All you need to know about Spider Plant; An ultimate guide

All you need to know about Spider Plant; An ultimate guide

Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is a native African plant, belonging to (Asparagaceae) family.

It is one of the unique Indoor plants. This plant has spider-like foliage which enhances its beauty to the next level.

Name Spider Plant
Scientific NameChlorophytum comosum
OriginAfrican Plant (Southern/Tropical Africa)
FamilyAsparagus Family (Asparagaceae)
Species Perennial Flowering plant
Other Names Spider Ivy, Ribbon plant, Hen & Chicken, Airplane Plant.
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Spider plants have many qualities which make them the best contender for indoor planting. Such as:-

  • Dense foliage gives a unique appearance
  • Quality of air purifying
  • Easy to care
  • Not die even during scarcity of water for few days
  • Looks beautiful in your bedroom, living room and also in the garden.

Spider Plant Flower Colour

  • These Plants are produced in long branched flowering 75cm in length.
  • Initially occurs in a Cluster of 1-6 flowers at intervals along the stem.
  • When talking about the color of spider plants individually, the individual flowers are Greenish White.
  • The Flowers are borne on the Stalks having the length of some 4-8 mm long.
  • Each Flower has Six triply veined sepals which are 6-9 mm long.
  • These flowers in appearance are Slightly hooded or Boat-shaped at their tips.

Benefites of spider plant

Spider Plant is unique in its appearance and has vivid qualities that make it more appealing for people to take them to their homes and include them in the list of their Green Friends.

And this is just because of the benefits it comes with the positivity it generates while kept indoors.

Now,

WHY is there a NEED to have Spider Plants?

Some of those benefits which makes Spider plant a genuine green friend are as mentioned below:-

Air purifying properties

One of the most important and main benefits of the Spider Plant is that it has the capacity to clean or purify the air.

This plant removes harmful toxins from the air and also the airborne harmful toxins which are not at all good for the health of any individual.

Must read :- 10 best Air Purifying Plants for your living and workspace

Medicinal properties

Not only does the spider plant cleans the air and makes the place even better for a living but also it has some medicinal properties which are very valuable.

The extract from the roots of the spider plant helps in medicating or healing bronchitis, burn, and bone fracture. But try it only after consultation with your doctor.

Increase humidity and moderate room temperature

This plant is eternal with a high rate of transpiration.

Spider plants through their roots absorb all of the water and moisture and then exchanged through the leaves and stems. And when water reaches the leaves, it evaporates into the air and increases the humidity.

Speed up the process of diseased persons

Yes, you’ve got it very true spider plant helps in the speedy recovery of the patients.

This plant is highly recommended to be kept in the hospital rooms, as it helps the patients in getting well sooner by its healing properties.

It is found in several pieces of research that it helps the patients faceless anxiety and depression due to which they recover sooner

NEEDS OF A SPIDER PLANT

We utmost only talk about what the spider plant provides us and its qualities, why should it be kept in homes, why is the best option for indoor planting and the list goes on.

But,

Have you ever wondered what our role is in maintaining them??

What our plant wants us to do for them in order to make their working consistent and more beneficial !!

Here we are going to talk about all that your SPIDER PLANT NEEDS.

So, without further delays let us have a look at some of the Prerequisites for growing spider plant –

Type of Soil required

Spider plants can survive easily in regular potting soil. You can buy Soil from nearby nurseries. Any Nutrient-rich soil and Well Draining soil is good.

Otherwise, you can also DIY potting soil by adding required materials like soil, organic fertilizer, or self-made compost. You can do it easily by using the mixture given below.

(MIX- Good Potting Soil + Perlite or pumice for aeration + Handful of Compost.)

The soil must hold some water, have required organic compounds and good texture.

Avoid Garden Soil because it is too Heavy for the Spider Plant. Spider Plant Soil needs to be Light and rich in nutrients.

Water requirements

Spider plants are lovers of moisture. And perhaps they like slightly moist, not soggy soil. Spider Plant Watering should be regulated with utmost care and attention.

You should ensure that plants get proper water every day and morning but remember overwatering leads to root rot and can kill the Plant.

You can also use moss or coconut peat to contain moisture for a longer time.

Rainwater/Distilled water is the best choice for the Container Plant as Spider Plants grow in water in a balanced quantity and good quality.

SUNLIGHT

Spider plants don’t like more heat. So you should avoid placing them in direct sunlight as direct sunlight scorches the leaves.

Move your Plant to a bright spot where it gets enough bright but indirect sunlight. So windows with indirect Sunlight are Ideal.

Spider plants prefer light shade and cannot tolerate heavy shade for a longer period of time.

Also during summer do not place your spider plant near a glass window because during summer windows absorbs more heat and this heat can burn your plant

TAKING CARE OF SPIDER PLANTS

Although Spider Plant is one of those Plants which need very little care but still time to time check is a must for each and every Plant.

Let us see how we can take good care of some of the common issues arising while Looking after  spider plants.

Brown tips of leaves

We have usually seen the plant’s leaves turn brown. Most of the time it starts from the tips of leaves. Brown leaves are very common to all plant lovers. Scientifically there can be many reasons for this color. But according to my experience…

These few reasons are more important.

  • Plants may not be receiving water properly. You should water the plants at least once in 2-3 days
  • Nutrition deficiency. Use some high-quality compost.
  • You have placed your plant near sunlight for a prolonged period. Keep your plant in moderate sunlight.

Yellow and curly leaves

Another important issue that draws attention is the leaves of the Spider Plants’ yellow leaves and leaves getting curly by themselves if not given the needed care. There might be tons of reasons behind this but some of the most common and main reasons for these leaves turning yellow or curly are as follows.

  • Overwatering is the first and foremost reason behind leaves turning yellow & curly, for this, you need to regulate the watering of Spider Plant.
  • Too much Sunlight exposure is the second main reason for this and to avoid this you need to keep the plant away from direct sunlight.
  • Another Reason for curly and yellow leaves is pest pressure, insects.

Dying spider plant

The dying of the Plant is basically the last of its life stages. But if taken more care of the Plant it may not reach the stage of dying.

There are just a very few reasons for the plant to reach this stage so to avoid your plant reaching here you can follow simple tips as mentioned below.

  • Most Probably this happens due to the shortage of light to the plant and for this, you just need to move your Plant to a bright spot getting indirect Sunlight.
  • Another thing to take care of is not to water your spider plant too much as it causes root rot and ultimately the death of the Plant.

Let the soil dry out a bit before watering

  • Pest affliction or Pest infestation is another very important reason for dying plants. To avoid Pest infestation you can spray neem oil in the soil.
  • If the Situation has become hard to handle and control you can simply Re-pot the Spider Plant.

REPOTTING/PROPAGATING SPIDER PLANTS

Propagating or repotting Spider plants is very easy. You can turn all those spider plant babies into new fully grown Plants.

Here, I am going to talk about two of the easiest ways in which I prefer to propagate my spider plants. Believe me, they are totally hustling-free and easy-going adaptive ways for your daily care routine.

So, let us have a look on those two convenient ways of propagating Spider Plants –

Propagating by soil

  • Plant baby in regular potting mix.
  • If it makes you more comfortable, you can add an amendment, such as pearlite, to make the soil airier.
  • You can also put multiple cuttings in one pot for the plant to look fuller.
  •  Make sure to keep the soil moist until the plant starts putting out new growth, then you can water only once the soil is completely dry.
  • Keep the plant in bright, indirect sunlight.

Propagating by water

  • Place only the roots into water.
  •  Make sure no leaves are below the surface, otherwise they will rot.
  •  Keep the plant in bright, indirect sunlight & change the water once a week to keep it fresh.
  • Once the roots are substantial, you can put your plant in a general indoor plant potting mix.

Bravo! Following these simple steps we are done with Repotting Spider Plant babies.

Must Read :- How to select pots for indoor plants? An ultimate guide

WARNINGS

As Spider Plants are not that toxic and harmful in many contexts, still we need to watch out for some important warning signs regarding the spider Plant in order to maintain the safety decorums.

Non-toxic to pets

According to the ASPCA and National Capital Poison Centre, Spider Plants are listed among the non-toxic plants for pets. Still, we need to check out that our pets do not eat the leaves of the spider plant as they may be harmful to their health.

Non-toxic to children

As Spider Plants are nontoxic in nature hence it is safe for the children as well so there’s no need to worry at all. Just keep them away if they are putting their leaves in their mouth as eating its leaves can compromise their health.

Frequently Ask Questions (FAQs)

Now, It’s time to divert the attention to some of those questions which may arise in your minds while putting your precious efforts into planting Spider Plants.

Some of such questions are answered below-

Q1.   What are Spider Plants Good For?

Ans. Spider Plants are very effective in purifying the air and removing all the harmful toxins from the air also they are helpful in creating a stress-free environment

Q2.  Can Spider Plants Stay in the Bedroom?

Ans. Yes, spider plants can definitely stay in the bedroom in fact they are one of the best air purifying Plants which make you breathe less harmful air.

Q3. Do Spider Plants Need Sun?

Ans. Spider Plant does not need Sun’s direct Light as it may result in scorching of its leaves rather it needs bright and indirect Sunlight for good functioning.

Q4. How Long do Spider Plants live?

Ans. Spider Plants are eternal and everlasting Plants although their Lifespan is indefinite they can survive for the utmost 50 years if kept under good care.

Q5. Should I cut the brown tips off my Spider Plant?

Ans. Yes, you should definitely cut out the brown leaves and along with it also trim out the yellow ones for no further damage to your plan. Trimming of the brown tips should be done from time to time for better results.

So, that was all about the spider Plants and a few tips and tricks of mine which I shared with you people regarding the same.

Hope this would be helpful to you and might have fulfilled what you were exactly searching for.

Have a good Planting and for more such informative content…

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