Spider Plants Care Guide

Spider Plant Care
Safe for Pets?
Non-toxic to Pets
Plant Size
Medium
Sunlight Tolerance
Partial Sun
Suitable for
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Spider plants make a great choice for people who are growing houseplants for the first time due to their adaptability and ease of care. They can be grown in regular pot containers and hanging baskets.

Selecting a Spider Plant

There are actually several different varieties of spider plants available to you. Generally-speaking, most varieties of spider plants have similar requirements in terms of sunlight, watering, and other important plant needs so your ultimate choice may come down to factors like size and appearance.

Most Popular Varieties

Bonnie Spider Plant

Bonnie Spider Plant

This beautiful variety of spider plant comes with curly green leaves that has creamy white edges. It’s perfect for small-to-medium sized pots and will add vibrancy to the dullest of spaces. We suggest growing this houseplant in a room that gets plenty of indirect sunlight, or you can even grow it in a windowless room as long as there’s artificial sunlight.

Hawaiian Spider Plant

Hawaiian Spider Plant

Also known as the golden glow, this variety comes with lush green foliage that has a hint of champagne tones. Many plant nurseries will sell these plants as spiderettes, which are suitable for pots that are 8 to 10 inches in length. They are also great for hanging baskets.

Zebra Grass Spider Plant

Zebra Grass Spider Plant

This is a tight-clumping plant that also grows best in well-lit indoor spaces (as long as its not direct sun). They are perennials, meaning they can grow back again and again with the right care. These plants also have green leaves with white edges.

Tips for Spider Plant Care

Here is a list of must-know tips that every spider plant owner should learn in order to keep their houseplant healthy for many years to come.

1. Well drain soil is a must for these plants to thrive. Like many other houseplants, spider plants are also vulnerable to plant diseases such as root rot, which has a tendency to occur in compacted soil.

2. There is no need to re-pot these plants on a regular basis. As a general rule of thumb, you only need to think about re-potting spider plants when the large, fleshy roots start to become visible.

3. Spider plants prefer cooler temperatures (optimal range is between 55 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit) so try to avoid placing them in areas that are in the direct path of natural sunlight.

4. Starting to notice brown edges along the spider plant leaves? It’s not always something you have to be heavily concerned about. Brown edges can develop if there’s salt buildup in the soil. It may help to flush out excess salt from the potted soil when required.

Common Questions About Spider Plants

Are Spider Plants an Indoor Plant?

Spider plants are known for being great indoor plants because they do well in regular room temperature and don't need direct sunlight to thrive. They can also be grown outdoors as long as they are placed in an area of the garden with partial shade, and the soil they are grown in is well-draining.

Where Should I Put a Spider Plant in the House?

Since spider plants don't do well when they are faced with direct sunlight all day, we suggest you put them in an area of the house that has a west or north-facing window. These areas generally don't get a lot of direct sunlight. Make sure the temperature in the room also doesn't fluctuate too much. A spider plant that's exposed to cold temperature for an extended period of time may shrivel up and die.

Do Spider Plants Attract Spiders?

No, spider plants weren't given their name because they attract spiders. Their name has more to do with their overall appearance. The little offshoots at the end of the wiry stems give them a spider-like appearance.