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Tips for Care - Variegated Syngonium

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Tips for Care - Variegated Syngonium
This semi-tropical plant is commonly known as the Arrowhead vine. The plant has variegated leaves in various degrees. The leaf structure changes as the plant mature, going from a simple arrow shape to a deeply lobed or divided mature leaf. Syngonium belongs to the Araceae family. It is considered a perfect Feng Shui plant and is very easy to grow and maintain. The plant features in the list of air-purifiers prepared by Dr. Wolverton. It makes a pretty trailing or climbing vine that shows aggressive growth under the right conditions.

Potting- For potting mix, use forest humus, sandy loam, and sphagnum moss. Alternatively, 1/2 garden soil, 1/4 coco coir & 1/4 perlite mix can be used. These plants are aggressive, rapid-growing vines, so the frequency of repotting depends somewhat on how big you want the vine to get. Repot yearly for a larger vine. While repotting, use a handful of vermicompost.

Watering Requirement –Loves humidity, once every two days in summer and every 5-7 days in winter. Do not keep the soil moist all the time; else root rot will happen. Overwatering/ under watering results in brown spots on leaves. The plant loves humidity, so any method to increase humidity around the plant can work, e.g., pebble trays filled with water at the bottom, grouping plants together, misting, using moss or coconut husk at the top of the soil soaked in water, or using a humidifier.

Light Requirement – Filtered sunlight or bright indirect sunlight is better for the plant. Give your plant bright light but no direct sun. Syngonium variegated variety can handle more direct sun as compared to Syngonium green. It can be grown indoors or under a green net outdoors. Since they love humidity and need dappled sunlight, they are good plants for bathrooms and kitchen also.

Propagation – Syngonium plants root readily from stem cuttings & can easily be propagated in the spring or summer months. If your plant has aerial roots along the stem, take a section of stem with attached roots to increase your odds of success. It can be easily propagated by cutting below one node in a slight angular fashion & leaving only 2-3 leaves (Other leaves should be pruned).

Fertilization – Use composite fertilizer & NPK (1 spoon BAP & 1 spoon NPK fertilizer in 1 liter water) in spring and summer every 15 days. Feed regularly throughout the growing season.
General Tips - Don't keep the soil moist all the time, else root rot will happen.
Air purifier: Yes, Dr. Wolverton's list of air purifiers
Common name(s): Variegated arrowhead vine, Syngonium podophyllum albo-variegatum