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Spider plant revival? Help!

CheyngelCheyngel Buxton! Derbyshire, not Norfolk.Posts: 4,193

Hi! :)

Neighbour has just foistered a spider plant into my care and it looks rather ill. It's all droopy, and I was wondering - should I water or keep it dry? Feed it, trim, or give up? 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,481

    Water it, remove all dead leaves from the base and pot it on into nice fresh compost ... it'll soon be rejuvenated.  image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • CheyngelCheyngel Buxton! Derbyshire, not Norfolk.Posts: 4,193
    Dovefromabove says:

    Water it, remove all dead leaves from the base and pot it on into nice fresh compost ... it'll soon be rejuvenated.  image

    See original post

     Into a larger pot or just change the compost? And sorry to sound daft but how do I know which leaves are dead image

  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532

    Brown leaves are dead, green stiffish leaves are healthy, green droopy leaves are not well but may improve with watering.  If a green leaf is brown and brittle at the end, you can break that bit off and the green bit may recover.  Spider plants are very resilient, thanks to their thick fleshy roots which store water.  When it recovers, as it probably will, it will produce baby plants on long stems.  You can leave them on the plant, and they look very decorative if you can stand it where they can dangle.  Or you can detach them, poke them into small pots of compost, and have lots more plants.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,481

    If its roots fill the pot it's in, then put it into something a bit bigger ... if there's still a bit of space, just freshen the compost.  image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Stephanie newish gardenerStephanie newish gardener Aberdeenshire/Moray coastPosts: 453

    Just remember, you really can't kill a spider plant.  I had one in a house I only went to every three weeks or so and I hardly ever remembered to water it.  Apart from the leaves going very pale and the soil very dry it was fine.  We still have it several years on and it is still neglected (OH does the indoor plants, I do the garden) but it is still alive. Dunk yours in a bowl of water for an hour or so if it is really dry as that will be more effective than just watering from the top

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