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Jessica123
Nov 11, 2017 12:07 PM CST
Hi there,

I recently bought a new spider plant a few weeks ago. I had one during the summer but it ended up with root rot as I had watered it too much (weekly) and had used city water.

I let this one dry out before I watered it - about a week after getting it - using distilled water. However, a week later - it's covered in black leaves!! I called the garden centre I bought it from and they mentioned to cut back the black leaves. It's sitting up on an entertainment centre and receives a lot of light. I have attached a few photos. Please help!

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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Nov 11, 2017 1:01 PM CST
The room may be very bright to your eyes, but way up high close to the ceiling and tucked into a corner your Spider Plant is not getting nearly enough light. Your Spider Plant really needs to be hanging right in a sunny window or sitting on a windowsill.

Trimming the discolored leaves will make the plant look better but does not address the underlying problem. The garden center should have known that.
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Jessica123
Nov 11, 2017 1:20 PM CST
Thanks Will - sorry, I should have mentioned that the garden centre went through some possible issues (water type/frequency, fertilizer, temperature, light, etc.) but nothing seemed to match. The room is brighter than what the photo shows (one wall has four large windows) but maybe it's still not enough. Thanks for your input!
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DaisyI
Nov 11, 2017 1:25 PM CST
Black leaves on a Spider Plant mean over-watering. If its not getting enough light (and I don't know how it could be) and you are watering as usual, you are over-watering.
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WillC
Nov 11, 2017 1:58 PM CST
I can not say emphatically enough that it is not getting enough light to thrive. Light intensity drops off dramatically with every foot of distance from the light source or window. I know from experience that when plants are tucked in the corner or on high shelves close to the ceilng most of the usable light is cut off from the plant.

I agree with Daisy. When a plant does not get adequate light, its growth rate and use of water diminishes making it much easier to also over water. But reducing your watering will not be enough to overcome the lack of good light that it requires.
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