5 vegetables which are perfect for growing indoors

5 vegetables which are perfect for growing indoors

Which vegetables can you grow indoors – 5 examples with growing guides 

 

Wanting to grow your own fresh vegetables but short on outdoor space?

It’s easier than you might think, but not foolproof. Perhaps you’ve read other articles that say you can grow any and every vegetable in the comfort of your home or apartment – only to watch them shrivel and die. The simple truth not all vegetables do well inside with minimal direct sunlight. Trust me Janice, I’ve been there.

Through my own trial and error, I have found 5 vegetables which I’ve managed to grow indoors on a consistent basis. I’m not saying there aren’t others – but these one’s have been the best performers for me.

So, which vegetables do I recommend for growing indoors, even if you have minimal light? 

  • Scallions (spring onions)
  • Microgreens
  • Chives
  • Leek
  • Radish

In my experience, these little dynamites do great without direct daily sunlight. Below, we’ll go through everything you need to know to grow these 5 vegetables, in your home, with reliable success.

1) Scallions (Spring onions or Shallots)

Spring onions

Scallions are fantastic vegetables to grow inside. They do not need a heap of light to succeed, which is a huge plus if your home isn’t blessed with an abundance of natural light.

You can grow scallions straight from the cuttings from bunches you’d normally buy from your local grocer. Simply just cut off the bottoms at around 2 inches from the root base and place in a cup filled half way with filtered water (or water you’ve left to sit for several days so nasties can evaporate).

Now, for the secret.

There is no secret. Watch in amazement as they grow before your eyes (ready in just days, crazy I know). You will never have to buy scallions again. Just cut and use as needed changing the water regularly – every three days or so.

Alternatively, you can purchase seeds from your local gardening store or online and plant these babies into some good ‘veggie suitable’ potting mix soil, again cutting as needed when they reach maturity (about 8 weeks from seed). Water every 2-3 days, keep the soil moist but don’t drown it.

A good liquid seaweed fertiliser applied every 2-3 weeks will help yield, but isn’t essential.

I grow mine on the kitchen bench in water, with average light and they are literally the only indoor vegetable I’ve never killed. They’re good for my self-esteem. Also great for the kids, since they can see the results right before their eyes.

Tip:Buy a bunch from the grocer with thick bases to get the best results regrowing in water.

TLTR:

  • Cut off base with 2inches left
  • Place in water and change regularly
  • Or – plant seeds ¼ inch into good quality soil
  • Keep soil moist but not soggy
  • Fertilise fortnightly with seaweed solution
  • Cut as needed when reaches maturity

2) Microgreens

Microgreens

 

They’re small, easy to grow indoors, and pack a punch of antioxidants and other nutrients. Badda bing badda boom.

Microgreens are the shoots of vegetable seeds before they mature to plants. Not to be confused with “sprouts”, microgreens are harvested less than a month from germination from the stem and seed leaves of a germinated seed. Sprouts on the other hand are matured shoots, roots and seed eaten together as a single sprout.

There are many varieties of microgreens such as endive, radish, spinach, basil, watercress, peas, cabbage and more. You can purchase mixed seeds from any local garden store for next to nothing.  Beginners might feel more comfortable starting with a single variety.

Plant seeds on top of a well draining vegetable purposed potting mix in a small container or pot – anything with drainage holes – and lightly cover with some more soil (very lightly, don’t bury them 6 feet under Janice).

Keep the pot moist at all times (without drowning or dislodging seeds) for the best chance of high germination rates. A mister is a good choice here.

Place in a well-lit spot (these do spectacularly on windowsills) and you should have fully grown microgreens in just a couple of weeks.

Tip:I sat my pot in a dish of water so it could draw up water as needed keeping it constantly moist. Works a treat.

TLTR:

  • Sprinkle many seeds onto good quality soil mixed with some coco coir
  • Very lightly top with more soil until seeds are covered
  • Water in gently, without moving/flooding seeds
  • Keep moist
  • Place by a well lit window or door
  • Harvest in as needed in a couple of weeks

3) Chives

Chives

Chives with sour cream? Name a better duo. Chives are great to have growing around the home as they are a great flavour to add to many dishes such as potato bake, dips, nachos, the list goes on. Deliciousness on tap.

Chives are easy to grow on a windowsill or in a decorative pot by the back door. They do prefer good light, so these aren’t suited for dark corners. You can either start from seed or with small seedlings from your local garden store. Both work fine in my experience, so whatever floats your boat.

Plant in early spring in well-draining vegetable soil with a bit of compost mixed in for best results. A few spoonful’s of liquid fertiliser every 2-3 weeks helps.

Water regularly to keep the soil moist.

Harvest is typically 60 days from seeding, less if using seedlings.

Tip:Don’t harvest too early. But when plants are mature, cut back to 1-2 inches from the soil monthly to increase yield.  You can divide mature bunches to increase coverage. Remove flowers as they appear.

TLTR:

  • Plant seeds or seedlings in good quality soil mixed with some compost
  • Water in, keep soil moist until germination
  • Water weekly in summer, less often in winter
  • Fertilise with seaweed solution monthly for a good crop
  • Cut as needed when reaches a good height and thickness

4) Leek

Leek

Leeks are another easy ‘regrow’ vegetable to save you buying again and again at the grocery store. Simply cut off the bottom of the leek leaving about an inch or two from the root base. Next, place the root base in a cup of jar of water in a well-lit position on the kitchen bench. Make sure you change the water every 3 days or so.

In my experience Leeks take a long time to grow from seed – hence the supermarket option is best to keep your stocks up for soup season. Leeks will not regrow to full size in water, but will grow enough to use again – as you do not use the top part (greenest part) of the leek in most recipes.  Just cut back to the base again when ready to use and repeat!

Tip:Turn the pot regularly when changing water to keep your leek growing upwards instead of sideways.

TLTR:

  • Cut off root base with 2inches left
  • Place in water and change regularly
  • Cut off growth when it is big enough for use
  • Rotate your pot regularly

5) Radish

These little pink treats grow very quickly and are easy to grow indoors. They like a sunny morning position and prefer to be more shaded in the afternoon especially in the Australian summer time. If you’re an aussie (oi oi) then a eastern facing window position is perfect.

Growing radishes from seed is easy. There are many different varieties to choose from such as Sparkler, French breakfast (more elongated), Cherry belle (most common) and more.

Simply place your seed in some good quality potting soil with a 1/6 portion of compost and 1/6 portion of coir mixed in. Do not plant the seed too deeply – 1cm is perfect. Water regularly keeping soil moist but do not make soggy as this promotes leafy growth instead of fruit growth. Ensure your container has good drainage holes.

When the diameter of the radish head is about 1 inch at the surface of the soil it is ready for harvest. Depending on the variety they take about 3-4 weeks to reach maturity and are ready to show off in your salads.

Tip:You can use the radish leaves in salads also before the red fruit is ready for harvest.

TLTR:

  • Plant seeds shallow in good potting soil mixed with some compost
  • Water in with seaweed solution for good germination rates
  • Keep soil moist but not soggy, do not allow soil to get too dry
  • Fertilise with a seaweed solution when they are around half grown
  • Harvest when radish head diameter at soil surface reaches 1inch
  • Wash and enjoy

Summary

There you have it. 5 easy to grow vegetables from the comfort of your home. I’ve had personal success with all of the above – we hope you do too!

Much love

Miss Pot Plant xoxo

10 clever ways to style to your bookcase with plants

10 clever ways to style to your bookcase with plants

Bookshelves are one of the most functional and versatile design elements you can have in a room. They’re just calling out for creativity, begging to be made an artistic expression of style. With just a little plant panache, you can turn your bookshelf into an eye catching focus point or gorgeous backdrop for any room.

What’s more, taking advantage of the open space on a bookshelf is one on the best ways to bring new plants into your home without adding clutter. That’s right – more plants and more style. It’s a win win Janice.

So how do you style a bookshelf with plants the right way?

In this article we’ll tale you through 10 clever hacks that you can combine in any fashion you desire, in order to create a colourful and vibrant vignette on any bookshelf.

1) Use trailing plants on higher shelves

Carefully placed trailing plants breaks up horizontal line and adds texture

Trailing plants create a beautiful cascading effect. They spill gently out of their container, bringing a soothing softness to the straight lines of a shelf. Place tumbling plants with vines or long leaves on the mid and upper shelves. Style them in a way that allows the lush leaves and vines to hang down. This waterfall effect works when vines are placed along the side of the shelf or right down the front.

Tumbling plants adds both texture and visual appeal down the length of the shelf. Stunning vining plants styled in this way stand out and bring your décor to life. The eyes are used to going horizontally across a shelf, but the cascading plants draw the eye vertically, too.

2) Place plants on book stacks, or use as book ends

Plants are way cuter than your usual book holder

A unique and fun way to display both books and smaller plants is by stacking them. Make a stack of several books and place a potted plant on top. By piling a few books and adding a potted plant on top, you create layers.

For a more minimalist and clean look, place the stack with the book spines facing the wall, leaving the sides with the pages to face out. The plant becomes the focal point, but the stack of books still adds charm and character.

Alternatively, use a plant instead of a traditional book end. The result is both quirky and appealing.

 

3) Stagger plant placement

Plants can be used to create balance, or to add interest through variation

For tall shelves, stagger the plants by placing one on one side, then the other on the opposite side on the next shelf, and so on. This helps to bring balance. But don’t be afraid of a little chaos either Janice. For a more fun look – especially with retro decor – stagger the plants in a random fashion to create a quirky cluttered look.

As you’re styling your shelf take a step back and see where you need to even things out.  The key is to achieve a look that’s harmonious and visually pleasing.

4) Fill small empty spots with small succulents

Here an empty top shelf is made beautiful through the addition of some simple succulents

Skip the excessive tchotchkes and knickknacks and go natural. Empty spots on a bookshelf can be filled in with small succulents. They make for the perfect filler plant when you want to add natural touches but are lacking space.

Since they’re so easy to care for, you don’t have to worry about remembering to water them frequently. You can simply slip them into the small bare areas of the shelf and bring in a hint of color and vibrancy.

5) Create vignettes with candles

One of the loveliest groupings to place on a shelf is pretty potted plants and a candle. Candles that come in beautiful packaging and that you don’t necessarily intend to light can be placed next to or in front of a plant. Another option is to use faux flameless candles that cast a soft glow without the risk of catching your plants on fire.

Create a small vignette with 2 plants of varying sizes and a jar candle in front. These types of displays are simple options that instantly bring warmth, charm, and a cozy feel to any room.

6) Choose unique pots and unexpected containers

Notice how the addition of a bare metal container adds much needed contrast to this wooden bookcase

If your home décor style trends more towards quirky, colorful, and eccentric, mix up your planters. Don’t be afraid to have fun with how you display your plants. Use unique pots or go bold with unexpected containers. Not everything on your shelf has to match or go together in an obvious way.

For small plants like succulents, pot them in a favorite mug or a beautifully painted clay pot. Bring different textures to the shelf by using planters made of wicker, woven baskets, or crochet pot covers. You can get creative and have a one-of-a-kind display that showcases your unique flair.

7) Go minimalist with terra cotta pots

A terracotta pot is used here to add simple rustic elegance to this shelving

Decorating with plants doesn’t have to mean using bold, colorful, or even unique containers. If you prefer a more minimalist look, keep it rustic and simple by using classic orange terra cotta pots. They work perfectly with succulents and cacti, but can also bring out the beauty of other greenery too. Using terra cotta containers creates a uniform look on your shelves but without being dull or uninspiring.

8) Keep it simple with fronds & branches

Multiple plants already about the house can be a source of cuttings for shelf decoration

You don’t have to have a whole plant to make a statement. Just displaying a delicate frond or two gives an elegant and chic look. Place a frond in a glass jar with water for a simple, subtle touch. Bring a favorite plant from an outdoor garden into your home by cutting a branch and displaying it in a vase.

What’s so nice about using fronds or branches in your decorating is that they can be swapped out as often as you’d like. Bring the colors of the seasons into your home with this décor trick. If you prefer more versatility and flexibility with the plants on your shelf, it’s one of the best options.

9) Go big with an abundance of greenery

Create bookshelves filled to the brim with your plants for a statement effect. Mix different plant sizes and pot types for eye catching contrast

Who says you have to put books on a bookshelf, anyway? Let your plant-loving heart be happy by bringing all the greenery onto your shelves. Go big by displaying an abundance of plants. Cluster them together in a way that combines varying sizes and heights. Not only will many happy houseplants help to purify the indoor air, but they’ll also bring a bounty of beautiful natural elements into the space.

10) Pair with beautiful artwork and framed photos

Notice here how the plant accentuates simple artistic pairing

Your bookshelf doesn’t only have to be used for displaying books and plants. Bring your unique style into the mix by incorporating art pieces and framed photos that you love. Pair your plants with artwork, either in between books or using plants as bookends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decorating a bookshelf doesn’t have to be a challenge. Just a few plants can add color, texture, and volume to any ordinary surface. Try these tricks to style your space and bring your bookshelf to life with a unique look.

 

Miss Pot Plant

xoxo

Can plants really purify air? The top 5 performers according to NASA

Can plants really purify air? The top 5 performers according to NASA

You didn’t read that title wrong my friends. There few things that get Miss Pot Plant as hot under the collar as scientific research which supports the role of plants for improved health and wellbeing. Amazeballs.

So, the big question: can houseplants actually purify the air, and if so – which plants are the best for cleaning your air at home?

According to NASA, yes! The NASA clean air study found numerous common house plants which release oxygen into the air through photosynthesis, as well as absorb carbon dioxide and a variety of other toxins  from the air. The top performers identified in the study included;

  1. Peace Lily (removes 5 toxins from the air)
  2. Florists Chrysanthemum (removes 5 toxins from the air)
  3. Red-edged Dracaena (removes 4 toxins from the air)
  4. Variegated Snake Plant (removes 4 toxins form the air)
  5. English Ivy (removes 4 toxins from the air)

We find this very exciting. There are way too many “plants will magic away your worst diseases and turn your air into the nectar of the gods” type blog posts out there which make grand claims based on nothing more than fellow bloggers, Pinterest posts and the like.

 Now of course, science doesn’t know everything, but if you’re going to tell someone to buy a plant because it will do “a” or “b” – I feel like you should be able to show that there’s at least SOME evidence behind your claims. But maybe that’s just me.

We at Miss Pot Plant believe firmly in providing you with reputable and researched information where available (we’re probably not going to do a literature review for a DIY project though). We’ll also tell you when our recommendations are based on runes and star trajectories.  

With this in mind, in this article we will;

  • Review NASA’s research into the use of plants to purify air 
  • Examine the relevance of this for the home enviornment 
  • Identify the 5 plants which were the “super performers” according to NASAs research – and provide growing tips for each

Sounds good? Let’s dive in.

P.S if you have 0 interest in “why” or “how” plants might clean your air, skip to the end where I cover the plants NASA recommend as super purifiers. I will hold it against you though.

Why did NASA study plants?

 

NASA conducted the clean air study in 1989 in order to determine the ability of plants to clean up recycled air in space stations.

Why did they study this you ask? Because astronauts are forced to breathe the exact same air over and over for the period of their expeditions in space (apparently fresh space air isn’t a winner).

 The problem with breathing recycled air as that eventually toxins and carbon dioxide (expelled as waste when we exhale) accumulate in the recycled air, making the air progressively less fresh and potentially toxic. Not ideal really.   

 Thus, NASA were keen on findings ways to purify recycled air in space. The Clean Air Study was part of this search.

 Numerous common houseplants were examined for their ability to add oxygen to the, remove carbon dioxide (which we breathe out) and other toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene (not good for you Janice) from the air.

 Some plants were able to add oxygen, remove CO2 AND remove all the tested toxins from the air, while other plants were only able to manage some of these. We’ll cover the stand out performers soon.

Does the NASA study really apply to your house plants?

The answer is yes and no. Yes, NASA clearly demonstrated that numerous plants can remove chemicals and toxins from the air, and add oxygen. Yay!

However, this study does not establish whether this process is the same, more efficient, or less efficient in the home environment. Stay with me here Janice. Impressive dinner conversation lies ahead. 

NASA found one plant per 9m2(100 square feet) was sufficient for air cleaning effect – but we don’t know from this study whether this is true of our homes either. 

The study was conducted in a sealed space station; not your house. 

Overall, we think the results are exciting – the idea of cleaning our home air by virtue of beautiful plants is pretty darn awesome.  

But we’d like to review the modern literature thoroughly to see if we can verify NASA’s findings. We are doing this currently and will share the results with you soon!

Don’t be dissuaded by this though – remember, there is NO downside to filling your home with these beautiful air cleaning purifying green machines;  Even if (at the very worst), they don’t clean your air quite as well as space station air, they’re still beautiful!

How did NASA rank a house plants ability to clean air?

The study tested the ability of a house plant to;

  1. Produce new oxygen, released into the surrounding air as a by-product of photosynthesis
  2. Absorb carbon dioxide from the surrounding air, as food for photosynthesis
  3. Absorb harmful chemicals for the surrounding air, specifically the following
    1. Benzene
    2. Formaldehyde
    3. Trichloroethylene
    4. Xylene and Toulene
    5. Ammonia

They also determined the quantity of oxygen produced, and quantity of toxin removed. Nerds. 

The plants which showed the most pronounced ability to accomplish these tasks were considered to be of most use for purifying air. We’ve selected the top 5 – see below!

The 5 best air purifying houseplants according to NASA

 And the winners are; 

 

1. The Peace Lilly (spathiphyllum)

 

Beauty and style meets function. Who knew. The beautiful peace lilly is a happy camper indoors and isn’t too hard to grow, and it’s a machine at cleaning your air.

The peace lilly adds oxygen to your air, and it removes 5 toxins from the air (that we know of) – including benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, toluene and ammonia. What a gun.

 

Grow tips for the Peace Lilly

Light requirements: Moderate to bright indirect sunlight. Eastern windows work well.

Watering: Filtered water, generously when plant begins to droop.

Styling: Great table plant, though can work as a feature plant. Also useful in bathrooms and bedrooms – doesn’t mind lower light conditions and deals well with humidity. White flower are gorgeous.

Fertilise: 2-3 times a year during the warm seasons. Use a dedicated or balanced fertiliser. Doesn’t require much.

Pests: Generally quite resistant. Can get spider mites. aphids and mealybugs and scale – but not usually.

Propagation: Divide mature plants and repot.

Other comments: One of the most tolerant and easy to grow houseplants.

 

2. Florists Chrysanthemum (chrysanthemum morifolium)

 

Chrysanthemum is derived from the Greek work chryos, meaning gold. and anthemom, meaning flower – and no wonder. This “golden flower” isn’t just big and beautiful; she’s a air purification station and you ought to get one in your house ASAP Janice.

The Florist Chrysanthemum removes 5 toxins from the air as well as pumping out sweet fresh oxygen and absorbing CO2. Golden alright.

Florist Chrysanthemum care tips

Light requirements: Prefers bright light, and usually won’t flower without it. No direct sun though – keep it indirect.

Watering: Likes to be moist around the clock. Water when top 0.5-1cm of soil had dried.

Styling: The easiest solution to add some plant colour to a room.

Fertilise: Don’t.

Pests: Usually not an issue.

Propagation: Not usually worthwhile for the indoor chrysanthemums.

Other comments: Cheap and easy to find, we plant these indoors over the summer for 6-8 weeks (whilst blooming). After this, we compost them. Cruel I know. Like raising a pig for slaughter. But they won’t usually bloom again and its not worth the hassle of keeping them alive over winter. Compost and buy some cheap ones again next season.

 

3. Red edged Dracaena (Dracaena Marginata)

One of the most rugged and care free indoor plants going around. The Dracaena will survive almost anything, and still remove 4 nasty toxins from your home at the same time. All hail our red master.

Care tips for the red edged Dracaena

Light requirements: Medium indirect light. Will usually tolerate bright indirect light also

Watering: Water when top layer of soil (5mm-1cm) dries. Do not overwater 

Styling: Looks great as a feature floor plant by furniture or in a corner. If you have smaller one’s they make nice table plants until they get too big. If you’ve a big pot, plant several and cut the cane’s at different heights as they grow – creates a nice multilevel effect

Pests: Spider mites and occasionally mealybugs

Fertilise: Warmer months: every 2-3 weeks. Winter: every 6 weeks

Propagation: When the plant has reached your desired height, cut the cane at any level you wish. You can then cut the left over cane into 10-15cm lengths and plant like normal stem cuttings.

Other tips: Low maintenance plant! Repot every 1.5-2 years. If leaves are browning is probably getting too much sun. Yellow leaves normally indicate root rot from overwatering or poor drainage.

 

4. English Ivy

 

I personally think the english Ivy is one of the most regal and stunning plants you can add to your home. Maybe I’m just posh. But it’s not all look and no action: the english ivy removes 4 toxins from your home, and gives you style cred for free. 

Care tips for the engligh ivy 

Light requirements: Medium indirect light. In winter may need bright indirect light, depending on climate and length of light exposure.

Watering: Water only when top 1-2cm of soil is dry.

Styling: The perfect trailing, hanging or cascading plant. Looks awesome on bookshelves, mantles, window sills, hangers, bed frames, balconies etc.

Pests: Spider mites, scale, mealybugs
Fertilise: Monthly year round – high nitrogen fertilisers work well

Propagation: Cuttings can be stripped of lower leaves and stems placed in water until root balls form

Other tips: If a variegated variety becomes solid green, it’s not getting enough light. Move, or use additional fluorescent light as a top up. Plant will suffer if overwatered – make sure ivy is planted in well draining soil and not overwatered.

 

5. Variegated snake plant (sansevieria)

 

Are you even an indoor gardener if you don’t have a cheeky snake plant lurking somewhere? Super stylish and super easy to grow – bet you didn’t know it was cleaning your room air as well. Removes 4 toxins. Legend. 

 

Variegated snake plant care tips

Light requirements: Medium indirect light. They’ll tolerate low light as well. And bright light. So yeah like whatever light you want?

Watering: Don’t go too heavy with the water. Let it dry up before watering again; somewhere between 2-4 weeks between waterings.

Styling: These plants have modern and hard edges, which make them great for adding shape or modern styling to a room. Good both on benches and as feature plants besides tables, coffee stands, tv cabinets, bookcases.

Fertilise: If you can remember, maybe once or twice during spring. Not sure if the snake plant cares.

Pests: Highly resistant. Mealybugs or spider mites in some cases.

Comments: Almost impossible to kill.

  

Summary

And so, the question of whether plants can actually clean our air may have been answered thanks to NASA – but Miss Pot Plant is not satisfied with one study 30 years ago. We are currently conducting a literature search and will report back faithfully.

In the meantime, these 5 plants identified by NASA as being air purifyinng machines are a good start for those wanting to freshen their indoor space. For other good performers that didn’t make the top 5, see https://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp?ref=organicgglunkwn&prid=pfseogglunkwn&R=19930072988

Much love 

Miss Pot Plant xoxo

 

 

How long can a spider plant live for?

How long can a spider plant live for?

I was asked this question the other day by a friend, and to tell you the truth – I had no idea what the answer was. So in true Miss Pot Plant style, I’ve done some digging and I’m here to share the honey.

So then – How long can a spider plant live for ?

The simple answer is – a spider plant can live indefinitely, if taken care of properly. With well draining soil, indirect bright light, a regular watering schedule and semi frequent fertilising, a spider plant will likely outlive you. And your children.

Additionally, it’s fairly simple to propagate, so a good plant will not only live on for many years, but can produce many offspring to help you create as many spider plant’s as you desire.

In this article, we’ll review the main care tips you need to follow to keep your spider a happy chappy.

 

The spider plant (chlorophytum comosum) – the nerd facts

If you can’t work out why the spider plant is named spider plant, then we have serious issues Janice.

For the science buffs, Chlorophytum comosum is a perennial flowering plant, and originates from southern Africa. Interestingly for us Aussies, it’s also native to WA now. Cool beans.

It’s known as a super easy to grow and pretty hard to kill houseplant, which makes it ideal for the plant challenged among us. It can grow to as high as 24 inches, and can a cute little long branched stem of white flowers.

The most commonly found versions for growing in your house included the two variegated cultivars;  

  • Comosum “Vittatum” – which has green leaves with a broad central white stripe, often found in handing baskets, and;
  • comosum “Variegatum” which has dark green leaves with white margins. It tends to be a bit smal

                                  

Variegatum                                                                         Vittatum                                                                                                               

Righto, now you know your spider plant. Now let’s talk about how to keep the bugger alive forever (or until climate change kills us all).

 

PLANTING

No surprises here; as for most houseplants, you’ll want a well-draining pot and a well-draining potting mix. If you’re in doubt about your mix, add some perlite and that should do the trick.

 

POSITION

Medium to bright indirect light is favourable for your spider plant. Keep it away from western windows (or set it back a touch), as direct afternoon sun might burn your wee little spiders away.

 

WATERING

Root rot is the enemy of the spider plant. Don’t be a root rotter Janice.

Water your spiders well, but make sure their pot drains and the roots aren’t sitting in water.

Let the plant dry out almost completely between waters, with the exception of summer; water when the top inch of soil is dry.

Another hot tip is to water even less frequently when the plant is young. It’s like making your teenager get a job when they’re at school. It’ll make them more resilient and independent. You can treat it to a bit more water as it matures.

Remember, your spider doesn’t mind a little abuse. Quite enjoys it actually.

 

FERTILISING

You can give your plant a dose of liquid balanced fertiliser every 6-8 weeks during the warmer months. Don’t go overboard. Too much love will just weird your spider plant out. Don’t be needy. Give it some space.

 

PROPAGATION

Can you propagate your spider plant?

Absolutely Janice. Simply wait for the mother plant to produce “pups” which shoot out from the soil near the mother plant, remove, and replant into a well-draining potting mix.

Alternatively, you can use a propagation station with some root hormone instead.

You’ll want to wait until the pups are 2-3 inches before removing them though.

 

PESTS / DISEASES

The spider plant may occasionally be affected by scale or mealybugs. We do find however that its usually pretty hardy and resistant to pests.

 

TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR SPIDER PLANT

  1. Tips of leaves are turning brown 

Several things can cause your spiders plants leaves to develop brown tips. You may be underwatering, or have positioned the plant in too harsh a light. If this is not the case, the consider using filtered water; some tap water will contain salts and minerals which can burn your spider plant.

  1. Spider plant won’t grow / is growing slowly

If your spider plant is looking unhealthy or isn’t growing, review the above tips. It’s likely you’re missing something.

Probably the most common cause of poor growth is poor soil, followed by insufficient light. Erratic watering is up there as well. If your spider plant is planted in well-draining soil, gets moderate to bright indirect light and is water when starting to dry out, it should grow very well.

 

SUMMARY

That’s it folks. Your spider plant can live forever if you follow these basic steps. If you can’t keep this one alive, we’re in trouble.

Good luck.

If you have a sexy spider plant at home – show us your honey and post a photo!

Much love
Miss Pot Plant Xoxo