The Q&A Archives: Nephthytis

Question: I can't seem to find any information on this plant. Could you please let me know what it needs in the way of sunlight, water, fertilizer, and any growing tips?

Answer: Nephthytis is also known as Goosefoot, and classified botanically as Syngonium podophyllum, which might explain why you're unable to find cultural information for the plant. These plants require warmth, moist air, and protection from direct sunlight. One of the features of this plant is that the leaves change as they mature, beginning as an arrowhead and progressing to a point with four additional leaflets developing close to the stem. That's where the nickname 'Goosefoot' came into common usage. General care tips include: average household temperatures, a well-lit spot but without direct sunshine, moist but not soggy wet soil, and regular misting of the leaves. The plant will develop aerial roots and has a trailing tendency, so you may want to provide support as it grows. It's not a heavy feeder, but you can provide a diluted liquid fertilizer in the spring when growth first begins.

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