Why is my Spider Plant Dying?

The spider plant ( Chlorophytum comosum) may occasionally experience health issues. In severe cases, it could appear as if your plants is dying.

In this post we’ll look at the causes and effects of the likely reason for your spider plant is dying and the ways to address them.

When your plant’s spider is suffering from a decline, there’s an excellent chance that it’s the result of improper watering or inadequate lighting conditions. The root rot caused by overwatering could be fatal to the spider plant.

They are durable and tolerant house plants and the odds are high that if you have one showing signs of trouble it can be relieved.

Signs of Spider Plant Dying

Here are a few of the most frequently observed indicators to be aware of in regards to the condition of the Spider Plant. If you notice any of these signs, you should look for the warning signs early and take action. must be taken.

Quick action on this plant will nearly always allow you to restore your plant back to its full health.

  • Leaves that look dull or pale.
  • The leaves are drooping and lose texture.
  • Dark tips towards the end of the leaves.
  • The edges of the leaf are brown and fresh.
  • The overall leaf color is from black to brown and wet.
  • A few tiny holes are present in this leaf.

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The reasons for the reason why your Spider Plant Dying

Spider plants will never enter decline without a reason, and we’ll now take a examine the causes of each symptom and the various ways to address these issues.


The first indication that you’ve been submerged the plant are the appearance of dark spots on the tips of the leaves. The edges that are brown appear crisp and dry and are dead plant material.

If the issue continues, the leaves will begin to wilt, as the plants fall into decline.

The deficiency or lack of soil water prevents the roots from doing their function, that is to provide minerals and nutrients to the higher areas in the plants.


The plant should be given a good soak and allow the excess water to evaporate. Then, make sure not to let your plant to dry out completely. Let the soil’s top inch dry, but below the soil should be kept damp.

It is easy to check this by poking your fingers into the soil of the pot and smelling for cool damp water.

I’ve written an additional detailed guide on how often to water your spider plant that will aid you in optimizing your schedule for watering.


This is a frequent issue that is common to Spider Plants and is also the only issue most likely to cause the complete demise the plant. The plants have long, tubular roots that are able to store moisture effectively.

When the plants are overwatered the roots could be damaged and begin to rot and eventually cause problems to be revealed within the leaf.

If the leaves of your plant turn brown, or even worse or black, and then become limp or soggy, it is likely that you’ve enjoyed the Spider Plant into a state of poor health.

It’s unlikely that you’ll become the very first gardener to try this, and you certainly won’t become the only one either. Overwatering is the most frequent issue with plants in the house.

In the next article, we’ll discuss how to solve this issue however, here’s an outline of the table to help you can get a better understanding of how your plant needs to be kept hydrated.


The overwatering of plants can cause serious issues because it could cause root rot. If this occurs, even though the first signs that you see will show their presence in the leaves, the problem is coming from the root.

Rotted and damaged the ability of the root to provide nutrients to leaves may be seriously compromised.

The first thing you need to do is to tap the plant from its container, and then examine its root ball.

The healthy ball of roots is full of solid white roots, and the soil is either moist or dry. If you notice an uncolored, soggy mass of roots and soil that is wet, then you may have root decay.

With a pair of sharp scissors or secateurs remove all damaged root matter until you get to your healthy, white root.

Place the plant on a piece of paper. Allow all extra water drain away or evaporate.

Once your root ball is dried little, can you begin to plant again using an potting mix that is clean. (See the repotting procedure below).

If your plant is severely overwatered, do not water it in its new pot for a full day or two since new soil for potting is usually somewhat damp.

Then, follow the proper watering schedule. The plant will soon recover to its normal state.


I am mentioning drainage in this instance since it is a factor in the problems of overwatering and underwatering.

If the soil in your potting pot isn’t able to drain, the plant, it will be affected and the roots could rot, in the event that the water drains too quickly and the plant won’t be able to take in the water it needs to flourish.

In both cases you’ll encounter the same symptoms I’ve described in the two cases above.


It’s so obvious, it’s tempting to not discuss it, but be sure the container your plant is growing in is equipped with drainage holes.

You’ll be amazed at the amount of plants sold inside containers which do not have holes in the bottom . And in these cases there’s no place for the water that is left to go.

A great plant container must include at least one hole that is sufficient to insert the end of your finger through.

The next thing you’ll have to take care of is to make sure that the saucer on the dish is not full of water.

If this happens it is when the water that flows down through the potting soil gets blocked, and blocks the flow of water.

The soil also must drain quickly. In contrast to succulents and cacti, it isn’t necessary to have soil that drains quickly.

However, at the same you shouldn’t have soil that absorbs water like a sponge , and leaves the plant’s root system covered in a muddy soil.

Fortunately, the majority of homeplant pots have enough drainage to keep your Spider Plant perfectly happy.


If you’ve established an irrigation routine where the plant gets a good soak, but isn’t fed till the upper inch so of soil is dry The plant will be completely content.

If this isn’t the case, then the most likely reason is improper lighting. Spider plants love bright light, but they are not able to handle excessive direct sunlight.

Selecting a location in which these requirements can be fulfilled is crucial for the health of your plant.

If the plant is receiving too much sun , the leaf edges will dry up and become brown.


Moving your plant can solve the problem, but the brown leaf edges won’t recover.

They can take less light than direct sunlight, and also in the northern hemisphere.

It is possible to avoid too much light by not putting your plant on a windowsill facing south.

Leaves that are becoming ugly can be removed. If the conditions are right the plant will shortly create new leaves.

Pathogenic Infections

The majority of pathogenic infections are caused by soil and spread from the soil to the leaves.

They are visible by the appearance of dry brown spots that begin as soggy, but may dry out at the center to leave the appearance of scabs.

This is a health issue that is a fast-moving issue, so you must act quickly or else you could lose the spider plant.


First, separate your plant from all other plants to ensure that the pathogen cannot be transmitted.

The next step is to transplant the plant in new, sterilized potting soil and then dispose of the soil that was used. Do not reuse it, or put it in your compost.

Then, you can ensure that the plant is kept in the best conditions you can and keep it away with other plant species until you’re certain that it is completely recovered.

Bacterial Soft Rot

Another pathogen is also involved and is among the most frequent infections caused by bacteria in spider plants.

It usually enters through an injury to the plant, and then releases enzymes that infiltrate and destroy the cell walls of plant being attacked.

When this happens, the plant will lose its texture and leaves turn soft and wet. Then, the plant will collapse quickly.


There is no solution to this issue once it has invaded your spider plant. It is crucial to get rid of the plant to reduce the possibility of it spreading to other plants you might have.

Get rid of the plant properly and do not add it to your garden or compost.

The pathogen typically enters through wounds on the plant. Maintain a good hygiene of your plants and ensure your plant is in good condition.

Healthy plants are much more resistant to attack. It is important to note that this issue is extremely uncommon with Spider Plants.

Correct Soil pH

Spider plants are typically accommodating to the pH they tolerate. They prefer pHs between 6.0 to 7.2.


The majority of potting soil for house plants is in this range of acidity, so it shouldn’t be a problem. It is more problematic for those who grow Spider Plants in open ground.

Low Temperature

In terms of the right temperatures for your Spider Plant, these guys are pretty easy to work with.

If they can, they would prefer to stay in the 70deg-90degF (21deg between 320C and 21deg) range , but they won’t punish you for allowing the temperature in your room to drop just a little below that.

It is not a good idea for your room to drop below 35 degrees Fahrenheit (1.6degC) because they will not be able to survive that.


Instead of letting the temperature in the room is too low, the most common thing that happens is that we let the temperature to fluctuate too often.

It is commonplace in homes where the outdoor temperatures can get very cold during winter, and the internal temperature is tempered by central heating throughout the day, but then allowed to drop to a low temperature at night.

Adjust your heating system to ensure that, even at night, it doesn’t let the room get too hot.

The plant should be watered early in the morning to ensure that your soil gets the chance to dry throughout the day. This is rarely an issue with the plants because they are extremely tolerant.


There are several insects that can be a threat to this Spider Plant. They are generally of the sap-sucking type and the most frequent ones you might encounter are mealy bugs or aphids.

Both plants have mouth parts that are specifically designed to penetrate leaves to let out the sap of the plant.


Both of these facilities rely on the reality that they are hard to discern as the primary method of defense.

If you are able to look under and between the leaves on a regular basis, insects will have a difficult to establish themselves and you’ll be able to eliminate them before they cause any harm.

Mealybugs are tiny white, fluffy, and white and can be eliminated by wiping them off with a cloth or an earbud that have been soaked in the soap or alcohol for insecticides. Be on the lookout for them in the joints of leaves.

Aphids have a similar hue to leaves, so they are difficult to recognize if you’re not actively looking for the species. They also do not breed very fast, therefore regular inspections are essential.

If all the offspring of one aphid were to last for a year, their mass would be enough to shake Earth off of its orbit.

However, they are delicate creatures that are easily dealt with by a quick spray of soap that kills insects.

Spider Mites

They are tiny, nearly micro-sized insects. The first thing that is likely to attract your attention to their tiny webs they spin around the base of the spider plant.

The signs of damage are tiny spots of yellow to brown spots appearing on leaf. Only if the problem becomes serious will these insects result in the loss of the plant.


Like the two previous insects, these are extremely fragile and simple to handle.

When you don’t check your plants, and they grow to large numbers that they could cause problems. Most of the time, they can be eliminated using water blasting.

You can bring your plant outside and spray it using a spray, or you can spray them using the squeeze bottle.

Treatment using neem oil or insecticidal soaps is also extremely effective.


Humidity is among those problems that affects the house plant because we have a knack of maintaining low levels of humidity within our homes.

This is great for us humans, however plants require a bit more humidity within the atmosphere than humans do.

This is a problem that is frequently aggravated by air conditioning and central heating. It is manifested as dried leaves and tips that are wilted.


Usually, this issue is solved by dividing plants into small communities. The combination of transpiration results in an arid climate.

It is also possible to mist the leaves periodically with distillate water. Make this a habit early in the morning to ensure that the leaves are able to dry throughout the day.

Another option is to cover the saucer of the plant with small pebbles or gravel.

Then, fill it with water and place the pot on top of it so the base isn’t submerged in water. As the water evaporates the humidity will rise.

Lack of Nutrients

Every pants needs nutrition. At first the Spider Pant is able to absorb what is available in the soil, but with time it will absorb everything that is readily accessible.

At this point, nutritional deficiencies will stop the plant from growing and the plant will get fragile and spindly.


The only thing you have to do to solve this issue is provide the plant with an appropriate home fertilizer every time. They’re not big feeders.

It is recommended to feed once a month in the spring, summer, and the early fall months, and then stop feeding completely during the winter months, in which the plant is almost dormant.

Excess Fertilizer

If you have read the information that was mentioned above, this will not to be a problem you have to deal with.

If you overfeed your plant , the fertilizer will accumulate in the soil.

It could alter the pH, causing an accumulation of salts and also a layer on top of the soil that reduces the amount of water that is absorbed. Your plant’s leaves will then begin to turn yellow.


Stop feeding and clean the soil with purified water to remove the fertilizer residue.

If you believe the situation is too extreme, you could transplant the plant to the new soil. Follow the feeding schedule in the previous paragraph.

Root Bound

They have fleshy roots, and they prefer those roots to be tightly tucked into their pots. However that all plants get to the point at which they have filled the pot with as much as they can, and it is at this point that you’ll need to consider the possibility of repotting.

Remove the plant from its pot and look at the roots. If you see only roots with very little soil, then it’s time to act.

If a pot is root bound, it doesn’t have a soil that can hold water and you’ll observe that water rapidly flows through the pot as you water it.


Repot the plant in larger pot. (See below)


If your plant is too large for its current location, then you should move the plant it in a larger pot.

For most house plants, you will usually plant them in the pot that is one inch bigger than the one before it.

For Spider Plants, because of their roots that are thick they should be placed in a pot that is two inches bigger.

  • The plant should be tipped out, and then quickly verify that your roots remain healthy. If they’ve begun to form a circle or have become matted, you can gently squeeze them out using your fingers.
  • With a fresh potting soil Add it to the bottom of the container , and check the depth of your plant.
  • The soil should be able to reach the same height on the plant that it did previously and the surface should be approximately half-to-one-inch beneath the lip of the new pot.
  • When you’ve reached the desired depth , then add soil around the pot with a gentle push of the new soil in with your fingers. This will aid in getting out air bubbles that are between both the soil and roots.
  • Then you provide the dirt with a good soak from top to bottom and let the water evaporate. Then, simply return to the same routine of watering you normally do.


When you have Spider Plants, growing new plants isn’t any more difficult. When the plant begins to settle in to its new home, it will soon begin to release trailing stems that hang from the plant, and at the other end are miniature plates that are brand new.

They can be cut off and put into the glass of water that has been filtered or distilled until they begin to grow roots on their own.

After that the plant can be potted and you’ll have an entirely new plant that is identical to the plant it was derived from.

You could even avoid the water propagation process and directly plant in a pot with soil. Make sure the soil is just a little damp until the plantlet is established.

Another method to begin your new spider plant is to put it in a pot of soil, while it’s connected with the plant that you are growing.

This is, after all, exactly what happens in nature. Since the new plant receives nutrients by the plant it came from, it will grow faster than if it was separated from the parent plant.

Maintaining a Happy Spider Plant

  • Make sure you follow the right watering schedule.
  • Make sure that the drainage is proper for both container and the soil.
  • Try to find direct, bright light.
  • Keep the humidity up.
  • Make sure to keep the temperature constant.
  • Regularly feed, but limit feeding and watering during winter months when the plants are not in use.
  • Check your plants regularly for signs of moisture, pests and diseases.

Final Words

They are so laidback that they are the perfect plant for beginners to begin with.

Once you master the art of caring for Spider Plants, it will help you take on more challenging plants later on and provide you with a stunning home plant as you build your abilities.



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