Spider plants are super common and easy to care for, but are spider plants expensive?
If you’re looking to purchase a spider plant for your home then you’re in luck. Spider plants are inexpensive, and you can purchase grown plants for between $15 and $30 dollars on average. This will be even cheaper if you want to grow a spider plant from plantlet, as cuttings can cost less than $5.
There are some types of spider plants that are more expensive, but it all depends on the size of the plant and which type you choose.
Factors That Affect The Price Of Spider Plants
Not all spider plants are worth the same, and its important to know the reasons why if you’re deciding to purchase a spider plant.
Spider plants take a while to mature – usually between 2 and 5 years – which means they are more expensive due to the time taken to grow them.
This is to be expected. Over the course of these years, the plants will need to be watered and fertilized to grow healthy, as well as take up space, all of which costs money.
Purchasing cuttings or plantlets is an easy way to reduce the cost, but I’ll explain this in detail later.
There are lots of different types of spider plants, some of which cost more than others.
The most common type – chlorophytum comosum vittatum – are what you will see in most plant stores and online. These tend to be the cheapest as they have the biggest availability and can cost as little as $15 for a fully-grown plant.
Rarer types cost more and can be upwards of $50 depending on the specific type. Spider plants that have all green leaves are the rarest, and therefore most expensive, although during my research I have come across a couple that are priced similarly to vittatums.
Variegation occurs naturally on spider plants, and certain types are more likely to have more variegation, but it does also depend on the conditions in which the plant is grown in.
Spider plants will lose variegation if they don’t have enough sunlight, as the green parts of the leaves are where chlorophyll is produced.
More variegation generally means an increase in price, as it’s a favorable characteristic that a lot of houseplant owners enjoy.
The cheapest way to purchase a spider plant by a long shot is to buy cuttings or plantlets. Spider plants develop little ‘babies’ that are called plantlets or spiderettes, and these are super easy to propagate and sold online for cheap prices.
As you can see in the image above of my very own spider plant, they’re essentially little mini spider plants and can be bought for under $5.
I recommend buying cuttings that have rooted, and all you need to do is pot them in a container with the right type of soil and drainage and they should develop into a mature plant over the next couple of years.
Where To Buy Spider Plants
For mature spider plants, places like Home Depot and Garden Goods are great options for shopping both online and in-store, although online availability is usually better. You can also buy spider plants on Amazon as well, unsurprisingly.
I like Etsy for cuttings and have used it several times to purchase cuttings of other plants such as golden pothos.
How To Save Even More Money On Spider Plants
Once you have one mature spider plant it will produce plantlets for years to come. These can be used to produce several new spider plants for free, all you need to do is provide soil and a pot.
These plantlets can be trimmed and propagated in water easily. All you need to do is remove the plantlet and place it in water so that only the very bottom of the stem is submerged in the water in an area with plenty of bright, indirect sunlight. I recommend changing the water regularly if it starts to become cloudy.
After a few days, new roots will start to grow and once the roots have developed well you can remove the plantlet and pot it into the soil. And that’s it, you’ll have another spider plant that will develop and mature in a few years for pretty much no cost at all.
This can be repeated as many times as your plant will allow, so you can have an almost endless supply of spider plants if you want.