Six Benefits of Spider Plants and Why You Need One

Six Benefits of Spider Plants and Why You Need One -- For decades, spider plants have been a popular houseplant. Your grandma and mother most certainly had one, and it's no surprise that this plant is still popular today: it's easy to grow and tolerates a lot of neglect. Aside from being low-maintenance, the spider plant has several extra benefits that make it an ideal addition to your houseplant collection. 

Perfect for Any Style


It gets its name from the baby plants, which resemble clusters of spiders dangling from long stems. Because of its elegant arching look, this plant is ideal for hanging baskets. A big, bushy plant can also be used as a focal point by putting it in a large pot near the hearth or on a counter or pedestal.

Great for Newbies


This is the houseplant that might tolerate being ignored! Give it medium to bright light, maintain it in an average-temperature room, and water it on a regular basis, and your spider plant will thrive for years. It's tough and forgiving if you forget to water it; in fact, it loves to dry out little between waterings, making it perfect if you're forgetful. 

Stick your finger into the soil; if it feels wet, wait a day or two before watering. If your tap water is fluoridated, it's also a good idea to use distilled or rainfall; these plants are sensitive to several chemicals in tap water, which can cause brown tips on leaves.

Easy to Propagated


Getting (free!) new plants from a spider plant is very simple. It will develop plantlets at the end of each stalk after it puts out the long, wiry stems with small star-shaped blooms. Snip them off when they sprout small nubby roots and set them in a potting soil-filled container. 

Check for drainage holes in the pot. Some people like to root the plantlet while it is still linked to the mother plant, although this isn't required. Both methods are successful for propagating new plants.

Pet-Friendly Alternative


The spider plant, unlike several popular but toxic houseplants such as peace lily and pothos, is non-toxic to cats and dogs, according to the ASPCA. However, it's crucial to note that any plant, if consumed in sufficient quantities, can induce stomach trouble and GI pain. 

Keep your pet away from your houseplants if they nibble—especially cats, which find the dangling spider plant pups quite appealing. If this is an issue in your home, clip off and discard the stems as they form.

Health Benefits


Obviously, we don't know much about how well plants filter interior air. What we do know is that adding real plants to your house never hurts. There is a lot of research to support up the positive mental health benefit that outdoors and indoor plants may bring, such as better sleep, higher mood and happiness levels, stress reduction, and making us feel less lonely. With so many potential advantages, it's well worth adding the easy-care spider plant to your house.

Suit Both Indoor and Outdoor


While these plants like bright indirect light, they may also survive outdoors in Zones 9-11 and as annuals in colder climates. Simply provide them with dappled sun or partial shade, as well as well-draining soil. Sunburn may occur if the plants are exposed to direct sunlight. 

Spider plants can be utilized as groundcover, as a border around a tree, or as a border along a walkway. Outdoors, the babies might stay attached to the parent plant. When the offsets reach the earth, they form roots and spread.

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