by johnah on November 17, 2020
Gardening Tips For Spider Plants: Gardening Tips For Spider Plants
Spider plants are a popular houseplant. They have been used in homes since ancient times. There are many different types of spider plants, but they all share some common characteristics. Their leaves are arranged in spirals or ribbons and their stems grow from the center of each leaflet rather than at the base like most other succulents.
They’re easy to grow and require little attention once established. They do best in bright, indirect sunlight and get very few waterings. They prefer moist soil with good drainage, so keep them well watered throughout the year. If you live in a dry climate where it snows frequently, consider keeping your spider plants outside during winter months when there’s no snow on the ground.
The following gardening tips will help you enjoy your spider plant indoors.
1) Water regularly, especially after rainfall.
2) Feeding your spider plant is optional; feeding helps keep the foliage healthy and vigorous, but it isn’t necessary for its health.
You don’t need to fertilize if you don’t want to, though it may make the plant look better. Some people feed their spiders because they think it makes them prettier or healthier. You can use either fertilizer that has nitrogen, phosphorous and/or potassium in it (frequently abbreviated to N-P-K) or organic fertilizer.
Spider plants are easy to grow and require little maintenance. Spider plants are a common houseplant that many people like to keep because the variety of colors they come in. Spider plants are also really easy to grow, so they make an excellent gift for someone who likes plants but doesn’t have a green thumb.
Get a Spider Plant
Spider plants are very easy to find at your local garden center or big box store. You might be able to find one at a garage sale or flea market as well, but only in season; they’re fairly common houseplants. They aren’t particularly expensive either, so if you don’t find one right away you can always keep looking until you do.
When you get your spider plant home, it’s very important that you place it in a location where it will get the amount of light that it needs. They don’t do well in locations that don’t have much light, and will get sickly looking very quickly.
Watering a Spider Plant
When watering your spider plant always water at the base of the stem. This is really important; never pour water on the leaves because they can get disease or grow mold. The spider plant can survive with little water, so you don’t need to water it every day; once every week or two is just fine. If you’re going on vacation or away for work, you should ask a friend to water your spider plant for you.
Caring for Your Spider Plant
As far as general upkeep is concerned, the only thing you need to do is make sure its location doesn’t get too cold. If you live in a cold climate, you’ll want to move it somewhere warmer like a sunroom or enclosed porch during the winter. Spider plants can survive cooler temperatures, but they tend to look pretty sickly during the winter so most people prefer to keep them warm.
You should also move it out of doors when the weather warms up and leave it out until the temperature gets too low at night, generally below 50 degrees. If you don’t have a place to keep it warm, this is fine too as long as you make sure to keep it out of the cold at nighttime.
And that’s really all there is to know about growing a spider plant! If you want to be sure to have a good-looking plant, get a healthy one. Look for firm stalks that are a bright green and free of mold or strange spots. The soil around the base should be kept moist but not wet.
The spider plant is a lovely addition to any room, and it’s very easy to maintain. These are two good reasons to add one (or more!) to your home today.
Other Types of Plants to Try
While you’re looking at spider plants, you might want to consider some of the other varieties available. There are several different types of flowers and foliage that can be found in each plant. Here are a few more for you to look into:
Pothos – As far as easy-care plants go, pothos wins the prize. It’s also easy to find, so it’s the perfect beginner plant. It doesn’t need much water and it can handle varied light conditions.
Ferns – Ferns are another great beginner plant because they can survive just about anywhere. They also don’t need much light or water. Some varieties need more light than others, so be sure to read the tags for the specific type you buy.
ZZ Plant – This is a good option if you’re looking for something that can survive without much water. It also can survive low light conditions.
Aloe Plant – This is a very versatile plant that can grow well in just about any environment and condition. It has a spikey green foliage with yellow flowers. The leaves have medicinal uses, so it’s a good plant to have around the house.
Cast Iron Plant – This plant is very similar to the ZZ plant in that it can grow well in low light conditions and doesn’t need much water. It tends to look a bit more lively than the ZZ though.
If you’re looking for something a little more colorful, try getting a few different types of plants. The more variety of plants you have, the more oxygen your plants will produce. You can also buy separate plants and see what grows best in your home.
You can also buy these plants at your local garden center or big box store. You can even buy them at the grocery store, although you may not find as much variety there.
The next time you go away on vacation, be sure to ask a neighbor or friend if they would water your plants for you while you’re gone.
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