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A vintage favorite in the houseplant world, the spider plant has been enjoyed for decades—calling Victorian parlors home and bringing life to studio lofts a century later. It’s easy to see why the spider plant has stood the test of time, they’re super-easy to grow, tolerate all levels of light and they don’t mind if you miss a weekly watering. Spider plant, also called airplane plant, grows well in containers or hanging baskets. And, spider plant is remarkably good at filtering indoor air.
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Multiplying Your Plant
Healthy, thriving spider plants send up long wiry stems with little plantlets at the end. The plantlets can be removed and placed on top of moist potting soil where they will quickly take root, forming a new plant. Another option is to tuck the plantlet into the soil around the mother spider plant and create a container full of spider plants.
Spider Plant Care Must-Knows
A spider plant likes bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight as it has the potential to scorch the 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 bottom of the pot.
Fertilize spider plants monthly in spring and summer using a water-soluble fertilizer. Follow the label recommendations for application. Brown leaf tips are a sign of over-fertilization.
While spider plants are usually trouble-free, they 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 the plants.
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.