Spider plant care is not difficult and having such a plant in your home has many amazing benefits. It is an easy-care hanging plant, with variegated green and white fronds. Different varieties will have a white stripe down the middle of each frond and others will have the white stripes on either side of the green stripe.

The spider plant is known for its air-purifying qualities. It absorbs carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and other pollutants from the air.

They grow quickly and do best when the roots are slightly pot bound. The “babies” can be rooted in water until small roots appear, and then potted in regular commercial plant soil. Before long, you will have dozens of spider plants!

The spider plant is usually displayed as a hanging plant, and it grows in width rather than height.

Spider Plant Care Guide

Soil of the philodendrons types

Soil Requirements:

Rich, well draining soil.
Water requirements for the philodendron types

Water Requirements:

Allow the top of the soil to dry out before watering it.
Light requirements

Light Requirements:

Bright, indirect light. Avoid full sun, as it can scorch its leaves.

Temperature Range:

Day - 65-75 °F (15-23 °C)/ Night - 55-65 °F (12-18 °C)


2 to 2½ feet wide and 2 to 3 feet long if hanged
Native to


Winter hardy in USDA Zones 10 through 11.


Non-Toxic to pets to humans



Spider Plant Care – Growing Requirements

  • Light Requirements

Like snake plants, a spider plant does best in bright but filtered light.

Direct sun (if put outdoors for example) can cause the fronds to be sunburnt or bleached of color.

  • Soil Requirements

A rich, but well-draining soil is best for spider plant care.

It should provide enough nutrients and stay evenly moist, but not soggy.

  • How Often to Water Spider Plant?

Chlorophytums thrive in evenly moist, well-draining soil. During the summer growth period, they require slightly more water than during winter.

If over- or under-watered, the leaf tips will turn brown but can be easily pinched off to not detract from the beauty of the plant.

  • Blooming & Propagation

A mature spider plant will send out a small white flower on a long runner which eventually becomes a “baby” or a plantlet. The plantlet resembles a spider.

You can root babies in water or place them on top of moist soil while still attached to the mother plant.

With time, the plant will root and be able to sustain itself.

Gail Edwards
About the Author - Gail Edwards

I have been a fan of indoor plants for over 40 yearsand have over 60 plants in my home. I bought my first plant, a Schefflera, when I was a teenager and slowly began collecting and propagating different varieties of plants. Now that I am retired, I also devote time to an outdoor flower garden and a vegetable garden in the summer months. I live in Canada where the


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