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Name: vee
Pasadena, CA (Zone 10a)
Mar 11, 2016 6:06 PM CST
Hi there!

I have two arrowhead plants in my home that are both very different and I would like some advice regarding one of them.

The plant in question, I've had for almost a year. When I first got it, it's leaves were green. As time went on the leaves turned white. I assumed I just had the "white butterfly" variety. However, this plant has hardly grown since I got it! It looks very healthy. I do see new growth and the leaves start off green but then they turn white. Perhaps it's just a bushy white butterfly. However, in comparison to my other arrowhead, part of me thinks this plant is not getting enough light, which is keeping it from photosynthesizing, which is keeping it from growing.

It's kept in a hanging pot near a west facing window, so it gets the light of the later afternoon. There are trees outside the window so it doesn't get any direct sunlight.

My other arrowhead plant I've had for 6 months and it seems to be doing great! It is nice and green and has grown a ton since I first got him. This plant is hanging near a small east facing window so it gets a little morning light but most of its light comes from a large window in the same room.

Any suggestions/comments regarding my white butterfly..?

Thank you! *Please see photos below! The first one is of the plant in question and the second is my other arrowhead.


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Name: Daisy I
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Mar 11, 2016 6:23 PM CST
Variegated plants do require more light as they have less chlorophyll to work with. But there are also varieties of arrowhead plant with lime green leaves. Move it to a brighter spot and see what happens - no direct sun though.
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Name: Karen
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Mar 11, 2016 6:30 PM CST
I think Daisy is right. I had one that had light lime leaves. With higher light it got a pink tinge to them. It was beautiful! I went on vacation and my watering system failed, so it died. I'm still looking for another one.
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Name: vee
Pasadena, CA (Zone 10a)
Mar 11, 2016 10:13 PM CST
Interesting. I suppose my best bet is to move it and see what happens. I just love it at that window... ): On the other hand, if it does a lot better and even gets a pink tinge, it will be worth it! AND its a great excuse to get a new plant! hehe! Thank you Daisy and Karen for your comments. Thank You! Thank You!

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Mar 13, 2016 6:30 AM CST
Instead of changing windows, you could hang lower.
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Name: vee
Pasadena, CA (Zone 10a)
Mar 13, 2016 12:13 PM CST
Very good point, Tiffany. Thank you!

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