It’s one of the most common questions I get asked: do spider plants need sunlight in order to grow? It’s also one of the first questions to pop up in your mind when you’re thinking about planting a spider plant.
And it’s understandable. After all, spider plants are named that way because their leaves do look like spiders and there are mysterious plants with little information about them, fortunately, this article will answer that question for you.
What are Spider Plants?
Spider plants are houseplants that are easy to grow and come in a few different varieties, including variegated and solid green. Spider plants are Chlorophytum comosum, which is native to South Africa.
They’re known for their easy care, tolerance of low light, and the fact that they produce “babies” on arching stems, which can be planted to grow new spider plants.
Spider plants are one of the most common houseplants available in nurseries and garden centers. They’re a good choice for indoor conditions because they’re widely adaptable and do well in low light.
Spider plants are one of the most popular houseplants, and it’s easy to see why! They’re hardy, they’re low-maintenance, and they’re very forgiving if you forget to water them. They can also be used as groundcover in shady gardens or grown in hanging baskets.
These succulent-like plants have long arching leaves that can grow up to two feet long. The leaves are usually green but sometimes variegated with white stripes. They produce clusters of small flowers on long stems.
Do Spider Plants Need Sun?
Spider plants are among the easiest houseplants to grow. They are not finicky and can withstand a wide range of conditions.
- They thrive in moderate indirect sunlight, but they also tolerate low light and can even be grown in artificial light.
- Spider plants also like balanced moisture (not too dry or too wet). Allow the soil to dry out between waterings and then water thoroughly until water runs out of the bottom of the pot. When in doubt, don’t water!
- Because spider plants prefer moderate sun, they will want to be kept away from direct sunlight and drafts.
Spider plants require bright, indirect light. If you place your spider plant in an area that receives direct sunlight it may be damaged. Keep in mind that the light needs for your spider plant will change as the season’s change. In winter place the spider plant in a south-facing window where it will receive bright light all day. During the summer months provide shade from direct sunlight by placing your spider plant near an east-facing window.
Can Spider Plants Live in Low Light?
Spider Plants are very popular indoor plants because they’re easy to propagate, can thrive in low light environments, and keep their foliage green even when the lights are off. The fact that they’re relatively short-lived makes them susceptible to early leaf drop if kept in low light conditions for an extended period.
The fact that artificial light is required to keep them alive also means your spider plant is not ideal for growing in the shade, which is a common location in most people’s homes. There are several ways to solve this problem, however, including using grow lights, which can also be used with other plants as well.
If you want to give your Spider Plant an extra boost, consider adding some artificial light to its environment. The good news is that Spider Plants can survive in low-light conditions (not complete shade), and it’s not as difficult as you might think to provide the plants with enough light.
Where Should I Put a Spider Plant in My House?
Spider plants are great for indoors. The best place to put them is in a spot where they will get some sun, but not too much. Too much sunlight can cause the leaves to yellow and make your plant look sickly. These plants do well in bright light, but not in direct sunlight. It is best to place your spider plant in a room with filtered sunlight or indirect lighting.
You can also put your spider plant near an east or west-facing window that gets bright light for part of the day, or a north-facing window for indirect light. You may need to rotate the plant occasionally so that it does not lean toward the light.
Spider plants are extremely easy to please. They can tolerate a range of conditions but prefer bright or medium-light, and moist (but not wet) soil. If you don’t know where to put your spider plant, here are some places that should work: It is recommended that you put them in bright places, but not in direct sunlight.
If it will be getting direct sunlight, then just make sure that the leaves don’t get burned by the hot midday sun. These plants also like to be lightly misted from time to time. This helps maintain the humidity levels and keeps the tips of the leaves from turning brown. Brown tips could indicate water stress or too much fluoride in your water source.
Spider plants are easy to care for and thrive in bright indirect sunlight. They are not fussy about their growing conditions, and can become root-bound in their pots. You can keep them indoors or move them outdoors when the weather is warm.
Amelia is a plant and nature lover! Ever since she was little, she loved spending time in her family’s garden and learning about how to care for each plant individually. As an adult, she has dedicated herself to sharing what she has learned and continuing to expand her knowledge on the plant kingdom.