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Jun 9, 2020 5:14 PM CST

I got this plant from my Grandma's house after she passed away. It was neglected for a few years while she was sick, but mannaged to survive. It's a mess and needs to be replanted, but I'm not sure where to start. Should I trim it back while repotting, or let it get over the shock of one thing before I do another thing. It's kind of a tangled mess! I've had it for almost a year now and removed all the dead leaves, but I am just not sure what to do next. I really don't want to kill it.
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Jun 10, 2020 4:58 AM CST
Name: Christine
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I would carefully take her out of the pot, try not to disturb the roots, remove all the dead leaves and wash off the roots and put her back in the same pot with new soil, I love miracle grow potting mix and I also add extra perlite. Arrow Head's are tough plants which you already know. Other members will add more advice.
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Jun 10, 2020 9:19 AM CST
Southwest U.S. (Zone 7a)
It looks basically OK with the light and water it's getting. I would start by cutting off the piece that is starting to vine off to the right in the first picture. I'd cut it just past a bumpy node close to the soil, it may resprout from the stub or root. These are rain forest plants that will vine 60 feet up a tree. I cut off the stems that start to vine, it leaves a much more compact, attractive and manageable plant. The cuttings are very easy to root, you can add them back into your pot or start some new plants to share. I wouldn't trim the rest of it right now.
I live in a very dry area. Mine is in a fast draining pot, and seems to like frequent, thorough watering, keeping the soil just a little moist. Don't leave water sitting in the saucer, that can rot the roots.
When they get too much light, the leaves will get very light green or even fry and die. Too little light and leaves will get very dark green and the whole plant will stretch out. Mine seems to do well with medium light, and it's easy to adjust according to how the plant looks.
I'm not sure about re-potting. If you decide to, don't disturb the roots too much, the same pot would be fine, and use a quality houseplant soil.
I go very light on fertilizer, it just encourages more spindly vines. Mine's been in some very old and tired potting mix for many years, I give it quarter strength complete fertilizer once or twice a year, and it's doing fine.
This is one of the few plants I've had good success with for many years. I hope mine gets passed down to someone who will keep it going!
Jun 10, 2020 3:02 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
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Welcome! Your Syngonium is healthy and has lots of healthy leaves. There is nothing wrong with the roots or soil. The plant is a bit overgrown because it has not been pruned back.

I suggest that you leave the soil and roots undisturbed and simply prune back some of the longer more unmanageable stems. Any healthy stem that is pruned back will produce new growth starting on that stem where you nake the pruning cut.

Pruning is the best way to manage the overall shape and size of your plant. Pruning is also the most neglected of all plant care concerns.
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Jun 10, 2020 7:48 PM CST

Thanks so much all for the advice! I'll need to eventually change out the pot because the one it's in is metal and is rusting on the bottom. I'll do my best to just keep from disturbing any of the contents when I make the switch. Maybe I'll trim it now, and when the trimmings grow roots and are ready to be planted, I'll move it the whole plant and add the trimmings. Thank You!
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