Tips for care - Spider Plants
Spider plant is a very easy to grow, low maintenance plant. They are shade-loving plants. This plant can grow in various conditions and suffers from very few problems other than brown tips. It is one of the most popular house plants. It is a NASA-recommended air purifier and removes formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from the air.
Potting- The plant prefers well-drained soil so that one can use a mix of 1/3rd garden soil, 1/3rd river sand, 1/6th vermicompost & 1/6th natural fertilizer (cow dung). Alternatively, one can use the following mix - Cocopeat (40%), perlite (20%), vermiculite (20%), and vermicompost (20%). Repot once every year for better growth.
Watering Requirement - Loves humidity, give water when top 1 inch becomes dry, i.e., every 2-3 days in summer and every 5-7 days in winter. Water should not be very hot or cold but at room temperature. During winters, one can give lukewarm water. Give water till it starts draining. If under-watered, then leaves start to dry at the tips. Use RO water if the water is salty at your place.
Light Requirement – For spider plant filtered sunlight, low light is best. It should not be planted in direct sunlight or very close to the window. Bright indirect light is best. It can be placed in a bedroom, bathroom, slightly away from the south-facing window, close to an east-facing window, or balcony.
Propagation –Propagation can be done by cutting the stalks & replanting.
Fertilization – Give organic fertilizer once every two months.
General Tips - Not meant for a hot, dry climate, hence protect from full sun. Spider plants prefer to dry out between watering.
Maximum Reachable height: Plants grow up to 1 ft (30 cm) tall, with stems trailing to 3 feet (90 cm) in length
Air purifier: Yes, NASA recommended air purifier and removes
Formaldehyde, Xylene, and Toluene from the air.
Common name(s): Chlorophytum comosum, airplane plant, St. Bernard's lily, spider ivy, ribbon plant, and hen and chickens plant.
Bloom time: Flowers freely