Houseplants forum: Spider plant has ouchies :(

Views: 660, Replies: 18 » Jump to the end
Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
Jun 27, 2017 6:56 PM CST
My spider plant has a few leaves that have gone brown or mushy. I'm not sure why. It's not the tips but the middle of leaf. I "rescued" this one from a life planted in a mug. It was horribly rootbound. It's also pretty pale despite window time.


Thumb of 2017-06-28/MythrilDelight/867782
Thumb of 2017-06-28/MythrilDelight/6cf184

Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
Charter ATP Member Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Mid-Atlantic Composter Region: Maryland Birds
Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: United States of America
Image
sallyg
Jun 28, 2017 6:01 AM CST
I don't have a good history with these. I think I have usually watered too much. Mine often get brown from the crown, and leaves die. Since you rescued from a mug, I'd suspect sometime it got too wet also.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
Life is a buffet (anon)
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
Dog Lover Daylilies Organic Gardener Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 I helped beta test the first seed swap
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Image
DogsNDaylilies
Jun 28, 2017 6:22 AM CST
Victoria, I've had mixed luck with my spider plants...I have inconsistent watering schedules which seems to suit it well sometimes, and not so well other times. I can't speak as to why your leaves would be brown in the middle of the plant, unfortunately, but the lighter leaves might not just be the water/sun issue, it may be wanting some additional nutrients, too. Spider plants are one of those plants that don't need a lot, or so I've been told. I've read that you can pretty much just 'plant' them in water...but mine seem to need occasional fertilizing, too. I generally do this when the leaves get pale and that seems to work, although I don't know with certainty that was the problem.

Sorry for vagueness and uncertainty, I can only relay my limited experience to you. I've had mine for a few years, but it loved me more a year or two ago than it does now and there are too many inconsistent variables right now for me to figure out what it is that mine is groaning about. Shrug!
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Cat Lover Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Region: California Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Composter Cactus and Succulents Dragonflies Hummingbirder Amaryllis Container Gardener
Image
tarev
Jun 28, 2017 11:39 AM CST
I would check condition of roots, and I hope you are using containers with drain holes. It stores lots of water in its fat roots, so it is so drought tolerant. I don't fertilize my spider plants either, just water and a lot of good air flow and part sun/shade. Most are outdoors, one is indoors growing in clay rocks and water.

To me it looks like it got overwatered. Are there other leaves affected? Or maybe the intensity of the sun as it passes through the window is burning the leaves too. What is the orientation of your window?

Here are mine:
Outdoors
Thumb of 2017-06-28/tarev/33d2e4

And one indoors:
Thumb of 2017-06-28/tarev/c8f408

This is how fat its roots can go, which helps a lot in its drought tolerance:
Thumb of 2017-06-28/tarev/c8cc37

Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
Image
WillC
Jul 1, 2017 7:47 AM CST
Posting a photo that shows the entire plant would be more helpful than just a single damaged leaf. If only a few leaves are damaged, it may not be a problem to worry about. If it is more extensive, it may be a result of the repotting. Inevitably, some roots are damaged during repotting and some leaf damage will also occur. If repotted properly, using the right sized pot and potting mix, the damage should be minimal and new growth should be healthy, even as some older leave die back.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
Jul 1, 2017 10:35 PM CST
WillC said:Posting a photo that shows the entire plant would be more helpful than just a single damaged leaf. If only a few leaves are damaged, it may not be a problem to worry about. If it is more extensive, it may be a result of the repotting. Inevitably, some roots are damaged during repotting and some leaf damage will also occur. If repotted properly, using the right sized pot and potting mix, the damage should be minimal and new growth should be healthy, even as some older leave die back.


I will take a photo tomorrow morning and give info. Sorry.
Georgia (Zone 8a)
Region: Georgia Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Houseplants Cactus and Succulents Annuals
Foliage Fan Birds Critters Allowed Hummingbirder Butterflies Bee Lover
Image
Hamwild
Jul 2, 2017 8:27 AM CST
No need to be sorry. Big Grin
Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
Jul 2, 2017 9:28 PM CST
The pot is probably 6-8" and it's in a 3/4 regular potting soil 1/4 cactus soil.

It gets a few hours of bright indirect light from a south facing window and watered when soil gets pretty dry but not over-dried. I've fertilized it once with a liquid plant food and as per instructions on the bottle.

When I purchased it, it was one of those little plants in a mug for Mother's Day. It was quite wilted and horribly rootbound. I actually had to cut the pot off the roots it was so bad. It went nuts when I first transplanted but now it's having issues.

Thumb of 2017-07-03/MythrilDelight/341767
Thumb of 2017-07-03/MythrilDelight/e97f70
Thumb of 2017-07-03/MythrilDelight/27e4d3
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Cat Lover Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Region: California Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Composter Cactus and Succulents Dragonflies Hummingbirder Amaryllis Container Gardener
Image
tarev
Jul 2, 2017 9:45 PM CST
Hello Victoria, the wilting ones seems to be the older lower leaves, so I won't worry about that. The new growth comes from the center, and to me it looks okay.

Just trim off the brown parts, and it should be good. Water as needed. Actually water alone seems fine with this plant. I don't fertilize my spiders and they just grow like weeds here.

When you water, just water directly the soil, early in the day, before the sun hits it. That's how I water mine here, making sure water drains out.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
Image
WillC
Jul 4, 2017 1:47 PM CST
I concur with Tarev. Older lower leaves reflect damage caused a while ago - probably before you rescued it from its mug (ging)! It is the newest growth that reflects that state of its current health and care. Yours is fine now!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
Jul 7, 2017 8:40 AM CST
Thank you all for the help!

I'm just reestablishing my green thumb so I tend to be a bit unsure of my plants are healthy or what I need.

I greatly appreciate the help and advice given and I am grateful for the wonderful members of this group ❤️
Name: Zack
Upstate NY (Zone 5b)
Foliage Fan Container Gardener Houseplants Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Garden Photography
Region: New York
Image
TheWitchBoy
Jul 18, 2017 4:37 PM CST
I just wanted to say that, aside from the damaged leaves, your spidey looks happy and healthy! I would have just advised the damaged leaves be plucked (because that's what I do to my own ailing spiderplant leaves).

I hope your friend is doing well! Best of luck!
"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - A. A. Milne
Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
Jul 22, 2017 10:41 PM CST
UPDATE:

Thank you all for all the info and help :). I trimmed the damaged leaves and it seems a lot happier; I even have new growth!
Thumb of 2017-07-23/MythrilDelight/2da1b1

Name: Zack
Upstate NY (Zone 5b)
Foliage Fan Container Gardener Houseplants Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Garden Photography
Region: New York
Image
TheWitchBoy
Jul 23, 2017 11:06 AM CST
He looks very happy! I see two shoots, so it looks like your spidey is ready for happy, healthy parenthood, even! The best to you and your green friend, @MythrilDelight!
"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - A. A. Milne
Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
Jul 23, 2017 8:08 PM CST
TheWitchBoy said:He looks very happy! I see two shoots, so it looks like your spidey is ready for happy, healthy parenthood, even! The best to you and your green friend, @MythrilDelight!


Is that what those weird looking shoots are? Spiderlings?? :)
Georgia (Zone 8a)
Region: Georgia Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Houseplants Cactus and Succulents Annuals
Foliage Fan Birds Critters Allowed Hummingbirder Butterflies Bee Lover
Image
Hamwild
Jul 23, 2017 8:10 PM CST
Yep! nodding
Name: Zack
Upstate NY (Zone 5b)
Foliage Fan Container Gardener Houseplants Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Garden Photography
Region: New York
Image
TheWitchBoy
Jul 23, 2017 9:03 PM CST
@MythrilDelight yes indeed, as Hamwild confirmed. I agree

You may also get a few spiderplant blooms/lilies. Thumbs up

I say "may" only because my plants have managed to make spidey pups without making spider blooms (or seed pods), but it seems like these uuuusually happen in tandem? Or no? I could be completely wrong on this, as I really only have my confused plants to go by, and my confused plants have been acting up since I divided them... (in a good way, but definitely acting up since previous years)

I personally love spiderplant lilies, so I definitely hope you get a few of those with your prospective babies. Crossing Fingers!
"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - A. A. Milne
Georgia (Zone 8a)
Region: Georgia Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Houseplants Cactus and Succulents Annuals
Foliage Fan Birds Critters Allowed Hummingbirder Butterflies Bee Lover
Image
Hamwild
Jul 23, 2017 9:20 PM CST
I'm not sure if the blooms always coincide with babies. They (the flowers) are so small, it's hard to notice sometimes! Big Grin
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Cat Lover Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Region: California Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Composter Cactus and Succulents Dragonflies Hummingbirder Amaryllis Container Gardener
Image
tarev
Jul 24, 2017 12:46 PM CST
Good recovery for your plant, Victoria! Thumbs up

At times the new pup is at the tip of the new bloomstalk and the blooms are up and down the same stalk:
Here is how it looked like on mine:
Thumb of 2017-07-24/tarev/4d40b7 Thumb of 2017-07-24/tarev/865ecf

Close-up:
Thumb of 2017-07-24/tarev/ca38ac Thumb of 2017-07-24/tarev/24a1cf




« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Houseplants forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by sunnyvalley and is called "Aster and Sedum"