The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Hawaiian Spider Plants

Sharing the love for plants is a joyous endeavor. While you might find variegated spider plants easily in nurseries and plant shops, discovering Hawaiian spider plants is a bit more of a treasure hunt. These plants, with their non-variegated green leaves adorned by a delicate golden stripe down the middle, can truly bring joy to any home.

Many years ago, I inherited a Hawaiian spider plant, and it has thrived happily through a wide range of conditions. It’s no wonder that these plants are beloved by pet owners and new plant parents alike. They are among the easiest indoor plants to care for.

Hawaiian Spider Plant vs. Spider Plant

Hawaiian spider plants are similar to other varieties in many ways, but their leaves have a special quality. From a distance, they may appear solid green, but upon closer inspection, you’ll notice a subtle orange or yellow center. The brightness of the center stripe can vary depending on the light conditions, making it easy to mistake them for a different variety. However, their mostly solid green leaves set them apart.

Humidity Requirements for Hawaiian Spider Plants

Spider plants, including the Hawaiian variety, are not demanding when it comes to humidity levels. While they will appreciate a boost in humidity, don’t fret too much about their conditions. If you are comfortable in your home, chances are your spider plant will be too.

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Here’s a tip: Keep your plant away from hot or cold drafts as the leaves can be sensitive to temperature fluctuations. Placing your spider plant too close to a draft may cause the tips of the leaves to burn.

Light Requirements for Hawaiian Spider Plants

The Hawaiian spider plant thrives in bright indirect light. Surprisingly, it can do very well with just a few hours of light each day. However, too much bright light can scorch and burn the leaves.

If your plant starts showing signs of unhappiness, such as pale leaves that dry out and fall off, it’s time to relocate it to a spot with indirect sunlight. Alternatively, if your spider plant is not growing or thriving, it may need more light. These plants can even flourish in a North-facing window if placed directly in front of it.

Soil and Watering for Hawaiian Spider Plants

To keep your spider plant happy, provide it with well-draining soil. There’s no need for anything fancy. A simple potting mix with perlite or pumice for added drainage works perfectly. Additionally, adding earthworm castings or horticultural charcoal can help remove impurities from tap water, which spider plants can be sensitive to. If possible, use filtered or distilled water for watering.

Allow the top few inches of soil to dry out between watering. Overwatering can lead to root rot or the invasion of fungus gnats. Ensure your spider plant’s pot has a drainage hole to allow excess water to flow freely.

Propagating Hawaiian Spider Plants

All spider plants, including Hawaiian ones, are incredibly easy to propagate. The parent plant produces small white flowers along with “baby plants” known as “spiderettes.” These tiny plantlets can be placed in a vase of fresh water and propagated quickly.

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Make sure to choose a spider plant baby with well-established roots. You can choose to grow your Hawaiian spider plant strictly in water or transfer it to soil after root development. Another option is placing the spider plant baby in fresh soil or perlite for propagation.

Making Your Spider Plant Bushier

A common technique for creating a bushier spider plant is grouping the spider plant babies together in one pot. This allows them to grow and fill out the pot, forming a fuller plant. It’s also important to fertilize your spider plant to support strong leafy growth.

Remember to fertilize your spider plant at least once a month during the growing season and once every two months during the winter months. If you live in an area with shorter days, you can follow the two-month feeding schedule. Liquid fertilizers, like Dyna Gro foliage, or slow-release fertilizers mixed into the soil, work well.

Hawaiian spider plants, along with the curly spider plant varieties, are personal favorites of mine. With the right conditions, they will thrive and bring life to your living space, even if you don’t consider yourself a green thumb. Hanging them in your living room, kitchen, or bathroom adds a touch of greenery, especially during the cold winter months.

Big Hawaiian spider plant

Spider plant growing in water

Spider plant growing in soil

Spider plant growing in water

Giant spider plant non-variegated

For more information on Hawaiian spider plants and to explore a wide variety of plants, visit the Ames Farm Center. Happy gardening!