How Much I Should Water My Spider Plant?

The spider plant is at its best when the soil is dry slightly prior to the next watering. Check the potting mix each 4 to 5 days and water it thoroughly if the soil feels a bit dry to the feel. Other variables that influence frequency of watering include the time of year and temperature, humidity and the dimensions that the plants are.

Inadequate watering practices can be detrimental to the spider plant. If you overwater it could cause problems with the root decay. Fungal diseases can lead to the leaves to brown, yellow the leaves, wilting and eventually end up killing your plant.

More concerning is that the spider plants that are submerged grow extremely slowly and show ugly brown spots. The leaves can turn yellow and droopy, curled, and then fall over. The plant may eventually become dry, wilted and end up dying.

In this light, you might be thinking about how often you need to water your spider plants. In this article, I’ll guide you through the signs that indicate spider plants require to drink water. Learn the fundamental guidelines for irrigation for your plants. Additionally, you’ll learn about the factors that influence the frequency of irrigation.

Factors That Impact Spider Plant Watering Frequency

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Seasons

Spider plants are fantastic to grow indoors all year long. However, they are prone to bloom more quickly and expand faster during the warmer months. This is why you need to alter the frequency of your watering according to the time of year.

Summer

Spider plants prefer direct, bright sunlight. It is also a time of growth. You’ll see that the spider plant develops bulbs-like roots, more leaves, and even plantlets. This is why you’ll need to give your plant more frequently to ensure the healthy growth.

The first step is to examine the soil every couple of days to determine whether it has dried slightly. In general, it is recommended to be watering young and vibrant plants approximately two times per week during summer. If you have larger plantlets, watering them once every week will suffice during this time of year.

Winter

Spider plants generally develop slower in winter, especially during the cold winter months. In certain instances the decrease in growth is significant. Therefore, it is recommended to reduce the amount of watering you give to prevent the negative consequences of excessive watering as well as root rot.

In winter, let the soil in your potting pot to dry a bit more than normal prior to watering. I have found that watering the young plants every 7-10 days is sufficient. Plants that are larger than adult spiders should be watered at least once every three weeks. It will all depend on how wet the soil.

Spring

The growth rate shifts into a higher speed in the springtime. It is recommended to be sure to water your spider plant every week at least to ensure that it is kept in check. The younger spider plants should be watered more often than that at least twice per week.

During Flowering

It’s likely that your flowers and pups begin to blossom in the summer. This means that you’ll have to increase the amount of watering you give to two times per week.

Size of The Plant

Larger spider plants naturally need more water than their smaller counterparts. With a stronger root system, bigger plants absorb more water. However it loses more water by transpiration, photosynthesis and respiration.

However, the younger spider plants are growing rapidly in their first season. This means that they require more water. It is recommended to give them a good dose of water every week at least during the growth phase that is rapid. Then, water the smaller plants every 3 weeks 2 times, up to the point that soil is dried out slightly.

Temperature

Spider plants are at their best in cooler temperatures, in the range of 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius) between 65 and (18 degrees Celsius). Temperatures that are higher than 80 degF (27 degC) are likely to boost the rate of respiration. The spider plant absorbs more water, and the soil will dry faster.

High Temp

In the summer, for example you’ll need to increase the frequency of watering to replenish the moisture that is lost through transpiration and respiration.

Low Temp

In colder weather like winter, the reverse is the case. The spider plant is a little inactive, and requires less water.

Humidity

A spider plant loves humidity. However, higher humidity can reduce transpiration and the consumption of water from the plant. This means that you’ll need to water your plants less often when the humidity is high.

In contrast low humidity can speed the loss of water from leaves. In the end, the soil will dry quicker. This means that you’ll need to keep your spider plants watered more frequently.

Location of The Plant

A spider plant that is placed near windows facing south will require to be watered more frequently. Why? It’s because it gets more sunlight. This is also true for spider plants that are placed near heat vents or lamps, radiators and other sources of heat.

It is necessary not water the spider plants as frequently when it isn’t getting plenty of sunlight. For instance, if you place it near an north or east-facing window.

Type of Pot

It is possible to pot your spider plants in a pot made of terracotta, ceramic, or a plastic pot. The kind of pot you choose will determine how often you need to keep your plant watered.

Terracotta Pots

It’s ideal to grow spider plants. They help to aerate soil and stop water logging. But, they lose water faster, and you’ll have to increase the watering frequency.

Plastic Pots

Plastic pots help keep the soil moist for the longest time. Therefore, it is important not to overwater in order to avoid the root to rot, edema and other negative effects of excessive watering.

Ceramic Pots

Ceramic pots are situated between plastic and terracotta. Spider plants thrive when planted in well-drained soil in the ceramic pot. However, make sure to make sure to check the soil regularly to ensure that you add water after it’s dried out slightly.

Size of Pot

Alongside the design of pot, the size is also important. Be sure that the pot’s size is in line with the size that your plant is. If the pot isn’t big enough for your plant the soil will dry out more quickly.

The reverse is also valid. When the size of the container is too big it will cause the soil to become too moist and will become waterlogged. This is a recipe for root decay.

Since your spider plant requires soil that is drying out it’s best to go using a medium-sized pot. The amount of water you give your plant is based on not just the size and kind of pot, but also the frequency at which the soil is dried out.

Type of Potting Mix

The ideal soil mix must be well-drained. This prevents the soil from becoming soggy and causing root decay. Limit the amount of time you water if your soil isn’t draining well. If it’s not enough drained then increase the rate of irrigation.

Golden Rules of Watering A Spider Plant

Keep the Soil Evenly Moist

Make sure that the soil is evenly damp. If the soil isn’t uniformly moist, it will result in water-logged areas that are localized. These areas of water can make your spider plant more susceptible to fungal infections.

The water should be drained until it emerges from the bottom, to ensure the same amount of moisture. Don’t plant tiny plants in a pot that is too large. Be sure to empty the excess.

Make Sure The Soil Dries Out Slightly Between Watering

It’s the gold standard. The spider plants can be described as semi-hardy plants and therefore, they prefer dry conditions. Make sure the potting mix is been driest before your next irrigation.

Utilize the finger test to determine the amount of the moisture. Make sure to poke your finger about 1 inch deep into the potter’s mix. If it’s a little wet, wait for a couple of days before trying again.

Water Early Morning or Water Late Evening

It is recommended to water your lawn earlier in the day or later in the evening is recommended. So, any drips or spills onto the foliage will get plenty of time to evaporate and dry as the temperature rises later in the day.

The longer leaves remain wet, the greater the chance of getting diseases an upper hand. Additionally, spider plants tend to take in warm water more quickly over colder water. This can cause the leaves turning yellow, brown spots, and swelling.

Do Not Wet The Leaves

As a general guideline it is best to avoid overhead watering. The damp leaves attract fungi, bacteria and other pathogens that cause disease. Instead, opt for drip irrigation or sprinkle water near the base the spider plants.

Ensure Water Reaches The Roots

The spider plant will not take in water if the moisture isn’t in the root. More importantly, the roots may be dry and die when the soil isn’t sufficiently moist.

Avoid Waterlogging

The spider plant is more likely to die due to the accumulation of water than it is from a lack of water. Waterlogging can literally drown the plant, however roots require oxygen. Even with a great drainage system the soil that is waterlogged will cause roots to rot and die.

There are no obvious indications of waterlogging or overwatering:

  • The leaves can change color and fall off.
  • Wrinkling, wiggling, and curling.
  • Odors that are unpleasant can be caused by fungal or bacterial growth.
  • If you see any fungal gnats.
  • If you feel that the soil is too wet, it is best to reduce the amount of watering until the soil has dried up a bit.

Use Well Drainage Capacity Soil

Spider plants thrive in a well-drained potting mixture. The water should flow easily through a mix of orchid substrates vermiculite, loamy clay, vermiculite perlite, and coarse sand. Peat moss is a great way to keep moisture in place for longer as well.

How Do You Know If Your Spider Plant Needs Watering?

It is recommended to make it a practice of checking your spider plant at least every 4-5 days. It should be checked at least once per week. Here are some tried-and-tested methods you can employ to determine when you need to water your plants:

Finger or Stick Test

Use your fingers or a stick that is about one” into the top soil to check for the level of moisture. Next step easy:

Take the watering can off when the soil is dry to the surface.

  • If you feel damp Try checking it for dampness again after a few days.
  • It is important to ensure that the soil is dry on the surface before you water it again.

Potting Soil Color

It is possible to determine the amount of moisture simply by looking at the soil’s color. Based on my experience, soil that is wet tends to be more dark than dry mix. If it’s a lighter gray, it’s an indication of dryness.

I do not employ this method on my own. The next step is to make use of fingers, a stick or skewer to determine the amount of wetness.

Wilting or Drooping Leaves

If you see any leaves that are wilting or falling It’s time to take open the watering container. But, you shouldn’t have to wait until it happens.

Brown Leaf Tips

There are many reasons for the brown spots that appear on leaf tips. The most frequent reason is a lack of water. Other causes include fertilizer burn, stress from temperature low humidity, illness, and cold draft.

Leaves Turning Brown or Yellow

Insufficient or excessive water could cause the leaves of spider plants to turn either yellow or brown. If you don’t water them immediately the leaves will begin to wilt dry, then eventually fall off.

Leaves Wrinkling

Wrinkling of leaves often goes in hand with the process of wilting. Spider plants wrinkle their leaves as a natural reaction to guard itself against dehydration. Therefore, ensure that you keep your plant hydrated at the first sign of wrinkles.

Leaves Drying Out and Falling Off

If the leaves on your spider plant begin to dry out and drop off, you’ll know that you’ve gone in the wrong direction without watering your plant. It usually happens following leaf becoming yellow, brown spots and then wilting. Choose a protected place to water and nurture the plant to its health.

Measure The Weight of The Pot

You’re probably aware of how heavy your spider plant if it’s properly watered and healthy. If it’s not as heavy there must be something going on. The cause is usually insufficient humidity.

Use A Moisture Meter

For a gardener who is passionate like me using a stick or a finger test isn’t always sufficient. I’ve purchased a reliable and accurate moisture gauge. It is a reliable piece of an instrument since it measures the level of moisture and pH.

How to Water A Spider Plant?

The watering system is coming from above.

  • Avoid watering overhead. The dampness of the leaves makes your spider plant more susceptible to illnesses.
  • Make sure you use a container with narrow nozzles that don’t spray water across the leaf.
  • It is best to water gently in the morning, or later at night. Be sure that the water flows from at the base (if the bottom is porous).
  • Clean up the run-off within 10 minutes.
  • Make sure to check back in every 4 to 5 days. Re-water if the soil appears to be dry.

Watering from below

The watering of the spider plants from the bottom is the most effective and suggested method. To get the best results, you should use an insulated saucer that has pebbles in it to help with irrigation.

  • Place the saucer under the pot or container.
  • Make sure to fill it with water that is fresh when your plant that needs water.
  • Allow the pot to sit within the water till the dirt is uniformly damp. It could take up to a full day.
  • Take the sauce out after the soil has reached the recommended level of water levels.

Self-Watering Pots

If drip-irrigation is the method you prefer We recommend using a self-watering container. I love the fact that it’s extremely efficient and can save you time. Don’t worry about underwatering or overwatering.

  • Make sure you invest in a top-quality self-watering pot. It is best to choose one that has an indicator or a see-through side.
  • The reservoir should be filled with water that is fresh The pot then will take care of the rest.
  • Fill the reservoir with water every month or as often.

How to Water Propagated Spider Plants?

When your plants look healthy, happy and content they’ll develop thin, long stems that extend from the middle. Each stem will be covered with plants or tiny baby plants at the tips. It is possible to propagate these plants to expand the number of plants you have without having to spend a dime.

To encourage root growth:

  • Place the plantlets in a cup of clean non-chlorinated, water for about five days.
  • The roots that are already present on the plantlets will grow and become stronger. The new roots are also expected to appear.
  • Alternately, you can place the babies in a separate pot mix.

In any case, you must ensure that the soil is evenly wet. It is recommended to water the soil at least twice a week. This is particularly true in the summer heat.

After the roots have established an established footing and are stable, you can resume the normal routine of watering. It could take as long as one year before the plants have grown fully and settled. Some tips to remember:

  • Let the excess water be drained out towards the bottom. You can empty the saucer to avoid clogging with water.
  • Make sure the soil is evenly moist until the roots are fully established. However, be careful not to apply excessive amounts of water.
  • Mist the plants that are propagated daily to ensure that humidity remains at the optimal levels.
  • Do not use chlorinated or softened water. Never use softened or chlorinated.

Watering Spider Plants After Repotting

You may have noticed that it is recommended to pot your spider plant each one or two years. The main reason is to revive the plant by using an adequately drained and fertilized pot mix. After a while your potting mix is likely to be full of chemicals and salts that could cause burns to the spider plant.

Prepare the New Pot

Make sure that the container you are buying is perforated to increase the aeration process and release excess water. Spider plants aren’t tolerant of soil that is soaked with water.

Set Up a Saucer

Get a good saucer, and then add some pebbles. This can be useful when you need to water.

Even Moisture

Make sure that the new soil is evenly moist until roots have established. Examine your soil every few days. If it’s dried out slightly, water it again.

Choose Your Watering Method

When your roots are settled back and are working without any issues, it’s the time to return to the regular routine of watering. You can make use of an automatic watering pot or use water from at the base (highly advised).

If you are left with no other option then you can always take a shower from the top. Make sure that the water doesn’t splash onto the leaves. In the early morning or late in the evening, watering is recommended.

Final Words

Spider plants are prone to flooding and overwatering. It is important to examine the soil to be sure that it has dried out slightly before you water it again. Utilizing a finger test, look at leaves for brown and yellowing spots, or measure the levels of moisture using the aid of a meter.

Sources: University of Florida, Clemson University)

Stephanie

Stephanie

Went from a bad gardener to a half-decent one over 10+ years. Super happy to share my tips and tricks with you :)