Arrowhead Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Hemet, Ca
Question by wildangels10
October 16, 2009
I have a 4'7

Answer from NGA
October 16, 2009


We're happy to help! Syngonium is the botanical name for your Arrowhead plant. They have earned several fun common names, including Arrowhead plants, Five-fingers, Nephthys (after the Egyptian & Greek mythological figure Nephthys, sister of Osiris) and Goosefoot. Some common names refer to the shape of the leaves at different stages of development.

It is difficult to describe how to prune your plant without actually seeing the plant but the general rule of thumb is to use sharp scissors and shorten some of the stems. If you shorten them at random lengths you won't notice it has had a hair cut. In fact, you can trim back one or two of the stems and wait for new growth to develop, then prune back a couple more. It will take a few weeks to completely shorten and renew your plant with this method, but during the process it will look nice. Or, you can prune the entire thing down by about a third. You can also root the stems that you prune from your plant. Most will readily root in a glass of water. If so, you'll have the bonus of some new plants that you can pot up and give to friends and relatives.

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