Revitalizing Your Spider Plant: The Power of Repotting

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Have you ever looked at your spider plant and felt a pang of guilt? Maybe it’s not looking as vibrant as it used to, or the leaves have started to turn brown. Don’t worry, because I’ve got the solution to bring it back to life: repotting. Yes, it’s as simple as that. I recently went through the same experience with my spider plant, and in just a few months, it has transformed into a healthy green beauty, with new babies appearing. Let me share with you the steps I took to revitalize my spider plant and help make yours thrive again.

Repotting Spider Plants: A Step-by-Step Guide

My spider plant used to be happily basking outdoors in coastal California, but then I moved to Tucson, Arizona. The change in climate took a toll on my plant, and it started showing signs of unhappiness. The leaves turned yellowish-green, with brown tips, and the once abundant babies shriveled up. It was clear that my plant was in desperate need of repotting.

When should you consider repotting your spider plant? Well, if you notice that the color of the leaves is fading, the plant has become pot-bound, or the growth of new babies has slowed down, it’s a good indication that repotting is necessary.

My Spider Plant on the potting table waiting for some repotting action.

Spider plants, like Dracaena marginatas and Ponytail Palms, can develop brown tips due to the dry air in our homes. However, my spider plant had more than just brown tips. It was time to take action.

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To repot your spider plant, you’ll need the following materials:

  • 1 14″w x 9″h decorative plastic pot, directly planted in
  • Dull bread knife and a sharp floral knife
  • Potting soil
  • Coco chips with some fiber
  • Charcoal
  • Worm compost

Spider plants are not picky when it comes to soil mix, but using a good-quality, preferably organic, potting soil formulated for houseplants is recommended. In my case, I used Ocean Forest soil mix, which is both high-quality and well-draining.

a green spider plant with its rootball exposed sits next to a decorative container on a potting table

Once you have gathered the necessary materials, it’s time to proceed with the repotting process. If your spider plant is not as big as mine, you can skip the root ball shaving portion. For larger plants, follow these steps:

  1. Water the plant thoroughly 1-3 days before transplanting to reduce stress.
  2. Take a dull butter knife and run it around the perimeter of the root ball to loosen the roots from the sides of the pot.
  3. Carefully remove the plant from the pot by turning it on its side and gently pulling it out.
  4. Fill up the bottom of the new pot with potting soil, coco chips, and charcoal, making sure the top of the root ball is slightly below the top of the pot.
  5. Fill in around the sides with potting soil, and add a light layer of worm compost on top.
  6. Gently water the plant after repotting and place it in a suitable location, away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures.

Caring for Your Spider Plant After Repotting

Now that you’ve repotted your spider plant, it’s important to provide it with the care it needs to thrive. Place it in a bright, shaded spot, away from direct sunlight. Water the plant regularly, ensuring that the soil is evenly moist but not waterlogged. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.

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close up of a healthy green spider plant

I moved my spider plant indoors, placing it 4 feet away from a large north-facing window. The filtered sunlight and the ideal temperature indoors have worked wonders for my plant. The color has returned to the foliage, and it has produced abundant fresh growth. The most exciting part is that new babies have started appearing, a sign that my spider plant is thriving once again.

The Power of Repotting: A Lesson for Plant Parents

If your spider plant is looking less than healthy, don’t give up on it just yet. Sometimes all it needs is a change of location, some repotting, or adjustments in watering to revitalize it. Remember, spider plants are resilient and can bounce back with a little love and care.

So, why not grab your gardening gloves and embark on the journey of repotting your spider plant? With a bit of effort, you’ll be rewarded with a vibrant and thriving plant that will bring life and beauty to your home.

Happy gardening!

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