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Why Are My Curly Spider Plant Leaves Turning Yellow?

Updated: May 13, 2022

Spider plants are a popular houseplant due to their low maintenance and ability to purify the air. However, sometimes these plants can experience problems, such as yellowing leaves. If you have noticed that your curly spider plant leaves are turning yellow, there are a few possible causes.


One of the most common reasons why spider plant leaves turn yellow is overwatering. Spider plants prefer to be kept on the drier side, and leaving them in standing water can cause root rot and yellowing of the leaves. Make sure that your spider plant is planted in a well-draining pot and that you allow the soil to dry out slightly between watering.


On the other hand, underwatering can also cause yellowing of spider plant leaves. If you notice that the soil is completely dry or the leaves are wilting, it may be time to give your plant a drink. Make sure to thoroughly water the plant and allow any excess water to drain away.

Lack of Nutrients

Another possible cause of yellowing spider plant leaves is a lack of nutrients. Spider plants require regular fertilization during the growing season to maintain healthy green leaves. If you have not been fertilizing your spider plant regularly, it may be time to start. Use a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season.

Too Much Sunlight

Spider plants prefer bright, indirect sunlight but too much direct sunlight can cause yellowing of the leaves. If your plant is located in a sunny window or receives too much direct sunlight, try moving it to a shadier location.

Pest Infestation

Spider mites or mealybugs can also cause yellowing of spider plant leaves. Check your plant for any signs of pests such as tiny white or brown spots on the leaves or webbing on the underside of the foliage. If you suspect a pest problem, isolate the plant and treat it with an insecticidal soap or neem oil.


Finally, yellowing leaves can also be a sign of disease. Fungal diseases such as Fusarium wilt or bacterial infections can cause yellowing of the leaves. If you suspect a disease, remove any affected leaves and isolate the plant to prevent further spread.

In summary, yellowing spider plant leaves can be caused by a range of factors including overwatering, underwatering, lack of nutrients, too much sunlight, pest infestation, and disease. By identifying the cause of the problem and taking appropriate action, you can help your spider plant recover and thrive.


Can I save my spider plant if the leaves have turned completely yellow?

If all of the leaves on your spider plant have turned yellow, it may be too late to save the plant. However, if there are still healthy leaves remaining, you can try to identify and address the cause of the yellowing to prevent further damage.

How often should I water my spider plant?

Spider plants prefer to be kept on the drier side and do not require frequent watering. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between watering and water thoroughly when you do water.

Can spider plants be grown outdoors?

Spider plants can be grown outdoors in warm climates but they prefer temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C) and do not tolerate frost. Make sure to provide them with well-draining soil and protection from direct sunlight.

Can I propagate my spider plant from a yellowing leaf?

It is not recommended to propagate spider plants from yellowing leaves as they may not be healthy enough to produce new growth. Instead, look for healthy green leaves to propagate from.