What do frequent travellers, absent-minded people, university students and busy people have in common?
Despite the creepy-crawly name (and we imagine a good dose of people have a healthy fear of spiders), the spider plant is hands-down one of the most popular and easiest to grow of all hanging houseplants!
Ignore them and they will survive, care for them and their beauty will stun you.
We should warn you though, the spider plant is so named because of its spider-like plants, which dangle down from the mother plant like spiders on a web. It is truly beautiful!
So here’s how to grow your spider plants
1. Grow indoors
Just because we said they are easy to maintain does not mean you leave them to burn in the sun.
Grow your spider plants indoors in the bright but indirect light. If you don’t have that kind of light exposure in your house it’s fine, they will tolerate low light conditions. But if you want them to grow faster, you have to supply them with much light.
2. Plant them in hanging baskets
Spider plants have trailing plantlets shooting out of everywhere. You want to make sure they are grown where they have the chance to fully develop and spread out.
Hanging baskets are brilliant for this. Select a container, fill the one-third of the container with your potting mix, then place the plant in the container.
Thoroughly water the plant and let it drain. (Seriously, ensure it drains), then move it to the permanent location you have designated for in your house.
3. Watering your spider plants
So how do you know when it’s okay to water your plants?
You can check the moisture level by sticking your finger into the soil. If the top inch of the soil is dry, then it’s time to water. Ensure you only water the base of the plant. Do NOT water the leaves.
During their initial growth stage, water them occasionally. However, once they are fully developed (ideally within one year), water moderately.
4. Taking care of pests
While it’s true that spider plants are hardy, we do have a few insects that love to have them for dinner!
Most common are aphids, mealybugs, whiteflies and spider mites. These guys can pose a lot of problems for your houseplants.
To combat aphids and spider mites, you can rinse your plants with water. Other pests respond to the use of insecticides so reach out to your local nursery to supply you with one that won’t harm your plant.
And if you do not want to contaminate your home with chemicals, you can add a few drops of neem oil to water and voila, you have a natural insecticide.
5. Dividing your plants
Once your plant outgrows its container, it usually means you have to repot…or not
Fortunately, one spider plant can yield many other spider plants that you can share with other plant lovers in your circle. Once your plant outgrows its hanging basket, you simply take the small plantlets and pot them up!
Double check to ensure your young plantlets have developed roots. As an alternative, your mature plants can be divided during the repotting.
Tip: Turn one of the plantlets into a great housewarming gift for someone you love!
Bonus: If your plant leaves start to brown, there’s no need for you to worry. Browning of leaf tips is super normal and will not harm your plant.
This happens because there is fluoride in the water used on your plants. In actual fact, it may help your plants by giving them a thorough watering to flush out the excess salt.
To be extra safe, try using distilled water or even rainwater on your plants instead of what you get out of your kitchen.
So here’s the first step. Purchase your spider plants.
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