How to Revive A Dying Spider Plant Properly

The reason why a declining spider plant typically due to root rot, which is usually caused to excessive watering, that causes the plant to shrink and then change color, with an appearance of dying. Spider plants may die back because of excessive fertilizer, inadequate watering, and low humidity, which can cause the tips of their leaves to turn brown.

To revive the dying spider plant, it is essential to water it correctly by allowing the top two inches of the soil to dry out between watering sessions to maintain the ideal temperature for growth, place the spider plants in bright indirect sunlight and replicate some of the conditions in its natural habitat.

Continue reading to find out the reason the spider plant you have is dying and the best way to fix the problem…

The leaves of the Spider Plant have brown tips

  • Signs: The leaves of spider plants becoming brown, usually with tips that are brown at the ends of the leaves, which appear dry.
  • The causes are: Very low humidity in the air, excessive or under watering, excessive airflow or wind through draughts or air conditioning excessive fertilizer, sunburn, low temperatures and fluoride in the water.

The spider plant is native in South Africa where they thrive in a warm tropical climate that has relatively high humidity and moderate rainfall.

If you don’t follow these guidelines when taking care of spider plants, the leaves can become brown and give a general looking drab…

Drought Stress Causing Spider Plants Brown Leaf Tips

The leaves of spider plants typically change color at the tips when they are experiencing drought stress because of inadequate irrigation, poor humidity or air flow that drains water from the leaves faster and the roots may then absorb water.

Spider plants have been adapted to endure droughts because they store water in their fleshy roots and rhizomes, but they have tips that are brown if the soil has dried completely.

Spider plants are found in tropical regions of Africa and the African continent, therefore the lack of humidity in your home is not in line with their natural environment. It can cause water loss from their leaves in a manner that can cause stress, resulting in the tips of their leaves turning brown due to the dehydration.

The air currents that circulate that circulate through our homes due to forced air, air conditioning or convention currents that come from sources of heat may cause water loss from leaves, and cause of leaf tips that are brown.

How to Resurrect Spider Plants with brown leaves because of drought stress

  • Sprinkle the foliage with a spray of liquid to make a moist micro-climate surrounding the spider plant.This assists in replicating the conditions of greater humidity in the spider plant in the tropical zone and decreases losses of water from leaves. Spray your spider plant once a week, or twice every week if you live in a region with particular low humidity.
  • Make sure to water your spider plant more frequently. While spider plants are tolerant of dry conditions, their leaves may turn brown once the soil is dry completely. It is best to give spider plants a watering in the first two inches feels somewhat damp to dry instead of when the soil is the soil is completely dry. Typically, watering every 7-10 days is enough for spider plants, however this may vary based on the weather and climate, so be sure to check the time you need to wait for your upper 2 inches to appear somewhat dry in order to determine the proper time to water your home.
  • Make sure you give your spider plant an ample soak. If you water it too lightly, it will only dampen the top inch or two of soil. The water does not penetrate the soil to reach the roots, causing the leaf’s tip to brown due to drought stress. Make sure to give your plants a thorough soak to allow excess water is able to escape through drainage holes to ensure that the soil is evenly moist to ensure that the roots can absorb the water they need.
  • Find this plant within a space that is not drenched in significant amounts and avoid the direct flow of forced air and air conditioning. Air flow that is too strong drains the leaves of moisture. The spider plants favor a more humid climate.

If the reason for the brown leaves of spider plants edges is stress from drought,, then the plant will be able to recover after a couple of cycles of watering over the next weeks.

It is usually required to trim the brown edges of leaves when the stress of drought was extreme because the tips don’t have to return to their green or varigated colors.

Cut away the edges of the leaves using a sterilized pair of pruners to encourage the growth of the plant and improve your overall look.

(For more details, check out my article essential tips to know for the watering of spider plants).

spider plant on outstretched arm

Over-fertilization Causes Spider Plant leaf tips to Brown

Spider plants aren’t necessarily heavy feeders , but they do benefit from feeding during the summer and spring months.

If fertilizer is applied to the plant too frequently, at a large quantities or during the winter months, when the plant is not growing as fast (and consequently is less dependent on nutrients) the tips of the leaves become brown and crisp in a sign of stress.

Spider plants generally require a half-strength application of a balanced general fertilizer for house plants every month beginning in spring until mid- summer to ensure that they are fit and healthy.

A high amount of fertilizer can cause the formation of salts in the soil , which causes it to be difficult for roots to absorb water.

To bring back spider plants that have brown tips on their leaves due to excessive fertilizer use, pull the plant from its pot and remove the soil surrounding it out of the pot.

Repot your dirt (as it has become stale and accumulated salt) with a new potting soil and then repot the spider plant.

The plant should be given a good soak following the replanting process to reduce any shock from transplants and also to remove any salts remaining in the root zone.

If the tips of the leaves aren’t regenerating in appearance, cut them off with the use of sterile pruners that stimulate the growth of new plants.

Brown Leaf Tips due to Fluoride in Tap Water

Spider plants are extremely sensitive to household chemicals water, such as fluoride and chlorine. The leaves’ tips may turn brown or fade when exposed to fluoride.

It is therefore recommended to water your spider plants using filtered water as well as rainwater instead of tap water in order to prevent accumulation of toxic chemicals.

The tips of the brown leaves don’t recover from chemical or fluoride sensitivity therefore to enhance its appearance,, simply cut off the leaf’s tips using sterile pruners. Avoid watering using tap water.

Spider plants are able to grow fairly quickly in the spring and summer months and should fully recover.

Temperatures higher than 80degF and lower than 55degF cause spider Plant leaf tips to turn Brown

The ideal temperature for the growth of spider plants is 65degF (18degC) 75degF (23degC) during the day, and higher than 55degF (12degC) at night.

When the temperatures are significantly lower than 55 degrees for a prolonged period or is higher than the temperature of 80°F (27degC) The leaves of spider plants show the signs of stress, becoming brown, or even becoming black.

Spider plants thrive at room temperatures and require direct light that is bright rather than direct sunlight, which usually keeps them within the ideal temperature range to grow.

Transfer your spider plant to a spot with more shade if you are located in the sunlight.

The brown tips could result from the fact that the leaves of the spider plant come into contact with cold windows that could be frozen in winter, so make sure your leaves aren’t touching windows if you reside in colder climates as the spider plant is tropical.

Remove any brown or damaged tips of the leaf to encourage new growth. The plant will re-grow.

(Read my article about a spider plant isn’t growing and not putting out baby spiders?)

Leaves Turning Brown due to too Much Sun

Spider plants can be found being able to thrive in shady areas beneath the canopy of trees. They can be tolerant of dappled light, however they thrive in direct light that is bright and intense.

When leaves come in contact with direct sunlight it can result in the plants drying out, which causes brown tips on the leaf or sunburn that can make the majority of the leaves brown when exposed to sunlight.

Sun exposure too long can cause death to the spider plant, so it is essential to relocate it to shade as quickly as you are able to.

By a little watering and misting the foliage with a mist, you can aid to bring back the spider plant, as it is possible that the direct sunlight may have caused some stress from drought.

The leaves that have become brown because of sunburn are not able to return to green, so it is essential to trim the individual leaves at bottom of the plant to enhance the appearance.

If the majority of leaves are sunburned, just trim only a handful of leaves at a time , to keep the plant from dying from shock.

Sunburn is most commonly experienced after the plant moves from a place that is shaded to an area that is directly lit by the sun.

While spider plants are tolerant of some direct sunlight but the contrast between sun and shade when it’s suddenly moved increases the chance of sunburn.

Spider Plant Turning Yellow and Drooping

  • Symptoms. The leaves from the plant turn yellow, with a drooping looking like they are dying.
  • Causes. Insufficient watering, slow draining soils, or excessive fertilizer, big pots that require a long time to dry out.

The spider plants originate from tropical regions in South Africa and are adapted to withstand drought , with roots that are thick and rhizomes which hold water and nutrients.

Thus, spider plants tend to be more prone to the effects of excessive watering and under-watering.

The majority of spider plant require top 2 inches of the soil to dry out between watering cycles to ensure the best balance of water.

The leaves of spider plants turn yellow and die when they are not adequately watered or in soils that drain too slowly.

If the spider plant is constantly overwatered, it could begin to develop root decay at the point where it becomes difficult to save. It is recommended to reproduce and grow plants that might be growing as the main plant is dying back.

Check out this YouTube video on how to grow spider plants:

Injecting too much fertilizer frequently can cause leaves to shrink and become yellow in an indication of stress while the tips may become brown in reaction.

Spider plants prefer smaller pots and flourish despite being roots bound, which may hinder flowering.

Pots that are larger have a higher capacity to hold soil, and consequently contain more moisture, which could increase the chance of developing root rot.

How to Resurrect Drooping Spiders Plants with yellow leaves

The leaf of spider plant may begin to yellow because of stress caused by excessive moisture surrounding the roots. They can recover when you reduce the amount of watering.

If the roots were in moist soil for a long period of time, the spider plant is more likely to develop root rot, which could kill the plant.

How to Resurrect Spider plants that have roots that are rotten…

  • If you believe the reason for yellow leaves is excessive watering then take the spider plant from the soil and examine the roots. Healthy roots appear white, whereas those suffering from root rot change to brown and become mushy. If you suspect that your roots be suffering from root rot, then trim the roots that look diseased and re-grow them to healthy. (If the roots appear white and are not being soft, then reduce the amount of watering).
  • Make use of a cloth that has been soaked in alcohol disinfectant to clean the pruners’ blades in between each cut to avoid spreading fungal pathogens and diseases to the parts that are healthy.
  • Clean the soil and plant the plant in a fresh pot (or clean the container thoroughly using disinfectants) and then use a new pots as the old soil could be a reservoir for fungal pathogens which can cause root rot.
  • Make sure the soil is evenly damp for the next four weeks , and mist the leaves frequently to help reduce shock from transplants.
  • Make sure that the pot has drainage holes at the base so that excess water can be able to drain away. If you are using trays or saucers underneath the pot to stop water from spilling into your home make sure to empty the tray or saucer regularly to ensure that the soil doesn’t remain sloppy.

The spider plant might not be able to recover, especially if root rot is serious, but repotting the plant can give it the chance to live.

If you believe that excessive fertilizer is the reason for the yellowing of your leaves…

  • Stop fertilizing until the plant has recovered. Fertilizer should be applied at half strength about every month during the spring and summer months during the vigorous growth.
  • The soil should be thoroughly watered in order to remove any salts that build up from the fertilizer use. But only water after the two inches above the soil are dry enough to cause problems due to over-watering.
  • If the spider plant doesn’t begin to show signs of recovery after four weeks, then you must change the soil. It could be that the salts accumulated within the soil (due to fertilizers) remain in a high a concentration. The only way to bring back this plant would be to replace it with a new pot soil.

If the spider plant displays signs of healing, but individual leaves remain yellow, cut the affected leaves back towards the base of the plant.

Sometimes, spider plants turn yellow in a sign of stress because of a difference in temperature, so make sure the plant is kept between 65 degF (18degC) 75degF (23degC) so that the plant to recuperate.

Key Takeaways

  • The reason a spider plant dies is typically caused by root rot caused by excessive irrigation, which makes the leaves yellow, causing the plant to shrink and appear to be dying. Insufficient humidity and fertilizer may cause the spider plant’s leaf tips to brown and then fade again.
  • Low humidity and under-watering causes leaf tips to brown because of stress from drought. Mist the leaves to increase the amount of watering.
  • Temperatures that are higher than 80degF and less than 55degF causes the spider plant’s leaf tips to brown and then die back. The ideal temperature for the growth of spiders can be found between the 65-degree range (18degC) between 75degF and (23degC).
  • To bring back a dying spider plant, try to recreate some conditions in the native habitat by using moderate watering, a higher humidity, and warmer temperatures. the plant will recuperate.


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