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Hello! I have a small black spider who has taken residence on my houseplants. Has a seriously impressive web, about the size of a dinner platter, spanning 3 plants. I donít mind him, heís not bothering me, heís catching flies, etc. Itís all good.

Iím just worried, because 2 of the 3 plants get rotated frequently, and I hate to tear up his webs like that, but if I donít rotate them, my coffee plant grows almost horizontal. The web is across my coffee plant, a cactus and a Christmas cactus, sharing the same table dancing bones plant and a starting apple tree seedling. Do I need to worry about him damaging my plants? I'm almost assuming he'll be beneficial, as he'll eat any pests that might invade my plants, but I figure I should probably ask.

Thank you so much for your help!


Hi Amanda,

That is a busy spider! He certainty will not harm your plants and may help deter any plant pests. It is generally a good idea to rotate your plants so they don't grow all in one direction. However, that is more about aesthetics than plant health. You will have to decide whether you care more about the spider or about keeping your plants straight. Otherwise, there are no issues here.

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