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How to Care for the Nephthytis Plant

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Overview

One plant that will provide beautiful foliage in spite of occasional neglect is nephthytis, also known as the arrowhead philodendron or arrowhead vine. With its red-veined, arrow-shaped foliage, nephthytis is a distinctive houseplant that can grow and thrive for many years.

Step 1

Put nephthytis in indirect sunlight, if possible, but avoid intense, direct sunlight. If the light is bright enough to read a newspaper, it's bright enough for nephthytis

Step 2

Water nephthytis lightly once a week. Don't worry if the leaves get a bit wilted during hot weather, because they will bounce back with a little water. Feed nephthytis a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer twice a month, according to the directions on the label.

Step 3

As nephthytis matures, install a trellis or a stake for it to climb on. Nephthytis is a slow grower, so you won't need to worry about this for at least a year. If the plant gets bigger than you like, cut back the stems.

Step 4

Trim nephithytis if you prefer that it stay compact. If you want, put the cuttings in a jar of water to grow new plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Water-soluble houseplant fertilizer
  • Trellis or stake

References

  • No-Worry Nephthytis
  • Arrowhead Philodendron, Nephthytis, 'Trileaf Wonder'
  • White Butterfly or Arrowhead Plant
Keywords: grow nephthytis, arrowhead philodendron, arrowhead vine

About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.

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