How to care for: Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

The Chlorophytum comosum, or as we also call it the Spider plant, is an easy indoor plant. Originally it comes from the tropical rainforests of South Africa. You can recognize the plant by its yellow and white leaves. The best thing about the plant is the pups the plant creates.

Medium light

Water once a week

Air-purifying

Every month extra nutrition

Non-Toxic to pets

Repot every 2 years

How do you take care of a Spider plant?

The best location for Spider plants

The Spider plant likes to be placed in a spot with lots of light. Not all species tolerate bright light well. It is best to place the plant in medium bright light. The Spider plantprefers a spot next to a window on the west or east. A spot near the south is of course also possible. Make sure that the plant is at least 2 metres away from the window. A spot near the north probably has too little light.

If an Spider plant gets too little sunlight, the plant will grow long stems. The reason for this? Because of the long stems the plant hopes to reach the sunlight. However, this can be crucial for the plant. Because of the long stems the leaves can become too heavy and break off.

Don’t forget to turn the Spider plant! The plant grows towards the sun. If you do not rotate the plant will only get full on one side and that is what you want to prevent.

Watering the Spider plant

It is important to always keep the soil of the Spider plant slightly moist. You can check this with your finger in the soil. Never let the Spider plant dry out. Not even in winter! It is best to water the Spider plant 2 to 3 times a week in the growing season, from spring to autumn. In the winter once a week is enough.

Repotting

Repotting the Spider plant is necessary every 2 years. Repotting the plant every 2 years gives it new nutrients and more room for root growth. The airier soil is also very good for the water flowing through. The best period to repot is spring.

Plant nutrition

The Spider plant uses a lot of energy from spring onwards to make new leaves. As a result, the plant needs extra nutrients. You can provide these nutrients by means of plant nutrition. We recommend giving plant nutrition once a month. From spring until autumn. After autumn and in winter it is better not to give extra nutrients. In the autumn, plant nutrition can actually be harmful for the Spider plant!

Air-purifying function

Spider plant is a good air-purifying plant. This is mainly due to the long leaves of Spider plant. The leaf surface gives the plant extra stomata. The Spider plant uses these stomata to convert CO2 into oxygen during the day. And that is always good. For you and your home.

Is the Spider plant toxic?

They are not poisonous to humans or pets, making them the perfect choice for houseplants.

Diseases and peculiarities

If the air is too dry, the Spider plant can suffer from mites. To prevent mites, it is best to use the plant sprayer once a week. Mites are an infection of mites on plants. You can recognise the infection by infected leaves and a kind of cobwebs. If you have come across mites, it is best to place the plant outside. Wind and moisture from outside will quickly keep the mites away.

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