What to Do With Spider Plant Tubers

What to Do With Spider Plant Tubers

What to Do With Spider Plant Tubers

If you observe that the roots of your spider plant have formed large tubers visible on the soil’s surface, this generally occurs naturally. Yet, it might also indicate a potential problem with your plant.

Propagating spider plants is the simplest method. Take plantlets that have already formed roots and are growing off their mother plant – these fertile little creatures enjoy two sources of nutrition, enabling them to expand rapidly.


Spider plants are one of the most sought-after houseplants, and for good reason: Not only do they look fantastic, but they’re incredibly easy to care for! Their flexible stems make propagation by cutting, rooting and repotting a breeze.

They’re adaptable, meaning they will thrive even in dim lighting or indoors. Plus, these plants grow quickly and produce plenty of offshoots – plus, they require minimal care!

Propagating spider plants is best done during their active growing season, which is typically spring or summer. Although you can do it year-round, timing is ideal.

Spider plants grow runner stems full of tiny flowers, then send out baby plants that look like sprouts with nubs at the bottom (see image below). You can cut these off and start fresh from these sprouts.

To do this, place the offshoots into a pot of soilless seed starting mix and create a hole just as deep as the small nubs at the bottom. You may wish to use a root hormone (if available) in order to expedite this process.

Maintain a moist mix and water when necessary. After several weeks, you should start seeing baby plants growing roots.

You should transplant your offshoots into a pot with well-draining potting mix and diluted seaweed fertilizer, which will strengthen their roots and prevent transplant shock. Don’t water too much, and keep them in a cool, dark place for several days while their roots adjust to their new environment.

Finding offshoots from mature spider plants can be tricky; usually their colors match up with their parent plants’, making it easy to distinguish when they’re ready to bloom. If you’re uncertain, take a close look at the mother plant’s roots; these clumps usually appear the same color as its leaves and should be easy to identify.


Spider plants make for a wonderful addition to any indoor plant collection. Not only are they easy to care for, but they make ideal gifts for friends and family as they often produce new offshoots.

Spider plants make ideal air purification plants due to their filtering capacity for pollutants in the air. If you’re searching for a unique gift or simply want to add an eye-catching addition to your own home, propagating spider plants is simple; just take their tubers and repot them!

Repotting plants in most areas is best done early spring, when they can recover quickly from the process. Plus, having more room to spread their roots in their new pot means less likelihood of wilting.

Before repotting, make sure the spider plant is doing well and its soil quality is excellent. A spider plant that has been kept in one container for an extended period may have poor quality soil, slowing its growth rate or even stopping pup production altogether.

When repotting, be sure to remove excess soil around the base of the plant and fill the pot with potting mix. Make sure the new mix is slightly larger than what was used previously so the roots have room to expand into any empty spaces and begin growing once more.

After repotting, you can start transplanting the baby spider plant tubers that have formed at the ends of its stolons. These tubers will have thick, fat roots and will take root quickly when separated from its mother plant.

However, if you notice that your new plant is having difficulty with its roots, repotting may be necessary immediately as this could be indicative of an urgent problem that needs attention. Swollen roots could indicate that the plant has developed an unusual water storage organ or needs more soil than usual for optimal growth.


Spider plant tubers are essential parts of the root system, providing essential nutrients that allow plants to flourish. They appear as white, smooth and twisting masses that may push up from beneath the soil surface; as your garden matures and these tubers become visible, don’t worry; provided your plant and root system remain healthy, they should not cause any harm.

When a spider plant becomes too big to fit in its current pot, it may need to be repotted. This reduces competition for resources like water and nutrients, keeps the root structure aerated, and helps prevent stunted growth or yellow leaves.

Repotting is best done during the growing season, when plants are actively growing and taking advantage of additional nutrients from their new soil. Avoid repotting during winter or when your plants are dormant as they are more vulnerable to tip burn and other issues.

Repotting your spider plant is an effective way to give it extra room and vital nutrients, while decreasing the risk of disease infestation or root rot.

First, determine whether your plant has enough roots for repotting. One way to do this is by inspecting the bottom of the pot; if its roots are circumscribing its base, then it’s ready for repotting.

Another way to determine if your plant has enough roots is by inspecting the soil beneath its root ball. If it appears dry and barren, this could indicate that repotting is necessary.

Spider plants rely on tubers to store water, enabling the plants to thrive even when soil conditions are dry. If you notice that your spider plant has many tubers, it may be time for a repotting as these tubers could make the soil beneath its root ball very dry and cause cracking or breaking of your pot.

Repotting your spider plant requires the correct pot size. It’s ideal to get one slightly bigger than its current container as this helps it retain moisture better. Furthermore, make sure the new pot has a drainage hole so excess water can escape after each watering.

Choosing a Pot

Spider plant tubers make for an excellent indoor garden feature and they’re easy to grow. All you need is bright indirect light, a medium-sized pot with enough room for roots to develop, and well-draining soil.

It’s also wise to ensure the soil has a pH between 6.0 and 6.5, as spider ivy is highly sensitive to fluoride toxicity (which could result in browning tip burn). When using rainwater or filtered water, be mindful which filters remove fluoride as this could negatively impact its growth.

When planting your spider plant, the ideal pot should provide ample room for its roots to expand and absorb essential nutrients. Furthermore, make sure the pot has drainage holes so you don’t end up with wet feet or soggy roots.

For optimal results, opt for a compost with a pH value between 6 and 7, such as our peat-free Plantura Organic All Purpose Compost. It contains coconut fibres which add moisture to the soil and prevent root rot – perfect for thirsty spider plants that may become susceptible to root rot in wet or compacted soil.

Another advantage of our compost is that it’s naturally peat-free, meaning your spider plant won’t become wilted or susceptible to disease. You have the option of selecting different types of compost such as sandy or loam mix depending on what kind of growing conditions you prefer.

It’s essential to remember that spider plant roots can rot rapidly, so it is best to repot your plant as soon as you notice signs of damage, such as thin, discolored leaves and wilting stems. Repotting is an effective way to save your plant from further harm since it provides it with non-compacted soil which will help keep its root system strong and healthy.

Repotting your plant is as easy as taking it out of its current pot and placing it into a new one. Repotting should be done at least once annually, or more frequently if your plant has developed root rot or outgrown its current container.

Krystal Morrison
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