Spider Plants, What They Need, and How To Care For Them?

You might have seen spider plants on Pinterest, or in a friend’s home and now you want to have one for your own home. So, if you want to get a spider plant, there are a few things you need to know. Otherwise, you will end up damaging the plants.

I have made this guide for you so that you can grow spider plants at your place and elevate the overall ambiance of your room. So, keep reading to find out what spider plants need and how you can take good care of them.

I get asked the question, of how to grow and keep spider plants healthy.

Spider plants should have a loamy well-drained soil to grow in and some bright, indirect light. Water them well but do not allow the plants to become too wet, as this can lead to root rot in your plants. In fact, you should let your spider plants dry out between waterings.

What Spider Plants Need?

Spider plants are really low-maintenance, and you don’t have to put a lot of effort into taking care of them. Yet, there are certain things that these plants need for maximum growth so they can thrive like never before.

Let me walk you through all the things that your spider plant might need for proper growth.

Well-Drained Soil

The soil of your indoor spider plant should be well-drained all the time, which means you need a good drain hole at the bottom of your planter so that the water does not stay in the planter for long as it can result in root rot.

In the winter, you are supposed to let the soil dry properly before going on with watering the plant. In summers, you can let the soil be slightly moist between watering, so your plant stays cool all the time but only apply this method if you live in an extremely hot area.

Restricted Watering

You are not supposed to overwater this houseplant because it prefers slightly drier mediums to grow properly. Make sure to wait for a week or so to water the plant or just check the soil and if it is completely dry, then give a round of watering to the plant.

In winters, the risk of overwatering increases even more, and that is why you need to make sure that the plant is completely dry before watering it. Also, you are not supposed to follow the same watering routine in winters, and you have to do it less often.

Indirect Light

This houseplant can grow like never before if you provide it with proper indirect light. Ensure that the light is indirect, and if you do not have access to indirect sunlight, don’t forget to hang some curtains on your windows.

Also, it is crucial for the growth of spider plants that the light you are providing is bright so that it improves the health of this plant. If the plant is exposed to direct sunlight, the intensity of sunlight might burn the leaves of this plant which you certainly do not want.

Moderate Temperature

Spider plants will not grow in higher or extremely low temperatures; despite being hardy, these plants also prefer a moderate type of temperature. The ideal temperature for Spider plants is from 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit.

If the plant is exposed to a temperature that is lower than 35 degrees, it will still survive, but the growth will be very slow, and it might stop growing, so make sure that you provide a moderate temperature to a spider plant if you want to see its thriving.

Best Ways To Take Care Of Spider Plants 

Spider Plant in Bloom
Spider Plant in Bloom

Your house plants need a lot more than just basic things to grow, so make sure that you take care of them properly to improve their overall health. That is the very reason I am bringing This small list for you so you can also take care of your spider plant in the best way possible.

Fertilize Your Plant

Fertilizers play a key role in the growth of your houseplants, and in the case of spider plants, fertilizers can help them grow even more and become hardy so that they can face all types of threats and bugs.

In the case of fertilizers, you have to be well versed before using them because if you overuse fertilizers, the plant may die, and if you do not use enough fertilizers, it will be of no use for your houseplant because you are not giving it enough of the nutrition that it needs

For your spider plants, make sure that you are using good quality fertilizer twice every month so that the plant can get the most out of the ingredients of fertilizer. But this twice a month routine should only be followed in spring and summer.

Keep The Soil Moist

You must be shocked to know that you are supposed to keep the soil moist when we discussed that spider plants are really into dryer environments. So why are we considering the moist soil for this plant? I know that you are confused so let me just make it easier for you.

In the summer season, when the temperatures are high, house plants might go through dehydration which you certainly do not want. You need to surround it with enough moisture, so it does not die because of higher temperatures.

That is why I suggest you keep the soil moist in higher temperatures, but it makes sure that the soil is not excessively moist because it can result in root rot that can potentially kill your plant.

Water According to Growth

Houseplants that are growing need more water so, when you get a new spider plant, make sure that you don’t hold back on watering and give it enough hydration every once in a while, so its roots remain moist.

When your house plant is 1 year old, you can finally decrease the watering frequency, so if you used to water your new house plant every 4 to 5 days, make sure to wait at least a week before watering your fully grown spider plant.

Timely Repotting 

The biggest factor that people often ignore while taking care of spider plants is that the plant needs frequent repotting. Usually, plants need repotting every two years or so, but this house plant needs to be repotted every year.

The reason behind that is that the spider plant grows faster than any other house plant, and the roots of this plant might clog the drainage hole, resulting in a poor drainage system destroying the whole house plant.

 So don’t forget to report your house plan every year in a proper and well-drained planter.

Prune From Time to Time

Pruning the dead leaves and branches from time to time is a really good way to keep your houseplant as good as new and to maximize its healthy growth. Pruning can also be done while repotting your plant.

When you prune the plant, you basically are getting rid of the wilted or brown leaves that can damage the plant in the long term because these leaves can result in further wilting of leaves of your houseplants.


Getting yourself a spider plant is the best gift of all because they are the most low-maintenance and aesthetically pleasing houseplants you can ever get. But, to keep them this way, you need to invest some time in them initially.

Make sure to pay attention to your new spider plants and give them the love and care they need to grow. Also, I hope that this guide helped you understand spider plants better, and now you will get one for yourself right away.

Thanks and have a great day.

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