Plant Families

Chlorophytums

The chlorophytum family consists of over 200 species, including one of the most beloved houseplants in the game: the spider plant. Endemic to tropical and southern Africa, spider plants have made their way into homes all around the world. They are extremely adaptable and forgiving, making them the perfect fit for beginner plant owners. 

Spider plants have cascading foliage in shades of white and green, and produce tiny, white, 6-petaled flowers. They are famous for off-shooting plantlets, commonly referred to as spiderettes. These grow at the ends of long, trailing stems, and resemble spiders (hence the plant's common name). These baby plants make multiplying your plant supply super easy––once you notice roots developing on the spiderettes, you can remove them from the mother plant and propagate them in water or soil.

A snake plant on a plant shelf.

GENERAL CARE

LIGHT 
Low to bright indirect light. Avoid direct light, as this will cause foliage to burn.

WATER
Water once a week or when the soil is nearly dry. They are semi-drought tolerant, and will droop when they are in urgent need of water. 

FEEDING
Use diluted plant food once a month in the spring and summer. Stop feeding in the fall and winter since the plant goes dormant and will not need the extra nutrients.

TOXICITY
Non-toxic and as pet-friendly as can be.

Care instructions are usually consistent for most spider plants, but we always recommend researching your specific plant to make sure you get it right the first time. Search your plant in our Plantopedia or text us for assistance.   

A spider plant with spiderettes, also known as plantlets.

 

COMMON ISSUES 

Chlorophytums are prone to getting brown tips on the edges of their foliage. This can happen for a multitude of reasons, such as: 

  • Improper watering practices
  • Incorrect water type
  • Dry air exposure 
  • Over-fertilization 

It seems like a lot to get right, but it's easier than you think. Using a moisture meter can help you understand when it's the best time to water your spider plant, and using water free from fluoride is key. Using hard water or over-using plant foods can cause unwanted leaf burns. Learn more about water types and best practices here.

When it comes to creating the ideal environment for your spider plant, be sure to avoid placing them near any vents that blow out air, whether it's hot or cold. This creates a very dry environment that can cause undesired brown tips or crispy foliage. Window sills that are not subject to receiving direct rays of light are fine, but if you know it gets particularly cold and drafty in the winter, it's best to move it back a few feet. Maintaining humidity levels above 40% will help maintain healthy, green leaves, and we've got all the tips you need to achieve that here

We promise, chlorophytums are not as picky as they sound, and make a great addition to any shelf, sill, or stand. If you ever find yourself having trouble with your spider plant, just text us at (646)430-8699, and our experts will get you back on track.