The spider plant is a vegetable that is excessively resistant and can do without water for long periods of time. The poor development is therefore not due to a watering problem. In this case, the spider plant suffers from a lack of sunshine and poor condition of its root bowl. That is to say that the substrate in place is no longer suitable for the roots of the plant. The latter cannot thus nourish it correctly.
It is strongly advised to repot the spider plant. By providing it with a well-structured and well-drained soil, the roots will be able to nourish the plant properly again. On the other hand, it is important to give the plant more sunlight. Favour semi-shaded sites, i.e. sites that are bright but not exposed to direct sunlight.
How can I make my spider plant grow faster ?
Water regularly during the summer, but not excessively: spider plant, whose tuberous roots are capable of storing water, tolerates drought much better than excess water. In winter, water the substrate at regular intervals, allowing it to dry between watering. Apply fertilizer in early spring.
The best place to install your spider plant is near a window that lets the light through but without direct sunlight, if possible in a well-lit bathroom, since spider plant appreciates hot and humid environments!
How often should you water a spider plant ?
Regular but moderate watering is necessary.
Throughout the year and especially in summer, mist the foliage to recreate the humidity of its natural environment.
In spring and summer :
Keep the soil moist and make sure that water drainage is correct.
Apply liquid green plant fertilizer about every 8 to 15 days during this growing period. Spray the foliage regularly with preferably non-calcareous water.
In autumn and winter :
Reduce watering to wait until the soil surface is dry between watering. The cooler the temperature, the less watering is required. Stop all fertilizer application.
Why is my spider plant not thriving ?
If a spider plant doesn’t produce babies, it’s for another reason. And it’s usually either because it’s too young to do so (it usually needs to be about a year old before it can produce seedlings) or it doesn’t get the growing conditions it needs.
And this is not very common.
It turns out that the spider plant is extremely easy to grow (indoors at least; to be successful outdoors it needs a tropical climate). It can tolerate irregular watering, prolonged drought, little or no fertilizer and extreme temperatures, and will still produce at least a few babies on its famous drooping runners.
Spider plant is mostly affected by maintenance errors.
For example, if the leaves lose their luster or turn pale, it is often due to a lack of light or fertilizer.
Leaves with brown, dry or yellowing tips are a reflection of too dry air. Simply spray the leaves regularly with water to remedy the situation.
However, brown marks in the heart of the plant are caused by too much water, either by watering too close together or by the presence of stagnant water in the saucer.
A soft plant is a sign of too high temperature.
Repotting the spider plant and placing it in a warm and humid environment (bathroom) will cure it in most cases!