Houseplants forum→Spider plant- new growth blackened

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Name: Bria
Northern VA (Zone 7a)
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Bschmuck
Jun 17, 2021 5:59 AM CST
Hi guys, this spider plant is about 1.5 yr old that I grew from a spiderette. It has it's own babies and bloomed and seemed quite happy until my infant thought the pretty vine would be fun to tug on. The whole plant toppled to the ground about 3 ft or so. I'm embarrased to say this happened twice before I decided to hang it up.

Now, lots of growth on the babies is turning black. I've already plucked off a lot of it a few days ago, so I can see it's still happening. New leaves on the main plant are blackened and old leaves have been falling off at the base a lot faster than before. Although, this third shoot grew from nowhere despite the trauma.

What happens when a plant is dropped? It didn't lose much soil and no leaves broke off at the time. Will it eventually recover or should I hurry up and try to prop one of these babies cause it's a gonner?
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Jun 17, 2021 6:34 AM CST
The first few pics do not concern me.
The description of leaves turning black at the main base sounds like what always kills my spider plants. I don't know why. Maybe overwatering combined with low light.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Jun 17, 2021 7:09 AM CST
The stem probably got bent against the rim of the pot. Is the soil as dry as it looks?
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Name: Bria
Northern VA (Zone 7a)
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Bschmuck
Jun 17, 2021 7:46 AM CST
The top of the soil is dry. When tested with a bamboo stick it's dry about 2 inches down; the bottom 3 inches is moist. I'm frustrated cause this pot has one weenie drainage hole and, of course, a big tuber is growing through it.

The current light location is adjacent to a south facing window with mature trees, getting some direct afternoon sun, but mostly dappled. Previous location on the plant stand of doom was immediately in front of a massive bright east window.

Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Jun 17, 2021 7:51 AM CST
I have plant stands I can't use because of cats.. my sympathy.
Well, one teeny hole is bad, a tuber stuffed in the hole is not helping drainage.. not saying I am sure that is a problem here...

I had a pot sitting out on a ledge with just some debris.. the one small center hole was clogged and it held water even after I picked it up, two inches of water just sat. I think that is what plagues those pretty ceramic pots with the base molded right on.. single small holes get clogged too easily.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Jun 17, 2021 8:10 AM CST
Spider plant roots are like carrots. Once they have filled the pot and are mushed against each other, the plants can lose some of their vigor, and the struggle to get oxygen can play a role. A really deep pot is great for these plants.




You can trim the roots, but if you do, don't panic during the adjustment period. The new growth will be beautiful, and I would let the wounds dry overnight before putting back in a pot. It can be easier to just start a new pot with the babies but the babies pictured here aren't quite ready yet, not showing roots yet.

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Name: Bria
Northern VA (Zone 7a)
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Bschmuck
Sep 3, 2021 8:26 AM CST
Y'all, it was thrips. On everything. Everywhere.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Sep 3, 2021 12:33 PM CST
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