Clear out the Cobwebs of Spider Plant Care

Many people have seen a spider plant but never actually knew its proper name. Spider plants can commonly be seen as house plants or spiky growths that are frequently seen in hanging baskets on houses and shops. The spider plant is a perpetual favorite among amateur and experienced gardeners alike because it is easy to care for.

What Is a Spider Plant?

The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is one of the most adaptable house plants because of its adaptability and capability to grow in almost any environment. Spider plants produce spiky green and white ‘leaves’ that...

Spider plants are favored in many homes because they are simple and easy to care for. Many gardeners describe them as being something you spend five minutes planting, and then you can leave it alone with only a periodic checkup every other week. 

How to Care for a Spider Plant

How to Water

It’s best to use distilled water when taking care of the spider plant. This is because most regular tap water tends to have additives designed to improve human health and wellness. What is good for humans is not good for this plant...

Spider plants are truly summer creatures, enjoying bright light. Some people describe their love of the sun as being downright scorching, which makes sense since they grow close to the equator and are used to receiving hours of bright light.  However, when possible, it’s best to give the spider plant at least partial shade so it has a break from the sun’s heat and radiation.


Spider plants actually survive a lot of abuse and can handle most soils and fertilizers. However, these plants are native to coastal regions in South America, which means they are used to thriving with various levels of moisture. Because they have tuberous roots, these plants are used to storing water and don’t tolerate having overly damp or wet soil for long.

Ideal Soil and Fertilizers

Repotting a spider plant is an essential part of regular care. As the plant grows, it’s necessary to switch it to a larger pot so the roots have room to expand and the plant can become more comfortable. In general, a basic rule of thumb when picking pots is to avoid those made of clay and to choose one that is 1-2 in. larger than the spider plant’s current living space.

Repotting Advice

Common Pests

Like any other plant, the spider plant has some natural enemies that like to feed on the leaves and roots. One of the most pernicious is the spider mite which, despite its name, has no business being on your plants. 

Clear out the Cobwebs of Spider Plant Care

Spider plants are beautiful and easy to care for. If you’re an amateur gardener and want to grow your collection, or if you are experienced and just want to add, consider getting a spider plant. These South American beauties can be planted with ease and require little care, making them a great addition to any home.