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.
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
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.
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.
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 Will Need
- Water-soluble houseplant fertilizer
- Trellis or stake
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