How to Bring a Dying Spider Plant Back to Life

Discover the secrets to reviving a wilting spider plant and transforming it into a thriving beauty.

Reasons for Withering

Spider plants can experience wilting due to various factors.

If you observe drooping or pale leaves, or if the tips of the leaves have turned brown, it’s time to reassess their growing conditions.

Spider plant turning brown and wilting
Photo by Rose Kennedy

By making small adjustments to water, light, fertilizer, and the container it’s in, you can bring back vibrancy to your ailing plant.

Finding the Right Balance

When faced with a wilting spider plant, one of the first things to consider is its water intake.

Overwatering can lead to root rot. If you notice that you’ve been saturating the soil, it’s time to cut back.

On the other hand, forgetting to water regularly, especially during the summer, can also cause the leaves to wither.

Watering a Spider Plant

During the spring and summer, water your plant approximately once a week. After watering, the soil should feel moist but not wet. In winter, when growth slows down, allow the soil to fully dry out between waterings.

If the leaves start to look dry, give them a quick misting every now and then.

If water seems to be pooling at the top of the container and not penetrating the soil, ensure you are using a well-draining soil mixture. This might be a good time to consider repotting, as we’ll discuss below.

The Importance of Light

Insufficient sunlight can also cause spider plants to wilt. The perfect window spot during summer may no longer receive adequate light during winter.

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You might need to relocate your plant as the seasons change, making sure it still gets bright, indirect sunlight. Too much direct sunlight can cause the leaves to overheat, burn at the tips, and lose their color.

Chlorophytum comosum growing on a windowsill

If your spider plant appears droopy with browning leaf tips and has been exposed to direct sunlight, try giving it a deep soak and moving it to a cooler, shadier spot.

If it’s wilting in full shade or far from a window, move it to an area with more light.

Time to Repot

Repotting your spider plant at least once a year is recommended.

If you notice roots protruding from the bottom of the pot, stunted growth, or it simply seems cramped, it’s time to provide your plant with a larger space to thrive.

Digging up a Spider Plant for Repotting

Moving it to a new container also gives you the opportunity to refresh nutrient-deficient or poorly draining soil.

Repotting Spider Plant

Gently remove the plant from its current home and transplant it into a larger container filled with well-draining potting soil. Water until the soil is moist but not soggy, and continue with regular care.

Nutrient Deficiency

If you’ve been watering correctly, providing adequate light, and repotting as needed, and your plant still appears sad and withered, it may be suffering from a nutrient deficiency.

Wilting Spider Plant with Brown Leaves

During the growing season, try feeding your spider plant with a balanced liquid organic fertilizer once a month. Organic products are preferable to reduce the potential for chemical and salt buildup, which can cause issues like leaf tip burn.

No fertilization is necessary during the dormant winter period.

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Remember, with a little care and attention, your spider plant can be brought back to life, thriving and beautifying your space once again.

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