Chlorophytum comosum (Spider Plant)

Spider plant
Image via Wikimedia Commons

Spider plants are beautiful, hardy plants that can survive in low light, and need minimal nutrients. In fact, sometimes I’m quite sure the only things that will survive the apocalypse are Queen Elizabeth II, cockroaches and spider plants. They’re known for removing harmful chemicals from the air, as well as how prolific they are in their production of of runners.

How should I incorporate this plant into my space?

These plants are able to thrive in any light condition, from direct sunlight to low light. However, when changing from one light condition to another, ensure that you allow them to slowly acclimate to light levels, which may require moving the plant around for two weeks or so.

The striking white or yellow variegation on many of these plants create a great contrast with black pots. The tone of green on these plants is also more of a warm golden green, meaning that they look great in warm coloured pots. They can also be grown in water, which will keep them compact for longer. I would always recommend giving these plants their own space to sprawl and grow, but if you want to pair it with another plant, do so by something that grows vertically behind it to create depth and vertical interest.

If you want to keep this plant indoors for an extended amount of time, you’ll need to cut off the spikes with runners on them, and maybe trim the plants themselves, as they can get huge. It is precisely for this reason that I grow runners indoors in water, and when they get too large, I put them outdoors in hanging baskets.

Spider plant in hanging basket
An abundance of runners on the flower spikes

Caring for Spider Plants

Light: any light condition from full sun to low indoor light will do (within reason), but if you plan on changing from a darker light condition to a brighter light condition, allow the plant to slowly acclimate so as to avoid leaf burn.

Watering: These plants like to be left to dry out just a little between waterings. If the soil is dry when you poke your finger into it about 5cm (2 inches) deep, it’s time to water. If growing in water, you won’t have to worry about this at all 🙂

Fertilising: I don’t fertilise these plants at all if they’re in soil and they just keep growing. If they’re in water, give them a water soluble liquid fertiliser at half strength once a month.

Propagation: You can divide these bad boyes but the easiest method of propagation is to just snip off a runner or clone from the flower spike and put it in some water.

Spider plant in water
A clone rooted in water

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