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Question: Hello, I just purchased a pink syngonium and I also repotted it today. I prefer clay pots but I put in in a plastic container. I would like to know what kind of lighting this plant needs & how much water it may like. Any advice is apprecitated.
Thanks, Debbie

Answer: Syngonium is a perennial, evergreen, herbaceous vine of the family Araceae. Syngonium is also known as arrowhead plant, nephthytis, African evergreen, and goosefoot plant. Yours is either Pink Splash Allusion, with it has pale green leaves with light pink speckles, or Pink Allusion, with light olive-green leaves and deep pink veins. Whichever you have, the growing requirements are the same:

The heavily variegated varieties need bright, filtered light. (near a south or west facing window) Those that have less variegation or are solid green will do well with average light.

Syngoniums should be allowed to dry at the soil surface between waterings. Dig your finger into the soil a half-inch or so. If it's dry there, it's time to water. If not, wait a few more days before you water. They don't like to be kept wet.

They are happy with ordinary indoor temperatures. Syngoniums preferred range is between 60?F and 75?F but they tolerate a much wider range.

They like it more humid than the average home in winter. Mist them daily or stand the pot on a tray filled with pebbles and water almost up to the top of the pebbles.

They need a balanced liquid or water soluble fertilizer such as Miracle Gro, Peter's or Schultz's Instant Plant Food every two to three weeks during the spring and summer growing season. Since they do not often flower, dilute it to half the recommended strength.

Use a good potting soil containing both loam and peat and repot as often as necessary. If they grow so rapidly that roots are visible at the plant base by mid-summer, repot them again.

Give the plant a shower if the leaves become dusty, but don't use leafshine products on them: they will cause leaf damage.

Enjoy your new plant!

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