I'm the spider plant. I am an old-fashioned, easy-to-grow houseplant which never goes out of style. I am native to tropical places, so I appreciate humidity and warm temperatures.
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Spider plants are easy to grow, tolerate all light levels, and don't mind if you miss a weekly watering. Spider plant, also called airplane plant, grows well in containers or hanging baskets.
Botanical name: Chlorophytum comosum
Common names: Spider plant, airplane plant, ribbon plant, spider ivy, St. Bernard's lily
Origin: Native to South Africa
Care level: Easy
Size: 8 to 24 inches tall, up to 36 inches wide
Light requirements: Bright to moderate indirect light
Growth rate: Fast, often reaching its full size within a few years
Foliage: May be solid green or variegated in green and white or green and yellow, depending on the cultivar.
Flower colors: White, yellow
PLANTING SPIDER PLANTS
Where to plant:
Indoors or outdoors, spider plants prefer a location with bright, indirect light. Although spider plant can tolerate low-light conditions, it needs adequate light in order to bloom and produce offshoots. Avoid direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves. Can be grown outdoors year-round in warmer climates (Zones 9-11).
Temperature and humidity:
Average household room temperatures (65° to 75° F) and humidities are fine. Keep away from cold drafts and spots near heating and cooling vents. If planting outdoors, avoid exposing to temperatures below 45° F.
Use a well-draining potting mix.
As with most houseplants, be sure to use a pot with drainage holes to prevent soggy soil and root rot. Spider plants don’t mind being a bit cramped in their homes, so choose a container that is only slightly larger than your plant’s root ball.
SPIDER PLANT CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Spider plants like even moisture but can tolerate some neglect because their thick, fleshy roots are able to store water. A good rule of thumb is to water when the top inch of soil feels dry. Avoid overwatering, which can lead to root rot.
Spider plants can also store nutrients in their roots, so they don’t need frequent fertilization. Feed them every two weeks during spring and summer using a water-soluble organic houseplant fertilizer, and less often or not at all during the fall and winter months. Avoid overfertilizing, which can cause brown leaf tips and prevent your plant from producing offshoots.
To keep your spider plant looking its best, prune off any brown leaf tips or edges using a sharp pair of small scissors, following the natural angle of the leaf. Also prune off dead or damaged leaves and unwanted runners by cutting them back to soil level. You won’t harm your plant by removing the stems and plantlets, and you will often improve its health and vigor.
If the roots start pushing through the drainage holes or emerge above the soil surface, it’s time to transplant your plant into a new container. Choose a pot that’s only slight larger than the current one (about 1 to 2 inches) and be sure to refresh the soil to improve drainage.
Spider plants are generally pest-free but may occasionally be bothered by mealybugs, scale, and spider mites. Good treatments for getting rid of these insects include washing the leaves with an insecticidal soap and applying organic neem oil.
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At Forever Green the life of all plants is very important. From the beginning of the plant we use non-woven fabric seedling bags for greater seedling survival rate and faster growth. The grow bags allow the roots of all plants to breath, are water permeable, and never cause roots to decay.
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The plants at the Forever Green nursery begin their life with proper indoor lighting to promote their growth. We use top quality full spectrum lighting during the first stages of growth with each plant. All plants from our nursery are protected from insects and harmful weather.
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All plants are Non-genetically modified, Open pollination, and Chemical free house plants.
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