What Is the Care & Feeding for the Plant Syngonium Podophyllum?

Overview

Syngonium podophyllum is more commonly known as the arrowhead plant. Native to Central America, it blooms from spring to fall.

Characteristics

Syngonium podophyllum is considered a vine. Characterized by its variegated, arrowhead-shaped leaves, it has been used as a houseplant since the 19th century.

Nutrients

Syngonium podophyllum requires a mildly acidic soil. If growing indoors, use an all-purpose potting soil with a balanced fertilizer.

Water

Because this plant is native to the rainforest, it does require soil that is evenly moist at all times. How often you water it will depend upon how much light the plant is getting. If it will be grown in low light, allow the soil to dry slightly before watering. In bright light, keep the soil moist. Never allow it to get soggy or the plant may develop root rot.

Light

Although Syngonium podophyllum will grow in low light it will be healthier if it is placed in filtered sunlight. Direct sun will burn the leaves.

Temperature

Average household temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit are sufficient. Humidity is an additional consideration. Misting the plant daily will help it to thrive.

Warning

All parts of the Syngonium podophyllum plant are poisonous if eaten.

References

  • University of Florida
  • Gardening Know-How
  • Dave's Garden
Keywords: arrowhead plant, aquatic plant, Syngonium podophylum

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Raised in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Victoria Hunter has been a freelance writer since 2005. With a background in real estate sales, she blogs professionally and provides articles to national and regional real estate websites and publications. She also writes on gardening topics and about travel to Hawaii and Las Vegas. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing.