Spider plant is one of those indoor air purifying agents. It is a plant I recommend to busy people who are interested in plants that will not require much effort. You can grow them indoors or outdoors. Sometimes I leave it outdoors when it is not wet so it can breathe cool air.
Then, in rainy seasons I keep it preferably on a desk close to the window where it can receive the sunlight without suffering from the harshness. Knowing how to water plants is essential. In this article, I’ll explain how to water spider plants, how often, and how much.
How Often Should I Water My Spider Plant?
Spider plants require less watering to survive. You can water your plants when it is up to 50% or 75% dry. You don’t have to struggle to know the level of dryness or moistness. All you should do is dip your middle finger in the soil. If it comes out clean and dry, know that you must water your plant again. Water it thoroughly using a watering can and pour off excess water from the saucer. During spring, the matured spider plants with much-stored energy births flowers. They can be rooted in soil or water, but in soil, it will yield a more favorable result.
How to Water Spider Plants
The most effective method for watering spider plants is thoroughly saturating the potting soil. Then, please wait until the soil has become somewhat dry before watering it again. For optimal results, use water filtered or collected from rain. To prevent the soil from becoming soggy, you should select potting soil that drains readily. Most importantly, ensure that the bottom of the container has drainage holes in it.
How often should I water my Spider Plants?
Water your Spider plants once or twice per week. It depends on how warm the temperature is and whether or not they are placed in direct sunlight. In general, I recommend watering your spider plants once per week. I have four large spider plants and six baby spider plants, and I water them twice a week, which is about right for them. As the temperature drops, I cut back to once a week.
Check the top layer of the soil with your finger to determine if it has dried out before you water the plant. Wait another day or two before watering the soil if it still has moderate moisture. If you can’t use your finger, you can use a soil moisture meter to check for moisture. It is a helpful tool for determining whether it is necessary to water again once the soil has become sufficiently dry.
If you’re new to taking care of spider plants, keeping track of when you’ve watered is a good idea. Doing this will help you to develop a watering schedule for your plant. This is especially vital if you want to avoid overwatering your plants. If you discover that the top layer of the soil on your plants is dry throughout spring and summer, check on them every few days. Then, please give them a thorough soaking of water. Because spider plants are in an active growth phase during the spring and summer months, it is beneficial to add liquid plant food to the water once every month.
During winter and fall there is slower growth in the fall and winter. Hence, they have a significantly reduced requirement for water throughout these seasons. Check the moisture content of the soil once a week to see whether it has dried out. Also, take special care to position your plants so they are not near any heat sources or air conditioning, which can cause the soil to dry out much more quickly.
How Much to Water Spider Plants
Knowing how much water to give spider plants and how often to hydrate them is vital. The frequency of watering spider plants can be affected by many factors. The factors include climate, temperature, and humidity. When watering spider plants, please give them a thorough soak until water drips out of the container’s bottom. When you water in this manner, it ensures that the water penetrates the soil. It allows the roots to take up the moisture necessary for their growth.
A warm soak also encourages the roots to grow down into the soil and mature. This is so that they can store water. In return, this increases the spider plant’s resistance to drought. If you give your spider plant insufficient water, the top inch of the soil will be the only damp part. The water will not be able to reach the roots where it is needed. Consequently, the tips of the leaves get brown, which is a symptom of drought stress on the plant.
How Do I Avoid Ruining My Spider Plant?
While caring for spider plants, there are some factors you should consider. Though this plant condones much abuse from gardeners, especially newbies, you should note that it deserves care. Here are some factors you should consider to avoid ruining your Spider plant. They include the following:
- Avoid over-watering your spider plant. Follow the instructions on when to and when you are not to water it.
- During winter and autumn, only frequently water your spider plant. Less water will do.
- You can leave the plant out of the water. All you need is to dampen the compost.
- No pruning or excessive fertilizing. It is optional, though. If you want to prune your spider plant, cutting it down to the base will do. Occasionally pruning your spider plant does not cause any harm.
- Spider plants do not demand extra care to grow well as long as you do not abandon them in heat.
- Leaving it outside to be watered by rain hurts the plants, and direct sunlight makes it whither.
- Dutifully wipe off the dust on its leaves occasionally.
- Please protect it from too much sunlight, heat, and water.
- Remove all brown tips; allowing the plant to become soggy will cause its root to rot, so it is advisable to allow it to dry before the next watering.
- To boost its growth in a humid environment, occasionally add fertilizer, especially during warm seasons.
- Your spider plants can survive any temperature. Let it under a mild sun now and then. Harsh and direct sunlight can cause its death.
- Maintaining a spider plant must not necessarily be all fancy. It requires soft and low maintenance.
Is Raising A Spider Plant Hazardous?
You should have zero worries when it comes to nurturing a spider plant. It is non-toxic. If you have children or pets around, feel free. While it is toxic-free, keeping it away from plant terrorists like kids, fluoride, and boron will prevent it from being destroyed. If you notice browning on the leaf tips, there is nothing to worry about. It is normal and won’t hurt the plant.
The presence of fluoride in the water due to excess salt buildup in the soil leads to browning. Thoroughly flush it with water repeatedly and allow it to drain out, which will solve the situation. Using rainwater on plants instead of kitchen water is an advantage.