Do Spider Plants Need Fertilizer?

Spider plants are one of the most popular houseplants. They’re easy to grow and they provide a lot of beauty to your home. Some people like their colors and some prefer their shapes. There’s no wrong way to enjoy these beautiful plants!

But what if I told you that there was another type of spider plant which needs fertilization?

There are many types of spiders, but not all of them need to be watered. There are different kinds of spiders which do not require any kind of water at all. These include the black widow spider, the brown recluse spider and the Brazilian wandering spider.

The Brazilian Wandering Spider (Latrodectus hesperus) is a very common species found throughout much of South America. It is sometimes called the “hobbit spider” because it is so small compared to other spiders.

Its body measures only about 1/2 inch long.

The brown recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa) is a large species found throughout North America from Canada southward through Mexico and into Central America. It has been known to live up to 50 years in captivity!

The black widow spider (Latrodectus mactans) is a medium-sized species found throughout much of the USA, southern Canada, Mexico and Guatemala. The female black widow has a reputation for eating the male after mating, but this is rarely observed in nature.

The black widow spider (Phoneutria) is a medium-sized species found in tropical regions of South America, especially in Brazil. They are sometimes called the “banana spider” because they most often like to spin their webs on the inside of bananas!

Sources & references used in this article:

Effect of a medium-incorporated hydrogel on plant growth and water use of two foliage species by YT Wang, CA Boogher – Journal of Environmental …, 1987 – meridian.allenpress.com

Plant age, fertilization, and biological control affect damage caused by twospotted spider mites on ivy geranium: Development of an action threshold by GP Opit, Y Chen, KA Williams, JR Nechols… – Journal of the …, 2005 – journals.ashs.org

Epigeal spider responses to fertilization and plant litter: testing biodiversity theory at the ground level by LB Patrick, MW Kershner, LH Fraser – The Journal of Arachnology, 2012 – BioOne

Reducing fertilization for cut roses: effect on crop productivity and twospotted spider mite abundance, distribution, and management by A Chow, A Chau, KM Heinz – Journal of economic entomology, 2009 – academic.oup.com

Effects of fertilization on insect resistance of woody ornamental plants: reassessing an entrenched paradigm by DA Herms – Environmental Entomology, 2002 – academic.oup.com

Twospotted spider mite population level, distribution, and damage on ivy geranium in response to different nitrogen and phosphorus fertilization regimes by Y Chen, GP Opit, VM Jonas, KA Williams… – Journal of economic …, 2007 – academic.oup.com

Effects of nitrogen fertilization on tritrophic interactions by Y Chen, DM Olson, JR Ruberson – Arthropod-Plant Interactions, 2010 – Springer

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