By - WearADamnMask
I’m going to be contrarian and say that my spider plants will lose their color like that if they are getting *too* much sun. In reality, I have learned that spider plants are hard to over water and under water (they always grow a few thick tuberous roots to store water), especially on a schedule you mentioned if you just give them a sip instead of a soak, and that they don’t like bright direct light.
Every time I move with my girls I go through this when trying to find the perfect light level for them because I am always afraid they won’t get enough sun, I tend to give them too much. lol right now I have one in an east facing and one in a south facing window hanging up so that they are sheltered by the blinds, but I can still use my windows for plants that love full sun.
PS, if that is the only size pot you have, only water it around where the plant is, leave the rest of the soil dry, and stop pouring water on it *before* water starts running out the bottom.
Glad you posted this, I was just about to! I have about 8 spider plants and they always look like this if they’re getting too much sun.
Overwatered, pot's too big
I could be wrong… I just pulled it out and repotted and it looked like there was bodacious roots. Almost worm like. What’s up with that?
Spider plants develop thick white roots to store water and nutrients.
I’ve never seen that before thank you for sharing
Yeah, their roots look wild, that's normal
Awesome to here
I can get on the pot being too big, but is it possible to be overwatered? I water the spider plant once a week when soil is dry.
Because the pot is so big and the light level is too low, there will always be pockets of moisture that will cause root rot. You may not be overwatering the plant, but that doesn't always mean that the plant isn't staying too wet.
I disagree. I would say too much light. I have several spider plants and I keep them in water. Making me doubt it's a watering issue
My spider plant gets pale when it gets too much direct light or badly needs repotting/nutrients. For yours, make sure it doesn’t get much direct light, and consider downsizing the pot if the roots will allow it and watering using a soluble fertilizer like Jack’s 20-20-20 (my favorite). Dilute the fertilizer to 1/2 or 1/4 of the recommended strength and water during the growing season.
Pot is downsized. Next is fertilizer!
Move it to a different spot with indirect sunlight
Not getting enough light. The short wide older leaves and the long thin newer ones make that very clear. The pot is too large for the plant, which may make it difficult to water correctly.
I agree with you on the pot size. But I can't imagine that this one is not getting enough light right next to a window, even if it's north facing (or south for the southern hemisphere). I have several spiderplants, most in lower light, and the ones I tried to keep next to a window would grow weirdly because they were getting too much (or even direct sun-) light.
I see a stone wall just a few feet outside the window. If this window is between buildings and gets no direct sun this is much less light than an unobstructed north (or south for southern hemisphere) window.
Fair point, I didn't look that closely to be honest
Is this a situation where I need a growing light? I can’t get anymore sunlight in my house.
Yes, a good grow light would make a big difference.
I definitely agree that this pot is too big for the spider plant - they like to be root bound!
As for the light green, limp leaves it probably needs some fertilizer. Mine looks like that sometimes and perks up after nutritious water 🙃
Will add some fertilizer. Pot too big makes sense because it’s been in this one for two years and hasn’t made much progress.
In addition to what others have said, I'd check for thrips
What’s a thirp?
Thrip is a very pesky pest. The adults are black and minuscule.
No bugs but thank you!
I knew it wasn’t thrips, but it is important that you know how to identify them:) (they are incredibly sly and can be just as detrimental to the health of your plant(s))
Awesome to know I’ve only seen mites on some of my plants but it’s great to get new knowledge thank you!
Sure! Yes you definitely just have much too big a pot here 🥴 lol
And happy cake day to you!
Pots fine. It’ll grow into it. More sun and less water.
I agree with everything said, but also, how long is it in that place? Mine looked like shit for 4 months, I didn't change anything and now it's thriving
Going on two years :)
If it looks like that for two years, it would definitely use some change, fertiliser probably, but I'm not an expert
He looks so thirsty, they need so much more water than you think. I like to bottom water my established ones so I can watch how thirsty they are. All of mine has lil babies now, Im swimming in them.
Too much sun, colder temps and mine get light colored when not enough water. I water about once a week to ten days depending on weather
I wanted to thank everyone my spider plant is thriving.[spider plant](https://imgur.com/a/bwVqq8x)
Can I ask what changes you made? :)
Smaller pot helped. I’d like to see my spider plant flourish more. I wonder if I need to go even smaller. It’s leaning as you can observe. Thank you for asking. [plant pic](https://imgur.com/gallery/SkFvLx6)