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Care Instructions for a Spider Plant

By M.H. Dyer ; Updated September 21, 2017
Spider plant is fun to grow and will thrive with minimal care.
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The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is a popular house plant that consists of long, narrow leaves that arch over the sides of a hanging container. As the spider plant matures, small plantlets and miniature white blooms will grow on the end of runners that extend from the center of the plant. Spider plants are easy to get along with and will grow quickly with minimal care.

Plant the spider plant in a sturdy hanging container that has bottom drainage. Fill the container with general purpose commercial potting soil.

Place the spider plant in bright, indirect light. Avoid placing the plant directly in a sunny window, as excessive bright light can scorch the leaves.

Check the potting soil daily. Feed the spider plant warm water when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch. Add water until it runs through the bottom of the drainage holes. Allow the plant to drain completely, then pour out any water remaining in the drainage saucer. Never allow the container to stand in water.

Keep the spider plant in a moderately warm room with daytime temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees F, and about 10 degrees cooler during the night.

Fertilize the spider plant every week during spring and summer, using a general purpose liquid fertilizer for indoor plants. Feed the plant a granular time-release fertilizer, which will only need to be applied in early spring, if you prefer. Follow the fertilizer's label instructions for dosage.


Things You Will Need

  • Hanging container
  • All-purpose commercial potting soil
  • Plant mister
  • Liquid fertilizer for indoor plants or time-release granular fertilizer


  • To propagate a new spider plant, cut a plantlet from the parent plant. Poke the bottom of the plantlet into a container filled with potting soil and use a bent paperclip to secure the plant to the soil. Keep the potting soil moist.
  • Spider plants will benefit from an occasional warm-water misting during hot weather.

About the Author


M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.