During the winter, most indoor plants, including the spider plant, go dormant. Because the plant is in dormancy during the winter, the maintenance required of your spider plant will be slightly different. So, without further ado, let’s get this party started.
Place the spider plant in a bright, well-lit area away from direct sunlight and drafts. Allow the soil to dry out completely before watering, and stop fertilizing your spider plant throughout the winter months. Aside from that, maintaining a high humidity level is critical for the health of your spider plant.
During the winter, the spider plant does not grow, which is natural. During the late winter and early autumn, the spider pups grow. The mother plant must also be in ideal condition for the spider pups to display good growth. As a result, it’s critical to look after your spider plant during the winter months.
- How to Take Care of a Spider Plant In the Winter?
How to Take Care of a Spider Plant In the Winter?
Spider plants are midsize plants that do not require much water in the winter. The spider plants, unlike succulents and fragile plants, require watering every two weeks or such. During the fall and winter, though, the spider plants require a bit more misting.
The spider babies will begin to grow shortly after the winter has passed. Your spider plant’s health is dependent on the spider pups. The following are the things you should do to ensure that you take care of your spider plant.
1. Make sure your spider plant is properly fertilized
During the winter, spider plants are dormant and show no evidence of growth. As a result, we don’t need to feed the plant during the winter because it doesn’t grow. During the spring and summer, however, we will need to nourish the spider plant. During the growing season, once every two weeks is sufficient. We lower the feed by half in the fall, and we don’t feed the plant at all in the winter.
Because the plant is not receiving any nutrients, too much fertilizer might cause the soil to become acidic, which will kill the plant. As a result, don’t feed the spider plant in the winter.
2. Keep an eye out for the positioning of the plants
The spider plant’s location is quite important. The spider plant needs bright, indirect light to thrive. We will see that the spider plant’s leaves will grow better if we provide it with bright indirect sunlight for a few hours each day. We never recommend shifting the plant from one end of the spectrum to the other. The spider plant’s growth is inhibited if we shift the plant from one extreme to the other.
It is recommended that the spider plant be kept near a Northern or even a west-facing window, but an east-facing window would suffice. When the spider plant is placed in the Southern window and receives direct sunlight, the problem occurs.
The spider plant will get drooping and wilt as a result of the chilling draft. We’ll also note that the leaves of the spider plant have turned yellow or brown. The spider plant thrives in temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The plant, on the other hand, can withstand temperatures as low as 35°F.
Keep the plant away from such temperatures. We’ll have to make sure that the spider plant gets enough light. During the winter, the spider plant will require watering, and when the pups begin to grow, a strong misting will be required. Another thing to remember about the spider plant is to keep it away from kids and pets.
3. Make sure your spider plant gets enough water
Anyone can make a mistake when it comes to irrigation conditions. The most common cause of spider plant death throughout the winter is overwatering. In severe cases, it can even leave your plant wilting and helpless to survive and recover. During the summer, we water the spider plant once a week; however, in the fall, we reduce the watering to once every two weeks, and in the winter, once every two weeks is sufficient.
Before watering the spider plants, it is always a good idea to feel the soil. It’s best if the soil is dry and not wet. Another thing to keep in mind, to feel the dirt; we must dig at least 2 inches deep. The top layer of soil may be dry, but the soil beneath it is damp.
During the winter, the spider plant is prone to overwatering. If the spider plant is neglected, pests are attracted to it as well.
4. Maintain proper humidity and moisture levels
The spider plant enjoys the extra humidity and isn’t bothered by the extra misting. When we see the spider pups on the mother plant, misting becomes even more important. The spider plant will need to be misted virtually every day at this point.
The spider plant thrives in temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The spider plant can withstand temperatures as low as 35°F. Bringing the plant to such low temperatures is never recommended.
The spider plant prefers strong indirect sunlight and might be difficult to grow in the winter. We need to close the windows that allow a cool breeze to reach the spider plant. The spider plant may get drooping and experience stunted development as a result of the chilling draft.
It is usually a good idea to keep the plant away from radiators and air conditioners. The heat reduces the spider plant’s moisture from the radiators and the cool draft from the window. The color of the spider plant leaves turns yellow and falls off the plant, allowing your spider plant to thrive.
During the winter, going to a place with a lot of humidity, such as the bathroom or a closed room, is beneficial to the spider plant.
Misting might also be beneficial in certain cases. If the humidity level is really low, a humidifier is used to aid with the humidity. We may not observe the spider pups grow if the plant does not receive enough moisture. During the winter, it’s necessary to keep the Spider plant away from the radiators.
5. For the sake of the plant, avoid extremes
Some people have trouble keeping their spider plants alive. Even among them, the one who moves the spider plant about a lot is the one who has the greatest trouble. For example, if you keep your spider plant on your patio or anywhere outside during the summer and decide to bring it inside during the winter, keeping it alive can be challenging for most of you.
In such cases, we transferred the plant from one extreme to the other, causing it to go into shock. For example, when we leave our spider plant out on the patio, it receives more intense light and is exposed to it for a longer period. However, as we take them indoors, the plant receives less sunshine and for a shorter period.
As a result, the plant will almost certainly suffer. When we move the spider plant from our bathroom to our living room, it’s a similar situation. The plant had been in a humid environment, and when it is moved to a dry one, it is likely to be shocked. As a result, we must ensure that the transition is gradual. The graduality is accomplished in two ways:
- Allowing the plant to adjust to the new environment for a few weeks before relocating them permanently.
- Relocating them to a similar environment to where they were previously stationed.
Your spider plant will have no trouble if you do it correctly. However, if these issues are not addressed, your plant is likely to suffer from drooping of a few leaves, stunted growth, and other issues.
Because the spider plant is native to tropical Africa, it is commonly grown as a houseplant in the United States. However, it may also be grown outdoors during the summer months, out of direct sunlight. Just make sure you bring it back inside before the temperature drops too low, and the plant becomes damaged. This tropical beauty will perish if it comes into contact with frost.
Spider plant looks fantastic in a hanging basket or on a table, where its long shoots with plant “babies” on the ends make an eye-catching show, indoors or out.