Question From: G. Black - South Lyon, Michigan, United States
Q: I left my spider plant in an unheated room while away for a few days. Outdoor temp was unusually low, consequently the room was very cold. The plant appears to be dead/dying. It has just a few bright green leaves that seem stable. The rest are limp and dark in color, including the babies. As soon as I noticed it I brought it in to a warm room. I've watered it sparingly as it was dry but also because there appears to so little viable vegetation. Are there any steps I can take to attempt to save it?
There may be viable roots left. Cut away the dead and dying foliage. Put the plant in an area that gets bright light, no colder than 65 degrees and keep the soil just moist. A pebble tray filled with water under the pot will help keep it moist. My rescue remedy for abused plants as an application of Super Thrive at the recommended rate and Neptunes Harvest Liquid Kelp at half the recommended rate. Both are available at English Gardens and online at Amazon. Do not fertilize the plant until March. If it makes it and shows active growth re-pot it and cut away dead plant material. Good Luck, Nancy