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May 1, 2017 8:53 PM CST
Hello knowledgeable gardeners!

I received the plant in the pictures about two years ago as a gift and absolutely fell in love with it. It always appeared healthy and grew vibrant new leaves rapidly. And was very easy to maintain in terms of its sun and water needs.

As of about 5 months ago, the leaves started yellowing and wilting 2-3 at a time. I believe that both old and new leaves are going as it used to be a lot fuller and I also have to cut away many small leaves.

I went to a gardening store a week ago and the owner said the plant is not dying but just needs to be transplanted to a deeper pot as it has very long stems. (It always did even when it was totally healthy but I deferred to their more advanced knowledge.) It is still dying after the transplant and even more quickly it seems. Please help! Thank you!
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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May 2, 2017 9:41 AM CST
Indoor plants do suffer over winter with reduced light coming through the windows. Here, we're lucky to get 50% of available sunlight. Can you give your plant some direct morning light? Or even some afternoon light? Long stems would mean it's reaching for light. Once it perks up, you could move it to a slightly bigger pot but I'm not sure that's the problem.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
May 2, 2017 9:47 AM CST
Were roots heathy when you transplanted it. Has any of your care for it changed.
If not. I'm gonna guess, its to crouded. You have several plants there. Thin them to one plant for each pot.
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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May 2, 2017 10:44 AM CST
Hi ClueLessInNewYork, Welcome!

Your lovely plant is a Syngonium and looks most like Arrowhead Vine (Syngonium podophyllum 'Berry Allusion') I would not subject it to any direct sunlight. Syngonium require bright light but direct sun will burn the foliage. The natural growth habit of Arrowhead plant is to reach out and trail. In nature they travel along the ground and climb up into trees. As a house plant, many people enjoy growing them in hanging baskets to allow them to trail over the sides but they do well in other containers too. Your plant looks fine to me! How long ago did you repot it? If it was recently, it might just be suffering "transplant shock" and will eventually adjust. Mine are in containers out in the yard and they even sometimes get ratty looking and even yellow leaves.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
May 2, 2017 3:58 PM CST
You can do it as Lin said. Or you can do it as my mother did. With a wooden trellis. Mother had one in about a 5 gallon pot, with a 4 foot wood trellis. It was in a east facing window. It grew great ! Trim off excess as needed. Thumbs up Hurray!
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May 2, 2017 9:07 PM CST
Thank you everyone! Group hug

I did only transplant it recently, so maybe it is still yellowing and wilting because of the transplant shock you mentioned, Plantladylin. It used to be so so so much healthier and fuller looking and rarely ever lost a leaf so it definitely seems to be suffering. After the transplant, I moved it back to my nightstand where it was always healthy. I had moved it to another part of my room a few months ago (that still does not get direct sunlight or so I think), but since that's the only variable that changed it seems like it might be the culprit for the lost leaves. Crossing Fingers!

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