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Questions About Spider Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
November 9, 2010

Q. Spider Plant

I have lots of beautiful babies doing well but the parent plant appears to be dying. What should I do?

Answered by
Nikki on
November 9, 2010
Certified Expert
A.

Try watering it with filtered water or water that has been sitting out for at least a day. It may be that some chemicals in the water, like chlorine, have built up in the soil and are killing the plant. Using water where the chemicals have been removed either through filtering or evaporation may help.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 1, 2011

Q. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum) Disease

The leaves of my spider plant are turning a solid light, sweet corn yellow. In some cases, the tips and base of the leaves are green, but the remainder in between the base and the tip are solid yellow. It also has some dry, brown tips.

Only the six spider plants in the living room and dining room have the issue. Three other plants in separate bedrooms have no solid yellow leaves.

Note: I was away for two months in which the house temperature was a constant 60-65 degrees F. Normally, when home my house has a high of 60-65 days and 50 degree nights. During my time away, the neighbor watered each plant every 10-14 days. Some of these plants are 12-15 years old and have never had these issues before.

Answered by
Heather on
March 7, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Your neighbor may have overwatered while you were away and the plants may have root rot. Check for that and this article will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/treating-root-rot-gardening-tips-for-housplants.htm

They may also be suffering from a cold draft. Is it possible that a window was improperly closed and is creating a small draft?

It could also be a lack of nutrients, though this is not common with spider plants.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 18, 2011

Q. Spider Plants

Can I put a spider plant outside in the summer months? I live in northern NJ.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 19, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

You can move the plants outside, but they need to be acclimated. This article will help with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/move-houseplant-outside.htm

We would recommend that you keep them out of direct light and keep them well watered. They will need to come back in once the temps go below 55F.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 18, 2011

Q. My Plant Has Only Two Spiders on It

My spider plant has only two spiders on it. How can I get it to have more?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 19, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Generally, the plant needs to become potbound in order to start producing additional spiderettes, so just be patient. If you already have two, it should soon begin making more.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 25, 2011

Q. Trimming Back Spider Plants

I have an area of my outside garden with only spider plants. They have become so thick and messy looking. Can I trim them back with out hurting them?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 25, 2011
Certified Expert
Asked by
Anonymous on
July 17, 2011

Q. White Spider Plant

Bought a spider plant that had white in the middle of the leaf and green on each side. Well, it was beautiful but some of the leaves are looking burned. Don’t have this problem with all green spider plants or the green in the middle spider plants. Is it too much sun? I went and bought another. Please help. I have around 40 houseplants and can’t understand this problem.

Answered by
Cathy on
July 21, 2011
A.

Brown tips or tip burn can occur when the soil is kept too dry or hard/fluorinated water is used. Spider plants are sensitive to fluoride which can be present in low-grade fertilizer and city tap water; to avoid this problem use rain water and a good quality fertilizer. Overfertilization can also cause brown tips.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 16, 2011

Q. Spots on Spider Plant Leaves

Some of my spider plant leaves have raised tan to brownish color, raised spots that look like dots, resembling pin needle heads. What can that be and how to take care of the plant? Can it spread to other spider plants?

Answered by
Nikki on
August 17, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

It sounds like it could be scale. This article will help you with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/scale-bug-how-to-control-plant-scale.htm

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