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Spider Plant- Chlorophytum Comosum

Despite their creepy-crawly name, spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) are among the most popular houseplants to grow. Without demanding my attention, these plants grow rosettes of slender, gently arching leaves in rich emerald to neon green variegated white stripes, that can stretch up to 50cm long. As a versatile houseplant, it looks amazing perched high on a shelf, dangling in a hanging planter, or gently cascading from an end table.

Spider Plant in a black indoor pot.

General Care

Sunlight

Low, medium, or bright indirect light

Water

Minimal watering required. Avoid moist soil.

Humidity

Normal to high levels of household humidity.

Soil

Use a well-draining potting mix.

Thin and long leafy foliage of a Spider Plant in a rattan pot.

Common Problems

Except for scale mealybugs and insects, spider plants have few pest concerns. Leaf tip browning can be avoided by watering with distilled or rainwater.

Symptom

Black or dark brown leaves

Cause

Overwatered 

Symptom

Reddish brown tips

Cause

Excess fluoride and minerals in water

Precautions

Spider plants are not poisonous and are perfectly safe to have around pets and young children. It also is an air purifier and can absorb any common household toxins.

 

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