The Q&A Archives: Nephthytis Syngonium

Question: I just brought a Nephthytis Syngonium. The roots are growing out of the holes in the bottom of the pot. Should I repot it now, and if so what is the best soil for me to use? And should I feed it? How often? Should I put it in full sun?

Answer: Nephthytis is often sold under the name Syngonium. It's a houseplant requiring warm temperatures, moist air, and protection from direct sunlight. Aerial roots are often produced, so expect to see some roots above the soil surface. If roots are growing out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot, repot your plant using a standard potting soil. Choose a pot just one size larger than the one your plant is in, and replant so it sits at the same soil level as it was in the old pot. Houseplants can be fed regularly during the growing season by diluting liquid fertilizer to about one-quarter strength and feeding each time you water. Expect your plant to trail or climb. A hanging basket would be perfect, or you can place a moss covered stake in the new pot when repotting your plant to provide support for climbing.

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