Ever thought about the Spider plant's life cycle?
This plant does have a slightly different life cycle than most other indoor plants.
It goes through various stages of life until it reaches the end of its life.
So, what are these stages, and how should you care for this plant in each stage?
In this guide, you will get to know more about it in detail.
4 Different Stages Of Spider Plant Life Cycle
As I mentioned earlier, the Spider plant follows a slightly different path to complete its lifecycle.
Most indoor plants do not send out wiry stems, but you will get to see this unique characteristic in this plant.
Now, let's check out the different lifecycle stages below.
1. Baby Plant
This is the initial stage of the Spider plant's lifecycle.
It is also a delicate stage, as you need to take care of the plant quite thoroughly.
Generally, you can get baby plants from a mother plant if you have one at home.
Alternatively, you may also get them from a garden center or online stores.
The baby plant stage lasts a bit longer, as the plant takes more time to grow into grown-up or mature plant stages.
If you have brought a baby Spider plant at home, it might require at least 5-6 months to turn into a fully grown plant.
This is why you need to be careful while growing such a young plant.
Quick Tip: Whenever you want to get this plant home, make sure you select a medium-sized plant instead of the smaller one.
This way, you will essentially skip the first stage of its lifecycle, and you won't have many difficulties growing this plant at home.
The above tip is quite useful for beginners who have never grown Spider plants in their home garden.
2. Grown-Up Plant
It's the second step in the development of the Spider plant.
When the plant begins to form relatively larger leaves with a broader shape, you will know it has reached the grown-up stage.
Once the plant reaches this stage, it won't mind if you neglect it for a bit.
It will do just fine, as it stores most of its resources in the root system.
As for the duration of this stage, the plant can stay in this stage for another couple of months.
Sometimes, it also depends on the season.
If the plant reaches this stage by winter, the same period can stretch up to 6 months too.
3. Mature Plant
Now, this stage of the Spider plant is pretty unpredictable, as you won't get to know when the plant becomes mature while growing up.
The only way you can confirm this stage is by seeing the new offshoots around the plant or through the long wiry stems.
In case you don't know, it develops these aerial runners that often produce flowers and give birth to new pups.
It's more like a reproduction phase for the plant, and it only happens when the plant reaches a certain age.
This stage also depends on the weather conditions and the availability of nutrients in the pot.
Without these two elements, it won't produce new babies on the plant.
I have written a detailed guide on why you don't see pups on the Spider plant.
You can read more about it here if you want to know about this process.
As for the runners, there will be several runners growing on the mother plant.
You can either keep these runners on the plant for new babies or remove them entirely.
Overall, this is pretty much the longest phase of the Spider plant's life.
The plant continues to produce new stems and pups throughout its life.
So, you just need to take care of the plant really well.
4. End Of Lifecycle
This is the final stage of the Spider plant's life.
Although the plant survives for a few years, it will surely reach this stage at some point.
Once it reaches this stage, it will show some signs that are peculiar to older plants.
During this stage, you will see a drop in the production of new stems and pups.
The plant may also produce fewer leaves as it gets older.
Ultimately, the leaves will turn yellow and begin to droop in the final stage of its life.
Now, these are the four important stages of a Spider plant's life cycle.
In the following section, let's learn more about how you can care for this plant at every stage.
Tips For Taking Care Of Spider Plant In Your Home Garden
Here's a list of tips for you -
1. When the plant is young, you shouldn't water it too much.
Although this applies to pretty much every stage, you need to be extra cautious during this stage.
The baby plants won't tolerate excess water at all, and it'd be very difficult to recover them from this situation.
2. Do not keep the plant in direct sunlight.
Yes, the Spider plant does thrive in natural sunlight, but you should never keep it in direct sunlight.
If you do, the plant will not cope with this stress.
The excess sunlight will make its leaves turn yellow and brown.
If the same situation persists, the plant won't survive for too long.
3. Avoid overfertilizing your Spider plant
This plant doesn't need a lot of fertilizers to grow at a steady rate.
So, you shouldn't overfertilize it in any situation.
Even if you don't see any pups or stems on the plant, you should just wait for a few weeks.
It will definitely come up with the new growth.
4. Keep it in an airy place.
No matter what stage of life the Spider plant is in, you should always keep it in a well-ventilated place.
This helps in keeping the plant dry all the time, which also helps avoid any possible issues that can damage it entirely.
So, try to find a place in your home that has enough ventilation for such plants.
You can also place it near a window to receive sufficient air and sunlight.
5. Prune the plant regularly.
When the plant reaches a certain stage, you should start pruning it regularly.
The pruning technique keeps the plant in good condition.
It also prevents excess moisture around it.
Apart from that, it encourages the plant to produce new growth in the future.
However, don't go overboard on this process.
Try to remove only unwanted leaves and stems from your Spider plant.
Alright, so these are some of the basic things you need to do if you want to keep your plant growing at every stage.
In the following section, you will find some FAQs and answers related to this topic.
Have a look at them if you have any similar queries in your mind.
Yes, the Spider plant can live all year, depending on the conditions.
If the plant receives harsh conditions, it may or may not survive till the following season.
It can take up to 6-8 months for you to see babies on your young Spider plant.
There are many things that can make it challenging for your Spider plant.
The issues like fungal attacks, bugs attacks, pest attacks, and extreme weather can surely cause the plant a lot of problems.
Yes, you can cut the brown tips off your plant.
However, the plant will not grow these tips back, and it may not look great either.
So, you just need to remember things before going ahead with the trimming task.
You should place this plant in an airy and sunny location.
Both these conditions are an absolute must for the plant.
Without them, you may not see decent growth in it.
Over To You
The Spider plant is one of the best plants you can have in your indoor garden.
But it's also important for you to know the life cycle of this plant.
Hopefully, the above guide helps in understanding the nuances of each stage of its life cycle.
Now, if you want to know more about it or have any queries around this topic, please drop a comment below.
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