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Why Are My Spider Plant Leaves Bending? (Causes+ What to Do)

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Spider plants are popular among houseplant lovers because they are easy to care for and have a nice appearance. On the other hand, a new owner may find it challenging to keep them pleased, and one such obstacle is twisted leaves in spider plants. Most people ask why the leaves of spider plants bend and what can be done to solve that.

The primary cause of spider plant leaf bending is insufficient irrigation. Leaf bending can be caused by both too much and too little water. Always check the soil and water the plant if it appears to be dry. Leaf bend can also be caused by insufficient light, so keep your spider plant in bright indirect light.

Don’t worry if you’re still stumped as to why your spider plant’s leaves are bending and how to fix it. In this article, we’ll go over all of the issues and how to solve them thoroughly.

4 Reasons Spider plant leaves bend

Spider plants can live in hard environments, but they have to be healthy and visually good when maintained indoors. The following are the different factors that cause the leaves to bend.

1. Watering

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If you’ve ever observed, spider plant leaves bend frequently during the summer, and this is primarily due to a shortage of water. Summer brings a lot of heat, which causes water molecules or moisture inside the plant and soil to evaporate. The spider plant leaves will begin to bend if it does not receive enough water or if there is excessive water loss due to evaporation.

However, many people are aware of this and therefore water their plants daily. As a result, you will learn that doing so might cause leaf bending and root rot in the worst-case scenario.

2. Pests

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It could be a pest attack if you’ve done everything else correctly, but the leaves are bent. Several pests that feed on plant juice, such as aphids and spider mites, are guilty of leaf bending. When they contact the spider plant, they begin sucking the juice from the plant, causing the leaves to bow. These microscopic pests have the benefit of being invisible to our site, so they might be sucking the life out of your spider plant without even realizing it.

3. FertilizerFertilizer

Fertilizing less during the winter will have no negative consequences because the spider plant grows slowly and thus doesn’t require as many nutrients. Make sure, however, that you begin fertilizing the spider plant as soon as spring arrives. You don’t want your spider plant’s growth to be slowed down.

Also, flush out the salt buildups in the soil every 3-5 months by rinsing it out. That can help prevent over-fertilizing in the long run. When it comes to plant care, buying the greatest quality fertilizer will contribute to your spider plant’s higher growth.

Tips for fertilization

  • Using organic fertilizer instead of synthetic fertilizer can be a much better choice.
  • If you can’t find organic fertilizer, get any decent quality fertilizer with a balanced NPK ratio to guarantee the plant doesn’t go hungry.
  • Furthermore, the plants may request nitrogen-rich fertilizer at times. It aids the plant in creating protein and, as a result, is responsible for the formation of new tissues.
  • Always start with half the recommended dosage and adjust as needed depending on your plant’s needs.

4. SunlightSunlight

Sunlight is one of the most important elements in photosynthesis, which helps the plant produce food. However, too much or too little sun can cause spider plant leaves to bend. Make sure the plant isn’t in direct sunlight, although brilliant indirect light is essential.

Keeping the spider plants in the window throughout the summer may offer ample light for them, but I prefer to choose a better location during the winter because the light in the same spot may not be sufficient. Artificial light may be sufficient to substitute for natural light for a limited period when natural light is unavailable due to bad weather or other factors.

 5. Pot sizePot size

If you got your spider plant a few years ago and haven’t yet repotted it in a larger pot, it’s probably time to get it a new one. The old container isn’t providing enough area for the spider plants to develop. Every other year, repotting the spider plant might help the plant grow and thrive by giving it more room to extend its roots. It has been established that repotting the plant into a larger container can help it grow 40% larger.

Preventing bent leaves on your Spider plant

Take a deep breath and exhale a sigh of relief because you’ve probably figured out how to cure your spider plant’s bent leaves. However, if you want to avoid a situation like this in the future, you should know a few things.

  • After feeling the earth, water the spider plant; you must water your spider plant when the soil becomes dry. Otherwise, avoid watering.
  • If you’re not sure how much water to give your plants, use a moisture meter.
  • During the spring and summer, fertilize your plants once a month, and do not fertilize during the fall and winter.
  • Place your spider plant in a bright, indirect area where it will receive enough light.
  • Make sure the humidity level is greater than 50%.
  • Once a week, mist your plants with Neem oil to keep pests away, clean the foliage, and maintain humidity levels.

Everything may appear complicated to newcomers, but don’t overthink it. Your spider plant will amaze you with visible results once you’ve become used to the recommendations in this article.

Frequently asked questions:

  • Is it necessary for me to cut the bent leaves on my Spider Plant?

Many of you may have considered clipping down those bent leaves to hope that the new growth will be healthy when such an issue arises. However, this may not be of assistance. Your spider plant will continue to grow bent leaves as long as you don’t take good care of it. That means that if you aren’t careful with your spider plant, you won’t be able to get it back to normal.

So it’s critical to figure out what’s wrong with your spider plant and, more significantly, to address the problem so that your spider plants can grow and thrive.

  • Why does my spider plant’s leaf bending keep happening?

The plant, unlike humans, cannot communicate, yet if they appear sad, it signifies something is wrong with them. Bent leaves, brown tips, and other symptoms indicate that your spider plant needs assistance. To prevent further leaf bending, you must first identify the issues and then correct them. Know your responsibilities and be a good plant parent. And don’t be concerned. We are available to assist you at any time along your plant parenting adventure.


A bent leaf on a Spider plant can be ugly, and it can be upsetting to witness the plant you care for in such distress. Environmental variables such as insufficient or excessive irrigation and too much sunlight can cause plant leaves to bend. A plant leaf can also bend if a playful pet smacks it or if it falls from a great height.

The leaf may be repaired easily, but it must be maintained in some way to give it enough time to mend. It is easier to do with larger leaves.