This is one of the most common plants I run into as I am out and about, I would say second to the Pothos. These plants are known as Spider plants or Airplane plants. They get this name because the plantlets they produce look like little spiders or planes drifting through the sky. I have had mine for over a year and it has a handful of cute plantlets hanging off of it. Spider plants are so easy to care for and are the perfect addition to your urban jungle.
Spider plants tolerate low light conditions very well. Most Spider plants have beautiful yellowish white variegation on the edge of the leaves. This will become more prominent if you have your plant in a spot with indirect light. These variegations also make the plant prone to scorching so take care to keep it out of direct light.
Spider plants prefer to dry out in between waterings. If the soil stays wet for too long root rot might develop. These plants develop large, tuberous roots that take up a lot of room in the pot. This often causes water to flow right through before the plant can even soak up much water at all. I like to put my spider plant in the sink or the bath and fill it up just a bit. Allow the plant to soak up the water for about 20 minutes and set it back to dry out.
This plant is fairly forgiving when it comes to humidity. They can do just fine with low humidity but like with most plants, it will flourish in a more humid environment. If you see brown tips on the edges of your plant, low humidity might be to blame. One remedy is to mist your plant. Be warned, misting does bring up the humidity a little but also makes your plant susceptible to fungus and bacteria.
These are truly the perfect house plants. They thrive well in temperatures much like your home averaging between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Spider plants can tolerate lower temperatures at night but prefer to stay above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Feed these plants during their growing season which is the spring and summer. No need to fuss with food in the fall and winter. The plant slows its growth in this season naturally. Your plant will be happy if you feed it about every two weeks but keep a close eye, over fertilizing can case browning in the leaf tips.
Hooray! Spider plants are non-toxic to humans and pets.