Arrowhead Plant – Syngonium podophyllum Nephthytis

imageI had these wicker plants hangers for years before that, not knowing what to put in them… I finally found these two Arrowhead plants from work about five years ago and thought they were a great fit! They love their south facing window, which gives them very little light in the summer and a full days worth during the winter. They really thrive and grow during the winter. They tend to take a pause from growing in the heat of the summer.

These are relatives of the Philodendron, another easy plant to grow. They like moist soils, but don’t over-soak them. They like a light 10-10-10 fertilizer every 3 months.

Plants inside can get spider mites. These don’t get moved outside during the summer, so they’ve been insect free.

Pruning is a bit tricky. You don’t want to cut all the way down to the split or you will nip the tip of the new leaf off. As you look at the stem that branches off, you will notice there is a bulge in the stem, this is where the next leaf is curled up in it’s stem.


A still rolled up leaf.


The plant will start to shoot ‘runners’ (l o n g branches) after a few years. If you like them, keep them. I’ve got one that is about 15 feet long. I just want to see how long it will actually get! To keep the plant bushy, these should be pruned off. If you do this during the summer months, place the piece, now known as a ‘cutting’, into water and it should soon root, then plant it in a light mix.


This is the start of a runner. See the thick ends of the leaf stem at the main branch? Don’t cut below this.


After it grows out, the brown dried-up stem can be cut, do not peel it!

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12 thoughts on “Arrowhead Plant – Syngonium podophyllum Nephthytis”

        1. Ha ha! We call those Hollywood marriages. After 10 years of marriage in California, things get split 50/50. So, many marriages over there end at about 9 years 😉😉

    1. I forgot to tell you another of its common names, ‘Mother of Thousands’! You nailed it! 😂🤣

  1. I remember these! They can be a bit awkward with all those lanky stems and petioles. I think they are one of the plants that looks best and well rounded if turned once in a while so that a different side gets to face the sunlight. I suppose that is an advantage of a hanging plant. I had one that was never turned, and grew only on one side, but it happened to work because it was stuffed in a corner at the base of a big rubber tree, and filled the corner splendidly.

    1. You’re so right, they will fill the space they are given. I installed hooks that spin, so yes, these guys are ready to spin when they are growing lopsided!

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