You may be familiar with the spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) as a houseplant, usually grown in a hanging container to show off its "offspring" spiders that attach to the parent plant via graceful stems. But a spider plant also makes a good outdoor plant that can grow in the garden year round in U. S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11. In colder regions, grow it outdoors during the warmer months, overwintering indoors until the following season.
Height – 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm) indoors
Soil – soil mix
Foliage – evergreen
The spider plant is quite adaptable to different light conditions outdoors, but prefers filtered sun such as beneath tall trees with open canopies. It can also take full sun for part of the day, provided it's not full midday sun, but some cultivars with variegated leaves might scorch in too much sun.
When over-wintered indoors, a spider plant grows best in bright light, such as in a sunny, south- or west-facing window. If your interior light is low you can also help the plant do well by growing it under fluorescent lights placed several inches from its foliage; these should provide at least 400 foot-candles of light.
When grown in the ground, a spider plant thrives in any type of garden soil, provided it's well-drained. A potted plant grows well in any commercial potting soil.