How to care
for your Syngonium
Syngonium, also known as the Arrowhead Plant, Arrowhead Vine or Goosefoot, belong to the Araceae family. Native to the tropical rainforests of Central and South America, Syngoniums are well-rounded indoor plants that – as the name implies – will spread/shoot out like an arrow in all directions. Different varietals possess a range of elegant and unique colours that are quite popular with houseplant enthusiasts – they possess a bit of a collector’s item status as well. Since they’re low-light tolerant houseplants, Syngoniums can grow in any room, making it a solid choice for those who aren’t fussed with too much maintenance. They do, however, need a good pruning once in a while.
Syngonium 'Strawberry Cream'
Syngonium podophyllum 'White Butterfly'
Syngonium podophyllum 'Julia Allusion'
Syngonium podophyllum 'Holly'
Syngonium podophyllum 'Exotic Allusion'
Care Level : Beginner, Expert or Somewhere in the middle.
Syngoniums are great plants for beginners as they’re low-light tolerant and can grow quickly. They need to be pruned more than other houseplants, otherwise they can get bushy and messy looking quickly.
Syngoniums can grow almost anywhere in your home – they prefer bright, indirect sunlight but are tolerant of low-light conditions as well. Avoid direct sunlight at all costs, otherwise you’ll be left with burnt leaves. Periodically rotate your plant to encourage even growth.
Syngoniums are on the thirstier end of houseplants – when the top 2” of its soil is dry, you should give it water. Once or twice a week in the spring-summer, less in the winter. Syngoniums leaves will droop when thirsty and prop back up once watered – this is a good indicator of when you should water. Just don’t let it sit droopy for too long as they aren’t as tolerant to neglect as other houseplants.
Syngoniums will do fine in average room conditions – just avoid placing them near sources of cold air or dry heat. Dry air will cause its leaves to brown, so we encourage you to mist periodically but it’s not mandatory.
Syngoniums thrive in year-round temperatures of 15-29ºC. They can survive in temperatures as low as 10ºC but anything less and you’ll be sending it to its slow doom.
Considered slightly toxic to pets due to their calcium oxalates in the plant’s sap. It’ll cause oral irritation when ingested, which leads to vomiting. Bleh.
Other fun facts:
- As the Arrowhead matures, it can produce trailing or climbing stems and larger leaves that you can encourage upwards with a moss pole.
- The plant belongs to the Araceae family and is the twin sibling of its immediate member, the Philodendron. Sibling rivalry!
- Syngonium leaves can be variegated because of various cultivars introduced in the horticultural industry.