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Spider Plant- Chlorophytum Comosum

Despite their creepy-crawly name, spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) are among the most popular houseplants to grow. Without demanding too much attention, these plants grow rosettes of slender, gently arching leaves in a beautiful green and white stripe. As a versatile houseplant, it looks amazing perched high on a shelf, dangling in a hanging planter, or gently cascading from an end table.

Spider Plant in a black indoor pot.

General Care

Thrives in low, medium, or bright indirect light.

Minimal watering required. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Avoid keeping the soil moist.

Normal to high levels of household humidity.

Use a well-draining potting mix.

Thin and long leafy foliage of a Spider Plant in a rattan pot.

Common Problems

Spider plants have few pest concerns, except for scale, mealybugs, and insects. Leaf tip browning can be avoided by watering with distilled or rainwater.

Symptoms and Causes:

  • Black or dark brown leaves: Usually caused by overwatering.
  • Reddish brown tips: Often due to excess fluoride and minerals in water.


Spider plants are non-toxic and perfectly safe to have around pets and young children. They also purify the air by absorbing common household toxins.