Can Spider Plants Survive Winter? (Explained)

by Alex Kountry
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Are you noticing any changes in your spider plants this winter? Are you curious about it and concerned about its survival?

Take a long, deep breath! Plants are pretty unpredictable, and even minor changes in the environment can turn them from being beautiful to being wilt.

 So I understand when people ask questions like, “Can Spider Plants Survive Winter?”

Knowing your plants’ nature allows you to care for them more effectively.

While some plants grow in the summer, some thrive in the winter as well. So, to address the question, can spider plants survive the winter?

Can Spider Plants Survive Winter?

Can Spider Plants Survive Winter

Because spider plants are susceptible to cold temperatures, their survival throughout the winter is less certain. These plants thrive in the summer, spring, and early fall.

As a result, they require a completely different orientation to survive in the winter.

Considerations such as winter protection and the lowest temperatures in your location, for example, can assist anticipate their survival over the winter months.

Indoor spider plants may need to be moved away from cold windows during the winter.

In this article, we will go over how to care for and maintain your spider plants over the winter. Continue reading to find out.

How Do You Keep Spider Plants In The Winter

  1. Keep their leaves clean: If you have a house spider plant, you should keep its leaves clean during the winter months. This is because they are prone to high levels of dust during the winter. Not keeping this plant dust-free will form a barrier, preventing it from receiving enough light.
  2. Reduce the amount of water you give your plant: The spider plant does not grow throughout the winter, which is natural for this plant. As a result, they require less water during this season; the proper approach to water this plant during winter is only when the soil is dry. Before watering, check the soil moisture level. Dip your finger into the soil to confirm that it is dry enough for watering.
  3. Relocate your plant: If your plant is in an exposed area to cold, you must relocate it to a more convenient location. To protect the plant from the cold, bring it inside or provide shade outside.

How Cold Can Spider Plants Tolerate?

Because spider plants are heat-loving plants, they do not withstand extreme cold.

They can usually withstand temperatures as low as 35°F without harm, but plants will not grow much below 65°F.

Temperatures exceeding 90°F do not immediately harm spider plants, but they do increase transpiration and the uptake of various harmful micronutrients.

Here is an article I wrote on growing spider plants outside

Will A Spider Plant Come Back After A Freeze?

There’s no need to fear if your spider plant has gone into a frost.

If the damage is not severe, they should leaf out again in the spring, however, they may lose their leaves due to the freezing.

Delicate plants, on the other hand, will become annuals and will not survive the winter.

A cold of roughly 29° – 32° F will usually destroy delicate plants, while older plants have a better chance of surviving.

Most vegetation is severely harmed by freezing temperatures between 25° and 28° F.

To keep plants from freezing, do the following:

  • Take your potted plants inside: This is the simplest approach to keep plants from freezing, and it works best for sensitive container plants. Potted plants are more prone to freezing damage because they lack the insulating features of ground plants. While keeping your plant indoors is beneficial, be sure it is not kept in a too-warm environment.
  • Cover plants with fleece: Plants can be protected by covering them with horticultural fleece throughout the winter season. If you don’t have horticultural fleece, you can make a protective cover out of bubble wrap or blankets.
  • For sensitive plants, use a cloche: Cloches are bell-shaped covers made of glass or plastic, usually placed over plants. Cloches can be bought or made from recyclable materials.
  • Add mulch garden beds: Mulching is another strategy to protect your plants from the cold. To offer further protection to garden beds, mounds of leaves or leaf mold can be used. This will act as an excellent barrier against cold.

Do Spider Plants Need Sun?

Every plant requires sunshine for oxygen and optimal growth; however, Spider plants do not thrive in hot and direct sunlight.

They thrive in environments that have a combination of fluorescent and natural light.

These conditions ensure the plants’ long-term survival; direct sunlight, on the other hand, can scorch their leaves, resulting in brown blotches and tips.

Spider plants need up to 6-8 hours of natural sunshine per day. When it comes to artificial lights, 4 – 6 hours of light is ideal.

It may also interest you to know that the further south or north one travels, the more tolerant this plant becomes to sunlight.

However, it is always preferable to attempt to keep them out of the direct midday sun.

These plants will also thrive indoors because they can thrive in nearly any room.

However, give your spider plant enough shaded or indirect sunshine, medium to high humidity, and consistent indoor temperatures.

Because southern windows receive the most direct sunshine, it is best to keep the plant at least a few meters away from the window.

Also check out this article on growing spider plants in water

How To Take Care Of A Spider Plant In Winter

  1. Remove the brown tips and leaves: The first change you’ll notice in your plant throughout the winter is dry leaves. This alteration is caused by the low temperature. When you see this, remove the brown tips and leaves; this will help the plant stay healthy.
  2. Do not fertilize: Fertilizing spider plants in the winter is pointless. It has no advantages because the plants do not generate pops. Typically, in extreme winter, the root will not absorb nutrients, which is damaging to the plant due to the low temperature. However, if you want to fertilize your plant, you should wait till spring.
  3. For not spray your plant: Avoid spraying your plants throughout the winter months. This is because spraying water on your spider plant’s leaves may stress it out.
  4. Provide sunlight:  As much as you can, provide sunlight for your spider plant during winter. You can put them in a sunny position, which will help their growth and immunity during the winter months.
  5. Avoid propagation: Propagation is not useful to spider plants in the winter because the plants are already stressed and propagation can hurt them. However, you can do this in the spring once the winter has passed.
  6. Remove the soil layer: This allows sunlight and air to penetrate the soil. It improves the root aeration system, reducing overwatering. This doesn’t only keep the roots comfortable, but it also improves the plant’s overall health.


Although spider plants do not thrive in cold weather, they have a chance of surviving the winter.

Some of the best ways to maintain spider plants’ health during the winter are to provide sunlight, remove dried leaves, keep them in the shade, and remove the soil layer.

However, while sunshine is beneficial to spider plants, keeping them in direct sunlight is not recommended.

Your plants may get dark spots and tips as a result of this. To keep them in good shape, provide them with moderate light.

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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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