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jade124
Jan 26, 2018 7:58 AM CST
Hi, I have an arrowhead with multiple stem groups, and all of the leaves on one of the woody stems are turning yellow and dying. Usually I'll have one random leaf die and I'll just pluck it off once it's completely dead. I've already removed a couple dead leaves from this woody stem, and I'm wondering if there's anything I should be doing now or if there's a way to prune it so I don't lose the stem completely. Is it possible for it to create new growth once the current leaves are dead or is the whole thing doomed? I'm not sure where of if to cut a stem to encourage new growth on this plant.

Thanks!

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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jan 26, 2018 9:51 AM CST
Probably underwater it. They do like water. First, take your aloe out of pot.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jan 26, 2018 10:15 AM CST
There seems to be some confusion as to what plant you have. I certainly don't think it is an Aloe. Syngonium, perhaps. Please post a photo that shows the entire plant so we can better assess the problem.
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jade124
Jan 26, 2018 10:18 AM CST
Hi, I have not posted anything about an aloe plant, my question is titled "Help with Arrowhead" and references my arrowhead (syngonium) plant.
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jade124
Jan 26, 2018 10:22 AM CST

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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Jan 26, 2018 10:34 AM CST
Thanks for the photo. It is a Syngonium, aka Arrowhead. It appears to be healthy with one taller stem that is starting to lose its lower leaves, which is pretty normal. However, if the new leaves at the top end of that stem are dying, then you had best cut that stem back to a height of an inch or so.

If that happens to more than one stem, then keeping the soil too damp is the likely cause. Allow the top half inch or so of soil to get dry before adding any water. Keeping it close to a moderately sunny window will also help it.

This is a plant that grows quickly and pushes out long, somewhat unwieldy stems that will start to flop over as they get longer. It is naturally a vining or trailing plant, not upright. To keep it upright you will have either prune it back regularly or use elaborate props, stakes, and trellises to keep it upright.
Will Creed
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jade124
Jan 26, 2018 11:03 AM CST
Thanks for your help!
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purpleinopp
Jan 27, 2018 7:20 AM CST
You can see pics of older and gone-wild specimens here:
Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum)
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