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Tips for care - White Syngonium

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Tips for care - White Syngonium

White Syngonium belongs to the Araceae family. This semi-tropical plant is commonly known as the White butterfly. The plant has silvery-white variegation with green leaves in various degrees, and leaf structure changes as the plant mature, going from a simple arrow shape to a deeply lobed or divided mature leaf. It is considered a perfect Feng Shui plant and is very easy to grow and maintain. This plant features in Dr. Wolverton's list of air purifiers.

Potting - Use forest humus, sandy loam, and sphagnum moss. Alternatively, 1/2 garden soil, 1/4 coco coir & 1/4 perlite. 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, bright indirect sunlight is best for the plant. Give your plant bright light but no direct sun. Syngonium white variety turns whiter with sun exposure. One can see that the topmost leaves are whiter, while lower ones have a more greenish shade. 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. It can easily be propagated in the spring or summer months. If your plant has aerial roots along the stem, take a stem section 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 (Should prune other leaves).

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.

Maximum Reachable height is up to 3 ft.

Common name(s): Varegated Arrowhead Vine, Syngoniumpodophyllumalbo-variegatum

Bloom time: Rarely flowers indoor