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Everything You Need to Know about Chlorophytum Care

Chlorophytum is commonly known as ‘Spider Plant’. It is one of the most demanding and popular house-plants to grow. The leaves of this plant tend to grow from 1 to 1.5 feet long. The leaves can be green or striped green and white. Spider plants can be grown any time in the year and have a moderate growth rate. Check out our chlorophytum collection.

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Chlorophytum Care

Spider plants are often grown in containers as hanging plants due to the cascading nature of their foliage and their long stems with plantlets. They also look great when grown atop columns. If you place their container on something rather than hanging it, make sure the long leaves aren’t getting crushed and the long plantlet stems don’t get so heavy that they pull over the pot. In warm climates, spider plants do well in outdoor planters and as ground cover plants.

Light

Spider plants prefer light shade or indirect light for their growth. They cannot tolerate bright and direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can cause burns to the leaves. If you are going one indoors, then prefer placing it near a window to avoid direct sunlight.

Soil

These plants can grow in a variety of soil types, but they like a loose, loamy soil with sharp drainage. They prefer a fairly neutral soil pH but can tolerate slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil. A high level of salts in the soil can cause the leaf tips to turn brown.

Water

The spider plant should be poured regularly and generously. From spring to autumn, the soil should constantly be slightly damp. Waterlogging should however be strictly avoidedSpider plants like lightly moist but not soggy soil. Overwatering can cause root rot and ultimately kill the plant. These plants are sensitive to fluoride and chlorine in water, which can brown the leaf tips.So, if possible, use rainwater or distilled water for container plants.

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Temperature and Humidity

Spider plants like it warm and humid. The temperature should not drop below 10 °C. So, if you are growing them indoors, avoid keeping near air conditioners or any cool environment. The leaf tips could turn brown if the humidity is too low.

Fertilizer

These plants like a moderate amount of fertilization. Too much fertilizer can cause brown leaf tips, but too little fertilizer will result in weak growth. Use an all-purpose granular or water-soluble fertilizer during the growing season following label instructions. Adjust the amount if necessary, depending on your plant’s growth.

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Common Problems

  • Symptom: Leaf browning
    Cause: Direct sun, too much chlorine in water, lack of humidity.
  • Symptom: Black leaves, root rot
    Cause: Over-watering.
  • Symptom: Limp and droopy leaves
    Cause: Exposure to direct sunlight or lack of water.

Spider plants are often grown in containers as hanging plants due to the cascading nature of their foliage and their long stems with plantlets. They also look great when grown atop columns. If you place their container on something rather than hanging it, make sure the long leaves aren’t getting crushed and the long plantlet stems don’t get so heavy that they pull over the pot. In warm climates, spider plants do well in outdoor planters and as ground cover plants.

Regular watering is typically the most time-consuming part of spider plant care. Throughout the growing season (spring to fall) also plan to fertilize on a regular basis. And repot your plant as needed once its roots have outgrown the container.  They can quickly adapt to any environment and have a very few problems. There is a large variety of spider plants all over the world. They are easy to grow and require a very low maintenance.

Chlorophytum care reference: TheSpruce