Why is My Spider Plant Not Growing Babies? (#3 is the most likely cause)

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You got your spider plant and you’re excited to see it grow babies, but nothing is happening. 

This can be frustrating for a lot of people who want their plants to grow babies as soon as possible. It’s hard not knowing why they aren’t growing!

I’ve put together some common reasons why your baby-less spider plant isn’t growing and ways to fix them so you’ll have those cute little spiderlings in no time!

Why is my spider plant not growing babies?

There are a few common reasons why your spider plant might not be growing spider pups. It’s possible that you’re watering it too much or too little, the potting soil you’re using doesn’t allow for air, it’s not their growing season, its maturity level, or you accidentally killed some of its babies.

In this article, I’ve covered some of the most common reasons your spider plant isn’t having babies and ways to fix it!

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Your spider plant isn’t getting the right amount of light

The most common reason that your spider plant is not growing babies is that it doesn’t have enough access to sunlight! They love bright, indirect light and if they don’t get this kind of light they may be sending out signals for you to water more often than usual.

A lack of light can also cause your leaves to turn yellow or brown.

Solution: If you don’t have a spot in your home where your spider plant can get some bright indirect light, try getting a grow light. They’re especially great for plants that flower because they mimic the sunlight!

a close up of the spider plants in the wild

You’re overwatering your spider plant

If you live in a humid climate, chances are high that your spider plant is receiving enough water, even if you’re not watering it as much as usual.

If your spider plant is looking flimsy and droopy chances are high that you might be overwatering it, which can cause its babies to rot!

However, if the soil looks kind of dry but still has a spongy feel to it, you should be okay to water it again in a few days.

Solution: If you feel that the soil is dry but still has a spongy texture to it, wait until tomorrow or the next day before watering your spider plant. If you water it too much, the plant may send out signals to grow babies instead of new leaves.

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The potting soil doesn’t have enough air pockets

The most common reason that spider plants aren’t growing babies is that they don’t have the right amount of air circulation in their soil!

If your spider plant has been growing for a while and still isn’t producing any new leaves or babies, it’s most likely because the potting mix you’re using doesn’t contain enough air pockets.

This causes the soil to become too wet or too dense for any new white roots or spider plant babies to emerge!

Solution: You’ll want a pot with good drainage. You can also try breaking up the soil or mixing it with pebbles to improve drainage so that water isn’t retained in the soil. That way, there is enough air circulation for your plant’s roots!

You’re not letting in any light between waterings

Spider plants that are in a well-lit area will start sending out white roots in droves when they’re receiving enough sunlight, but spider plants that aren’t exposed to the right amount of light may not make setting out babies a priority.

spider plant pups in a black pot

Solutions: You can either move your plant closer to a window or you could use artificial light until it’s ready to flower. Your spider plant will start flowering about two months after new leaves begin sprouting from the soil, so keep this in mind if you’re struggling with your spider plant not sending out babies!

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You’re using the wrong kind of potting mix

Another reason why your spider plant may not be growing any babies is that it’s receiving too much water. This can cause its soil to become soggy and dense, preventing those little white roots from developing into baby spider plants.

Additionally, the potting mix you use can make a big difference! We recommend using this potting mix because it’s got plenty of air pockets to prevent your plant from drowning.

Solution: If your spider plant still isn’t growing spiderettes after switching out its potting mix, (along with this plant food) try giving it more light, making sure that you’re letting in light between waterings, re-potting it into a larger pot, and taking care of any pests that are causing the problem!

Your spider plant is too crowded in its current pot or needs to be repotted

If your Chlorophytum comosum plant isn’t growing spider plant babies after all this time there’s a possibility that it may just be too crowded in its pot, or that it needs to be re-potted. If the spider plant is growing in a small pot with very little soil, this can cause it to stay in a baby-producing stage instead of focusing on growing new leaves.

Solution: Repot your spider plant so that there are about two inches between the top of the soil and the rim of its pot. You can also try transplanting it into a larger pot, which will give your plant some extra room to grow its spider pups!

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Your spider plant is outgrowing its light source

A healthy spider plant should be getting about 12-14 hours (or more) of bright indirect light every day. If your spider plant isn’t receiving enough light, it will focus on growing new leaves instead of white roots or flowers!

Spider plant leaves bending because of its long leaves. Its also placed in a spot near the windows.

Solution: You can either move your plant closer to a window or you could use grow lights to provide your indoor plant with more lighting.

Your spider plant isn’t getting enough water

If your spider plant is looking a little pale and limp and needs some TLC, the problem may be that it’s not getting enough water. A healthy flowering spider plant should have smaller leaves with deep green coloring, so if your plant’s leaves are yellowing or shriveled up, it’s not getting enough water.

Solution: To check for this problem, simply give the soil a squeeze to see how damp it is. If it feels dry and crumby at the bottom of your pot, you should start watering your spider plant one to two times per week and never let the soil dry out completely!

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