The Q&A Archives: Spider Plant Watering

Question: What is the proper watering system? how much, how often.

Answer: Spider plants do best in an evenly moist but not sopping wet soil. The frequency will depend on the relative pot size, soil mix, how root bound the plant is, and what its growing conditions are. A warmer, drier environment or an actively growing plant will require more water. The best way to check is to stick your finger in the soil and see. When you water make sure the water soaks into the soil rather than running out between the soil and the edge of the pot; in a soilless mix it seems to help to use tepid rather than cold water. If your plant has been allowed to get bone dry, try setting the pot in several inches of water in a bucket of water and allowing it to take up the moisture until water appears on the surface of the soil. Then allow it to freely drain any excess water for several hours before returning it to its normal growing spot. Finally, if your plant needs watering very often it may need to be repotted.

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