Can a Spider Plant Survive Winter Outdoors?

Spider Plants Outdoors
While spider plants can generally spend the spring, summer, and early fall outside, surviving through the winter is less assured. Considerations such as lowest temperatures in your area, winter protection, and more can help predict their success outside during the colder months. This is a page about, "Can a spider plant survive winter outdoors?".

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May 2, 2008

Will a spider plant survive outside in a flower garden in the winter and come back in the summer?

Hardiness Zone: 5b


By Sandra Martin (Guest Post)
May 2, 20080 found this helpful
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I had a Spider Plant that was left outside all winter. I did not take care of it as you can guess. I left it alone and it came back on its own.

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May 6, 20080 found this helpful
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I now live in Montana, zone 5 also. My spider plant didn't make it through the winter. Thankfully I have several others.

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May 8, 20080 found this helpful
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No, houseplants do not survive the winter in the midwest. Bring it inside.

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October 22, 20090 found this helpful
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It will not survive in Ohio, I leave mine hanging on the back porch all winter, but then I LIVE in South Fla. and we never even get frost. jjs

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June 27, 20110 found this helpful
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My spiders are loving it outside this summer. We'll see if they survive the winter. I'll cover them from the Pennsylvania snow.

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October 2, 20160 found this helpful
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I know that the experts say spider plants cannot survive winter in a flower garden. I am in zone 7 and I have spider plants that have survived some harsh winters in my garden for at least five years. I even dug them up and brought them inside last winter and still some roots left behind produced new plants (with zero protection). I used to protect them by covering them when the weather was extreme, like temperatures in the teens and below. I am not sure that is even necessary. If you try this, be sure the roots are very deep. The depth, I think, helps protect those roots. You may lose everything above ground, but it will come back and look as full and beautiful as ever.


For protection, I used a tent like plant cover I got at Ace hardware with canvas drop cloths on top of that. That gives it breathing room beneath the cover in case it gets hot under there during the day. That way, you can leave it on until the weather returns to normal cold. I plan on being brave this winter and trying it with no protection. By the way, my spider plant is not variagated color, just solid green. Because of that, it has increased hardiness, according to something I read online by the experts. Watch out for it taking over a garden with its babies.

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October 23, 2012

I live in Savannah, Georgia and would like to know if it can live in the winters here. It has been outside since I got it about 7 months ago.

By lauri

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