The Bonnie Spider Plant takes everything that is great about the Spider Plant and makes it better. Long green foliage has a creamy white stripe down the center and tapers to a point. What sets this plant apart from other Spider Plants is that the foliage curls like ribbons on top of a gift. This beauty is easy to grow but thrives with a small degree of neglect. Learn more about the Bonnie Spider Plant and find out how to handle some common issues.
Get to Know Bonnie
The Bonnie Spider Plant is officially known as Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie,’ although it is also known as Curly Spider Plant. This beauty is a member of the Asparagaceae family, making it a distant relative to asparagus, and is native to South Africa. This variety is generally more compact than other Spider Plants, and the curling foliage makes the plant appear more dense. Spider Plant care is consistent across most varieties, and nothing about the Bonnie differs from other Spider Plants.
Bonnie Spider Plants send out pups or offshoots, creating new plants. The stems of the offshoots often have flowers. While the Bonnie Spider Plant blooms, the flowers are tiny and not very showy. Plants only bloom and send out pups with proper care.
Spider Plant Has Brown Tips
Brown tips on your Spider Plant are a sign that the plant is overwatered. Water your Bonnie Spider Plant when the top few inches of soil are dry. This plant has rhizomes, which are thick, fleshy roots that store water. Allowing the soil to dry is essential, and while the soil is drying out, the plant continues to hydrate itself from the water reserves in the rhizomes.
Watering a Spider Plant that is not ready for more water causes the leaves to die, starting at the tips. The foilage initially turns yellow and transitions to brown. Treat brown tips on a Spider Plant by pruning the dead growth and refining your watering routine.
Why Does Spider Plant Have Yellow Foliage?
Leaves turn yellow before dying, and a few issues can cause yellow foliage. Water stress can cause Bonnie’s leaves to turn yellow. Spider Plants are not fussy, but too much or too little water can cause leaves to turn yellow and wither.
Plants that receive direct sunlight may have yellow foliage. Bonnie Spider Plants need bright to medium indirect light. A few feet away from a south-facing window is a good location, but this plant can also live in an east- or west-facing window. Too much sunlight will cause the leaves to look pale and washed out before turning yellow. Eventually, sun damaged leaves will die. Remove damaged foliage and relocate the plant to an area with more appropriate lighting.
Can I Move My Spider Plant Outside?
Spider Plants look lovely on a patio or covered porch during the summer, and the plant will appreciate the warm temperatures and increased humidity. Be mindful of the temperature before moving a plant outdoors. Spider Plants must stay warm, and anything lower than 50° F can be damaging.
Why Is My Bonnie Spider Plant Not Curly?
Most Spider Plants have straight leaves that gently arch, but Bonnie has curly foliage. Bonnie plants experiencing water stress may lose their curl. Consistently damp soil can make the leaves uncoil. Straight leaves coupled with yellow or brown tips are a definite sign a Spider Plant is overwatered. Plants that are slightly overwatered may have wavy or straight leaves without showing signs of overwatering. Extreme dryness can also cause foliage to lose its curl. Get back to the basics of watering if your Bonnie Spider Plant does not have lush, curly greenery.
Caring for Bonnie Spider Plant
Big loose curls give the Bonnie Spider Plant its signature look. This is an easy-care houseplant that introduces color and texture to a space. If you are new to houseplants or want to enjoy the nostalgia of a classic houseplant, then Bonnie is for you.