Plant Care Spider Plant

Spider Plant

4.7 out of 5 (944 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 Indianapolis, Indiana.

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 Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Growing Spider Plant in Indianapolis right now

Light needs for plant Spider Plant in Indianapolis, Indiana

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 1st, 2021

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

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

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Light needs for plant Spider Plant in Indianapolis, Indiana

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 28.8% ☀️

November 30th, 2021

Indianapolis is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Indianapolis is expected to decrease by 28.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 6.8 megajoules of energy p…

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Light needs for plant Spider Plant in Indianapolis, Indiana

Daylight will decrease by 1.1 hours 📉

November 30th, 2021

This month, Indianapolis is getting an average of 8.1 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 10.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.2 total hours of…

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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 Indianapolis, Indiana ⛅.

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 Indianapolis, Indiana

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

November 30th, 2021

The growing potential in Indianapolis 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 bes…

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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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Yellow Leaves

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 Indianapolis, Indiana, 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 610
Spider Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 595
Spider Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 448
Spider Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 223
Spider Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 177
Spider Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 173
Spider Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 148
Spider Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 13
Morgs avatar
@Morgs
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 467 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 13 Plants
xp 535 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
Chyllo avatar
@Chyllo
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 101 XP
11/22/2021

Be careful with your water. Very sensitive to chemicals like chlorine. Won’t kill your plant but it will brown the tips. Use distilled water or water left out for 24 hours.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Voidbugz avatar
@Voidbugz
leaf-1 48 Plants
xp 1,676 XP
globe Minneapolis, Minnesota
11/20/2021

I proplifted these off a mother plant at Menards and they’ve been happily growing ever since

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Wadefox avatar
@Wadefox
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 76 XP
globe Lakewood, Colorado
11/18/2021

Super easy to take care of.

Survivor Survivor
Codymichele avatar
@Codymichele
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 320 XP
globe Pullman, Washington
11/17/2021

really easy to take care of and non toxic to pets and people !

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Tymarie.r avatar
@Tymarie.r
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 49 XP
11/15/2021

super low maintenance & super pretty :)

Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Nubiangoddessjayda avatar
@Nubiangoddessjayda
leaf-1 83 Plants
xp 2,553 XP
globe Los Angeles, California
11/11/2021

Love this plant gave me little problem at first but she has sprouted up fast

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Zel avatar
@Zel
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 99 XP
11/10/2021

Such a cool plant!

Iz.antoinette_ avatar
@Iz.antoinette_
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 154 XP
11/06/2021

Do some research before letting pets near it.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Ivy avatar
@Ivy
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 108 XP
11/06/2021

When they are e mature you get lots of babies, which can help save money if you are going for a lush jungle

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Medhatter avatar
@Medhatter
leaf-1 33 Plants
xp 1,650 XP
10/30/2021

Can tolerate drying out between watering but will do much better with consistent even watering. Can tolerate low light but does well with 3-5 hours direct sun daily. Too much sun will scorch and make leaves pale.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Ella._.frd avatar
@Ella._.frd
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 208 XP
10/30/2021

rescued him. love him so much

Fast grower Fast grower
Alinyaa avatar
@Alinyaa
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 222 XP
10/27/2021

so easy to take care of!! And very expressive so you know when it needs to be watered

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Stephanie_swizzlestick avatar
@Stephanie_swizzlestick
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 228 XP
globe Williston, North Dakota
10/25/2021

Every time you water, you will notice another little baby pop up!

Fast grower Fast grower
Mars avatar
@Mars
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 82 XP
globe Derby, England
10/23/2021

if you’re taking a small one roots take ages to grow in

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 117 Plants
xp 7,120 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia
10/21/2021

Very easy! My cats LOVE to try to eat it though 😅

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Jordan avatar
@Jordan
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 115 XP
10/21/2021

Awesome, fast growing plant, and very beautiful. Would recommend to anyone!! 💖🪴

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Kat avatar
@Kat
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 32 XP
globe Dutton, Virginia
10/18/2021

If your a novice gardener, I would highly recommend this plant. It simply requires water and being near a window (where I live).

It’s a beautiful plant that everyone can enjoy and it’s looks nice in my home. If you are looking for large leaves, this is definitely a good option.

Also, if you are cat mom/dad/parent it’s ok for kitties! My cat took small bites of it so I took him to the vet just to make sure he was ok and he was fine. It’s very nice not having to worry or hide it (which is basically impossible to do for a cat because they can jump).

Also, because of mental health issues, being busy, etc. I accidentally have neglected it multiple times. But after a bit of water and TLC it was the same plant, if not healthier!

Thank you for reading and please enjoy your spider plant (if choose to buy one)!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Colossalfrogs avatar
@Colossalfrogs
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 454 XP
10/18/2021

These plants are very hardy. All the spider plants I have are grown pups of an original from over 12 years ago, and they are thriving.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly

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