There are some plants that grow really fast and for these types of plants knowing when it’s time to re-pot is essential. Spider plants are one of these plants. They are houseplants that have become quite popular. Because they are very low maintenance and are able to adjust to different levels of care, it can be a great option for people who are just getting started on their gardening journey. Spider plants’ growth is quick, and repotting them too early or into a pot that is too big, is a mistake that is commonly made. You see, spider plants actually really enjoy tighter spaces, they feel cozy like that. It’s amazing for them when the whole pot is taken by their growing roots, but these are relatively strong roots we are talking about and if they become too big for the pot they are perfectly about to crack it. So if you’ve come here today wondering about how to re-pot a spider plant and when to repot a spider plant, stick around.
A native of the coastal regions in South Africa, the spider plants are able to adapt to areas with different precipitation levels in the wild because they have roots that are tuberous. These tuberous roots that give them the ability to store water, will allow your plant to stay alive even if you eventually, for even a few weeks, forget to water them. However, these roots are fast growers. So before the roots start cracking the pot open you will want to repot your plant.
Replanting Spider Plant
Repotting is a step that is important and many times necessary in the growth of houseplants, as they start outgrowing their pots. In the case of spider plants, the repotting time tends to come earlier because of their fast growth rate. But you should wait until the roots have grown enough so you can re-pot your spider plant. You will know they are big enough when you notice they are circling around the pot’s bottom and are able to hold all or most of the soil on its own when you remove the pot. You can check this by removing the plant from the pot carefully or by checking the drainage holes if you see that the roots are growing out through them. This is a great sign to look for because it means that the spider plant has grown and spread well inside the container and is looking to have its boundaries expanded. So if you have checked for these two things and seen these signs, it means it’s time for repotting the spider plant into a bigger pot.
Spider Plant Pot Size and Pot Style
When choosing the pot size for house plants it’s important to know how the plants like their roots to be. So, do spider plants like to be root bound? Yes, they love it, I mentioned here earlier, they like the cozy slight space restriction. So with this, you already have a clue for choosing the new pot size. Get a pot that is just a little bit bigger, because this will provide them some space to grow and also maintain their ability to keep their tight roots web happening. If you already have larger pots you may use them but you will need to fertilize your plant to stimulate its growth. The best pot for spider plant is one where it has some space to expand but can still have its roots bound.
You can feel free to choose the style of pot you want to use for your spider plant, really, but getting a pot that has drainage holes will be the easiest thing. The holes allow any excess of water to go out of the pot, like this you reduce the risk of the plants’ roots rotting. In the case of the spider plant, the drainage hole is not a must, so if you have this really nice pot that you want to use for your spider plant you can do it. You will only need to be slightly more careful about the amount of water you give your plant.
How to Transplant a Spider Plant
Transplanting or repotting your spider plant. This is a task that is quite easy. Gently take your plant out of its current container, give the roots a rinse and some trimming, and then proceed to replant it in a larger pot. If you want to be more carefree make sure that the new and larger pots you choose have drainage holes that will allow the soil to drain. Although they are easy-going, the spider plant won’t survive wet soil for a long time.
Potting Soil for Spider Plants
You can use all-purpose potting soil or you can use a medium soilless mix for repotting your spider plant. Fill up the bottom of the pot with soil, and after that, the plant’s roots can be placed inside the soil. After that, continue to add soil and tuck it around the roots, do this until you see all the roots have been covered. After finishing this process you may continue to care for and water your plant as usual.
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