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How do you care for spider plant houseplants?

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Care for a spider plant by placing it in bright, partial sunlight, using a soil-based potting mix and keeping it in a consistent environment. Water and fertilize it regularly.

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Start by planting a spider plant in a pot with soil-based potting mix, although the plant tolerates any soil type well. Keep the potted plant in an area that receives bright, indirect sunlight with a consistent average temperature and moderate humidity levels. Never place it in an area where the temperature falls below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Water a young plant only occasionally as it develops, making sure that the soil remains moist, especially during the summer. Once it has fully developed, give it a moderate amount of water two or three times a week so that the soil never completely dries out. Mist it with water during the summer to maintain 45 to 60 percent humidity levels.

Feed the plant a liquid fertilizer every two weeks during the spring and summer. Watch the plant for problems and pests. If the tips of the leaves appear burned, the soil may be too dry or there may be a high level of salt or fluoride in the water. To remove excess salt and fluoride, flush the soil with water three times, allowing the water to drain completely before each subsequent flushing.

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