How to Fix Crispy Tips on your Spider Plant
The Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum) is considered one of the most adaptable houseplants on the market, and it’s easy to grow nature, and no fuss care routine means that it’s great for a beginner looking to get into plants. But that doesn’t mean it’s a no hassle affair all year round, as the spider plants can suffer if not cared for correctly. In fact, one of the most common questions we’re asked about the Chlorophytum Comosum is why the tips have started to brown, and how do you fix it.
The spider plant has a few common variations, with the classic green variety being the one that most people picture when asked who what the plant looks like. Interestingly, that variety is hard to come by, with the Vittatum (green on the outside and white on the inside of the foliage) and Variegate (green on the inside, and white on the outside) being the two most common variations on the market today. There are others of course, such as the amazing looking curly foliage spider plant - but those are rarer than the classic green variety.
Like some houseplants, the foliage tends to grow outwards instead of upwards, meaning that the plant quickly takes up its allotted space and begin to damage its leaves on walls. When placing in your home make sure you give it space to grown outwards, especially if it sits in light as it’s a fast grower.
Like many houseplants that are easy care, the spider plant doesn’t like to be left to completely dry out. Although it’s a no fuss plant, it’s advisable that you invest in a moisture reader so you can be 100% accurate on when and when not to water them. The soil dampness should be consistently moist, but not damp. Luckily there are visual cues to help you understand if you’re overwatering/under-watering. If your Spider plant is thirsty, the leaves will start to droop, and the green tones will start to drain out of the foliage and be replaced with browns and crispy tips. The browning of the tips are hard to fix, so it’s preferable that you keep an eye out for drooping.
Too much water can also result in the same results. You’ll notice that the leaves will become soft and yellow, and like when under-watering, will lose their colour tones. If you remove the plant from its out, you’ll also notice that the roots will be sitting in mushy soil. If left for too long this can cause root rot, which is irreversible.
Like all houseplants, spider plants benefit massively from being watered with filtered water. Tap water has added chemicals, such as fluoride which are great for humans, but not so good for plants health. Spider plants are very sensitive to chemicals in tap water and can over time turn the tips brown.
Spider plants love bright indirect light from the sun, but can also flourish in artificial light too, making them ideal plants for the office or hallways. If they don’t get enough light though, the leaves will once again start to drop, and over light become thin and pale. If places in direct light for too long, the rich greens will slowly leave the foliage, and begin to look drained and lifeless. Obviously proper lighting is vital for spider plants, so place in a part of your home that you know receives constantly daily light.
You can instantly tell if you’ve picked a good spot, as the plant is an extremely fast grower, and continuous sunlight will produce rapid development. They are classified as low light plants, and are happy to sit in hallways and offices, but if you’re looking for a tall, strong plant, place them in constant indirect light. It will benefit their growth, and health.
Soil and repotting
Soil is extremely important for snake plants, and something you really must get right from the get-go. The snake plants roots are known to be one of the strongest and demanding of the houseplants, so you want to repot as soon as you feel they’re outgrowing their pot. In some cases, the roots can eventually break free of their pots. If kept in a pot that is too small for the roots, you’ll notice crispy tips will begin to show.
Some of the signs that you need to repot your spider plant are; roots pushing themselves out of the soil on the surface, or poking through the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. Also look for signs of slowed growth after a period of successful progress, or in extreme cases your plant will start to recline and begin to appear like its dying.
If your spider plant is in good light all year round, then you’ll be looking to repot once a year. Airy soil is ideal, so a light blend with 70% soil and 30% amendments is a great mix. It needs to retain the water need the top of the soil, and not just tumble to the bottom of the plant top.
Humidity and temperature
This plant survives just fine with a normal temperature in your average household. Like most houseplants, a cool to warm heat is preferable throughout the summer, with a slight adjustment to your home during winter months to make sure it doesn’t drop below 11c. Humidity can be flexible, though if your plant is suffering from crispy tips then a high humidity will work wonders in restoring their health over a short period of time.
Naturally Spider plants are fantastic growers, so you don’t want to over fertilise them as it can damage the growth rate and cause crispy tips. Try to use an organic mixture with your water during the summer months and leave it with just water during winder time.
- Water with filtered water
- Water regularly with the help of a moisture reader
- Provide humidity when leaves begin to droop
- Don’t over water
- Lots of indirect light