Why Is My Pink Spider Plant Dying? Tips for Rescuing Your Dying Cleome Hassleriana Plant

A strikingly beautiful flowering plant that will bloom in summer and all the way through the fall, the pink spider plant is actually a misnomer. The true name of this plant is the pink spider flower, with the Latin name Cleome hassleriana.

It has huge, spindly petals and seed pods that sprout out from the top of a tall stem, which give it its name, and the flowers bloom in white, purple and pink. A hardy plant, the pink spider plant is pretty difficult to kill once it has been established, but if yours is in trouble, it should not be too difficult to bring back.

A Pink Spider Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office

A Pink Spider Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office 

The pink spider flower will breathe life into any space you occupy, including any bedroom, office space, or living area. While it can release a bit of an off-putting skunk smell when the flowers aren’t in bloom, you can open a window nearby to air it out.

It will provide fresh, clean air in your room by absorbing carbon dioxide during the day and breathing out oxygen at night. The spider flower is also great for feng shui as the color pink introduces love, softness, and nurturing energy into your life.

Decorate with this cleome by planting it in a neutral-colored pot that will allow the bright, bold colors of the flower to pop.

Signs of a Dying Pink Spider Plant

The most obvious signs of a dying pink spider plant are as follows:

  • Brown leaves
  • Browning flowers
  • Wilting leaves or flowers

Common Causes of a Dying Pink Spider Plant

The most common causes of a dying pink spider plant include:

  • Too much sun
  • Not enough sun
  • Too much water
  • Not enough water

Watering Needs of a Pink Spider Plant

The pink spider plant is a sun-loving plant native to tropical regions of South America, so it is used to begin watered well.

When you first plant the flower, soak the soil to the point of the water running through the holes in the bottom. Once established, you can simply water the plant often enough to keep the soil moist.

To read more about watering your plant, take a look at this article on watering mistakes that might be killing your plant.

Am I Underwatering My Pink Spider Plant?

Signs of underwatering your plant include browning, crisping leaves and flowers.

Restoring Water to Your Underwatered Pink Spider Plant

If you notice the leaves and flowers crisping and turning brown, you can deadhead the flowers and begin watering the soil more frequently.

You can also learn to check your soil by sticking your finger 1 inch deep into the soil. If you feel moisture, you can leave it. If the soil feels dry, you can water the plant until the water runs through.

Am I Overwatering My Pink Spider Plant?

If you notice the soil is soggy or the leaves or stems are mushy, you are overwatering your pink spider plant.

Restoring Balance to Your Overwatered Pink Spider Plant

There is a chance the plant has been overwatered to the point of root rot. Pull the root ball carefully out of the pot and cut away any mushy stems or roots.

Allow the root ball to dry out on a screen in the sun then replant the it in fresh soil in a pot and begin a new watering schedule.

Soil Needs of a Pink Spider Plant

This water-loving, sun-loving plant wants well-draining soil to give it a healthy root system.

Soil Drainage Needs for a Pink Spider Plant

If you notice the soil is not allowing the water to pass through efficiently, you can add a bit of bark to the soil.

Resolving Soil Drainage Issues for a Pink Spider Plant

If you’re still having problems, place pebbles in the bottom of the pot, so the soil does not sit in a pool of water.

Lighting Needs of a Pink Spider Plant

South American tropical regions are full of sun, so your pink spider plant will want all that sun, no matter where you live. Be mindful, however, that too much sun will burn your plant, and too little sun will inhibit its blooms.

Resolving Lighting Issues for a Pink Spider Plant

If you notice either of these problems, simply move your plant either closer to or farther from a window. You want to make sure the flower gets plenty of full sun each day, but consider placing a shade in the window to avoid direct sunlight and burning.

Pests or Diseases that Can Cause Issues with a Pink Spider Plant

Fortunately, spider flowers are resistant to most diseases and pests. However, you may notice spots of mildew or dust on the leaves.

To prevent these problems, simply be sure the flower does not experience too much humidity. Run a fan and open the windows regularly so the air can circulate around the spider flower.

If you do notice any pests, spray the plant with neem oil several times a week until the pests leave the plant alone.

Fake Pink Spider Plants May Be an Additional Consideration

Fake Pink Spider Plants May Be an Additional Consideration 

In the end, if you find you simply cannot keep the pink spider plant alive, or if you don’t have the time to care for this flower in the ways it needs, you can always opt for an artificial pink spider flower. A high-quality version can look just as real as a live one, and it will bring you nothing but joy.

If you’re wondering if a fake plant is even going to be trendy, check out my article on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky.

What do you think? Do you have a pink spider flower you’ve brought back to life? Tell me about your tips and tricks in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.

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