Spider Plants

The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is considered one of the most adaptable of houseplants and the easiest to grow. This plant can grow in a wide range of conditions and suffers from few problems, other than brown tips.

The spider plant is so named because of its spider-like plants, or spiderettes, which dangle down from the mother plant like spiders on a web.

The plant comes in different types, one of them is green or variegated varieties.

Planting · Grow in a soil-based, well-draining potting mix. Spider plants like even moisture; they don’t like to be too dry or too wet.

Caring for Spider Plant

It is easy to care for spider plant as they are tough and  can tolerate lots of abuse. The plant is ideal for newbie gardeners or those without a green thumb. As long as you provide them with well-drained soil and bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water them well but do not allow the plants to become too soggy, which can lead to root rot. Make sure the soil is dry between waterings.  When caring for spider plants, also take into account that they enjoy cooler temperatures — around 55 to 65 F. (13-18 C.).

Spider plants can also benefit from occasional pruning, cutting them back to the base. Since spider plants prefer a semi-potbound environment, repot them only when their large, fleshy roots are highly visible and watering is difficult. Spider plants can be easily propagated as well through division of the mother plant or by planting the small spiderettes.

Benefits of Spider Plants

The Spider Plant produces oxygen whilst purifying the air in your home and office by absorbing carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and xylene. Futhermore, Spider Plants are non-toxic and are in fact edible, making them safe for pets and young children

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