Can I Grow Spider Plants in Water? (Explained)

by Alex Kountry
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The Spider plant is one of the most adaptable houseplants, that is very easy to grow as well.

This plant can’t go unnoticed when used as indoor décor – they give every room elegance and class. 

Spider plants are also great plants in terms of maintenance. This plant does not require a lot of attention to grow.

Most gardens, however, interpret this to mean that spider plants can grow anywhere. Do you have similar concerns? Keep an eye out for our discussion on “Can spider plants grow in water?”

Can I Grow Spider Plants In Water? 

Yes, spider plants can be grown in water. This is a fantastic feature because it will look fantastic on your tabletop.

However, as lovely as it appears, it is not the best habitat for their long-term growth.

This is because their roots should not be kept wet for an extended period, as this can cause root rot.

It is not recommended to use plain water for this purpose but hydroponic water.

These beautiful jar plants aren’t just used for decors; according to research, spider plant aids in the removal of toxins such as formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and nitrogen oxides from the environment. 

It also produces oxygen even at night. The plant is also said to bring its owner luck, prosperity, good health, and happiness.

This article covers detailed information about growing these charming plants in water. Keep reading to find out.

Here is an article I wrote on spiritual benefit of spider plant

How To Grow Spider Plants In Water

1. Use spiderettes

Spiderettes are new growing spider plant that are gotten from mother plants.

All you have to do is cut it out from the mother plant and use it to grow another. These spiderettes should be placed in a glass jar.

This process enables the plant to grow faster; it takes roughly 2 to 4 weeks to grow.

2. Use hydroponic water

We recommend hydroponic water to plain water because of its rich nutrients.

Hydroponic water contains the same amount of nutrients as soil. This helps the plant survive in the water longer and healthier.

Another way to ensure it last long is by keeping the soil moist and well-aerated.

3. Fertilize the plant

As soon as your plant develops a good network of roots, then fertilizers should be added to enhance growth.

I am sure you would be wondering what kind of fertilizers can be used for this?

The most preferred fertilizers to use in this case are liquid fertilizers such as liquid fish food or diluted houseplant foods.

4. Do not submerge the plant in water

This is another way to ensure your spider plants grow appropriately and healthily.

This can be achieved by using sticks to prevent the foliage from getting into the water.

5. Change the water regularly 

To ensure proper growth of spider plants, water should be changed at least once every week.

The kind of water used is important as well, water at room temperature is ideal.

You should avoid using too hot or cold water. 

6. Keep the plant away from direct sun

Spider plants are home plants as such; they don’t require direct exposure to sunlight.

This can cause their leaf tip to turn brown and even die in the worst cases. They prefer indirect sunlight or partial shades to protect them from scorching sunlight.

They can also survive in environments with lower light; however, indirect light is best for these plants. 

7. Transplant your plant

It is usually advised to transplant water plants into the soil when they have grown to an extent. This is because soils are preferable to water.

There is a limit to how far a spider plant can grow when in water.

How Much Water Do Spider Plants Need?

When it comes to growth requirements, spider plants aren’t demanding.

They require just a moderate amount of water; overwatering or underwatering is not beneficial to them.

Underwatering these plants can prevent them from growing at the right pace they should.

Overwatering, on the other hand, can also make them droop; they would appear discolored, shrieked and almost lifeless.

They may develop brown and yellow spots as well.

Since spider plants are tropical plants that require warm environments, they should be watered at most twice a week.

Excessive watering also has effects on the soil of spider plants; soggy soils can cause roots to get rotten. They drive best in dry, well-drained soil as well.

Usually watering spider plants once a week is very ideal, however, to be on the safe side examine your soils before watering.

It’s always best to water spider plants when the soil gets dry. Therefore, before watering, check the soil of the plants to see if it’s dry.

If it’s still moist, you should wait another day and repeat this until the soil is dry.

Good soil is also an optimal requirement for spider plants to grow. Spider plants also require well-drained loamy soil.

When the soils of spider plants are soggy, they tend to be retarded and their roots get rotten.

Do Spider Plants Like Humidity?

Spider plants are humidity friendly; however, they require a moderate level of humidity.

Although they can still strive in low humidity, they perform best in moderate humidity.

Brown leaf tips on spider plants may indicate that the air is too dry, so mist your spider plant regularly with a Mister.

Spider plants should be kept at a humidity level of between 40% and 60%.

Here are some side effects of extremely low humidity;

  • Low humidity can be a result of excessive exposure of the plant to sunlight. This will in return cause the leaves of a spider plant to turn brown.
  • When the humidity is low it can cause the plant to wilt and droop.  

When the humidity is overly high, it can damage your plant to a great extent.

Your plant may develop the following features when exposed to high humidity; roots get rotten, leaves of the plant turn black, and disease spread is on the high side. 

A lot of persons can’t seem to figure out how to measure the humidity of their environment.

It’s quite simple, just purchase a hygrometer, this goes a long way to help you know your plants’ humidity.

Can Spider Plants Stay In Water Permanently?

Spider plants are not naturally water plants but can thrive in water.

It is best not to keep them in the water for long. Spider plants can survive as long as weeks in a water jar.

However, with proper care, these plants can be kept in water for an extended period.

Using liquid fertilizers and planting them in hydroponic water can help water spider plants.

But they can’t be kept in water permanently, that will require too much work in terms of maintenance.


Spider plants can be grown in water, making them a great decor option.

However, for best results, hydroponic water should be used; this would help the plant survive longer in water.

Some other requirements these plants require include; having access to moderate partial shade exposure to sunlight and using liquid fertilizers to grow.

Some downsides to growing spider plants in water include; the plant stands a chance of having rotten roots, they can become mushy when they submerge in water.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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