In general, syngonium aka arrowhead, are plants that sport three-lobed arrow shaped leaves from which they get their common name. However, in practice syngonium have all kinds of looks and sport everything from five leafed tropical green foliage to unbelievable, pinks, reds, whites, and golds in everything from heart shapes to ribbon shaped leaves. You can secure some incredibly impressive foliage for much less than a monstera albo or a really fancy pink princess philodendron. I started collecting syngonium a couple of years back and have fallen in love with the wide varieties available.
Sure they are a little more fussy than a pothos, but a great step up into fancier houseplant varieties. They can acclimate well to lower humidty, but grow best in humid environments. Some like to vine/climb, some like to bush more so make sure to get a variety that has a growth habit you like. Make no mistake some collector syngonim can get really up there in price, but all in all these are common enough that you don’t fret while learning to care for them, but unusual enough to add a new plant to your collection. Plus PINK. Come on, who doesn’t love a pink plant
- Botanical Name: Syngonium podophyllum or Syngonium erthrophyllum
- Family: Arums
- Care: Easy
- Type: Perennial, Vine, Bush forms
- Size: 6ft indoors
- Sun: Bright Indirect Light
- Temperature: 50-95°F (10-35°C)
Syngonium are kind of picky compared to pothos, too dry and the leaves droop. However, if you water them too much ROT city. Which is really strange cause then you can stick the node in water and continue on… Not that I have every made either mistake… I err on too dry if I have to choose one.
In general these syngonium need bright indirect light, but this can really vary. The general rule of thumb is the lighter the foliage the more light it needs, while darker foilage can do with medium light. Syngonium colors can really vary based on light too. You can use this to your advantage and get some really light colored foliage (almost white) on a white butterfly but also you run the risk of losing colors or definition. Example: Dark pink can become very light in sun. Veining can be lost and the leaf will bleach. You can always move a syngonium closer or further away to see the impacts leaf color. Keep in mind you can easily burn the delicate leaves in direct light.
I use Liquidirt (not sponsored) for regular water and organic fertilizers during warm months. Your baby will come in a mix of coconut peat (aka coir) with heavy use of perlite for drainage. When repotting use a chunky aroid mix and a pot only an inch or so bigger. Syngoniums tend to grow roots first then leaves, they like being rootbound. I always suggest waiting 2-3 weeks if your plant was shipped to repot. Give it time to acclimate to your conditions.
Stock can change but we often provide these Syngonium podophyllum:
This baby is perfect for budget minded folks who still want a flashy albo but don’t want to drop $100 on a monstera wetstick. This one loves a good moss pole and will throw out lots of roots as soon as the pot fills.
I think this is one of the most underrated syngonium. Shades of green with a pinks speckled party theme? What is not to like about confetti?! I don’t know why more people do not showcase this beautiful syngonium.
Milk confetti is like Confetti’s richer, cousin. Light green leaves that sometimes look almost silver and metallic with the lovely pink spots of a syngonium. One of my favorites, but it is slow growing.
“I just met a
girl syngonium named Maria”. Beautiful bronze foliage looks striking when paired with other plants. New leaves come in with deep red veins and green which matures to bronze. Leaves will bleach in color when given too much light.
This comes from my mother plant. Leaves, regardless of light, will come in dark bronze, lime green, and orange. While this is known as a “weak Maria” I love all the various colors this plant throws. Colors do skew to more orange/gold in brighter light.
Get those large, green arrow shaped leaves with soft white veining. If you want your white butterfly to really pop with white give it more light, however, you may lose the veining. I think Holly is a better way to go if you want white!
Large white (pale green) leaves with dark green edging. Sometimes confused with the White butterfly, Holly M (Much smaller), and Moonlight (Rounder Leaves)
Smaller round white (pale green) leaves. Much like the Holly you will need some chlorophyll to live, so the leaves are truly a super pale green instead of a complete white.
Mounding type syngoninum with tons of pale pink leaves. I am still figuring out the best light as sometimes the pink gets very pale and I like a darker pink, but lovely nonetheless.
This is one of my FAVORITE syngonium. Every leaf comes in as a surprise. Expect green, dark green flecks, pink, pink marbling, pink flecks, all of the above! Starts by mounding but will eventually trail or vine.
Neon earns its name. The pinks is blinging. So much so, it honestly looks fake. I will say the neon is one of my pickier syngoniums when it comes to light and water. It has a tendency to strange shaped leaves due to humidity/water. But will also get root rot like whoa. It is worth the trouble due to the deep, almost fake looking, pink.
Who doesn’t want long slender lightly textured leaves? These thin arrow leaves have lightly fluted edges, with white veining. Super bushy and easy to grow.
The white cousin of the frizzle. Basically the same ribbon like leaves with lighter colored foliage.
Pink Splash Allusion
Not to be confused with a regular pink splash/red spot. The pink splash allusion has the rounded heart shaped leaves with a deep green and deep pink splashes. New foliage comes in lighter and glossy.
Olive to light green foliage with berry-pink veins. Fills in quickly and makes a lovely centerpiece.
Rounder heartshaped leaves boast deep green, bronze, and almost plum colored leaves. Looks really nice with the berry allusion lighter fiolage and purple-pink veins.
Much like a lighter/brighter berry allusion. Paler foliage with pink veining. The allusion folks must have been having a rough name day, that day.
For Syngonium erthrophyllum we have these varieties:
Llano Carti Road
Under rated to the max because of the underside of the leaves. Top of the leaves are a deep, dark green, while the undersides of the leaves are a deep, true red. Loves to vine, but makes a great hanging syngonium too, so you can get a better view of the stunning under-leaf. New leaves come in deep red and harden to dark green.
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