Orange Spider Plant Not Growing – House Plant Journal

Orange Spider Plant Not Growing

Plant: Orange Spider Plant (Chlorophytum amaniense ‘Fire Flash’)

How long have you had the plant? 1 to 6 months


Off shoots developed end of March 2021, but main stem of leaves are not growing full size.


Light Situation:

Close to a large window and receiving about 1 hour of direct sun.

How do you determine WHEN to water? I water when the soil reaches around halfway dry.

Describe HOW you water: I pour a small amount of filtered water.

Fertilizer: Schultz 10-15-10 during spring/summer. Miracle Grow Pellets once in the fall


Darryl’s Analysis

There is sufficient light here for a spider plant to grow well.

You’ve got the WHEN to water right but in terms of HOW, try giving the soil a thorough soaking, and allowing excess water to drain away. I don’t always drench the soil but maybe once a month, I will take my plant to the shower or sink to give the soil a through soaking. This should be fine as long as your soil is suitably well-draining (and it appears to be so).

This spider plant looks completely fine.  Don’t expect the leaves that grew in your home to look exactly the same as the ones that grew at the nursery – the nursery is not blocked by a ceiling and other walls.  I think your plant is growing quite nicely.

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