This ultimate guide on arrowhead plant care will help to grow and care for arrowhead plant in your garden. Get to know potting mix, sunlight, watering, and fertilizers requirement of the arrowhead plant.
I am growing arrowhead plants for more than 3 years and I find it as one of the easiest plant to grow and care for. Moreover, from a single arrowhead plant you can get many new seedlings within a year.
Well, before discussing the care guide, let us know about this beautiful houseplant.
Arrowhead plant or Syngonium podophyllum is a species of Araceae family. They are popular houseplants that can grow up to 4 feet in height in indoor space. The leaves are usually arrow shaped that can grow up to 12 inches long.
They can grow and survive in soil as well as water medium. However they not only add beauty to the home but they are also wonderful air purifying plant. Arrowhead plant can filter air toxins such as Benzene, Xylene, Formaldehyde, and Toluene from the air.
Hence growing this plant is definitely going to add values to your life.
People also considers Arrowhead as a Feng Shui Plant. This is because the arrowhead leaf turn into a five lobed leaf as it matures. And this five lobed shape represents five elements that is fire, earth, water, wood, and metal.
Thus it encourages positive energy by balancing these five elements. Let’s now learn about care guide of arrowhead plant.
Arrowhead Plant Care Guide
You can grow arrowhead plant in USDA plant hardiness zones 10, 11, and 12. Generally you can grow them in tropical to sub tropical regions. You can even propagate arrowhead plant from stem cutting anytime in the year except during harsh winters and summers.
Although the best season for propagation and repotting is spring and rainy season for arrowhead plants.
Arrowhead plant loves moist but well drained, neutral to slightly acidic soil. Make sure to avoid waterlogging problem. You can easily prepare ideal potting mix by mixing 40% garden soil + 30% cocopeat + 30% any organic compost.
Selection Of Pot
I prefer growing arrowhead plants in a 8 inches to 12 inches pot depending on the growth of the plant. However, I make sure to have at least 2 to 4 drainage holes at the bottom of the pot.
You can select earthen, cemented as well as plastic pots for growing this houseplant. Gardeners also love to grow them in hanging pots as well.
Arrowhead plant loves bright indirect sunlight to grow. Hence to care for this houseplant keep it at a place where it can receive filtered bright indirect sunlight. This also helps to make plant bushy.
However, green leaved arrowhead plant can also grow and survive under low intensity light. Under low intensity sunlight plant height will increase in response to sunlight.
Do not keep this plant under direct sunlight as this can lead to burning of leaves.
Keep the soil moist but avoid waterlogging in the pot. I apply water whenever I notice top layer of the soil becoming dry. During hot and dry summer days misting the plant with water also helps in caring for arrowhead plant.
Arrowhead plant is not a heavy feeder. Hence you do not need to worry about fertilizing this plant. You can fertilize with a handful of any organic compost like vermicompost, or kitchen waste compost, etc. once after every 60 days.
Pests & Diseases
Diseases like powdery mildew, root rot, or leaf spot disease can also damage the plant.
Avoid waterlogging condition in the pot to save your arrowhead plant from root rot disease.
Keep growing and caring for arrowhead plant and if you are facing any problem then do tell me by commenting below. You can also connect with Agriculture Review on Facebook, Instagram, and Koo.
Aditya Abhishek is an Agriculture Science student who focuses on learning and delivering knowledge on Agriculture and Home Gardening. He created Agriculture Review as a common platform for all nature enthusiast to learn better practices of agriculture and gardening.