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Question: I bought a white butterfly nepthytis plant and the card only gives light information. Do you know why it is a tropical plant and what temperatures can it withstand? Also i bought some plants on the clearance rack that were 75% off. Some of them are looking rough. Is there anything special i could do before i plant them to try and keep them alive.

Answer: The arrowhead vine or 'Nephthytis' (Syngonium podophyllum Schott) is a native of Mexico and Central America preferentially growing in moist to wet forests. Arrowhead vine is a popular houseplant and rightly so, it is a reliable species that with a little care always looks good. The "Arrowhead" plant is easy to grow. It likes average household temperatures and bright light but not direct sunshine. Since it is a native of Mexico and Central America it won't do well in cool temperatures. Check for water needs weekly and feed bi-monthly with Peter's Plant Food. Propagate by dividing the plant or rooting the cuttings in a container of water.

Bargain plants can be bargains or headaches, depending upon their health. Just water them regularly and hope for the best. You never know - you might be successful in nursing them back to health. Hope so!

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