Caring For Syngoniums

Arrowhead Plants are beautiful and easy to care for making them a household favorite for many plant enthusiasts.

This syngonium is called a “White Butterfly”.

Syngoniums are attractive tropical plants that are part of the Araceae family. They have many names such as Arrowhead Plant, Arrowhead Vine, and Butterfly Plant and have become quite popular in indoor settings for their tolerance for lower light and for their foliage. Most syngoniums are grown indoors but can be grown outdoors in certain regions.

Lighting & Temperature

As with most tropical plants they do like indoor temperatures. They do NOT do well in temperatures of extreme hot or cold. Most households have temps. in the range of 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit which are perfect for this plant. Temperatures hotter or colder than this could severely damage it.

This plant does relatively well in a range of different light settings. Some do well with less light compared to other syngoniums types, but overall do best in bright diffused light settings. Most syngoniums with a bit more varigation, or white on their leaves, tend to prefer more light compared to those with greener leaves.

Water & Humidity

Like with most plants, Syngoniums do not like to sit in wet soil for extended periods of time. They are susceptible to root rot and will die if left wet for too long. Water thoroughly and allow soil to dry out between watering. Be sure not to let your soil dry out for too long as excessive periods of drought cause the leaves to brown up and fall off.

As with many tropical plants they do well with a bit more humidity. It’s not an absolute necessity but they will appreciate some misting on their leaves. You could also place your plant on top of a pebble tray filled with water. This will provide the plant with some humidity while the water evaporates. Grouping plants together is also a great way to boost humidity levels in a particular area. If you have extremely dry air in your home, purchasing a humidifier will definitely help in boosting the humidity levels of your home.

Soil & Propagation

Using soil that is a mix of peat moss, indoor potting mix, and perlite or pumice should do a great job in providing enough moisture for your plant without keeping it water logged. Aeration is important, but soil that dries out too fast can be just as damaging as soil that stays wet for too long. Syngoniums don’t like soggy soil but can’t dry out too fast or stay dry for too long. Like Goldilocks they want soil that is just right.

Propagation is fairly easy for this plant. Like some names suggest, they tend to vine if grown long enough. These vines can be cut back and cuttings can be placed into water or into moist soil and will produce roots in a few weeks. Just be sure that your cutting has a root node as these will root much more successfully.

Plant Styling

Syngoniums are great to display. You can do so much with them! Because of their growth structure you can keep them cut back or let the vines grow out long. You can keep them cut back and showcase them in different stylish planters or you can let them grow long and keep them in different hanging baskets. Styling with macrame plant hangers always look so cool and effortless with cascading plants. Providing your plant with a moss pole to grow up on is another great way to encourage growth and display your plant.

Styling is extremely easy but be careful if you have small children or pets around as these are poisonous plants. They can cause your pets and children some discomfort if ingested.


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