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How to Care for a Spider Plant

By Ann Johnson ; Updated September 21, 2017
The spider plant is ideal for the novice indoor gardener.
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Chlorophytum comosum, commonly known as the spider plant, is an easy-to-care-for evergreen houseplant, native to the tropics. According to studies by NASA, the spider plant helps purify air, and it will add greenery to your home decor. The spider plant's common name is derived from its appearance: long narrow leaves and small spider-like plantlets, replicas of the parent plant (complete with roots) that spring out on long, curving shoots. Plantlets can be left attached or potted individually. If they are left attached, your spider plant is best displayed in a hanging basket or on a plant stand.

Place your spider plant in a sunny location. Spider plants do well in average home temperatures and humidity.

Water your plant whenever the soil becomes almost completely dry. Use room-temperature water, and water thoroughly, until the water drains from the bottom of the pot.

Remove dead leaves from your spider plant by pulling or cutting them.

Cut the stem connecting the plantlet to the parent plant, if you want to remove it to plant in another pot and start another spider plant.

Fertilize every 3 or 4 months, using standard house plant food and following manufacturer’s instructions.


Things You Will Need

  • Houseplant fertilizer


  • Spider plants do well in standard potting mix and tolerate neglect.

About the Author


Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.