Leaves Bending and Drooping on Spider Plant?

I've had this spider plant in my house for a few months. It was doing great! It was super happy in my north facing bedroom in the window, then I moved it into my living room to the west facing window, there's not as much light, but there was still enough. And then I started to notice the leaves are all bending. So I moved it back to my bedroom and thought it would perk right up, but it's been over a week and it's still all droopy. I water it once a week like always. Is it too much water or not enough? Is it the sunlight? Helpplease! Second picture to show lighting.

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August 19, 20190 found this helpful

It needs water,careful not to over water!

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August 19, 20190 found this helpful

It may be overheard and need more water. It also may be time to repot it.

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August 19, 20190 found this helpful

Mine are healthy as horses (so to speak) and all look like yours so I think they are fine. Mine do the bending thing mostly when my light in the winter is shorter, but it does not affect them otherwise. In the spring they get slightly straighter.

If the bending bothers you, you can try putting them back in the other light and try to use a thin stake keep them centered in the sun (mine tend to list to one side or the other which also can cause a little of the droop).


Some of my spider plants are over 25 years old, still healthy, still shooting off baby plants. They are very low maintenance! I only water them when the soil is totally dry. They do not like wet feet!

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August 20, 20191 found this helpful

From the 2nd picture, I say from experience, it needs more sunlight. Also, once a week watering may not be enough if it's hot and low humidity in the house...plants dry out faster. And even worse during heating season. Water, if when you push your fingertip about 1 inch into the soil, and the soil feels dry. Just don't let a Spider plant sit in wet soil very long or the roots will soften and rot, killing the plant.

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August 20, 20190 found this helpful

I live in the tropics and have many spider plants that I just leave outside year round. They do require quite a bit of sunlight to grow and have the leaves standing straight out like you had in your bedroom. I think the area where you have moved the plant too is not getting the same amount of sunlight as it did in your bedroom. In the north window in yuor bedroom it receives a different amount of sunlight than the west facing window you have it in now.


On the west side of your home the plant is only getting a small amount of sunlight in the afternoon. If you want to keep the plant here in this window you will have to expect this to happen this time of year. You may need to add just a bit more water to the plant and water it on Monday and again on Friday to see if you can perk it up a bit.

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August 21, 20190 found this helpful

You certainly have a beautiful arrangement for a bedroom window!
Hope you have a lovely place to sit and let the peace sink in.

Usually indirect light, air movement (overhead fan?), no wet feet, no dried out soil, very weak fertilizer once a month (or maybe Epsom Salt occasionally?) is how I take care of my plants and they usually do well all year.


Maybe your plant has not had time to adjust since you have moved it to your living room and then back to the bedroom - give it another week for it to feel 'at home' again.

If you think it may not be getting enough light you might try this trick for a few days; take some aluminum foil and wrap it around (loosely) the back/outside of the plant/basket so what ever light flows through the window will be reflected back on the plant (cover 1/2 of the basket on backside). I do this sometimes when winter light is weak or changed.

Would it be possible to place it outside in a well protected (no sun) place a an hour a day - breeze but not too hot? Sometimes does wonders.

Water - if the soil feels damp one inch down it may not need water.
Be sure your pot still has good drainage.

You have so many plants I wondered if you have a moisture gauge as I really like using mine. These are available at most Walmart, Home Depot type stores as well as online. The 3 in 1 is best.


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August 21, 20190 found this helpful

Some good advice here. Also, I would keep the plant isolated from the others til I had checked for insect infestation. Some that attack the spider plant are very tiny and hard to see, spider mites, etc.

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August 26, 20190 found this helpful

I can't easily see from the (lovely) photo whether the pot for your spider has drainage. It's fairly important, I think. Try increasing watering to twice a week, perhaps a bit less water than the full amount you usually use? Mine tend to be somewhat thirsty and thrive with this schedule.

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July 20, 20200 found this helpful

My spider plants have always looked like that....and they've lasted for years.


Marg from England.

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