Where Does It Come From?
Abundant across large swathes of Latin America, from Central Mexico to the sticky forests of northern Bolivia, syngonium species have since been naturalised in the West Indies, Florida and Hawaii. Like many other plants well suited to terrarium living, this background means the plants are lovers of a balmier climate. Recreating their tropical homelands in the chilly English weather can be tricky, but rewarding!
Why Should I Get One?
How Big Can It Grow?
When in the wild, climbing up the roots and trunks of jungle trees, the sky is the limit for these adaptable vines. Indoor cultivars can reach a height of 1.5 metres, or can be grown in miniature. On average, unless contained, the plants grow around 30cm per year and produce 6-10 new leaves. Your plant is unlikely to flower (England is just too bloody cold!) but occasionally a well-looked after, older specimens will sprout a minute purple bloom or two.
Where Should I Keep It?
Houseplant varieties with paler leaves tend to do well in bright, but filtered sunlight and the syngonium is no exception. The plants tend to grow toward the light as they mimic their movement toward the gaps in the rainforest canopy in the wild. Lovers of sticky heat, sygnonium often thrive in bright spaces like sun-soaked terrariums, greenhouses and conservatories which can easily be kept warm and damp, recreating their natural habitat in the tropics.
Syngonium need to be handled with a little care as all parts of the plant are toxic if ingested, meaning ideally these little guys should be kept well away from any children or pets in the household. The sap can also act as an irritant, so be mindful if you notice damage on your plant. Sensitive skin can react badly on occasion.
How Often Should I Water It?
Requiring a moist and toasty environment, (between 15 and 24°C is optimal), the Arrowhead Plant should be watered 2 or 3 times a week during the summer. A daily misting also goes a long way towards keeping the plant full of moisture without risking drowning it. Less frequent watering is needed in the winter when the air is a little damper and small but frequent doses of a balanced fertiliser can help to keep the plant in tip top health. Essentially, if you notice the plant or the surrounding soil looking a little crispy, make sure you give the plant a drink.
Whether you choose to enclose your plant in a terrarium, or train it as a climbing plant to create your own indoor jungle paradise, the syngonium is an attractive and relatively low maintenance plant option for all plant-enthusiasts! Give them regular drinks and watch your exotic jungle vine spiral away!