later. It’s easy to see why spider plant has stood the test of time. This ultra-easy-to-grow houseplant tolerates all sorts of light levels and doesn’t mind if you occasionally forget to deliver its preferred weekly water. Spider plant, also called airplane plant, grows well in containers or hanging baskets. A great choice for bedrooms or offices, spider plant is remarkably good at filtering out indoor air pollution.
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Multiplying Your Plant
Healthy, thriving spider plants send up long wiry stems with little plantlets at the end of each stem. The plantlets can be removed and placed on top of moist potting soil where they will quickly take root, forming a new spider plant. Share this petite, fast-growing plant with a friend and inspire others enjoy houseplants in their home. Another option is to tuck the plantlet into the soil around the mother spider plant and create a very full container of spider plants.
Spider Plant Care Must-Knows
Bright, indirect light is just right for spider plants. Avoid direct sunlight as it has the potential to scorch leaves. If bright indirect light isn't an option, spider plants will grow in low light but they will grow slowly and may not produce plantlets.
Spider plants grow well when their soil dries between watering. Check the soil every 4 or 5 days. If it is dry to the touch, water plants thoroughly, allowing excess water to drain out of the pot. Fertilize spider plants monthly in spring and summer using a water-soluble fertilizer. Follow the label recommendations for application.
Spider plants are usually trouble-free. These easy-to-grow houseplants are occasionally troubled by whiteflies, spider mites, scales, and aphids. Good air circulation, adequate water, and bright light prevent most insect pests from getting a toehold on spider plants. Brown leaf tips are a sign of overfertilization—remember to fertilize sparingly—or extended dry soil conditions. Water check plants weekly and water when soil is dry to the touch.
There are many great varieties of spider plant. The unique cultivars sport differing degrees of variegation and leaf shape and texture. Here are a few of our favorite cultivars available at specialty garden centers and online. 'Bonnie' has green leaves that curl and twist. 'Hawaiian' has variegated green and white young leaves that fade to all green as the leaves age. It has a striking multicolor look. 'Variegated Bonnie' has curled green leaves striped with creamy white. 'Zebra Grass' has straight, long green leaves edged in white.