Houseplants forum: Curly Spider Plant Lost Its Curl!

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Name: Laura
(Zone 6b)
Nov 25, 2015 10:23 PM CST
Hello All!
I have a curly spider plant that started out very curly and at this point looks a little more arced in its leaves than a normal spider plant. Is there anything I can do to increase the curl of the plant?
It sits in a large room with largest windows on the West. Sun is steady most days. I water it 3-5 days depending on how quickly the soil drys out. I re-potted less than 6 months ago.
Thanks for all your help!
(and if you are reading this around thanksgiving have a great holiday!)

Nov 26, 2015 3:01 PM CST
I've heard that it curls more with neglect. But, I could be mistaken.
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Nov 26, 2015 4:14 PM CST
Plus I doubt the soil is dry when you water. I agree you are probably giving it too much love. I cannot imagine watering a plant in the winter indoors every 3 to 5 days. That is just too much water.

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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Nov 27, 2015 12:18 AM CST
@Laura Welcome! I have the very same problem with my Bonnie. She was curling when I got her. But now not so much. This is the second one that does this. I don't pay much attention to it and it gets plenty of sun . I let the rain water it and water it infrequently. If I ignore it in the greenhouse over the winter, we'll see. (That's easy to do in the crowd of plants that are in there!)
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Name: Gita Veskimets
Baltimore or Nottingham MD-212 (Zone 7a)
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Jan 10, 2016 8:49 PM CST
I have one too--quite old now, and quite large. I should re-pot it, but I don't want to
as it keeps churning out the curly babies.
I also take my houseplants outside for the summer and they hanf from the eaves of my patio roof.
Nice, bright shade--or sparsely filtered sunlight.
I agree with "plantomaniac". Neglect and some amount of stress will produce
more curly babies. Keep it on the dry side! Like--it can go totally dry and be OK.
Go away for 2 weeks on vacation--and when you coma back--your "Bonnie" will be just fine.

Remember that Spider plants form a huge amount of water-storing bulbs in roots in the soil.
This enables the plant to survive drought. If you ever re potted one--you will see what I mean.

Also--I do not think they need all that full sun!!! A bright, even light will do OK. N. or E, exposure
or filtered light--as through sheer curtains works fine. Don't think they are full sun plants at all......

I say--"Ignore them"--and they will do just fine. Gita

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