Syngonium Houseplant Care – Arrowhead Plant
Do you want to know a secret? We are in love with Syngonium! Thankfully, these Arrowhead plants (getting this name thanks to the pointy leaf shape), are quite common houseplants and therefore, easy to find. Being widely available in so many different forms and colors, means that you could build up a whole urban jungle simply by combining them all! Oh, what a marvelous indoor garden you’d have!
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Syngonium (a.k.a. arrowhead plant, arrowhead vine, arrowhead philodendron, goosefoot, African evergreen).
Native to tropical rain forests of Latin America.
At the moment, we own at least six different Syngonium varieties, but it still feels like those aren’t enough. We keep coming across new colours and do need to collect more!
These plants can have different shapes throughout their lifetime. While as juvenile houseplants they may seem small and can be kept rather compact in regular containers for a long time, they are natural climbers and may also be adopted as trailing houseplants.
Arrowhead plants require medium to bright indirect light levels but can also tolerate a little darker space. They are extremely laidback!
On another hand, if your specimen has variegation, which is fairly common, it might need a bit of a higher light position.
Be mindful of providing it too much light though. Due to their thin leaves, these may get easily burned.
As adaptable as your Syngonium can be, don’t let it dry out too much. It’s likely that it won’t kill it, but you’d be risking to lose several leaves. As a best practice, water the plant once at least half of the pot medium has dried.
If you have a baby plant in a small pot, you must remember that the least amount of soil around the roots, the faster it will dry and the more frequent watering it requires.
As much as Arrowhead plants can do pretty well in regular household humidity, they will thrive in higher levels and benefit from any extra moisture you can provide. Keep them near your humidifier, mist them often, or set them on top of a pebble tray filled with water. Grouping them together also works well toward the effort of increasing humidity levels.
These are good growers and will benefit from getting some food on a regular basis during the growing season. Make sure you are diluting the product in water every couple of weeks or so.
Unlike most of our plants, many Syngoniums seem to keep growing even during winter. In those cases, we may still fertilize them. Perhaps in a more organic form, such as by using water from boiled vegetables or banana peel.
We currently have all except for one of our Arrowheads in plastic pots with nice cover pots. And we find that’s the best for them. When in terracotta, the soil dries out extremely fast and the plants will need water way too often for our taste!
Unfortunately, this is not pet-friendly. All parts of these arrowhead plants are poisonous (although non-lethal) to animals and humans.
Here’s a list of some of our favorite gadgets, products, and books that all houseplant parents should know about! Also, visit the Etsy store for some more inspiration…
Check out this blog’s Plant-by-Plant section to find more care guides on different types of houseplants!