Plant Care Spider Plant

Spider Plant

4.7 out of 5 (987 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 and Variegated Bonnie Spider 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 Boston, Massachusetts.

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 Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

27% Very Low

Growing Spider Plant in Boston right now

Light needs for plant Spider Plant in Boston, Massachusetts

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

January 18th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Boston is currently very low 📉.

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

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Light needs for plant Spider Plant in Boston, Massachusetts

Sunlight will increase by 26.5% ☀️

January 18th, 2022

Boston is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Boston is expected to increase by 26.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 7.4 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Spider Plant in Boston, Massachusetts

Daylight will increase by 0.7 hours 📈

January 18th, 2022

This month, Boston is getting an average of 6.3 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.8 total hours of daylight…

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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 ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

We wouldn’t recommend testing its limits during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Boston, Massachusetts ⛅.

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 Boston, Massachusetts

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

January 18th, 2022

The growing potential in Boston is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to r…

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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 Boston, Massachusetts, 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 636
Spider Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 623
Spider Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 467
Spider Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 233
Spider Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 183
Spider Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 181
Spider Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 153
Spider Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 13
Boozybillsbabe avatar
@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 71 Plants
xp 4,070 XP
globe Baltimore, Maryland
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 4 Plants
xp 56 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
Dylan1stokes avatar
@Dylan1stokes
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 1,313 XP
globe Witham, England
01/10/2022

This spider plant is another one of my rescue plants, this was probably the worse looking plant I rescued but should hopefully be able to bring it back to life

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Madisonsand avatar
@Madisonsand
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 137 XP
01/09/2022

super likely you’ll be giving baby spider plants to all of your friends

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Cashrainoncats avatar
@Cashrainoncats
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 102 XP
01/09/2022

Grew from another’s plant as just a baby in my kitchen windowsill

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Greenvy avatar
@Greenvy
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 345 XP
globe Decatur, Georgia
01/09/2022

It’s a been a tough plant! Easy to revive, gets lush in summer.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Rdprdy avatar
@Rdprdy
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 102 XP
globe Puyallup, Washington
01/02/2022

I haven’t managed to kill her somehow!!! Even after my roommates cat got her her she’s still lookin good!! (Albeit a bit on the bald side)

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Nallon avatar
@Nallon
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 267 XP
01/01/2022

King of the houseplant. Loves most places you put it. I’ve found they love recycled metal tins as pots. Honestly, I love them so much. They don’t mind being a little root bound and it helps produce babies! They’re just grand. Get them and propagate to your hearts content!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Aleta avatar
@Aleta
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 74 XP
globe Pocatello, Idaho
12/30/2021

It grows shoots for baby plants like crazy!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Nabj04 avatar
@Nabj04
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 88 XP
12/30/2021

It’s been very easy to care for, and it’s a great plant for beginners! You can also give little spiderettes to friends! Super cute plant too!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Micky avatar
@Micky
leaf-1 49 Plants
xp 4,326 XP
globe La Mesa, California
12/29/2021

My spider plants love me and I love them!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Sacredtawa avatar
@Sacredtawa
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 37 XP
globe Barboursville, Virginia
12/29/2021

i named my plant stripey, she was my sisters plant before she was mine so i want to say she’s about 2-3 years old. through the time i’ve had her i’ve had a lot of depressive episodes and forget to water her but she still survived! definitely a great beginner plant. she has two new blooms coming along which is exciting! i’m going to love her till the end.

Survivor Survivor
Boozybillsbabe avatar
@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 71 Plants
xp 4,070 XP
globe Baltimore, Maryland
12/24/2021

I love this plant, it’s so easy to propagate and I regularly root and give away baby plants as gifts to friends and family. It’s a hearty plant that can handle a lot of sun but will still do well in a lower light environment. Doesn’t need high humidity and is pretty hearty if you forget to water it once in a while.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Visyn avatar
@Visyn
leaf-1 47 Plants
xp 1,298 XP
12/18/2021

One of my first plants. Hardy. It’s easy to see when she needs watering and produces around 30 babies a year. Brilliant starter plant but a steadfast part of my collection!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Rwags avatar
@Rwags
leaf-1 54 Plants
xp 2,431 XP
12/12/2021

Such a fun plant. Easy to care for. Loved to be root bound.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
V0nny avatar
@V0nny
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 105 XP
globe Cincinnati, Ohio
12/12/2021

I’ve had my spider plant for three years and it’s been alive throughout my forgetfulness to water it and depressive episodes of not being able to get out of bed and water it. It’s definitely a great plant for beginners, but you’ll do great in keeping your spider plant alive if you have a watering reminder app.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Opheliaio avatar
@Opheliaio
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 288 XP
globe Georgetown, Massachusetts
12/03/2021

love spider plants! so freaking easy. mine has a problem with brown leaf tips but seems to be thriving regardless. i haven’t gotten her to produce any babies yet.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Morgs avatar
@Morgs
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 719 XP
globe Chicago, Illinois
11/29/2021

This plant was propagated by a 26 years old Spider plant!!! Very easy to keep alive & grows very large! Great house plant & very pretty.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Karah86 avatar
@Karah86
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 617 XP
globe Savannah, Georgia
11/28/2021

This is a beautiful, easy going plant. The tips brown easily, but they aren’t super noticeable and can be pinched off if desired. My plant is happy in medium light, but of course grows best with more light. It likes lots of regular waterings.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily

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