Spider Plants are beautiful and easy to grow houseplants that originate from the tropical and southern regions of Africa. Researchers at the National Space Technology Lab (NASA) determined that houseplants were an excellent way to reduce pollutants, particularly nitrogen and formaldehyde. Spider Plants absorb VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) through their leaves and translocate them to their root zone where microbes break them down. We highly recommend reading this article about VOC's from the EPA. Spider Plants are particually good at removing the following VOCs from the air: Formaldehyde, Benzene, Carbon Monoxide, Xylene, (used in leather, rubber and print products)
Modern climate-controlled, air-tight buildings trap VOCs inside. VOCs include substances like formaldehyde (present in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke and grocery bags), benzene and trichloroethylene (both found in man-made fibers, inks, solvents and paint). Benzene is commonly found in high concentrations in office settings, where books and printed papers abound.
The addition of indoor plants to hospital rooms assists in the recovery rates of surgical patients, according to research done at Kansas State University. In a comparison to patients in rooms without plants to patients in rooms with plants, the patients with plants requested less pain medication, had lower heart rates and blood pressure, experienced less fatigue and anxiety, and were released from the hospital sooner.
Adding plants to office settings helps to decrease fatigue, headaches, colds, sore throats and flu-like symptoms according to The Dutch Product Board for Horticulture.
How many Plants
The NASA research listed above suggests one (1) 8" potted plant per 100 sq.ft. (10'-0" x 10'-0") of home or office space. We recommend (12) of our spider plant babies to one (1) 8" / 10" pot or hanging basket.
Spider Plant Care
Caring for a spider plant is very easy even for brown thumb gardeners. Spider plants prefer bright indirect lighting, bright offices with typical fluorescent lighting are also suitable. Temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees F. are optimal. They will be fine in a wide variety of temperatures since they are so forgiving. Spider Plants don't care to be cold being they are a tropical plant, so bring them in when the weather gets chilly.
Watering your Spider Plants depends on a few things specifically plant size, temperature and the humidity of its location. Spider plants like to dry out between waterings. We recommend rain water or distilled water for optimal plant health.
Spider Plants like a well draining potting mix and prefer to be a little root bound. They look especially nice in hanging baskets.
Spider Plant Leaves Browning
The leaf tips will turn brown as a result of fluoride coming from tap water. It is ok and will not harm the plant. While it maybe a little unsightly it's typically nothing to worry about.