Plant Care Spider Plant

Spider Plant

4.7 out of 5 (1018 experiences)

Spider Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Spider Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Spider Plant

Spider plants are an incredibly popular houseplant known for their ability to grow plantlets along their stems. These plantlets can be removed and grown to create new plants! Spider plants are used as a charm of protection by the Nguni people of South Africa, who dip the roots of spider plants in water to make a tea for pregnant mothers. 🫖

Taxonomy

Chlorophytum comosum
Chlorophytum
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

Spider Ivy, St. Bernard's Lily, Ribbon Plant, Airplane Plant, Variegated Bonnie Spider Plant, Chlorophytum zebrina and Spider-less Plant

How to care for Spider Plant

Water

How often to water your Spider Plant

Water needs for Spider Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Spider Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Austin, Texas.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Spider Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Spider Plant in Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

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Growing Spider Plant in Austin right now

Light needs for plant Spider Plant in Austin, Texas

Plant growth potential is currently high 📈

September 28th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Austin is currently high 📈.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

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Light needs for plant Spider Plant in Austin, Texas

Sunlight will decrease by 21.5% ☀️

September 28th, 2022

Austin is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Austin is expected to decrease by 21.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 13.9 megajoules of energy per m2 per d…

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Light needs for plant Spider Plant in Austin, Texas

Daylight will decrease by 1.3 hours 📉

September 28th, 2022

This month, Austin is getting an average of 10.0 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 10.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 11.3 total hours of day…

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Finding light for Spider Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Spider Plant: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Spider Plant can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Austin, Texas ☀️.️

Nutrients

How to fertilize Spider Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Spider Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Spider Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Spider Plant

Nutrient needs for plant Spider Plant in Austin, Texas

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

September 24th, 2022

The growing potential in Austin is medium 👌.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any …

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Spider Plant is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Care Summary for Spider Plant

Spider Plant

Spider Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Austin, Texas, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Spider Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 658
Spider Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 648
Spider Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 474
Spider Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 184
Spider Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 184
Spider Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 152
Spider Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 13
Stouttawa avatar
@Stouttawa
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 31 XP
globe Claymont, DE
08/14/2022

Lol mine almost died before i learned how to properly
water it. Replanted the baby and now she’s thriving 🤩😂

Survivor Survivor
Brandylvsplants avatar
@Brandylvsplants
leaf-1 93 Plants
xp 6,167 XP
05/18/2022

Nice little plant. Grows slower than expected, but doing well in my kitchen.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Gbrownie1 avatar
@Gbrownie1
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 953 XP
04/09/2022

-grows quickly in bright light

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Goblinbabe avatar
@Goblinbabe
leaf-1 41 Plants
xp 1,205 XP
globe Hamilton, NJ
04/05/2022

Very easy to care for. Just stuck it on a plant stand and forgot about it. Very thirsty. Gets crispy when there is too much direct sun or not enough water.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Superredvein avatar
@Superredvein
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 162 XP
globe Oxford, England
04/04/2022

The spider plant is really easy to look after. Its doesn’t need direct sunlight and very little watering

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Incisivesoybean avatar
@Incisivesoybean
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 281 XP
globe Claremont, CA
04/04/2022

When it spurts out vines. Plant tips. Once it roots in cut vine . You got a new spider plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Whitetreegondor avatar
@Whitetreegondor
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 175 XP
globe Coxsackie, NY
03/30/2022

My friend gave me this little stubble of a spider plant that her cats nibbled down to nothing. Now it’s finally looking fuller and green. Love this plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Lexis.e avatar
@Lexis.e
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 89 XP
03/29/2022

Love how it’s not super needy, I can forget to water it and it will still be alright and not stressed and wilting. Great first plant in my opinion!

Survivor Survivor
Kinleycote avatar
@Kinleycote
leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 1,624 XP
03/01/2022

The easiest house plant for starters. They adjust to overwatering, under watering, low light, lots of light, and anything in between. I’ve almost lost a few that bounce back as soon as adjustments are made!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Sparky556 avatar
@Sparky556
leaf-1 44 Plants
xp 2,401 XP
02/26/2022

We propagate this plant often as it is hardy and easy to grow.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Eclecticpomelo avatar
@Eclecticpomelo
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 132 XP
globe Minnetonka, MN
02/12/2022

I’m not sure if I’d recommend a Song of India. I don’t own one, never have. The plant I actually have is a Spider plant 🤷🏼‍♀️

Radflax avatar
@Radflax
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 185 XP
02/04/2022

Love it!!!! So easy to grow and propagate can handle range of light conditions

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Streetwisetawa avatar
@Streetwisetawa
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 78 XP
globe Lancaster, PA
01/31/2022

Loves direct sunlight

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Milkygueybar avatar
@Milkygueybar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 88 XP
globe Riverside, CA
01/26/2022

Theyre chill, and they’ll let you know when they need water

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Micymonstera avatar
@Micymonstera
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 1,216 XP
01/22/2022

This is the only plant I didn’t kill when I first started getting into my green thumb. I have overwatered it, under-watered it, had its roots overgrow their pot and it still continues to grow for me(although it’s leaves brown very fast).

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
Fern.head avatar
@Fern.head
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 220 XP
01/19/2022

Spider plants are very easy to take care of, they don’t like direct sunlight nor too much heat. Once you find a spot with moderate temperature and indirect sunlight, she will thrive!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Grammy08 avatar
@Grammy08
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 779 XP
globe Milaca, MN
01/18/2022

Says it will send babies out

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Philipvpham avatar
@Philipvpham
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 427 XP
globe Kansas City, MO
01/18/2022

Sings in cursive

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Boozybillsbabe avatar
@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 63 Plants
xp 8,667 XP
globe Baltimore, MD
01/17/2022

Fun and really easy to propagate in water or soil.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Prudentpunanova avatar
@Prudentpunanova
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 212 XP
globe New York
01/13/2022

This was my first plant gifted to me from a friend. She’s grown so big!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor

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