Everything about repotting a spider plant
Spider plants grow quickly! Some of us have made the mistake of repotting a spider plant too early or into a container that's too large. One of the things a spider plant absolutely loves is being confined in a tight space. They love to have their roots taking over the whole pot. In this guide, I'll explain when you can start to repot a spider plant, and what kind of pot you should look for when you're ready to give your spider plant a new space to grow.
Wait until the roots are big enough
In order to repot the spider plant, you'll need to wait until its roots are ready for this change. This means that you need to wait until the roots start to circle around the bottom of the pot and can keep most, if not all, of its soil together by itself. To better demonstrate this, have a look at the picture below. This is the absolute minimum amount of roots you need in order to repot the spider plant.
As you can see, the roots have made its way around the bottom of the pot and it can keep all of its own soil in place. This is the minimum amount of roots you should be able to see in order to repot your plant. Another trick to see if there are potentially enough roots is by checking the bottom of the pot. If you use pots with drainage holes in the bottom, the spider plant roots will make its way out of the pot and the roots will start to grow out. This is a very good sign. This usually means there is no more space for the spider plant to grow inside of the pot, so it's trying to expand its boundaries. When this happens, be sure to lift the plant out of the container and check if the roots have gone all the way around the bottom of the pot. If the roots are ready, it's time to look for a bigger pot.
What kind of new pot do you look for?
In the beginning of this guide, we mentioned the spider plant loves to be root bound, this should be your first clue for the size of the new pot. Get a pot that's just slightly bigger than the pot it's currently in. There is really no use in getting a pot that's bigger than that. The spider plant is happiest when it can take over the space of the soil with roots. The plant really wants to be able to expand and then set into a confined area. If you only have bigger pots, that's also okay, but you'll need to help your plant to grow more quickly by fertilizing it.
The style of pot you want to start using for your spider plant is really up to you, but it's easiest if you get a pot with drainage holes. The drainage holes allow the excess water to escape the pot, so there is less risk of root rot. The drainage hole is not necessary, so if you have a beautiful pot you want to use for your spider plant, go for it. The only thing you have to be mindful of is being a bit more careful when watering your plant.
This pot contains 5 different spider plants. Because there are 5 separate plants in there, they should take over the pot quite quickly, which is exactly what we're looking for. Restricted space promotes growth for a spider plant. If you don't want to repot your spider plant any time soon, you can leave them in the new pot and not repot again. At some point the plant won't grow any more and maintain its current size. You can read more about this in my "How to care for a spider plant" guide.
The results of a happy spider plant
When the spider plant has established itself in a properly sized pot and has taken over a lot of space in the pot, it will start to grow little sprouts itself. This is very exciting because the previously tiny plant is now growing its own tiny plants. In the picture below you can see what I discovered on one of my small spider plants just very recently.
It has started to grow its first sprouts. If you follow these guides, you'll start to learn exactly what your spider plants like and how to best take care of them. This is just the start and soon you'll be able to see your sprouts making their own sprouts. When this happens, we'd love to hear about it!
Thank you for reading this post! I hope it helps you to keep your plants healthy and beautiful! If you're looking for more guides on specific plants, you can always request a plant guide or donate a plant in order to get a guide for the plant you have trouble with.Posted on: May 29, 2019 Last updated on: Oct 3, 2020