Syngonium (Arrowhead plant) - Care tips
Syngonium (Arrowhead plant)
The Syngoniums belong to the Araceae family and is native to the tropical rainforests of Central and South America. Lately often seen as an indoor plant but when used as a garden plant it can become an aggressive climber, how cool is that!? The Syngoniums are also called the Arrowhead plant, of course because of the shape of the leaves. This plant can surprise you though. The leaves change shape as the plant matures, she will change from the arrowhead shape into three to five finger-like sections. It means that the leaves high up the stem will look different from those at the bottom.
Syngonium plant care tips
The Syngonium is an easy care plant as long as you don’t forget to water them. She will grow anywhere in your home because she tolerates low light. Just plant them in our soil mix and watch her grow. Syngonium plants enjoy humidity, so you can spray her every now and then or you may want to place the pot on a tray of wet pebbles or put a humidifier in the room.
Light and placement for Syngoniums
Although Syngoniums are definitely low light tolerant it is better to place them in medium/bright indirect light. This way she grows faster and she will remain her vibrant and coloring leaves. Direct sun will cause immediate scorching of the leaves. Understandable, we also hate a sunburn, don’t we?
I know we said to don’t forget to water the plant before.. You also don’t want to overwater the Syngonium. Really allow her to dry out partially. When the lower leaves turn brown, you know that you left the plant dry for too long. If this happens, it is best to soak the soil to let her rehydrate. Just remember you should avoid the "little and often" approach, just water well and then wait. Simple! In the winter this plant goes into a kind of hibernation, the plant will take longer to dry out so adjust watering accordingly.
The Syngonium should be fertilized during the growing season. The growing season is generally from March to September, in other words, spring and summer. Just add our nutrition to your watering once a month and she will stay happy!
Propagation or multiply your baby is luckily easy peasy. You can root your cutting in water or straight into potting soil. The cutting should be a cutting which has a new growth shoot that either has one or two leaves already. The cut needs to be made a few centimeters below the nodes (these are mostly two small bumps on each side of the stem), because this is where the new roots will sprout. Exciting!!
Most common pests on Syngoniums
Infestations on Syngoniums are rare, but of course only when she has enough love, care and good growing conditions. When infestations do occur it will mostly be spider mites, mealybugs, aphids and scale. If spider mites, or other pests are found, treat the plant immediately to remove the insects and prevent extensive damage. Do not forget to put the plant in quarantine, otherwise all your babies will get those shitty pests.
Do not panic, stay calm! Our PLNTS Doctor knows what to do.
Are Syngoniums poisonous for your pets or children?
Unfortunately the leaves, stems, roots and flowers of the Syngonium are toxic when eaten. This can really harm you, your children and pets. The calcium oxalate crystal in the plant is toxic and can cause symptoms like: pain and swelling in the mouth, lips and tongue and it can cause difficulty swallowing and excessive drooling. Of course we do not want to harm anyone so please place them away from you furry friends and children. Safety first!
Syngonium plant for sale
At PLNTS.com you can buy different types of Syngonium plants, like the Syngonium Red Arrow, the Syngonium Mango Allusion and the Syngonium Maria Allusion. With so many varieties to choose from, there is a Syngonium for everyone!
Whether you like your Syngonium big from the start or prefer to grow them from tiny BabyPLNTS into full-grown PLNTS - we’ve got you covered!