|Written by Susan Golis|
The spider plant is easy to grow, which makes it the ideal indoor plant for home or office. Â Spider plant is not only an attractive plant, with its variegated leaves and delicate flower; it also has beneficial properties in cleansing the air of pollutants, especially formaldehyde and carbon monoxide
The foliage of the spider plant is attractive; pointy leaves grow from the center of the plant are green with white stripe down the center. Some spider plants have a green stripe down the center with white edges. Display this plant in a decorative hanging container or in a pot that rests on a pedestal. The trailing stems that produce white delicate flowers will add to the attractiveness of this plant. Here are some tips on how to grow a spider plant.
Things youâ€™ll need:
Nursery grown healthy spider plant.
Pot or hanging container.
Loam-based potting soil all-purpose.
Water based houseplant fertilize.
Spray bottle for misting the plant filtered water.
Purchase a healthy spider plant. Examine the leaves. Look for leaves with no brown tips.
Buy a container that is the same size as the nursery container.Â Check the container for water drainage holes.Â For indoor usage a saucer is helpful to collect the drained water. .
Transplant your spider into a pot that has a loam-based potting soil. Plant your spider at the same depth as the nursery container.
Water your spider plant at the soil level to avoiding getting the leaves wet. Stop watering when the water drains out of the pot. The soil should be evenly moist but not wet.
Fill a spray bottle with room temperature filtered water and mist the leaves lightly in the morning.
Fertilize your spider plant monthly during the growing season (spring through summer) I use a water-based feeder especially formulated for houseplants. Dilute the fertilizer according to manufactures instructions.
Tips & Warnings
Your spider plant is comfortable being pot-bound. However, should you observe white tubers or rhizomes at the surface of the pot; it is time to transplant your spider plant. Watch for brown edges on your plant. This is a sign of red spider mites. Prevent spider mites by increasing humidity. Should your plant develop this pest, spray your plant with insecticide soap. Cats will eat the entire spider plant and it will cause them to have an upset stomach.Â Keep the plant away from cats by growing in a hanging container.