Comment concerning Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum): Arrowhead Syngoniums and soil selection

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As a comment about Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum), plantladylin wrote:

The Arrowhead plant is a perennial, woody vine capable of climbing to heights of 12 feet or more. The leaves change shape with the stages of growth, adult leaves being much more lobed than the juvenile form. The Arrowhead vine makes a nice house plant, preferring warmth and humidity, low light to bright shade but no direct sun. Stem cuttings are easily rooted for additional plants.


Toxicity: This plant contains calcium oxalates which cause irritation to the lips, tongue and throat and severe mouth pain if eaten. It's best to keep this one away from small children and pets who might nibble your plants!
Name: Ian
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Sep 11, 2017 11:09 AM CST
Growth rate can be controlled in houseplant growth by choice of potting mixture; root growth is semi-aggressive, and in a loose soil or soil+(vermiculite/perlite) mix, will expand until the plant is taking on water quickly, at which point the plant's auxins direct it to increase stem and leaf growth, and additionally, to branch existing vine lines into forked vines in parallel. A more compact soil will lead to slower growth, thicker stems, and a hardier plant overall, but at the cost of speedy foliage. Soil should be kept moist but not flooded like Colocasias; Syngoniums are susceptible both to root rot, and to quick withering in dry soil, both of which can spell the death of (first) inner leaves and (finally) of the plant in tota.

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