Spider plant leaves

wiccadgardener(z8 CA)August 5, 2011

Some of my spider plant's leaves, instead of arching gracefully, bend? fold? crease? I'm not sure how to describe it. It happens with the older, larger plants, the younger plants are fine, so I'm thinking it may be irregular watering (because the larger plants dry out faster, and at different rates).

I hope you can understand what I mean, it's not a major thing, they're healthy otherwise. They just don't look as good as they could.

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I have this problem to some extent, also. Young plants are fine, but a few leaves on the older, larger plants bend in half. I thought it was from damage, like bumping into the plant or the plant falling - or just the weight of the long leaf causing it to bend. Maybe if the plant WAS watered properly it COULD support the weight and not bend. I'm sure I'm guilty of not always watering like I should. Hmmm. Hope someone knows.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2011 at 11:35AM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

I've recently returned to growing Spider plants after a long absence. I grow one in Hydro & see this happen a bit too, so don't know that it's about proper watering. I just break it off at the fold, or if unsightly, remove the whole leaf.

I grew a large one years ago, but don't recall this problem. I never thought about it, but really don't know what causes it. Sorry, but it IS an interesting question.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2011 at 2:08PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Needs more sun.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2011 at 11:52AM
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I second, needing more sun.

Are mature leaves as thick as they were when you first got your Spider? If not, it's a light and humidity problem. If the air is dry, spray once a day. Tepid water is best..especially for watering soil. Toni

    Bookmark   August 8, 2011 at 10:01PM
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I notice this on my Ponytail palm leaves. I definitely under water it. I wonder is it's the same.

Pirate's reply about it happening when she grows spiders hydroponically has me scratching my head though.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2011 at 10:46PM
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