Plant Care Spider Lily

Spider Lily

About Spider Lily

Tradescantia virginiana is an exceptionally easy plant to care for and might surprise you with some of their delightful blossoms. They are extremely easy to propagate by stem and one plant can give rise to dozens of new ones, which makes them great for sharing. 🤝 As houseplants they often trail, but will also creep along the ground if grown outdoors. Their succulent leaves make them sensitive to frost, so be sure to bring them indoors if your winter temperatures dip below freezing. ❄️

Taxonomy

Tradescantia virginiana
Tradescantia
Commelinaceae
Commelinales

Also known as

Virginia spiderwort, white spiderwort and widow's-tears

How to care for Spider Lily

💦 Water

How often to water your Spider Lily

Water needs for Spider Lily
0.5 cups
every 9

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

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 Lily

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Spider Lily in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Spider Lily: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Spider Lily may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Spider Lily in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Spider Lily

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Spider Lily: 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 Lily after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Spider Lily is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Spider Lily →

Common Spider Lily Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Spider Lily prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Spider Lily Water Frequency →

Spider Lily Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Spider Lily may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Spider Lily Light Requirements →

Spider Lily Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Spider Lily doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Spider Lily Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Spider Lily does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Spider Lily →

When and How to Successfully Repot Spider Lily →


💩 Fertilizer

Spider Lily should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Spider Lily to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Spider Lily is native to the Americas.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Spider Lily is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Spider Lily →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Spider Lily can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Spider Lily Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Spider Lily

Spider Lily

Spider Lily


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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