house plants #743315 - Ask Extension


house plants #743315

Asked April 08, 2021, 3:34 PM EDT

spider plants are showing brown tips. They get good sun, water, no fertilizer for over 1 year. replant? fertilize? move to another space? Linda

Lake County Minnesota

Expert Response

There are a number of reasons for browning leaves on spider plants.  The most common reason is overwatering and/or build up of salts in the soil. If over fertilizing is the cause, cut back and use a very dilute fertilizer infrequently.  If build of salts is the cause, the easiest solution is to repot it.The following website summarizes the reasons nicely.  


Marykay Haas Replied April 10, 2021, 9:14 AM EDT

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