How To Take Care Of Your Syngonium

How To Take Care Of Your Syngonium

Native to tropical rainforests in southern Mexico, the West Indies, and central/south America, Syngonium are prolific growers and will spread in all directions unless pruned accordingly.

Their leaves show a great range of colours and patterning and as an indoor houseplant they are easy to care for and are low-light tolerant, making them ideal to grow anywhere in your home or workplace.

They grow fuller when trimmed back and wonderfully adapt to any climbing situation – a stake, trellis or even a wall! They seem to have a personality all of their own (almost like a pet!) so purchase one or several to suit your own personality and décor!

How much light does your Syngonium need?

They are very low-light tolerant but will grow faster, maintaining their vibrant colour and leaf markings if grown in mid-bright indirect light. An occasional early morning exposure to sunlight outdoors will benefit them but don’t leave them out as the sun’s heat intensifies.

Artificial light works well with them too, especially LED ‘grow lights’ which are cost-efficient and don’t push out too much heat.

What type of soil does your Syngonium need?

Use a potting soil that is rich in nutrients and organic matter and allows your plant to drain well. Most coco coir or peat-based potting soil mix will be ideal.

What temperature is best for your Syngonium?

Syngonium do well anywhere between 12-30C with humidity around 40-50%. Avoid exposure to draughts.

How much water does your Syngonium need?

Allow your Syngonium to dry out partially between watering. If you get it wrong and they dry out, soak the soil to let your plant re-hydrate; don’t over-water though as the ‘bog’ around the roots could cause bacteria, disease and root rot.

What’s the best fertiliser for your Syngonium?

Fertilise during Spring/early Summer with a low-strength liquid fertiliser every 2 weeks; or you could use a slow release fertiliser or compost in early Spring.

General Care Tips for your Syngonium:

These indoor vines will grow long and spreading as a hanging plant, so prune them back in Spring if you prefer a full, compact plant. Clean the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust and potential pests.

To encourage your Syngonium to grow balanced and even, rotate it with a quarter turn every time you water it. If white fuzzy spots appear on the leaves (mealy bugs) treat the soil and leaves with  diluted Neem oil.

The Green Grower’s Rating of Syngonium:

A plant collector’s dream with the variety available, their hardy and non-demanding nature, their ability to spread and their longevity. Go check out our beautiful Syngonium Pixie! However, they are toxic to pets.

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