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SophieLove
Nov 28, 2017 5:43 PM CST
I potted it in August. I was told it liked low-light, so I keep it out of direct sunlight. I feed it with plant food every other week. There's weekly growth on it, but the leaves soon turn light brown and die. All my other plants (both indoor and on the patio) are thriving. What am I doing wrong? FYI- I brought the plant outside just for better lighting for the pics.
Any input is appreciated. Thanks,
Sophie
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WillC
Nov 28, 2017 5:50 PM CST
How far do you have it from the nearest window indoors?
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SophieLove
Nov 28, 2017 5:57 PM CST
Hi Will,
It's approximately 10 feet from my windows
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WillC
Nov 28, 2017 6:19 PM CST
That's too far, Sophie. Indoor light is much less intense than outdoor light. In addition, light intensity indoors drops off dramatically with every foot of distance from the window. I suggest you keep it within 4-5 feet of a south window and very close to a north window. And don't put it in a corner or along a wall with a window.
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SophieLove
Nov 28, 2017 6:39 PM CST
Will,
Thanks so much for your patience with me. Based upon your response, this lovely plant has very high standards. What if I only have east and west windows? Which I do.
I may have to give up this pretty plant to someone with better lighting than myself.
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plantmanager
Nov 28, 2017 6:46 PM CST
Don't give up on it. You can always add grow lights. They can be had fairly cheaply and really do help the plants. I had a plant like yours under lights in my bathroom, and it seemed to like the extra humidity.
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SophieLove
Nov 28, 2017 6:48 PM CST
Hmm..Thanks PlantManager. Do you have any links for the lights? What's it going to cost in monthly energy bills for this?
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plantmanager
Nov 28, 2017 6:54 PM CST
You can buy this type of clamp light fixture, and put a grow bulb in it.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M0R9F71/

Here are some other types of grow lights. They come in all price ranges. I've never noticed any large increases in my electric bills from using grow lights in winter.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M0R9F71/
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WillC
Nov 28, 2017 6:55 PM CST
Sophie - I didn't mean to imply that your plant had to be near a south or north window. An east or west window at a distance of 2-4 feet should be adequate.
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SophieLove
Nov 28, 2017 7:27 PM CST
@PlantManager- thanks! Not certain I'm looking into lamps for one spoiled plant at the moment. But I now know where to go. Thanks!
@Will I always thought 2 or 4 feet would be too close for a plant that supposedly likes low light. Do you consider 2 or 4 feet low light?
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WillC
Nov 28, 2017 7:47 PM CST
Indoor light is much less intense than outdoor light. Your plant is not a true low light plant. It can take a few hours of indoor direct sun on its leaves each day. Thumbs up
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plantladylin
Nov 28, 2017 7:47 PM CST
Hi Sophie, Welcome!
I agree with what has already been said; Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum) like bright light to dappled shade, just no direct sun. I think an east window would be perfect. I wonder if perhaps you may be over fertilizing. I'm bad about feeding any of my plants but every other week, especially at this time of year may be too much. @WillC may be able to offer some good advice regarding fertilizing your Arrowhead Plant.
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WillC
Nov 29, 2017 3:36 PM CST
Fertilizing indoor potted plants is over-rated and often overdone. It is a rare indoor plant that suffers from nutrient deficiency. If your plant has been repotted in fresh potting mix in the past year, then it likely has more than enough nutrients. Otherwise, fertilize only healthy plants that are growing vigorously. Dilute the fertilizer to half strength and apply it no more than monthly.
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SophieLove
Nov 29, 2017 5:51 PM CST
Thanks so much @plantladylin and @WillC. I have much to learn about plants. I just hate when only one of my plants isn't thriving. It's like the problem child.. ;-)
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Philipwonel
Nov 29, 2017 6:39 PM CST
Sophie I tip my hat to you.
My mom had one in like a 5 gallon redwood pot, with a 4 four foot trellis. It was inside, next to an east facing bay window. An east facing door was around 5 foot away. It got a few hours of morning sun.
I never saw my mom fertilize it. No one believed in fertilizer, back in the dinosaur days.
So ! Back way off the fertilizer.
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SophieLove
Nov 29, 2017 7:11 PM CST
Hi @Philipwonel,
Thanks so much for your response!
The thing is..I bought this plant because I was told it liked "low-light." I purchased it because of that advertisement. But now..I'm being told to buy a light lamp and keep it 4 feet from a window. This isn't my idea of a low-light plant. So now I know. I think it's just a very sensitive plant.
You're mentioning not to fertilize the plant. But all my other plants are thriving with the plant food. In fact, I have a tall plant that is almost hitting my ceiling. What do I do when those leaves start hitting my ceiling?
Back to the main point.. I can back off the fertilizer. I'll just give plant food once a month. But all my patio plants, especially the flowering plants on my patio are thriving. Smiling
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WillC
Nov 29, 2017 8:01 PM CST
Plant retailers want to sell plants so they will often describe plants as easy or hardy or low light when they really are not. This is a very common problem. Caveat emptor!

Outdoor plants use nutrients much more than indoor plants. My fertilizer comments referred specifically to indoor plants.

Most plants can be pruned and should be pruned long before they hit the ceiling. How to prune depends on the particular plant species. Perhaps you can post a photo of yours here.
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Philipwonel
Nov 30, 2017 6:27 PM CST
Howdy , again Sophie.
A little early morning sun, or filtered lite, should do. I believe they like water, or actually are a water plant ? Shrug! ?
Trim as needed, to your desire. They will just get fuller. 👍
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