Syngonium Podophyllum Complete Care Guide

There is a big chance your grandma has this syngonium in her home so why not be the one to have it too? This plant is easy care and it grows like a weed. With the right caring, it can grow massive in a few years.

Scientific name: Syngonium Podophyllum

Also called: Arrowhead Plant, Nephthytis, Goosefoot Plant, African evergreen

Family: ARACEAE

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care meter: 9/10

This plant can be 10/10 no problem, but every home is different and we don’t want to exaggerate. Highly recommended for new plant parents.

light

Syngonium Podophyllum loves light. Lives for light. Bright indirect light to be exact. The better the light, the better the growth.

If your plant is lacking light, the leaves will die and the vines will look leggy and empty. Also, lack of light can cause weak new growth, with small fragile leaves.

If your home is not bright enough, you can still make this plant happy with grow lights. We tried this method as well and the plant kept on growing. Arrowhead plants are very rewarding in general.

left: Syngonium Podophyllum kept in bright indirect light
right: leggy Syngonium Podophyllum kept in low light

watering

Syngonium likes its soil to be relatively moist. Not too wet, but not completely dry either. So, I water mine every 10 days during summer, and every 2-3 weeks during winter. (Eastern European winters can be quite cold 🥶).

Best to check the soil every time to be sure you’re not overwatering. Overwatering leads to root rot and mushy stems. At this point, the plant is not really salvageable.

temperature

Arrowhead plant is doing great in average temperatures. Anything between 20-26°C or higher is good. Don’t let it drop below 15°C, it’s gonna damage the plant.

humidity

At least moderate, if not high. Syngonium will get crispy leaves if the air is too dry. Try to maintain at least 50-60% humidity in your home to make this Syngonium happy.

Syngonium Podophyllum crispy leaves from lack of humidity

fertilizer

Syngonium Podophyllum is happy to be fed once a month during growing season. Since this beast grows so fast, it can easily be fertilized during winter as well.

I use a NPK ratio of 10-10-10 or 20-20-20, something balanced. I tried other ratios as well, like 9-4-5, and Syngonium really doesn’t care that much. It grows without any problems.

Be careful not to overdo it. Too much fertilizer can burn the leaves, so it’s best to dilute it every time you feed your plant.

substrate

I use a very airy mix for my Syngonium, and that’s quite easy to get. One part coco coir and one part perlite. I tried in the past one part regular potting soil with one part perlite and guess what, Syngonium didn’t care. It grows so well that sometimes it gets invasive.

Whatever you choose for your mix, try to make it as light as possible. Syngonium roots are quite fragile than others and they don’t need that kind of pressure on them.

plastic versus terracotta

I would prefer plastic over terracotta this time. Since Syngonium likes its soil a bit moist, terracotta can help water evaporate too quickly. Not that you can’t grow a Syngonium Podophyllum in terracotta, but you might forget to water it as much as is needed.

repotting

A good sign to look for is when the roots are coming out of the pot or the leaves start to yellow because the roots are too crowded.

Choose a pot a bit bigger and gently try to separate the roots. You may find that there is no soil left in the old pot and that’s causing your leaves to suffer.

It’s best to repot your plant during growing season so that the roots can recover faster from breakage.

an Arrowhead Plant freshly repotted

propagation

Arrowhead plant can be propagated by stem cuttings that have at least one viable node. If you see an axillary bud near the node, it’s even better. You can propagate them in water or directly into soil, using a zip bag and some substrate.

Speaking of substrate, I had the best luck with sphagnum moss and coco coir. This way of propagation can be a fix for the leggy vines as well. Cut those vines in segments with viable nodes, place them above soil, and cover your container with a zip bag. The mother plant will have a great makeover and you’ll also get new plants. Win-win situation.

Syngonium Podophyllum leafless node cuttings

pests

I’ve dealt with spider mites on my Syngonium Podophyllum, but this was a long time ago. If you check your plant every time you water it, you’ll spot any problem in time.

toxicity

Unfortunately, Syngonium Podophyllum is not pet friendly.

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