Spider Plant also is known as Chlorophytum comosum or Airplane Plant is a native of South Africa but now has become one of the most popular air purifying houseplants throughout the world. As per NASA, it’s one of the top ten air purifying houseplants. This is one of the easiest plants to grow which needs minimal care.
Spider plant can do photosynthesis under minimum sunlight which makes it a perfect indoor plant. This plant absorbs air pollutants like benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and carbon monoxide. It is probably the best plant to filter formaldehyde which is very commonly found in tissue paper, grocery bag, leather etc. It’s generally told that one plant per 200 sqft indoors is an option to make the air around us clean and pure.
This plant can grow up to 18-24 inches having long and narrow leaves. The leaves are green having yellow or white vertical strips. It grows well by spreading its long shoots with bunch of tiny white flowers which gradually become baby spider plants.
Though Spider plant is one of the toughest indoor plants but little care can make the plant looks happy and healthy. It grows well in bright indirect sunlight. This plant neither should be over watered nor should be completely dried out. It may be sensitive to fluoridated water so better to water it with distilled water or rain water.
This plant should be repotted once in a year. It should be fertilized in every 6 months with a water soluble fertilizer. To avoid root damage, fertilizer should not be applied when the soil is dry. Wait for at least 3-4 months before fertilize a new plant.