Spider Plant

Spider Plant

Spider plants are beautiful houseplants, native to coastal South Africa. These are grown for their attractive foliage. The strap shaped leaves appear to emerge from the centre of the plant. The leaves are fully green or variegated with white and green. They are long and fall over the edge of the pot giving a bushy appearance. 


Long shoots appear from a well grown plant that bears the star shaped flowers. Once the flowers wither, small tiny plantlets begin to appear. 

These are hardy plants with tuberous roots and can tolerate drought to some extent.

This plant got its name from its “pups”. Pups are the small plantlets that emerge from long trailing stems. These tiny plantlets resemble a spider. The pups grow their own roots and they can be separated from their mother plant and potted separately!

Spider plants are easy to care for and ideal companions for the beginners.

Spider plant needs are simple:

Place the plant in bright to moderate light in a room
Keep the soil slightly moist. Once-a-week watering is sufficient in spring and summer; in winter, allow the soil to dry a bit more between waterings. Spider plants are sensitive to fluoride in tap water. Consider using distilled water or rainwater for the plants.
Fertilize every two to three weeks with a balanced houseplant fertilizer

Spider plants have very attractive foliage. Growing them indoors adds beauty to the room. However, these plants can be used as decors in the garden too!

Grow the spider plants as the borders along the pavements. The greenish foliage will be a pleasant treat to our eyes!

They can be planted along the edge of or over the compound wall.  The falling leaves enhances the appearance of the building!

Vertical gardening: If you are willing to have a green wall, these tiny plants are ideally suited to grow in a vertical garden. Grab a bunch of them and grow them vertically in wall planters. They are sure to give a striking appearance!

Terrace gardening:
A row of spider plants in your terrace will indeed be a wonderful addition!

Spider plants grow faster. The tuberous roots fill the pot and may sometimes outgrow or crack open the pots. This is the time when the repotting of the plant should be considered. The plants must be shifted to a bigger container.

Repotting the spider plant is fairly easy. 

Gently remove the plant from its current pot, rinse and trim its roots, then replant it in a larger pot. When 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.

Hard to kill!

Spider plants get easily adapted and are easy to handle. They can be hung in a basket or grown over a wall or sit under a tree. They are quite easy to manage.

Beginner friendly: 

Their fleshy roots make sure they do not run out of water! Spider plants need thorough watering only once in a week.

These are bright light loving plants and can sit indoors / outdoors.

Air purifiers:

Spider plants are excellent air purifiers. They remove the toxins such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene, thus improving the air quality. However, a remarkable difference will be noticed only when grown in bunches!


It is ideal to grow these plants in hospital wards. The plants help in reducing the stress levels and thus aid in the speedy recovery of the patients! These plants help in reducing depression, anxiety, anger and stress and give a more friendly environment.

Increases Humidity:

The leaves help in improving the moisture content in the air through transpiration. The increased level of humidity eases the cough, cold and respiratory issues.

Pet friendly: These plants are not toxic and are safe for pets and children.

Browning of the leaves: 

This is the common problem in the spider plant and can easily be fixed.

Browning of the leaves occur due to over watering or under watering of the plants. Consider changing the watering intervals.

Sometimes flourides present in tap water affect the spider plants. Consider changing the water to distilled water.


Pests: Spider plants are tough when it comes to pests, but they are susceptible to some pest infestations. Aphids, mealybugs, Whitefield and spider mites can eat your spider plant

This can be avoided by misting your plants every once in a while.

Use natural insecticides made with vinegar to get rid of them.