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How to Grow & Care for Spider Plant

  • By Urvann

Spider plant aka “airplane plant,” “ribbon plant,” and “spider ivy”, is an easy-to-grow and perhaps one of the most adaptable house plants. It is so named because its spider-like spindly leaves aka ‘pups’, dangle down from the mother plant like spiders on a web. Spider plant is best known for its air-purifying ability. Spider plants are simple to care for, making them ideal for newbie gardeners or those who lack a green thumb. Here's how you can easily grow these well-known houseplants - 


(Spider Plant in a 6-inch pot image via urvann)

WATER- This plant doesn't need too much water to sustain itself. Water the plant once a week until the soil dries out a bit. Make sure to allow the top inch of soil to dry between waterings.

SUNLIGHT- It can adapt to conditions ranging from partial sun to full shade. But medium to bright indirect sunlight will give the best results. 

IDEAL SOIL MIX- A rich soil mix (compost, cocopeat, and sand) is ideal for spider plant’s growth.

BEST SEASON TO GROW- Spider plant can be grown in all seasons as it is a perennial plant. However, the best time to propagate it is spring and monsoon.


Here are some of the most common insect problems for Spider Plants-  

  • Mealy Bugs / Scales: Spider Plants are prone to attack by mealybugs and scales. To avoid, mix a small amount of Neem cake/ neem khali in the soil mix. Also, spray your plant thoroughly with neem oil solution every 15 days if your plant happens to be attacked by these pests. (Mix neem oil in water and add 2 drops of liquid soap). All parts of the plant- leaves, branches should be thoroughly sprayed.
  • Root Rot- Root rot is often caused by overwatering, insufficient drainage, poorly draining soil, a pot that’s too large – or all of the above.


  • Air Purification -  According to a NASA study, spider plants are one of the best plants for air purification. Spider Plants have been shown to remove up to 95% of toxins commonly found in homes like fuming solvents, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylenes, and ammonia.
  • Increases Humidity- Spider plants can be a great addition to any home or office because they increase the humidity in your space. If spider plants are placed near an open window, you will notice that there is more condensation on the windows.
  • Very low maintenanceThere are some houseplants that can pretty much grow themselves, the spider plants are one of them. They can thrive well and easily adapt to various climatic conditions even when neglected for days, overwatered, or underwatered.
  • Beautification- They instantly amp up your home decor. Spider plants can be placed in the living room as a hanging or in the bedroom as tabletop decorations. 
  • Spider Plant Increases Oxygen Levels- Keeping spider plants at your home will improve your breathing too. These houseplants naturally increase indoor oxygen levels, further making it easier for you to breathe. 

Keeping your Spider Plant healthy and happy is super easy when you provide what it needs – adequate water, right temperatures, and proper sunlight!

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